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February 25, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Tempe, Ariz.-- It seemed to defy logic and gravity -- and, perhaps, some rules of common sense -- but the Angels squeezed more than half a ton of players and $318 million in outstanding contracts on one electric golf cart Saturday morning. Veteran position players who work out on the lower fields of the Tempe Diablo Stadium complex usually catch rides back to the clubhouse, but there was only one cart available when Saturday's workout was complete. New slugger Albert Pujols, signed for 10 years and $240 million, and outfielder Vernon Wells, who has three years and $63 million left on his contract, grabbed spots on the rear-facing seat that is big enough to seat two comfortably.
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April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
TAPACHULA, Mexico - The last time Norman Varela made an unauthorized crossing into Mexico, he was headed to the United States, in search of a job, riding atop the infamous northbound freight train known as La Bestia - the Beast. Mexican policemen robbed the Honduran of his savings en route, he said. Later, on the night of Oct. 29, 2005, a rumor spread that more bad men were coming. As Varela made his escape, he ducked under a freight car. It rolled over his right leg, severing it at the knee.
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May 28, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A small group of people stood off to the side of a road near Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon, staring at a column of flames from a derailed frieght train in the distance. "How far -- how far away you think we are?" a man asked. Before anyone could answer, a large explosion ripped through the air, sending a response to the onlookers scurrying away: Too close. The train explosion could be felt for miles in Rosedale, a few miles east of downtown Baltimore, where residents could see a towering black column of smoke rising into the air after the blast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Rosanna Xia
A man was struck and killed by a freight train in Pacoima early Saturday, officials said. A Union Pacific freight train struck Jesse Elkins, 41, at about 2 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Van Nuys Boulevard and San Fernando Road, according to the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.  The train was going northbound, and Elkins was pronounced dead at the scene, LAPD Lt. W. Jones said. "Causes are unknown at this point," Jones said. "The investigation is ongoing.
BUSINESS
April 24, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The American Trucking Assn. said that it expects the industry to haul more freight than it did last year, but it added that the pace of growth would probably be slower than it was in 2010 and 2011. The association is the nation's biggest trade organization for the trucking industry, with affiliates in each of the 50 states. In 2010 and 2011, freight tonnage grew by 5.8%, but this year the Trucking Assn. is expecting growth of slightly less than 3%. Bob Costello, chief economist for the ATA said that the trucking industry's performance during the first quarter "was reflective of an economy that is growing, but growing moderately.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Los Angeles may be one of the first global cities to adopt a new electric freight trucking system, unveiled by electrical engineering giant Siemens Corp. last week at the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium, or EVS26. The new technology, called eHighway, is a highway electrification system that uses overhead electrical wires to transmit energy to freight trucks in select vehicle lanes, similar to modern-day streetcars. “Most people think about cars when they think of vehicle emissions, but the reality is it's freight trucks,” said Daryl Dulaney, chief executive of North American infrastructure and cities sector for Siemens.
BUSINESS
January 3, 2010 | By Alana Semuels
More than 4,000 miles of train tracks stretch through California, winding up the blustery Cajon Pass and snaking through the desert surrounding Barstow. Those tracks could be seeing a lot more traffic in the next few years as trains loaded with Chinese-made toys, electronics and clothing roll eastward, connecting West Coast ports with cities across the U.S. Warren Buffett is a believer. In November, the world's second-richest man paid $34 billion for railroad giant Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.
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October 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two freight trains apparently collided head-on Tuesday afternoon near the 40 Freeway in San Bernardino County, fire officials say. No injuries were reported in the accident near mile marker 47 by Ludlow, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. The cargo was produce, and there were no reports of hazardous materials, fire officials say. Some railroad ties were ablaze. The crash was reported shortly before 3 p.m. No other details were immediately available.  ALSO: DA seeks victims of medic accused of groping patient Councilman Huizar says affair with former aide was 'huge mistake' USC law school to offer online master's program for students abroad Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
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January 22, 1986 | Associated Press
A freight derailment Tuesday night knocked out power to hundreds of homes, authorities said. No injuries were reported in the train mishap, the cause of which had not yet been determined.
