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April 30, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
ATLANTA - The owner of Grand Ole Opry, the renowned temple of American country music, sued the federal government Monday, alleging that the great Nashville flood of 2010 - which caused more than $250 million in damage to the Opry and related buildings - was the result of negligence on the part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service. The spring 2010 flood of the Cumberland River resulted in 11 deaths in Nashville, affected 2,773 businesses and left an estimated $2 billion in private property damages, according to city government figures.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 29, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun, Paloma Esquivel and Catherine Saillant
When the first jolt hit, Fullerton Mayor Pro Tem Greg Sebourn was on the couch getting his 4- and 8-year-old daughters ready for bed. As Sebourn rushed his screaming girls toward the door, another violent lurch knocked the mayor and one of his daughters to the floor. Sebourn skinned his knee and his daughter bumped her head on a door jamb. On Saturday, the mayor was thankful their injuries weren't worse. "It's the strongest jolt I've ever felt, and I've been in the same town for 41 years," he said.
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February 25, 1998 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The rain was gone and the skies were clear--but the fear that gripped many Ojai Valley residents stuck Tuesday like caked-on river mud. "It's mostly psychological now," 56-year-old Art Isgur said, keeping an eye on the horizon. "You see a cloud in the sky and you start shaking." Isgur was among two dozen east Ojai residents who watched helplessly Monday as rushing flood waters inundated their homes. On Tuesday, he and others began to clean up the mess left behind.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Ride-sharing company Uber is upping the ante in its drive to persuade government regulators that the public is protected when its drivers are between fares. Uber announced Friday that it was closing a so-called insurance gap in its service. The company has been insuring its drivers when carrying Uber passengers. Now it says it is providing contingency insurance that covers property damage and injuries caused by an Uber driver even when he or she is between fares.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1994 | ED BOND
The San Fernando Chamber of Commerce has moved out of the South Brand Boulevard building owned by the city so that earthquake repairs can be made. Bruce Cohen, chief executive officer of the chamber, said the office moved last week so the city could replace five walls for about $50,000. "This was an old fire station," Cohen said. "Most of the fire station held up very well." But he said the building suffered a lot of cosmetic damage from the Jan. 17 Northridge earthquake.
BUSINESS
September 17, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Safeco Hikes Earthquake Loss Estimate to $225 Million: The parent of Safeco Insurance Co. had originally estimated its losses in the Jan. 17 Northridge quake at $175 million. Seattle-based Safeco Corp. becomes the second major insurer to sharply increase its loss estimate this month. A week ago, 20th Century Industries boosted its loss estimate to $815 million from $685 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1998 | YUNG KIM
A two-alarm fire Tuesday destroyed a home and slightly injured a firefighter. Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Scott Brown said 40 firefighters responded to the blaze at a home in the 24000 block of Okeechobee Lane just before noon and controlled it in about 45 minutes. A family of three was homeless after their house sustained $180,000 in damage. Four firefighters were treated at the scene for heat-related distress.
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May 3, 1988 | KAREN ROEBUCK, Times Staff Writer
The pilings and other pier supports had just arrived in Redondo Beach, scheduled for use this week to repair the damage to the city's famous pier resulting from January's storm. Then the ocean struck again. It took only 15 minutes Saturday evening for wind-swept waves to claim a favored fishing area--not a single piling was left standing where the 155-foot promenade had stretched between the Monstad section of the pier and the horseshoe-shaped Fisherman's Wharf area.
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February 21, 1992 | FRANK MESSINA
Normally, hundreds of people visit the sprawling sports complex at the Youth Athletic Park to watch Mission Viejo children play Little League and American Youth Soccer ball. But during last week's drenching rains, flood-watching also became a spectator sport as dozens of people drove down to stare as the bowl-like facility filled with up to six feet of water, covering outfield fences and backstops.
