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December 29, 2013 | By Evan Halper
NEWARK, Del. - The thick blue cables and white boxes alongside an industrial garage here look like those in any electric-car charging station. But they work in a way that could upend the relationship Americans have with energy. The retrofitted Mini Coopers and other vehicles plugged into sockets where a Chrysler plant once stood do more than suck energy out of the multi-state electricity grid. They also send power back into it. With every zap of juice into or out of the region's fragile power network, the car owner gets paid.
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December 18, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has issued an emergency order directing a Vernon battery recycler to clean up lead and other metals that have been deposited near the Exide Technologies plant. In a letter released Wednesday, the agency said dust and soil samples with metals in concentrations at or near hazardous waste levels have been found near the facility and must be cleaned up by Jan. 31. The order is urgent, the agency wrote, because winter rains could wash the metals into the Los Angeles River.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
Amid an outcry over arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery recycler, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is now raising concerns about emissions from the other battery recycler in Southern California. Officials with the air district earlier this month ordered City of Industry-based Quemetco, one of two battery recyclers west of the Rocky Mountains, to perform a health risk study of its operations after a source test in November showed elevated arsenic emissions. The issue at Quemetco comes amid a fierce public outcry over emissions from Exide Technologies in Vernon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
One by one, hour after hour Saturday in a ballroom at Cal State Los Angeles, residents, elected officials and activists from southeast Los Angeles pleaded with an air district hearing board to shut down a Vernon battery recycler accused of endangering hundreds of thousands of people because of unsafe arsenic and lead emissions. "I'm a mother, asking you, please, do something," said Sandra Martinez. "I go days without sleeping, worrying about my child dying in his sleep from asthma.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
A hearing board for the South Coast Air Quality Management District is set to hold the first of several hearings Saturday on its petition to shut down a Vernon battery recycler accused of endangering hundreds of thousands of people from unsafe arsenic and lead emissions. In October, the air district asked an independent administrative law panel for an order to halt lead smelting operations at Exide Technologies "until its air pollution control systems are improved and deemed adequate" to control toxic emissions.
AUTOS
November 18, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
For decades, hydrogen fuel cell cars have been the automotive technology of tomorrow: the big idea, for someday far in the future. No longer. At auto shows in Los Angeles and Tokyo this week, Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. will introduce hydrogen-powered cars. Hyundai's will reach U.S. showrooms next year, while the other models will begin selling a year later. It amounts to “a coming out party for hydrogen,” said John Krafcik, chief executive of Hyundai Motor America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A Pasadena yoga instructor who told female students that his intimate touch would “heal” them has been convicted of sexual battery and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, city officials said. A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury in Pasadena convicted Naader Shagagi last week of four misdemeanor counts of sexual battery by fraudulent representation, city officials said in a statement. He will be sentenced Dec. 5. Shagagi, 56, owns Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary on Lake Avenue.
SPORTS
November 14, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
A Villa Park High assistant wrestling coach has been arrested and charged with felony battery on a team member, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Emmanuel Hugo Hernandez, 26, a walk-on assistant coach since 2010, grabbed a student member of the team and placed him in an unauthorized choke hold during an afternoon practice on Wednesday, according to a Sheriff's Department statement. "Hernandez ignored the victim's attempt to tell him to stop and ultimately rendered the student victim unconscious," the statement said.
AUTOS
November 6, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors shares plunged in early trading Wednesday after the electric car maker said a battery shortage was limiting sales and that it is spending heavily on research and development to bring new models to market. Shares of the automaker dropped 16%, or $28.67, to $148.14. Tesla shares have been on a run for most of the year, rising about 400% before this reversal. Some analysts have cut their price targets for the company and have told investors to sell the shares. “We do not see a major potential near-term upside catalyst for the shares,” said Efraim Levy, an analyst at S&P Capital IQ, who has issued a sell recommendation.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Does your iPhone 5s have a really short battery life? It might be the result of a manufacturing problem. Apple Inc. said it will be reaching out to customers who bought the iPhone 5s and are experiencing battery issues so that they can have their gadgets replaced. “We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5s devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life,” Teresa Brewer, an Apple spokeswoman, is quoted as saying in a New York Times report . PHOTOS: Top 10 Apple Mavericks OS X features to check out “We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone," the company said in the statement.  Apple did not say exactly how many of the devices are affected by the problem, but the report said that the company "implied" it is likely a few thousand.
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