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  • Texas oil spill harms wildlife; officials work to reopen ship channel

    Authorities in Texas were hoping to partially reopen the busy Houston Ship Channel on Monday, officials said, after a significant oil spill over the weekend that is harming wildlife and the local economy. [Updated, 5:35 p.m. March 24: The shipping...
  • Rail industry seeks delay for automated safety system

    Rail industry seeks delay for automated safety system
    WASHINGTON -- The railroad industry pressed lawmakers Thursday to extend a deadline for installing safety measures that were proposed after a 2008 collision involving a Los Angeles commuter train killed 25 people and injured more than 130 others. The...
  • Fire rages at Wyoming natural gas plant; town's evacuation lifted

    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....
  • Rosedale train derailment creates explosion that broke windows; smoke visible for miles

    Rosedale train derailment creates explosion that broke windows; smoke visible for miles
    A freight train smacked into a truck carrying garbage and careened off the tracks in Rosedale Tuesday afternoon, triggering an explosion felt throughout the region and sending up a plume of black smoke visible for miles. Authorities identified the...
  • Two Workers Rescued In Yonkers Scaffold Collapse

    Two Workers Rescued In Yonkers Scaffold Collapse
    A scaffold collapse on a high rise building in Yonkers left two workers clinging on for their lives Friday afternoon. Firefighters successfully rescued the workers after the pair dangled thirteen or 14 stories above the ground for nearly an hour....
  • Fire Officials Investigating Chemical Plant Explosion

    Fire Officials Investigating Chemical Plant Explosion
    KERN COUNTY (KTLA) -- Fire officials in Kern County are investigating what caused an explosion outside the Niklor Chemical plant Saturday afternoon. Captain Bill Brickey of the Kern County Fire Department said firefighters arrived shortly after 2 p.m. to...
  • 8.9-magnitude quake rocks Japan

    8.9-magnitude quake rocks Japan
    A magnitude 8.9 earthquake slammed Japan's northeastern coast Friday, unleashing a 13-foot tsunami that swept boats, cars, buildings and tons of debris miles inland. Fires triggered by the quake burned out of control up and down the coast. At least one...
  • Free parking in Chicago -- really!

    Free parking in Chicago -- really!
    One of the recent Frugalista columns in the Chicago Tribune was about strategies for parking in Chicago -- for free or at least for less than people usually get stuck paying. The column drew some thanks from drivers, but, as I expected, I also got...
  • California has failed to identify thousands of buildings vulnerable to quakes

    California has failed to identify thousands of buildings vulnerable to quakes
    California has failed to identify and retrofit thousands of brittle concrete buildings despite years of warnings from scientists that the structures are highly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake. Officials have known as far back as the 1971...
  • Guest Column: Take time now to prepare for disaster

    Last week’s earthquake in Japan is yet another wakeup call for the Southland. As you read this column think about our situation if the California’s “big one” hit right now. Are you ready? One of the lessons from the earthquake...
  • Third Building in Three Years Collapses in Downtown Sedalia

    Third Building in Three Years Collapses in Downtown Sedalia
    A Sedalia business owner is trying to pick up the pieces after his building collapsed Thursday night. The building, on Sedalia's Main Street, is more than 100 years old. This is the third time in three years that a building has collapsed in downtown...