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February 17, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Kathleen Hennessey
MEXICO CITY - Twenty years after their countries signed a landmark regional trade agreement, the presidents of the United States, Mexico and Canada will meet this week to attempt to strengthen the economic ties envisioned in that pact, correct the omissions and find ways to expand. Trade and commerce are expected to dominate the agenda when President Obama meets with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts - President Enrique Peña Nieto and Prime Minister Stephen Harper - in the Mexican city of Toluca, just west of Mexico City, on Wednesday.
February 17, 2014 | From KTLA
A natural gas leak Monday at a storage facility in Playa del Rey may have been caused by vandals, authorities said. The leak was reported around 12:30 a.m. at a natural gas storage well at 8100 Falmouth Ave., Southern California Gas Co. spokeswoman Trisha Nuse told KTLA-TV . Hazmat crews with the Los Angeles Fire Department, along with gas company workers, responded to the scene. A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was also called in to assess the situation. The gas was turned off at 3:50 a.m. and no one was injured, Nuse said.
February 14, 2014 | By Shan Li
Occidental Petroleum is ending a nearly century-long run as a storied Los Angeles energy company and moving its headquarters to Houston as part of a corporate overhaul. The nation's fourth-largest oil firm also announced plans Friday to spin off its California assets into a separate publicly traded company based in the Southland. Occidental will continue to employ about 8,000 employees and contractors in the state. The company's split signals the end of an era for Occidental, which was founded in 1920 and led for many years by oil industry legend Armand Hammer.
February 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Two people were injured after a Kentucky natural-gas line exploded and sparked a blaze early Thursday morning, setting homes on fire and leaving a large crater, officials said. Columbia Gulf Transmission LLC, which runs the pipeline that runs near the small town of Knifley, said the company detected a "drop in pressure" on the gas line at 1:05 a.m. Central time. The two victims were treated and released from the hospital by 8 a.m., the company said in a statement, adding that the cause of the "rupture" was under investigation.
February 8, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline hit $3.648 over the last week in Los Angeles and Long Beach, up 3.6 cents from a week earlier. In Orange County, the average had climbed the same amount, to $3.642 a gallon. But experts say it could be a lot worse. Recent increases are driven in part by annual refinery maintenance and California's early switch to a more expensive summer blend of gasoline. PHOTOS: The 10 cars with lowest sticker price per mpg That's part of the reason gas prices have jumped, sometimes sharply, each spring for more than a decade, said Jeff Spring, a spokesman for the Automobile Club of Southern California.
February 7, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 6-day-old baby taken from his Wisconsin home before sunrise Thursday was found alive, swaddled in blankets, at an Iowa gas station at 10:15 a.m. local time Friday, authorities announced. The Beloit Police Department worked around the clock with state, county and federal law enforcement -- totaling about 100 officers -- to track down Kayden Powell. Beloit Police Chief Steven Kopp said at a press conference that Kayden was in excellent condition despite cold temperatures. Kayden and his parents were expected to be reunited at a hospital later Friday.
February 6, 2014 | By Shan Li
California hasn't completely escaped the effects of the polar vortex. Although the Golden State avoided the freezing snowfalls that affected regions farther east, power plants in the Southland are now grappling with low supplies of natural gas brought on by cold weather that won't quit. That has prompted the state's electric power grid operator, known as the California Independent System Operator, to issue a Flex Alert asking for voluntary energy conservation on Thursday until 10 p.m. PHOTOS: Richest and poorest cities in America The operator, which normally issues such alerts during the hot days of summer when air conditioners are on full blast, is working closely with California gas companies to ensure "the reliability of the electric and gas systems in California.
February 2, 2014 | By Thomas Curwen
Anna May, a dispatcher for the Simi Valley Police Department, answered the 911 call. The teenage boy on the line sounded calm but nervous; he was in the car with his mother. She had hoped they would get to the hospital, but they weren't going to make it in time. His mother was going to have a baby, he said. Contractions had begun, and she was already pushing. They had just pulled off the 118 Freeway into the parking lot of a gas station at the corner of Stearns and Bernard streets in Simi Valley just after 1:00 p.m. Saturday.
January 27, 2014 | Ronald D. White
Clean Energy Fuels Corp., the Seal Beach company that builds and operates natural-gas filling stations for some of the nation's biggest bus and truck fleets, is banking on corporate customers to buy more clean-energy vehicles this year. Executives hope that a growing fleet will boost sales of natural gas and propel Clean Energy to its first annual profit since its 1997 founding by Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens, the onetime oil baron and corporate raider, and the company's chief executive, Andrew Littlefair.
January 22, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
This post has been updated below. People were being evacuated Wednesday afternoon in West Hollywood after an underground gas line was ruptured during construction work, law enforcement officials said. Officials were closing Melrose Avenue between La Cienega Boulevard and Orlando Avenue, and the northbound lane of Croft Avenue near Clinton Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Roads were expected to reopen around 5 p.m. A watch commander at the department's West Hollywood Station said it was not immediately clear how many people were being evacuated.
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