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October 28, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The 710 Freeway in Commerce was fully open Monday morning following a fiery big rig tanker crash over the weekend. The freeway was open in both directions by 5:11 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The big rig, carrying an estimated 8,000 gallons of crude oil, crashed at 9:30 a.m. Sunday near Washington Boulevard, leaving the driver of the rig "severely burned," the CHP said. According to the CHP's incident log, the driver may have lost control after a flat tire.
October 7, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man who was bitten by a shark while surfing off the Northern California coast said the great white came "out of nowhere. " Jay Scrivner, 45, of Eureka, told the Associated Press in a phone interview from his hospital bed that the nearly 10-foot shark bit his thigh and his board Sunday as he surfed near Humboldt Bay. He told the news service on Monday that he was lying on his board, paddling in a familiar spot when he was bitten....
September 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The mammoth Rim fire, which burned into the western portion of Yosemite National Park while scorching large swaths of the Stanislaus National Forest, is inching closer to its end. U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire is now 92% contained after consuming 402 square miles. Full containment is expected Sunday, they added. Fire activity continues to be limited to "isolated smoldering" within the fire containment lines, according to an incident update posted by the U.S. Forest Service.
September 30, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Make the rounds in the Dodgers' clubhouse and this becomes clear: The players like Don Mattingly. They really, really like him. Players smile when they talk about him. They laugh when they share stories about him. They sound proud that he'll be leading them Thursday in the opening game of the National League division series against the Atlanta Braves, his first playoff game in three years as Dodgers manager. But the Mattingly the players know isn't the same person the public sees, a laid-back, self-effacing Midwesterner.
September 18, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
A global survey conducted by HSBC Holdings found that one in eight workers expect to never be able to retire fully. The report, released Wednesday, surveyed 16,000 people in 15 countries and found disparities among workers' expectations in the U.S., Britain and other countries.  Five years after the financial crisis, the United States economy is still recovering, with an elevated jobless rate of 7.3%. Wages have stagnated and low interest rates put in place by the Federal Reserve have slowed savings by Americans.
September 11, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
Mike Dalton starts his day at a Department of Veterans Affairs office in Oakland doing something he couldn't do a year ago: He signs on to a computer and calls up an application for disability compensation. With a few mouse clicks, he pulls the information he needs to rate a veteran's injuries. The new computer system is the centerpiece of a major overhaul that department officials promise will clear the backlog of claims that has had severely wounded veterans waiting months - if not years - to find out whether they will receive financial help.
September 9, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Although Manager Don Mattingly said Monday that he would like for the Dodgers to have home-field advantage in the playoffs, he made clear it wasn't at the top of his list of priorities. The Dodgers will have home-field advantage through the National League playoffs if they finish with the league's best record. They went into their series opener Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks with an 83-59 record, which was second-best in the league to the Atlanta Braves' 86-57. "What's the risk-reward of that?"
September 4, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Firefighters have fully contained a small but persistent fire in the San Bernardino National Forest that was one of many blazes sparked by lightning more than two weeks ago. Sparked on Aug. 19, the Gobblers fire grew to 413 acres and was driven into the Stockton Flats area after being fueled by down-canyon winds, steep terrain and dry sagebrush, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire was fully contained Tuesday, but some crews remained on “patrol status” Wednesday. Although smoke was visible from Cajon Pass and the high desert, the fire had not threatened any homes or communities.
August 23, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Less than six weeks before the launch of a major healthcare overhaul, California officials are scrambling to get their online enrollment system ready in time. Thursday, the state's new health insurance marketplace said its website may not be fully operational Oct. 1 when consumer enrollment begins under the Affordable Care Act. But officials said they would know more after the results of key computer tests early next month. This month, Oregon said its online enrollment wouldn't be ready Oct. 1 and it would take only paper and phone applications from consumers for the first few weeks.
August 12, 2013 | By Joel Rubin and Joseph Serna
A wildfire that's burned about 30 square miles in Riverside County is expected to be fully contained Monday, officials said. The Silver fire, which has destroyed 26 homes, injured 11 firefighters and scorched through 20,292 acres in the San Jacinto Mountains is 90% contained, officials said. The blaze began on Wednesday. One person suffered serious burn injuries in the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation. Assuming there are no dramatic changes in weather conditions, fire officials expect to have the blaze fully contained -- meaning a break line around the entire fire -- by Monday, said Battalion Chief Julie Hutchinson, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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