| Mar 24, 2014
| 5:41 PM
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...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 5:31 PM
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.
| Apr 24, 2014
| 12:19 PM
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....
| May 29, 2013
| 9:20 AM
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...
| Mar 4, 2011
| 3:27 PM
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....
| Mar 6, 2011
| 12:53 AM
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...
| Mar 10, 2011
| 11:51 PM
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...
| Mar 14, 2011
| 9:11 AM
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...
| Mar 17, 2011
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...
| Mar 16, 2011
| 1:18 PM
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...
| Mar 18, 2011
| 2:55 PM
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...