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April 17, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Two years ago researchers outfitted an electric Toyota RAV4 with a set of test instruments and drove back and forth near four Los Angeles County freeways between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., sampling the air. The results confirmed that in the early morning, concentrated plumes of air pollution from freeways can travel more than a mile downwind, exposing more residents than previously thought to harmful pollution levels. Most previous air quality studies, based on measurements taken during the day or evening, have found that vehicle emission plumes generally blow no more than about 1,000 feet downwind from a major roadway before they break up. But in the hours just before sunrise, weather conditions are different.
March 24, 2014 | By Peter Nickeas and Lolly Bowean
CHICAGO - A Chicago Transit Authority operator may have fallen asleep shortly before a train jumped the platform at O'Hare International Airport on Monday and became partially wedged atop an escalator at the end of the line, according to her union representative. Reports from the scene indicate the driver, whose name has not been released, told people she nodded off moments before the crash, said Robert Kelly, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308. "I can confirm that she was extremely tired," Kelly said.
May 14, 1990
A Sunland man was killed Sunday morning when he lost control of his motorcycle on a curve near the Hansen Dam Recreation Area, police said. Christopher Goffaux, 20, was riding east on Wentworth Street near Wheatland Avenue at 1:30 a.m. when he swerved across opposing traffic lanes and hit a curb and guard rail, Los Angeles Police Officer Dennis Smith said. Goffaux was thrown from the motorcycle, Smith said. He died at the scene.
March 17, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
Los Angeles was hit by a magnitude 4.4 earthquake early Monday morning, with an epicenter five miles from Westwood. As the Lakers prepared to practice later in the morning, talk turned to the quake. "I felt it right at 6:30 [a.m. PDT], it kept on growing and growing and I almost said, 'I'm running out of my back door right now,'" said player-development coach Mark Madsen. Technically the quake hit at 6:25 a.m. "Yeah, it woke me up.  Somebody hit the massage button," joked Pau Gasol.  "It's fun to tell everyone, 'Hey, you felt it?
February 24, 1996 | MIGUEL HELFT
Three suspected gang members were arrested early Friday in Thousand Oaks for stealing a wallet, $17 in cash and a pair of pants from three victims they threatened with a crowbar, police said. William Anaya, 21, of Simi Valley, Alvaro Casanova, 23, and his wife Emily Casanova, 21, both of Agoura, were arrested by Simi Valley police on California 23 at Avenida de los Arboles at about 1:30 a.m.
February 7, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A fast-moving blaze killed 10 people, including six children, in a Bardstown home. One person was injured. Neighbors said the survivor and another relative had to be prevented from running back into the flames in an attempt to rescue the screaming children. Investigators had not determined the cause of the early morning blaze.
March 23, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
An early morning fire killed 11 people in a mountain cabin in Miles Township, including high school and college students on a camping trip. Centre County coroner Scott Sayers said there were no survivors. John E. Wehry, a co-owner of the cabin, lost two nieces and a nephew in the blaze. The fire broke out at 5:20 a.m. in this township 20 miles northeast of State College, according to state police.
September 27, 1996 | JANA J. MONJI
Entering Edward Bond's nightmare world in "Early Morning" may frighten fainthearted Anglophiles, yet this Swiftian horror story is more delightfully nasty than the Chuck-Di soap opera and infinitely more intellectually satisfying. In this Evidence Room production, director Bart DeLorenzo fiendishly attacks American royalist sensibilities and slyly celebrates the duplicity of social morality in the Industrial Age that dawned under Queen Victoria's reign.
March 10, 1990
An early morning fire damaged eight businesses in a commercial building in South-Central Los Angeles Friday. City fire spokesman Pat Marek said about 45 firefighters were sent to the building at 4030 S. Western Ave. near Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to battle the blaze. Marek said the fire broke out about 12:19 a.m. and was brought under control at 12:58 a.m. Marek said the fire damaged eight of the 10 commercial units located in the building.
