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July 14, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The Los Angeles Police Department arrested at least one person after a clash between officers and people protesting the Trayvon Martin verdict in South Los Angeles on Sunday night. LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said some demonstrator threw rocks and D-cell batteries at police near the corner of Washington Boulevard and 10th Avenue. Police responded by firing less-than-lethal rounds at the demonstrators. It was unclear if anyone was hurt. The LAPD called a citywide tactical alert after demonstrators protesting the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman case blocked traffic on the 10 Freeway in the Mid-City area Sunday evening.
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November 14, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway were reopened Thursday night after a big-rig fire led authorities to shut down the busy artery in both directions in Hacienda Heights. The California Highway Patrol said the lanes were opened shortly before 9 p.m. The eastbound lanes could open around 11 p.m., the CHP said. The cab of the big rig burst into flames on the eastbound side of the freeway shortly before 3 p.m. The rig was carrying tanks filled with compressed hydrogen. The closure created a rush-hour traffic nightmare as vehicles flooded adjacent surface streets and the 10 and 210 freeways, which also run east and west across the San Gabriel Valley.
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September 14, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
The driver of a speeding vehicle was killed early Saturday when the vehicle crashed into a wall on the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica and burst into flames, authorities said. The 2001 Ford Mustang was westbound on the freeway when the unidentified driver lost control and struck a metal guardrail, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Mustang then went up an embankment and hit the concrete wall before catching fire at about 1:35 a.m. The car's two other passengers exited the vehicle while the driver remained trapped inside, authorities said.  A 2008 Audi was unable to avoid the Mustang and struck the burning car as well as another vehicle on the freeway.
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March 24, 2013 | By Bob Pool
A driver shot on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles was hospitalized in critical condition as officials searched for the gunman The victim, whose identity hasn't been released, was thrown from a car after being shot twice, investigators said.  The shooting occurred at about 5 p.m. between 8th and 9th streets, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa. Police were searching for the shooter, who fled in a burgundy or gray Toyota Camry with its rear window blown out. Although officials had indicated that southbound freeway lanes might be closed for eight hours while investigators searched for clues, the two lanes closest to the center divider were reopened by about 7:15 p.m. Caltrans freeway cameras showed that traffic, backed up more than a mile, was loosening up and traffic was moving at normal speeds by 8 p.m. Investigators were attempting to determine whether the shooting might be gang-related and whether multiple perpetrators were involved, LAPD Sgt. John Kirkpatrick said.
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August 17, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan
After 10 months of preparations, demolition crews were putting bulldozers, cranes and other wrecking equipment in place Saturday afternoon in the final hours before a full-scale shutdown of a four-mile stretch of the 405 Freeway in Orange County. On an average summer weekend day, more than 300,000 vehicles zoom (or lurch) down that section of the 405 between the 605 and 22 freeways. At 9 p.m. on Saturday the 20-hour closure is scheduled to begin, forcing traffic onto the streets of Westminster and nearby neighborhoods.
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December 17, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The westbound 210 Freeway in Glendale reopened during rush hour after crews scrambled to clean up from a fiery big rig crash. Two trucks collided about 12:03 a.m. just east of Lowell Avenue. One "became fully engulfed" in flames, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy. Cassidy said alcohol was not suspected to have played a role in the crash. The westbound lanes were shut down for about seven hours as crews cleaned up a fuel spill.   ALSO: Girl, 14, shot dead on her bicycle in Compton is identified Big Sur wildfire grows to 500 acres; fire chief's home destroyed Sheriff's officials taped threat to arrest FBI agent, p rosecutor says Twitter:  @aribloomekatz  |  Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com      
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July 8, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A fatal motorcycle accident has snarled rush-hour traffic on the eastbound 105 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said Monday evening. The accident was reported about 5:30 p.m. near Long Beach Boulevard in the Lynwood area. Only the right lane was open on the busy east-west artery, the CHP said. The agency declared a SigAlert. It was unclear how long the lanes would remain closed. There were no immediate details on the fatality.   ALSO: Asiana crash victim may have been killed by emergency vehicle Fugitive tweets taunts to D.A., then gets caught via Twitter trace Redlands superintendent denies cover-up of pregnant teacher case Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
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January 26, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - A man was fatally shot Sunday morning by police after a high-speed chase on Interstate 15 from San Diego to Escondido, officials said. The incident began at 7 a.m. when police tried to stop a pickup truck. Instead of pulling over, the truck raced northward, with the man allegedly holding a gun to the head of the woman who was driving, officials said. The man reportedly told police dispatchers that he had explosives in the truck. When the truck left the freeway in Escondido, police opened fire after the man refused to surrender.
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August 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A traffic collision involving a Los Angeles police motorcycle officer briefly shut down the interchange from the eastbound 10 to the northbound 110 freeway during Tuesday morning's rush hour. The officer notified dispatch of the accident about 7:50 a.m., said LAPD Officer Sally Madera. The officer was taken to a local hospital for a possible leg injury. The injury was not considered life-threatening, Madera said. The California Highway Patrol had opened one lane on the freeway interchange by 8:30 a.m. with additional lanes expected to open later in the morning.
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May 15, 2013 | By Daniel Siegal
Proclaiming July 10 as "710 Day" in the city, Alhambra reaffirmed its support for a controversial tunnel that would connect the Long Beach and Foothill freeways. “We as a city want to raise awareness that now is the time [the 710 freeway] can be completed,” Alhambra Mayor Steve Placido said at a news conference Tuesday at City Hall. Extending the 710 Freeway from its terminus in Alhambra via a tunnel to the 210 Freeway in Pasadena has long been a controversial proposal, with a collage of politically powerful neighborhoods and elected officials all coming down hard on the idea.
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