NEWS
May 26, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rioting during the Rancho Chico Days weekend this month cost the city about $80,000 in directly related expenses, officials estimate. The Chico City Council was advised of the sum this week during a hearing on whether to continue the annual spring celebration or to scrap it because of heavy drinking and disturbances. Rioting during the May 4-6 weekend resulted in 93 arrests of young people, many of them students at Cal State Chico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A series of storm systems hitting Southern California has prompted a high-surf advisory in Los Angeles County, with forecasters warning of possible beach erosion and high tides that could cause property damage. The advisory is slated to be in effect until at 5 p.m. Sunday, said Stuart Seto of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. In addition to potential property damage, the high surf could create strong and dangerous rip tides, Seto said, as well as waves that can suddenly wash people off of rocks and jetties, known as sneaker waves.
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July 28, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Unruly crowds in Huntington Beach damaged property and clashed with police Sunday night following the close of a major surf competition. Witnesses said a rowdy group of young men threw bottles, tipped over portable toilets and looted at least one store before police dressed in riot gear quelled the disturbance. Witnesses said police used tear gas and non-lethal projectiles to clear the crowds. Police said the unrest began when a fight broke out at about 7 p.m., shortly after the conclusion of the eight-day U.S. Open of Surfing, which brought thousands of spectators to the Huntington Beach boardwalk.
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April 30, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
ATLANTA - The owner of Grand Ole Opry, the renowned temple of American country music, sued the federal government Monday, alleging that the great Nashville flood of 2010 - which caused more than $250 million in damage to the Opry and related buildings - was the result of negligence on the part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Weather Service. The spring 2010 flood of the Cumberland River resulted in 11 deaths in Nashville, affected 2,773 businesses and left an estimated $2 billion in private property damages, according to city government figures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 20 years after Los Angeles was shaken by one of the worst outbreaks of civil unrest in U.S. history, residents say the city is safer and relations between its racial and ethnic groups are significantly better than they were in 1992. Most also say L.A. is unlikely to see riots in the coming years like those that swept the city after the 1992 acquittals of four Los Angeles police officers charged in the beating of Rodney G. King, a new report shows. The survey by the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University suggests, however, that many Angelenos are relatively pessimistic about the city's overall direction.
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August 25, 2010 | By Johannes Boie, Los Angeles Times
Officers with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Transit Bureau arrested two suspected graffiti vandals and are searching for a third suspect after serving search warrants Tuesday at their homes in Whittier and El Monte. The three men are members of a tagging group called PCN, which stands for Painting City Nightly or Painters Causing Nightmares, deputies said. They are accused of causing $338,000 in damage to freeway bridges and L.A. County properties.  They started tagging about 1 1/2 years ago, officials said.
SPORTS
June 18, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
The Lakers' victory celebration was already underway inside the Coliseum on Wednesday when hundreds of people rushed into a restricted area, knocking down fencing and climbing onto the roof of a building to catch a glimpse of the team. Some in the crowd, which included women and children, hurled rocks and bottles at Los Angeles police officers dispatched to the scene.
BUSINESS
September 9, 1994 | THOMAS S. MULLIGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twentieth Century Industries raised its estimate of Northridge earthquake losses Thursday by a stunning $130 million--to $815 million--gouging a new hole in the insurance holding company's capital base and raising questions about its ability to survive without a major infusion of equity or even outright sale of the company. On Wall Street, surprised investors punished 20th Century's stock, driving it down 25%. The stock was by far the worst performer on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 1998 | CHRIS CHI
More than a dozen homes and cars were damaged and a young boy was hit by smashed glass in what Ventura police described as a late-night vandalism rampage that stretched across the city. The string of rock and spray paint attacks began late Friday and stretched into Saturday morning, police said. Homes from Poli Street in midtown to Bryn Mawr Street on the city's east end were vandalized, police said.
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May 18, 2009 | Scott Gold and Jean Merl
A magnitude 4.7 earthquake shook a large stretch of Southern California on Sunday night. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries, though some broken windows, falling dishes and minor property damage occurred. The quake hit at 8:39 p.m. and was centered near Lennox, a community between Inglewood and Hawthorne and east of Los Angeles International Airport.
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March 6, 2006 | Stephen Clark, Times Staff Writer
Beverly Hills High School has served as a location for such movies as "It's a Wonderful Life," "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Clueless." Today, it's become a prime location for something else: skateboarding. But the school, which is highly regarded in skateboarding circles for its design and location atop a hill, is cracking down on skaters to avoid property damage and address residents' complaints.
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