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January 8, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK - A top staffer for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was involved in a move to temporarily close lanes of the George Washington Bridge as political payback, recently released emails suggest, a move that enmeshes the Republican governor in a high-profile controversy as he considers a potential run for the presidency in 2016. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey closed all but one lane of the bridge in September, effectively gridlocking a New Jersey town whose mayor did not support Christie's reelection.
January 2, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Thick flames raced through a lumberyard in Pacoima on Thursday evening, prompting fire officials to ask for the shutdown of a nearby Metrolink station. The Los Angeles Fire Department got a call just before 8 p.m. and classified the blaze in the  11100 block of Sutter Avenue  as a greater alarm fire, according to department spokesman Brian Humphrey. Although no injuries or evacuations have been reported, Humphrey said the “greater alarm” description was triggered because of the number of firefighters deployed to the blaze: 87. The department asked Metrolink to stop the trains coming in and out of the Antelope Valley station, he said, because there were fire hoses crossing over the tracks.
December 21, 2013 | Samantha Schaefer
Army Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Gantt told his wife to remarry if he didn't come back from the war. She told him no. He had a hard enough time getting her to say yes when he proposed. He was it. In 1950, Gantt went missing during combat in the Korean War. He was presumed dead, but Clara Gantt, now 94, held out hope and never remarried. On Friday morning on the Los Angeles International Airport tarmac, the widow stood from her wheelchair and cried as her husband's flag-draped casket arrived home.
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.
December 7, 2013 | By Frank Shyong
California's winter weather is being blamed for the deaths of four homeless people, the closure of major roads and serious losses for citrus farmer in the middle of a harvest. The cold snap, part of a nationwide chill caused by a cold front from the Arctic, is expected to continue into the middle of next week in most areas. Rain, snow and snow flurries are expected through Saturday night, with sub-zero temperatures predicted overnight up and down the state. "The cold snap is just beginning here in Los Angeles, but it's pretty painful all across California," said Bill Patzert, a climatologist with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.
December 1, 2013 | From a Times Staff Writer
Numerous streets will be closed Sunday for the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade along Hollywood and Sunset boulevards. Buzz Aldrin, Jerry Mathers and Tony Dow from "Leave it to Beaver," Richie Sambora, Billy Ray Cyrus, LeAnn Rimes, William Shatner and Kenny Loggins are scheduled to make appearance at the parade or a concert set for Sunday afternoon. In addition to street closures, the Highland Avenue and Cahuenga Boulevard exits of the 101 Freeway will be closed Sunday afternoon and evening.
November 24, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Southern California electricity ratepayers soon could get the first of possibly many refunds, stemming from the shutdown of the San Onofre nuclear power plant. Two state Public Utilities Commission administrative law judges last week issued a proposed decision, ordering Southern California Edison Co. to refund $74.2 million on its customers' 2012 bills and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to refund $19.3 million. The reason: Edison closed the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in January and not all its reported spending was reasonable or necessary, the judges wrote.
November 16, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
Confirmation that two members of the McStay family who went missing in 2010 were found buried in the desert outside Victorville brought a small measure of peace to family members. But they said they are determined to know who killed them. While confirming the identities of Joseph McStay, 42, and his wife, Summer, 45, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon would not say whether the two other sets of skeletal remains discovered at the site were that of the couple's children, Gianni, 4, and Joseph Jr., 3. PHOTOS: Mystery over a family that disappeared "It gives us courage to know that they're together and they're in a better place," said Joseph McStay's brother, Mike McStay.
October 25, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
The 405 Freeway at the Sepulveda Pass will be briefly closed over the weekend while construction crews pour concrete and pave two major bridges spanning the major thoroughfare. Crews will begin closing lanes on the southbound 405 Freeway from Valley Vista Boulevard to Skirball Center Drive at 10 p.m. Saturday, with a full closure expected from 1 to 4:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The northbound lanes will start closing at 10 p.m. Saturday with a full closure from Getty Center Drive to the Skirball onramp from 3 to 6 a.m. Sunday.
October 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
National parks in Arizona, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota and New York welcomed visitors last weekend despite the federal government shutdown because they paid the feds to reopen the facilities. California, however, was not willing to pay, which has left some concessionaires in the odd situation of opening hotels while popular parks remain shut. Of course, if a hinted-at budget/debt ceiling deal comes through, all national parks would soon open. Until then, visitors to California parks will have to wait and see what happens next.
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