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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, Matt Stevens and Kate Mather
A veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and a rookie cop injured Friday morning when a dump truck slammed into their patrol car in Beverly Hills, marking the department's first on-duty death in six years. The officers - one a nearly 16-year department veteran, the other three months out of the academy - were responding to a call and heading northbound up a hilly Loma Vista Drive near Robert Lane when their cruiser was struck by the southbound truck about 8 a.m., LAPD officials said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Los Angeles police officer killed Friday when a truck slammed into his patrol car in Beverly Hills has been identified as a 40-year-old longtime officer. Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified the officer as Nicholas Choung Lee. [For the record, 6:03 p.m. PST, March 7, 2014: A previous version of this post misspelled the officer's middle name as Cheong.] At a newsconference earlier in the day, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Lee had worked in LAPD's Wilshire and Hollywood divisions, describing him as a father and “family man” who was “extremely well-respected.” Lee had worked for the department since 1998.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Matt Stevens, Kate Mather, Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
Authorities are looking into whether the brakes failed on a large truck in Beverly Hills on Friday before a collision with a Los Angeles police squad car, killing one officer and seriously injuring another. The officers were crossing through Beverly Hills en route to an "unknown trouble call" when the crash occurred about 8 a.m. near Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane, officials said. Speaking to reporters outside Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck declined to provide details about the circumstances leading up to the crash, citing the ongoing investigation, but called it a "catastrophic" collision with a trash hauler.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, Matt Stevens and Kate Mather
Los Angeles police officials said it is "a miracle" a second officer survived a fatal crash with a big rig that left the patrol car a mangled piece of metal. "The police car is almost unrecognizable even as a vehicle, let alone a police car," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. "It's a miracle that anyone survived this collision. " The officers were crossing through Beverly Hills en route to an "unknown trouble call" when the crash occurred about 8 a.m. near Loma Vista Drive and Robert Lane, officials said.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday it would invest $70 million to add 1,000 propane-powered delivery trucks to its fleet. The trucks, which can travel up to 200 miles on a tank of propane, will replace gasoline- and diesel-powered trucks used primarily in rural areas in Louisiana and Oklahoma, UPS said. Other states are pending.  The vehicles will hit the road by the middle of the year and operations will be completed by early next year, the Atlanta company said.  PHOTOS: The 10 wealthiest people in the world UPS said it worked with the Propane Education & Research Council, a nonprofit propane technology incubator, to secure the necessary regulatory certifications.  The company had tested 20 such trucks last winter in Georgia before announcing it would expand its fleet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Anh Do
Nearly 120,000 letters and bills went up in flames early Tuesday when a pair of big rigs collided along the 57 Freeway in Brea. One was from a U.S. Postal Service facility in Santa Ana, where workers process about 1 million pieces of mail daily, according to officials. The letters that were burned had originated from Orange County and parts of the San Gabriel Valley and were being trucked to Ontario Airport at the time of the crash. The mail that caught fire had been marked first class, but because it was not certified, officials say they cannot track whose mail burned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
The two California Department of Fish and Wildlife scientists charged with doing environmental work on the proposed Newhall Ranch development had a daunting task. They were to help review whether and how the largest residential development ever approved in Los Angeles County - 20,000 homes stretching across a bucolic valley - could be built without undue harm to the environment, protected species and Southern California's last major wild river, the Santa Clara. The project was controversial and dizzyingly complicated.
AUTOS
February 26, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Trucks and sport-utilities are the most likely vehicles to reach 200,000 miles, according to iSeeCars.com, an auto shopping information company. ISeeCars.com culled mileage data for about 30 million used cars for sale in 2013 and looked to see which models were the most likely to have more than 200,000 miles of use. The Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup was the most durable by that measure -- 4.2% of the trucks for sale last year had more than 200,000...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A Long Beach motorcycle officer was struck by a semi-truck Tuesday morning and immediately rushed to a nearby hospital with injuries, police said. Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell said the officer suffered fairly serious injuries in the collision on Santa Fe Avenue about 9 a.m. Tuesday. Those injuries are not believed to be life threatening, he added. McDonnell and other senior officials were headed to the hospital to check on the officer, who was in stable condition.  Crash scene investigators asked the public to avoid Santa Fe Avenue between Anaheim and 17th streets.
AUTOS
February 24, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Nissan is voluntarily recalling more than 13,000 of its midsize Frontier truck for a potential fire risk, according to a federal safety agency. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said 13,535 trucks from the 2012 through 2014 model years are affected by the recall. The trucks could have a circuit breaker improperly installed, causing a bolt to wear through wiring and cause an electrical short. This short could lead to a fire, NHTSA said. The issue came to light after the driver of a truck in Mexico noticed smoke in the cabin, which was traced back to the circuit breaker in question.
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