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August 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A grass fire apparently sparked on the side of a freeway in Fairfield spread quickly, scorching five homes and forcing authorities to evacuate dozens of residences, police said Tuesday night. Two of the homes were destroyed by the blaze that broke out along Interstate 80 on Tuesday afternoon and three others were damaged, the Fairfield Police Department said. The homes were along Marigold Drive. As flames were pushed by winds, officers went door to door to evacuate homes and apartments and make sure no one was trapped inside.
October 21, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into problems with the brakes on the 2009 Hyundai Genesis cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 23 complaints alleging that drivers have to push down hard on the brake pedal and reduced brake effectiveness in upscale cars from Hyundai. There was one reported crash. PHOTOS: Cheapest cars with best gas mileage The federal agency said that several complaints indicate that the problem was diagnosed as a faulty ABS, or anti-lock braking, module.  One driver reported crashing into a stopped vehicle after the brakes didn't respond properly.
June 20, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
More than 200,000 vehicles made by automaker Suzuki are the subject of a federal investigation into faulty warning lights, The Times has learned. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a probe on June 14 to look into the Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV made from 2006 to 2011 and the Suzuki SX4 hatchback made from 2007 to 2011. The agency said it had received 128 complaints from owners who had experienced trouble with their vehicles' warning lights. This included passenger airbag off lights that would indicate the seat was empty (potentially disabling the airbag)
October 22, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico on Tuesday ramped up its protest over reports that the United States spied on numerous senior Mexican leaders, including the country's current and former presidents. Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Meade, speaking in Geneva, said Washington's explanations were insufficient. "Mexico insists ... there is no room for explanations," he said. "But, rather, a timely investigation with clear responsibilities and swift corrective measures. " A short time later, Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong went before TV cameras in Mexico City to announce that Mexico would investigate its officials, in addition to expecting Washington to look into its own possible transgressions.
June 7, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall
Peter Gleick, an internationally known Bay Area scientist, has returned to his post as president of the Pacific Institute following a three-month leave of absence prompted by his admission that he had assumed a false identity to obtain documents from a conservative think tank. In a statement released Wednesday, Pacific's board of directors said outside counsel had conducted an independent investigation that “supported what Dr. Gleick has stated publicly regarding his interaction with the Heartland Institute.
February 25, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
State workplace safety inspectors have opened an investigation into the death of a baggage worker at Los Angeles International Airport despite an initial report indicating he had a heart attack. Based on that report, Erika Monterroza, spokeswoman the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said an inspection was not initially planned into the death Friday of Cesar Valenzuela, 51. However, inspectors visited LAX Monday and "for whatever reason, Cal/OSHA decided there was a need to open an investigation,” Monterroza said.
April 16, 2012 | By David S. Cloud and Kathleen Hennessey
The Pentagon is investigating 10 U.S. military members in a widening probe into whether an advance team of Secret Service and military personnel hired local prostitutes or engaged in other misconduct before President Obama visited Colombia for a summit last week, U.S. officials said. The Pentagon investigation is focusing on five Special Forces Army soldiers, two Marines, two Navy personnel and one member of the Air Force, a U.S. military official said.  The Navy and Air Force personnel are members of explosive detection unit, the official said,.
May 24, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Two letters, written almost six months apart by Golden West College President Wes Bryan, paint a different picture about an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior by a swim coach. In November, Bryan wrote a letter to the Huntington Beach-based Golden West Swim Club's board of directors, describing how an “extensive” outside investigation cleared the club's swim coach, William Jewell, of charges of inappropriate conduct. The allegations had been made by former swim team employee Dia Rianda in an unlawful-termination suit filed against Jewell's boss, Mark Schubert.
June 20, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Brian Bennett
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that journalist Michael Hastings, who died in an auto crash this week, was never under investigation by the agency. Hastings' stories about figures in the military and intelligence community have fueled conspiracy theories, including that he was being followed and under FBI monitoring at the time of his death. The bureau responded in a statement: "At no time was journalist Michael Hastings ever under investigation by the FBI. " The FBI's statement comes as officials with the  Los Angeles Police Department  said that there appears to be no foul play in the one-vehicle accident that killed  Hastings . Officials still are trying to determine whether there was a mechanical problem with the car, if Hastings may have had a medical condition, or if he consumed substances that could have impaired his driving.
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