BUSINESS
February 10, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
FedEx Corp., the second-largest U.S. package-delivery company, is eliminating 900 jobs in its freight unit because of declining demand and "aggressive" pricing by rivals. The cuts, equal to 2.6% of FedEx Freight's 35,000 employees, are in addition to 540 jobs trimmed at the unit late last year and 650 at FedEx's Office unit, a spokeswoman said. Paring the payroll deepens the retrenchment to cope with what FedEx calls the worst economic conditions in its 35-year history. FedEx, which is based in Memphis, Tenn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A man walking on railroad tracks in Anaheim was killed late New Year's Eve after being struck by a freight train, authorities said.  The man was on the eastbound tracks near Orangethorpe Avenue and Imperial Highway, said Anaheim Police Sgt. Chris Pena. The man was struck by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train, Pena said.  Pena said the conductor saw the man on the tracks but was unable to stop in time. Police were called to the scene shortly before 11 p.m.  "The reason why he was on the tracks is unclear," Pena said.
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December 2, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
An investigation was underway Monday into the cause of a freight train derailment in southwestern New Mexico that killed the three people onboard. The Southwestern Railroads train carrying iron ore derailed and crashed about three miles outside of Bayard, N.M., around midday Saturday, New Mexico State Police Lt. Emmanuel Gutierrez told the Los Angeles Times. “It's a very mountainous area, rugged terrain,” Gutierrez said. "It's rural, out in the mountains. " Donald White, 38, of Silver City, N.M., Steven Corse, 60, of Paulden, Ariz., and Ann Thompson, 50, of Paulden, were killed in the crash, officials said.
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October 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two freight trains apparently collided head-on Tuesday afternoon near the 40 Freeway in San Bernardino County, fire officials say. No injuries were reported in the accident near mile marker 47 by Ludlow, the San Bernardino County Fire Department said. The cargo was produce, and there were no reports of hazardous materials, fire officials say. Some railroad ties were ablaze. The crash was reported shortly before 3 p.m. No other details were immediately available.  ALSO: DA seeks victims of medic accused of groping patient Councilman Huizar says affair with former aide was 'huge mistake' USC law school to offer online master's program for students abroad Twitter: @LAJourno robert.lopez@latimes.com
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June 3, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A freight train derailed Sunday in a small town outside of Modesto, closing the track temporarily but otherwise causing little damage. About 10 cars derailed just before 5 p.m. Sunday in Denair, a town about 15 miles southeast of Modesto, the Modesto Bee reported. All but three of the cars were empty and no hazardous material was aboard, the Bee reported. There were no reported injuries, but the track was damaged and was closed until further notice. Amtrak is using buses to carry passengers whose trips were affected by the crash.
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May 28, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A small group of people stood off to the side of a road near Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon, staring at a column of flames from a derailed frieght train in the distance. "How far -- how far away you think we are?" a man asked. Before anyone could answer, a large explosion ripped through the air, sending a response to the onlookers scurrying away: Too close. The train explosion could be felt for miles in Rosedale, a few miles east of downtown Baltimore, where residents could see a towering black column of smoke rising into the air after the blast.
NATIONAL
May 25, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Seven people were injured when two freight trains collided in rural southeastern Missouri early Saturday morning, causing a highway overpass to collapse, officials said. None of the injuries were life-threatening, Lisa Scherer , a dispatcher for the Scott County Sheriff's Department told the Los Angeles Times . The incident occurred about 2:30 a.m. when a   Union Pacific train T-boned a Burlington Northern Train about 120 miles south of St. Louis.
SPORTS
September 15, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
A U.S. Open tennis tournament that had something for everybody this year offered up one more juicy tidbit on its last day Monday. Roger Federer lost. That hasn't happened here in six years and 40 matches. He's like USC with a lead at halftime, Tiger with a five-foot putt. But the man who played in all four Grand Slam tournament finals this year, winning the French Open and Wimbledon and extending his men's record for most major titles to 15, ran up against a new sheriff in town.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1987
I hope other people have noticed the 70-m.p.h. tailgating truck drivers on the Ventura Freeway. They tailgate within 10 feet of the car in front of them. If it's intended to frighten the average driver, it certainly succeeds. In past years much of the freight in California was carried by our railroads. Rail freight is slowly being put out of business, and now, most freight is being carried by these speeding, tailgating truck drivers. It scares the daylights out of me! Am I the only one?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2012 | By Corina Knoll, Los Angeles Times
In unrelated accidents, two trains were struck by vehicles within 10 miles and a few hours of each other in the Central Valley on Monday, authorities said. In the first accident, dozens of passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries when a big rig carrying cotton gin trash collided with an Amtrak train. On what Amtrak calls the San Joaquin Route - which runs between the Bay Area and Bakersfield - a train carrying about 170 passengers had just left the Hanford station about 12:20 p.m. when the big rig heading west on Kansas Avenue failed to stop at the crossing and plowed into its side, said California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Jobinger.
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