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February 14, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
It was the sinkhole heard 'round the world, at least for car collectors. Early Wednesday morning, the ground beneath the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky., opened up unexpectedly. Measured at around 40 feet across and 25 to 30 feet deep, the sinkhole swallowed eight rare Chevrolet Corvettes in a matter of minutes. Grief-stricken museum employees were forced to move the other 20 cars out of the Skydome building to safer ground and engineers are currently assessing what to do next.
February 6, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
For the first time in two decades, Texas is electing itself a new governor, making the contest - featuring liberal heroine Wendy Davis - one of the marquee races of this election year. That alone would be good reason for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, head of the GOP's gubernatorial campaign arm, to drop by the Lone Star State. There's also this: Texas is a deeply red bastion bursting with fat cats slinging fat wallets who could serve Christie well in a prospective 2016 bid for president.
February 6, 2014 | By Evan Halper and Marc Lifsher
Shooters armed with assault rifles and some knowledge of electrical utilities have prompted new worries on the vulnerability of California's vast power grid. A 2013 attack on an electric substation near San Jose that nearly knocked out Silicon Valley's power supply was initially downplayed as vandalism by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., the facility's owner. Gunfire from semiautomatic weapons did extensive damage to 17 transformers that sent grid operators scrambling to avoid a blackout.
February 6, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Already under fire for siphoning money into a secret fund, the state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has been ordered to pay more than $32 million in legal bills for those it blamed for starting a 65,000-acre forest fire. In a scathing order, Superior Court Judge Leslie C. Nichols, sitting on assignment in Plumas County, accused the agency of covering up, lying and engaging in "egregious and reprehensible conduct. " "The court finds that Cal Fire's actions initiating, maintaining and prosecuting this action, to the present time, is corrupt and tainted," the judge wrote.
February 1, 2014 | Steve Lopez
When I asked for a list of all the claims filed against the city of Los Angeles by people who have tripped and injured themselves on city sidewalks, I didn't realize I might throw my back out just lifting the document. OK, a slight exaggeration. But the list is 98 pages long, and since 2007 the city has paid out several million dollars annually. While a few of the cases involve potholes or crumbling playgrounds, this is primarily a pedestrian vs. pavement problem, with the pavement always winning.
January 26, 2014 | By Kim Christensen
A large section of the historic Ventura Pier was reopened Sunday after inspectors determined damaged timber pilings did not threaten public safety. About two-thirds of the 1,600-foot-long pier was closed Friday after one of the supporting beams failed, apparently because of heavy waves. “We don't know definitively, but we suspect it was the high surf that caused it,” said Lysa Urban, a spokeswoman for the city of Ventura. The portion of the pier closest to shore, which provides access to two restaurants, was not affected by the closure, Urban said.
January 24, 2014 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
CAIRO -- One of Egypt's loveliest but lesser-known museums was a casualty of a powerful bomb on Friday targeting a police headquarters directly across the street. The stately 19th century Museum of Islamic Art in downtown Cairo, filled with precious cultural objects such as manuscripts, astrolabes and ceramics, was badly damaged by the early-morning blast. The explosion, one of three blasts Friday that killed five people in the city, shattered windows, knocked off big chunks of masonry from the museum's ornate facade, and left a tangle of wires in the entryway.
January 22, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - A Pennsylvania girl known in court papers only as Amy was sexually abused by an uncle when she was 8. He went to prison, but not before circulating pictures of the rape on the Internet. Fifteen years after the abuse, law enforcement investigators have found more than 70,000 images of Amy's assault on computers seized around the world. One was a laptop owned by Doyle Paroline, a Texas man who pleaded guilty to downloading child pornography and was sentenced to two years in prison.
January 15, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A woman acquitted of murder last year in connection with the high-profile slaying of an aspiring model filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing Santa Monica police of intimidating witnesses and damaging her reputation. Kelly Soo Park, 48, alleges three witnesses who planned to testify on her behalf were scared off or tainted by Santa Monica Police Det. Karen Thompson. "We just want to present to the world and to the court that what's being portrayed in the media now is an incomplete story," Park's attorney, Ron Kaye, said of the lawsuit.
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