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August 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A water main break in Simi Valley could mean delays for morning commuters. All traffic westbound toward Tierra Rejada Road at Madera Road is being diverted by police, and northbound and southbound traffic on Madera should expect delays, said Simi Valley police Sgt. Jeff Dominick. Authorities have been blocking westbound traffic there since Tuesday evening, he said. Madera is one of the area's main roads to the 118 Freeway. The cause of the rupture was not immediately known.
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April 24, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Soaring flames kept a major natural gas plant in southwestern Wyoming closed on Thursday, affecting fuel supplies across the West. The fire followed an explosion Wednesday afternoon at one of the five natural-gas processing units at a Williams Cos. plant near Opal, Wyo. About 40 workers immediately left the plant, shutting off incoming and outgoing pipes on the way out. No one was injured. The entire 88-acre town of Opal was evacuated Wednesday and some 60 residents who spent the night in hotels were allowed back into their homes at about noon Thursday, Opal Mayor Mary Hall told the Los Angeles Times.  Authorities used air monitoring equipment to see whether methane levels were low enough for the town to be safe, Williams spokesman George Angerbauer told The Times.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A ruptured subterranean gas line at a construction site in Beverly Hills has caused the evacuation of the offices of several entertainment companies located along Civic Center Drive and nearby streets. The accident occurred at a construction site at 9357 W. 3rd St., where a city of Beverly Hills public works warehouse is being built.  Among the companies forced to evacuate around 3 p.m. were Participant Media, United Talent Agency, Live Nation and Playboy, said Therese Kosterman, public information manager for the city of Beverly Hills.  [ UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: Beverly Hills says the rupture has been fixed and evacuees are being allowed back into the buildings.]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 2013 | By Jason Wells
A ruptured water line shut down a terminal at Mineta San Jose International Airport on Monday, prompting warnings of long lines and delays for passengers. A hot-water line in Terminal A broke about 2:15 a.m., leaving standing water 2 to 3 inches deep in the sky bridge that connects the parking garage to the terminal's security area, airport Rosemary Barnes told KGO-TV . Maintenance crews stopped the flow of water at about 4:14 a.m., but the terminal remained closed during the rush hour commute for clean up. All airlines that operate out of the terminal, including American, All Nippon Airways, Delta, JetBlue, United, U.S. Airways, Virgin American and Volaris, were affected.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2009 | Tony Barboza
The rash of water-main breaks continued early Tuesday, with three more ruptures causing flooding and street closures in the Hollywood Hills and South Los Angeles. But with 18 major bursts so far this month -- about average for this point in October -- water officials said the recent upswing in major leaks in the city's water system, which reached an alarming 44 in September, appears to have eased. "It's settled down," said Joe Ramallo, a spokesman for the Department of Water and Power.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1987 | Nancy Wride \f7
A water main burst early Tuesday, flooding a heavily traveled stretch of Euclid Street, blocking commuter traffic and leaving 20 homes without water for several hours, authorities said. A city employee notified police about 1:30 a.m. that he had discovered a broken water main on Euclid beneath a railroad overpass near Williamson Avenue, Police Lt. Bud Lathrop said.
NEWS
May 5, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
The rupture of a brain aneurysm is a relatively rare event but, as it causes bleeding in the brain, that event is a potentially devastating one. Now researchers have attempted to identify possible triggers for such ruptures, also known as hemorrhagic strokes, finding that sex, coffee and losing one's temper -- among other things -- may raise the risk. Such ruptures begin with aneurysms , which are weak spots in blood vessels in the brain. Under stress, those weak spots can rupture and lead to hemorrhaging, or bleeding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1999
That's a pretty big water pipe rupture in Orange County to fix with one guy and a garden shovel watched by one supervisor ("Residents Unfazed by Pipe Rupture," Dec. 15). I've passed workers on smaller street projects with at least four guys looking into the ditch while one shoveled. Don't forget that Santa will need to wash his sleigh soon. TARA ROTH MADDEN San Clemente
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1985 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, Times Staff Writer
The final lawsuits stemming from the rupture of a huge water slide in 1981 and other mishaps at the Big O Skate Park in Orange have been settled in recent weeks, with eight injured people settling for a total of more than $300,000. Water slide riders could reach 20 m.p.h. as they slid down the twisting, six-foot-wide plastic tubes, starting from 68 feet above ground. The attraction opened in early July of 1981. On Aug. 9 of that year, the plastic tubing ruptured, causing injuries to five people.
