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April 2, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Firefighters are crediting a 911 dispatcher with keeping a Dana Point woman calm while a fire burned through her home and cornered her on a second-floor deck. In a recording of the call released Wednesday by the Orange County Fire Authority, the dispatcher can be heard trying to keep the woman collected as crackling flames are heard creeping toward her. “The bedroom is on fire, my house is going fast!” the 67-year-old woman screamed into the phone about 10:40 a.m. Tuesday.
April 1, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The vast majority of fast-food workers in the U.S. say they've been the victims of wage theft, according to a survey released Tuesday. Out of 1,088 respondents nationwide, 89% said they have been forced to do off-the-books work, been denied breaks, been refused overtime pay or been placed in similarly unsavory circumstances. The same holds for 84% of McDonald's workers, 92% of Burger King employees and 82% of Wendy's rank and file, according to the survey, which was conducted by Hart Research for the Low Pay Is Not OK campaign.
March 31, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard, This post has been updated. See below for details.
An immense solar flare burst from the sun Saturday, and as of Monday there were "several coronal mass ejections in play," according to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center. A coronal mass ejection is a huge release --billions of tons -- of solar material and magnetic fields that, if it reaches Earth, can create beautiful auroras as well as cause problems with the power grid. [Updated 4 p.m. March 30: Heliophysicist Alex Young told the Los Angeles Times this flare was unique in that it was "impulsive" -- providing a strong, quick burst of radiation.
March 17, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Monday's magnitude 4.4 earthquake was centered in a hillside community at the top of Encino, near Mulholland Drive and Sepulveda Boulevard. For residents of the upscale neighborhood, the quake provided an intense jolt but ended up causing only minor damage. Debbie Seidel, a 42-year-old mother of two, was getting into her minivan and pulling out of the driveway of her home on Meadowcrest Road. FORESHOCK? What the odds are Before departing, she scrolled through pictures of the quake's damage on her iPhone.
March 17, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
[This post has been updated, as explained below.] The restaurant industry's opposition to a higher minimum wage is hardly a secret--it's one of the top issues on the lobbying agenda of the National Restaurant Assn., the chain restaurants' Washington trade group. The mystery is why the industry seemed so loath to reveal its role in a round-robin letter signed by more than 500 economists, including four Nobel laureates, calling the proposed minimum-wage hike to $10.10 an hour a "poorly targeted anti-poverty measure.
March 14, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Income inequality is rising all over the country. But it's rising faster in some places than others -- almost nowhere faster than Orange County. That's according to a report this week from real estate website Trulia , which crunched income figures over the last 22 years and found that a household in the 90th percentile of income in Orange County in 2012 earned 11.7 times as much as a household in the 10th percentile. That's up from 7.5 times as much in 1990. Only three metro areas in the country -- San Francisco, hedge-fund capital Fairfield County, Conn., and San Jose -- saw the disparity grow faster in that time.
March 11, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Steve Sarkisian was on the move. He showed a USC tailback how to shed a defender. He lined up opposite receivers, forcing them to make decisions on pass routes. And he kept up a running dialogue with quarterbacks, while running from one end of the field to the other. "These guys like to work," he shouted as he and the Trojans hustled from drill to drill. "I love it. " That was the scene Tuesday as the 40-year-old Sarkisian ushered in a new era at USC by overseeing his first practice as the Trojans' head coach.
March 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The first day you fast, says Eliseo Medina, your stomach begs you to reconsider. The second day is worse. "Your body starts asking for food," the 68-year-old local activist told me about his fast for immigration reform. "It becomes more difficult and you wonder if it's worth doing this. " But Medina's commitment is an extension of the work he began almost half a century ago, shoulder to shoulder with Cesar Chavez. So there was no letting up last fall, as he made his appeal outside the halls of power in Washington, D.C. When his stomach growled, he drew strength from fellow fasters as they joined hands and prayed.
March 6, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
A correction has been added to this post, as indicated below. The City of the Big Shoulders - stormy, husky, brawling, wrecking, planning, building, breaking, rebuilding, to use only words Carl Sandburg chose to describe Chicago - is the subject of a new documentary series from CNN. Beginning Thursday and running for eight weeks, it has been made by the team who made Sundance Channel's Peabody Award-winning "Brick City," which focused on...
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