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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Traffic on Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades was snarled Tuesday afternoon as firefighters battled a brush fire in the dry hillsides overlooking the Pacific. About 150 firefighters were attacking the blaze near Chataqua Boulevard and Channel Road, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. About two acres had been scorched. Northbound lanes on PCH were closed in the area, backing up traffic, officials said. Southbound traffic was snarled as flames burned into the sky and smoke drifted across the ocean.
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BUSINESS
January 14, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien, Salvador Rodriguez and Jim Puzzanghera
A federal appeals court swept aside government regulations designed to ensure equal access to the Internet, raising the prospects of higher fees for consumers and more barriers for start-ups seeking to compete online. The decision Tuesday could allow AT&T Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and other Internet service providers to charge the likes of Netflix and YouTube more money to deliver movies and video to their customers. The ruling also throws into disarray the efforts of the Federal Communications Commission to limit telecom and cable firms from discriminating against certain Internet traffic by slowing speeds, impeding access or raising fees.
NATIONAL
January 11, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
HADDONFIELD, N.J. - A four-day traffic hell that trapped cars headed to one of the nation's busiest bridges, supposedly engineered by gleeful political operatives as payback: Deeply stupid, for sure. Unbelievably vindictive and petty. And, in its way, so quintessentially New Jersey. The George Washington Bridge scandal that has engulfed Gov. Chris Christie, bizarre as it is, also somehow stands as an example of the state's hardball political traditions. In the Garden State, political bosses have never gone out of style, corruption cases pile up more victims than the Sopranos, and elbow-to-the-face tactics are shrugged off by voters - as much a part of Jersey culture as boardwalk custard and stainless-steel diners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- A contrite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie apologized Thursday and said he was "embarrassed and humiliated" by the actions of his staff that closed busy access lanes of the George Washington Bridge in September, snarling traffic in a town whose mayor did not support the governor's reelection bid. "I come out here today to apologize to the people of New Jersey,” Christie said, at a Trenton press conference. "I am embarrassed and humiliated by the conduct of some of the people on my team.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
FORT LEE, N.J. - Traffic is bad on a normal day in this town, a hodgepodge of single-family homes and big apartment towers on the banks of the Hudson River across a bridge from Manhattan. Small one-way streets pass by Korean groceries, banks and real estate offices, dumping traffic onto streets already packed with cars and buses. During the September days when access ramps to the George Washington Bridge were closed because of what was revealed to be a vendetta against the popular mayor of this Democrat-leaning town, it didn't move at all. And traffic again came to a standstill Thursday evening, as a growing crowd of reporters, residents, and even a man dressed as a hamburger flocked to the town's Borough Hall to await the arrival of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in town to personally apologize to Mayor Mark Sokolich and the town's residents for the  incident.
NATIONAL
January 8, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A political retaliation scandal that erupted around Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday may be about to get worse. In September, according to a report from the Bergen Record , paramedics trying to reach an unconscious 91-year-old woman in Fort Lee, N.J., got stuck in a traffic jam that had apparently been created by Christie's associates as political punishment for the borough's mayor, a Democrat. Multiple lanes were forced to merge into one, gridlocking traffic for days.  The woman later died at a hospital of cardiac arrest, according to a Sept.
BUSINESS
January 8, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Santa slacked off during the holidays, delivering a solidly so-so season for retailers. Shoppers were less impressed and more careful during the season compared with the previous one, doing their research before picking through shelves of uninspiring and often deeply discounted merchandise, according to a flurry of data, estimates and analyst notes released this week. Consumers spent $265.9 billion at stores during November and December, causing sales to rise 2.7% from a year earlier, according to initial results from data firm ShopperTrak.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2013 | By Jeff Gottlieb
A Honda that caught fire on the westbound 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park blocked all but the HOV lane Tuesday night, creating a huge traffic jam on Christmas Eve but no injuries. No ambulance or paramedics were called, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The car was blocking freeway traffic near the Baldwin Park Boulevard exit, said California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball. The Fire Department received a call about the fire about 6:45 p.m. Two engine companies were dispatched to the scene, and when they arrived they found the Honda's fuel tank was on fire, said Michael Pitman, the supervising dispatcher for the Fire Department.
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