SPORTS
July 28, 1986
Guard Norm Nixon of the Clippers underwent a 1 1/2-hour operation Sunday morning to repair tendon damage in his left knee at Daniel Freeman Hospital. Nixon, 30, is expected to be out of action four to six months. Nixon suffered a complete rupture of the quadriceps tendon in his left knee last Thursday while playing in a celebrity softball game in New York. "The rupture was repaired successfully, and the prognosis is excellent," said Dr. Anthony Daly, who performed the surgery.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A fire hydrant in Hollywood that ruptured after a car slammed into it Monday morning sent water high into the air and onto the House of Blues property, authorities said. Firefighters who received a call about the incident about 3:47 a.m. controlled the water spurt in the 8400 block of Sunset Boulevard and had the scene cleared an hour later. It was unclear how much damage the water caused to the concert venue. A representative at House of Blues could not immediately be reached. Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Bowman at the West Hollywood station said the driver was not impaired at the time of the crash.  It was not immediately known what caused the driver to veer off the road and slam into the fire hydrant, Bowman added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Officials reopened northbound lanes of the 215 Freeway near Riverside early Friday after a construction crew ruptured a natural gas line, prompting a complete shutdown of the highway. Southbound lanes were expected to reopen by about 7 a.m., according to Terry Kasinga, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation. The freeway was closed at Iowa Avenue near the 60 Freeway interchange shortly after 12:33 a.m. when an excavation crew hit the gas line. Traffic was diverted onto surface streets while emergency crews responded to the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A water main break in Simi Valley could mean delays for morning commuters. All traffic westbound toward Tierra Rejada Road at Madera Road is being diverted by police, and northbound and southbound traffic on Madera should expect delays, said Simi Valley police Sgt. Jeff Dominick. Authorities have been blocking westbound traffic there since Tuesday evening, he said. Madera is one of the area's main roads to the 118 Freeway. The cause of the rupture was not immediately known.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2013 | By Daniel Miller, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
A ruptured subterranean gas line at a construction site in Beverly Hills has caused the evacuation of the offices of several entertainment companies located along Civic Center Drive and nearby streets. The accident occurred at a construction site at 9357 W. 3rd St., where a city of Beverly Hills public works warehouse is being built.  Among the companies forced to evacuate around 3 p.m. were Participant Media, United Talent Agency, Live Nation and Playboy, said Therese Kosterman, public information manager for the city of Beverly Hills.  [ UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: Beverly Hills says the rupture has been fixed and evacuees are being allowed back into the buildings.]
SPORTS
April 14, 2013 | By David Wharton
It was a simple basketball move, Kobe Bryant spinning toward the basket, dribbling hard to his left. Legendary careers are not supposed to finish this way, but when the Lakers guard collapsed on the floor, clutching his leg, fans may have witnessed the passing of an era. Or, at least, the beginning of the end for an athlete who has dominated professional basketball for almost two decades. "We're talking about a unique competitive spirit," said Jeff Van Gundy, a former NBA coach who is an ESPN analyst.
SCIENCE
January 9, 2013 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
For decades, scientists have assumed the central portion of California's San Andreas fault acts as a barrier that prevents a big quake in the southern part of the state from spreading to the north, and vice versa. As a result, a mega-quake that could be felt from San Diego to San Francisco was widely considered impossible. But that key fault segment might not serve as a barrier in all cases, researchers wrote Wednesday in the online edition of the journal Nature. Using a combination of laboratory measurements and computer simulations, the two scientists showed how so-called creeping segments in a fault - long thought to be benign because they slip slowly and steadily along as tectonic plates shift - might behave like locked segments, which build up stress over time and then rupture.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1999 | Harrison Sheppard, (714) 966-5977
The city has received an insurance payment of $850,000 in connection with the Sept. 21 water tank rupture on Hefley Street. This is the second payment from the Orange County Cities Risk Management Authority, a coalition of 11 cities that pool funds to insure each other. Westminster now has received $1.65 million and expects to receive more as the additional expenses involved in responding to the disaster are reviewed.
NEWS
January 19, 1986
A Minneapolis woman and her baby may be the first ever to survive a complete uterine rupture, doctors at North Memorial Medical Center said. Ora Ard, 31, and her son were reported to be in good condition after the infant was rescued in surgery. Ard, who was seven months pregnant, checked into the hospital complaining of severe pain. Surgeons discovered that her womb had burst, causing massive internal bleeding.
SPORTS
August 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
Andre Ethier opened his right hand, revealing a blister on his palm that popped three days earlier. The area of raw skin was about the size of a quarter, the exposed region large enough to cause him significant discomfort in his bottom hand when holding a bat. The ruptured blister was the latest annoyance in what has been a rough few months for the two-time All-Star outfielder. Ethier was batting a season-best .333 on May 30. He had played 63 games since then entering the Dodgers' series finale against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
A combination of refinery outages and oil pipeline spills in Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois helped drive the U.S. average for a gallon of regular gasoline up 13.7 cents over the last week to $3.645 on Monday, an Energy Department survey showed. The California average rose 6.6 cents to $3.868 a gallon, leaving the state in the rare position of having cheaper gasoline than many parts of the Midwest. The surge in the U.S. average started with ruptures in petroleum pipelines that served the Green Bay, Wis., and Chicago areas.
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