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January 10, 2014 | By Thomas Curwen
Tony Brake had seen tunnel fires before, and given the tower of black smoke and what he could see of the flames, he feared this one was going to be bad. On a Saturday morning in July, a tanker truck carrying 8,700 gallons of gasoline flipped over, and the two-lane underpass connecting the northbound Glendale Freeway with the northbound 5 Freeway turned into a blast furnace. If the tunnel - which supports the 5 Freeway - were to fail, the freeway would collapse. Traffic would be snarled for months, and for a region just emerging from a recession, the economic impact could be severe.
December 29, 2013 | By Jason Song
Yaneth Palencia wrote a petition to the city's transportation department in 2005, urging officials to install a traffic signal or stop sign at the crosswalk near Normandie Avenue and 42 n d Street in her neighborhood, south of downtown. "We note that cars driving on that street, often, exceed the legal posted speed limit and that accidents have occurred in the past," wrote Palencia, who was worried that someone would eventually get killed trying to cross the busy street. "I never thought it would be my nephew," she said.
December 19, 2013 | Marc Martin
Lakewood resident Kathleen Rivas was introduced by the Keck School of Medicine of USC as the first patient to get an implanted responsive brain device that was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat epilepsy. Rivas had the device surgically implanted this month. It detects and then directly responds to abnormal brain activity to prevent seizures.
December 5, 2013 | By Richard Simon, Matt Pearce and Michael Muskal
The New York commuter train crash that killed four passengers over the weekend was "preventable," Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said Thursday, pushing for stronger rail safety standards as fallout over the tragedy continued to spread. As the investigation into Sunday's derailment continues, the train's engineer has been suspended without pay, according to Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which operates the Metro-North train and other commuter lines in New York.
December 2, 2013 | By James Barragan, Samantha Schaefer and Adolfo Flores
Witnesses said Sunday that there was little anyone could do to save "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker and another man after their Porsche crashed Saturday afternoon in Santa Clarita. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Sunday continued to investigate the single-car crash but did not reveal any details on a possible cause. Speed may have been a factor in the crash, which occurred about 3:30 p.m. on Hercules Street, a normally quiet road with a 45-mph speed limit, authorities said.
November 29, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Auto safety regulators are pushing for new equipment to protect motorists from their biggest threat: themselves. They're aiming to keep drunk drivers off the road with the help of onboard technology that immobilizes their cars. New vehicles may soon come with systems to help prevent collisions. And engines may not start unless occupants buckle their seat belts. It's all part of a push by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to use technology to reduce traffic fatalities.
November 15, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Seven years ago, the Supreme Court rightly ruled that police couldn't conduct a warrantless search of a home shared by two people if one of the residents was present and objected. This week, the justices heard arguments in a case from California that threatens to make that decision a dead letter. The court should reject the argument that police can get around a resident's objection to a warrantless search by arresting him and then seeking permission from his spouse or roommate. That's what occurred in 2009 when police tracked a suspect in a robbery to a Los Angeles apartment.
November 12, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Dramatically escalating the fight against heart attacks and strokes, the nation's cardiologists have rewritten the guidebook on how Americans should be treated with statins and unveiled a plan that could double the number of patients taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs to about 70 million. The new approach, presented Tuesday by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Assn., represents a stark shift from the way doctors have prescribed the popular drugs for most of the last decade.
November 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
If you're having trouble loading up profile and other pages on Facebook on Friday morning, you aren't alone. A glitch appears to have affected several users of the world's most popular social network by leaving them unable to see their profile pages, their friends' or the pages of others whom they follow.  [Update 10:03 a.m., Nov. 8: Facebook said this glitch has now been resolved. "Earlier today, we experienced an issue that prevented some people from loading Timeline or Pages content for a brief period of time," the company said in a statement.
November 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
San Diego County prosecutors are attempting to keep one of the region's most infamous rapists in custody even though he has served 25 years in prison and is set for parole. At a Superior Court hearing Friday morning, the judge set a Dec. 19 hearing on whether Alvin Ray Quarles should be released or determined to be a "sexually violent predator" and sent to a state hospital for sex offenders until he is judged to no longer be a threat to the public. "Protecting our community from sexually violent predators is a priority for the DA's office and we're working diligently to have this defendant committed to a state hospital for an indeterminate term," said district attorney spokesman Steve Walker.
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