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January 20, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A wind-whipped brush fire in a rural valley between Carson City and Reno forced more than 10,000 residents to flee and destroyed more than 20 homes, Nevada officials said Thursday night. Gov. Brian Sandoval declared a state of emergency shortly before 5 p.m. By evening, the blaze had grown to nearly 6 square miles. "To say we're in the thick of battle is an understatement," Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez told reporters earlier. The news conference itself was almost postponed because authorities were set to widen the evacuation area to include the high school where the briefing took place.
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NATIONAL
June 16, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Four firefighters were injured Saturday and more than 100 homes near downtown Indianapolis had to be evacuated after a recycling facility caught fire and collapsed. None of the injuries were serious, and by Sunday residents were allowed to return home. The blaze took eight hours to control Saturday as more than two-dozen 30-gallon propane tanks continually exploded and the fire sent up an acrid cloud that could be seen for miles over the city, officials said. Nearby buildings and dumpsters momentarily caught fire as strong winds blew the embers from the blaze to the surrounding area.
NATIONAL
June 29, 2012 | By Tony Barboza
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Hundreds of families from neighborhoods torched by the massive Waldo Canyon wildfire met with local officials Thursday night to learn whether their homes had survived. In an emotional meeting at a University of Colorado events center, Colorado Springs officials distributed printouts with addresses marking which houses had been destroyed or damaged, and which had survived, attendees said. At least 346 homes were destroyed on some 35 streets in the Mountain Shadows neighborhood, Mayor Stephen Bach said earlier in the day. He warned that the toll could grow as more areas are inspected.  PHOTOS: U.S. wildfires 2012 Byron and Rebekah Largent had already heard that their home had burned but attended the night meeting to support friends and neighbors -- some of whom broke down when they got the bad news.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Android phone users looking for a place to rent are getting a new app from Zillow. Launching today, Zillow Rentals for Android gives apartment seekers an app that puts on-the-spot comparison power in their hands. It gives access to the real estate information site's estimates on more than 100 million homes and apartments in the U.S. "Renters shop differently from buyers and look at many homes quickly, in specific locations, in a short amount of time," said Jeremy Wacksman, Zillow's vice president of consumer marketing and mobile.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Home sales rose nationally in December, marking the third consecutive month that the market has shown improvement. Previously owned homes were sold at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.61 million units, up 5% from November and 3.6% from December 2010, the National Assn. of Realtors said Friday. "The market for single-family homes picked up in the second half of 2011, after being stuck near the bottom for nearly three years," Patrick Newport, an economist with IHS Global Insight, wrote in a note to clients.
NATIONAL
May 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A series of tornadoes raked a broad swath of the Midwest on Sunday, destroying homes and a trailer park in Oklahoma, killing one person and injuring at least 21 others, officials said. As night fell, rescuers with flashlights picked through the rubble of a trailer park in Shawnee, Okla., that was heavily damaged in the storm, as were a number of homes across the state. [Updated, May 19, 9:36 p.m.: The Pottawatomie County sheriff's office said late Sunday that one body had been found at the trailer park, the Associated Press reported.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo
If you're still having trouble selling your house, you're not alone. Sales of previously owned homes in January stumbled considerably for the second consecutive month. The National Assn. of Realtors in Washington said Friday that sales fell 7.2%. January sales were the lowest since June but 11.5% higher than in January 2009. Previously owned homes make up the bulk of the nation's buying activity. Economists said that last month's sales drop from December was another sign the market is critically weak and unlikely to recover robustly this year as the potential for more foreclosures looms.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Home prices in the upscale Bay Area swelled last month, but tight inventory kept sales below average, driving bidding wars and frustrating would-be buyers. The median sale price for a home in the nine-county region hit $519,000 in May -- a 29.8% increase from the same month a year earlier -- real estate firm DataQuick said Thursday. That was a nearly 2% increase from April. Buyers purchased 8,541 new and existing houses and condos, down 4% from May 2012, but up 12.1% from April.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Their Occupy-like grievances were familiar as activists staged a day of protests throughout California to oppose income inequality and other issues. Their choice of locations was not. Rather than parks or other public venues, these protesters demonstrated outside the well-tended homes of executives from some of California's largest corporations. The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, an offshoot of the embattled national group ACORN, organized the protests outside the homes of the well-known, such as Hewlett-Packard chief Meg Whitman in Northern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 | By Jean Merl
The tally of homes reported destroyed in the Powerhouse fire rose dramatically Thursday, as authorities discovered 24 homes were burned out, more than double the previous estimate. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Anthony Akins attributed the rise in damage to a survey by ground crews, who were able to explore the burn area more fully on Wednesday. Akins said he believes some of the additional destroyed homes are believed to be in a canyon near Lake Hughes.  Fire personnel have the fire 78% surrounded and expect full containment around midnight Monday.
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