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OPINION
February 26, 2014 | By Craig B. Garner
Lower Oconee Community Hospital in southern Georgia closed its doors this month, eliminating 25 hospital beds and up to 100 hospital jobs. This was the fourth Georgia hospital to fold in two years and the eighth rural hospital in the state to close since 2000. Although Lower Oconee's shutdown may not have registered much media coverage, those in search of medical attention in Glenwood, Ga., should be mindful that the closest hospital is now 30 miles away. As reference, Santa Ana is 30 miles from Los Angeles.
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BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Andrew Tangel
It was supposed to revolutionize the global monetary system. Instead, the bitcoin virtual currency that has captured the imagination of investors and financiers is on the verge of collapse. In a stunning blow to a novel way to buy products and services, the world's largest exchange for trading bitcoin currency shut down Tuesday, triggering a massive sell-off and sending many prospective investors away - perhaps for good. "This is extremely destructive," said Mark Williams, a risk-management expert and former Federal Reserve Bank examiner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A block of Hollywood Boulevard will be closed Sunday night, one of several street closures expected in the days leading up to the 86 th Academy Awards. All lanes on Hollywood Boulevard will be closed from Orange Drive to Highland Avenue at 10 p.m. and will remain closed until 6 a.m. on March 4. Sidewalks and alleys were also slated to be closed Sunday, the Academy said in a statement. The north sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Dolby Theatre will be completely closed at 10 p.m. The south sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard between Orange Drive and Highland Avenue was closed at 6 p.m., except for an 8-foot pedestrian walkway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | By Dan Weikel and Jack Dolan
Northbound traffic moved steadily on the 405 Freeway over Sepulveda Pass during the first day of "Jamzilla" on Saturday, but motorists encountered some delays as they merged from five lanes to two lanes through the highway's construction zone. Although things went well, transportation officials are still warning travelers to avoid the northbound 405 between Sunset and Ventura boulevards, where extensive paving and striping is being done over the President's Day weekend for a new carpool lane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Jamzilla is nearly here. Lane closures on the 405 Freeway start tonight at 10 and are scheduled to remain in place until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Most or all lanes on the busy northbound side of the freeway will be closed. The shutdowns through the Sepulveda Pass will allow workers to pave and re-stripe the highway where a carpool lane is being added. Transportation and law enforcement officials are urging drivers to avoid traveling north through West Los Angeles and the Sepulveda Pass for the duration of the closures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Los Angeles drivers, beware: For 80 hours this long Presidents Day weekend, most or all lanes of a key stretch of the northbound 405 Freeway will be closed. The shutdowns through the Sepulveda Pass - from about 10 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Tuesday - will enable workers to pave and restripe the highway where they've been adding a carpool lane. Officials are urging drivers to avoid traveling north through West L.A. and the Sepulveda Pass during the closures, nicknamed by transportation officials as Jamzilla.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Martha Groves
What's more complicated than Carmageddon and could seriously mess with the flow of Angelenos' long Presidents' Day weekend? It's Jamzilla. That's the monster-evoking moniker that transportation officials have adopted for the 405 Freeway lane closures slated to begin late Friday, just in time for the post-Valentine's-Day dinner rush. For 80 hours - from about 10 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Tuesday - most or all lanes on the busy northbound side of the freeway will be closed. The shutdowns through the Sepulveda Pass will allow workers to pave and re-stripe the highway where a carpool lane is being added.
NATIONAL
February 3, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday insisted he never knew that his aides had intentionally fouled up traffic approaches to the George Washington Bridge until after the lanes had been reopened - though he admitted he might have heard about traffic snarls while they were happening and not paid any attention. Answering questions during his monthly radio call-in show from Trenton, Christie also said that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records from his office, as part of investigations into possible abuses of power by his administration.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani, Maeve Reston and Mark Z. Barabak
A former close aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said through his attorney that the governor knew about the closures of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as they were happening, disputing Christie's assertion that he only learned about the traffic mess later. A lawyer for David Wildstein, who engineered the lane closures while working as a Christie appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said in a letter that the closures came "at the Christie administration's order.
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