March 22, 1987
A mother and her four children were left homeless Saturday, when an early morning fire gutted their home in the 1300 block of North Gilbert Street, authorities said. It took firefighters about 10 minutes to put out the flames, Fire Capt. Roger Smith said. Total damage was about $60,000, Smith said. There were no injuries. The Orange County Red Cross is providing food and shelter for Sharon Apaez, whose age is unknown, and her four children until March 23, said organization spokesman John Hall.
February 17, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Two fires that that broke out in Pasadena early Monday displaced a total of 22 people, including four who were injured, officials said. The two fires were considered rare because they happened within an hour of each other and because multiple fire stations responded to the fires, according to Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department. The first fire was reported at about 1:30 a.m. in a 5,000-square-foot home in the 1200 block of Rancheros Road, west of the Rose Bowl, Derderian said.
February 15, 2014 | By Corina Knoll
A 34-year-old male passenger of a car involved in a collision in downtown Los Angeles died early Saturday, authorities said. The victim was in a vehicle traveling south on Flower Street about 2:45 a.m. when it  was hit by another vehicle headed east on Pico Boulevard, said Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman. The drivers of both vehicles passed alcohol screening tests, she said. The motorist who struck the other vehicle did not have a valid driver's license, Eisenman said.
December 17, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
Bob Cratchit worked at Mega-Mart, which is to say, he worked all the hours his employer allowed him to work but never was allowed quite enough hours to make ends meet for his family, nor to reach that magic threshold that would have made him a real, full-time Mega-Mart employee, with all the benefits pertaining thereunto, such as they were. From week to week, Cratchit never knew whether he would have to arrive at work at the vast store in the dark hours of the early morning or leave work in the dark hours of the early morning.
November 23, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Arson investigators are looking into the cause of a fire early Saturday at a vacant house in Downey, authorities said. Firefighters responded to the fire about 2:40 a.m. at the house in the 7700 block of 3rd Street , said Battalion Chief Ed Haupt of the Downey Fire Department. About half of the structure was destroyed. The building has been vacant for months and was slated to be demolished, Haupt said. There have been no arrests in the case. A specially trained dog was being used to help determine whether an accelerant was used in the blaze, Haupt said.
September 28, 2013 | By Jean Merl
A male motorcyclist was killed early Saturday morning when he struck the center divider on West Coast Highway in Newport Beach, police said. The accident, reported at 2:41 a.m., occurred near Prospect Street. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A news photographer on the scene told City News Service the rider had been thrown into a palm tree in the center divider and the bike had ended up several hundred feet from the point of impact. All but one lane of Coast Highway was closed for a while after the accident.
September 24, 2013
Detroit Lions receiver Nate Burleson suffered a broken arm in a single-car accident early Tuesday. Coach Jim Schwartz stopped short of writing off the rest of the 11-year veteran's season, but surgery is scheduled for Wednesday. According to police, the accident occurred after Burleson reached over to keep two pizza boxes from falling off the front passenger seat. His car hit a center median wall on a highway in suburban Detroit and he was taken to a hospital. Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said there were no indicators of alcohol on the scene or on Burleson's person after the crash at 2:25 a.m. EDT. The team did not say which arm was broken.
October 1, 1995
A 19-year-old woman was killed early Saturday morning when she lost control of her car and crashed into two trees, police said. Regan K. Riley of Fullerton was driving alone on Commonwealth Avenue near Balfour Avenue when the 2:36 a.m. accident occurred, Lt. Tony Hernandez said. Riley lost control of the car, possibly because of high speed, Hernandez said. It jumped a curb and hit the trees. Riley, who had to be cut out of the car by rescuers, was pronounced dead at the scene.
September 8, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Nick Pasquale, who had recently played in his first game for UCLA's football team, was fatally struck by a vehicle as he walked in a residential area of San Clemente early Sunday morning. Pasquale was a walk-on receiver, who was playing second season with the Bruins. He made the first appearance of his career in a 58-20 victory over Nevada on Aug. 31. Pasquale, 20, was walking in San Clemente when two cars approached. One car avoided him, but the other could not. "The driver called in the accident and waited at the scene," said Lt. Gary Strachan, a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
August 16, 2013 | By Kelly Parker
Genji Arakaki took this photo in the early morning from the hills above the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on July 26.  She used an Olympus E-PL5, and the image is a two-panel vertorama. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
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