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California City Seeks to Improve Safety by Scanning License Plates

A California city plans to scan the license plates of all incoming cars by placing stationary cameras at key intersections in a bid to boost public safety. The seaside city of Carlsbad will spend $1 million to add cameras at …

Travel Businesses in California’s Big Sur Community Reeling After Bridge Closure

Almost all the hotels, restaurants and state parks cut off when a bridge on the Central California coast crumbled last month remain closed, but Kurt Mayer chose to keep his deli and taproom open — even though it’s costing him. …

California Lawmakers Grapple with Fatal Oakland Warehouse Fire

California state lawmakers said they are grappling with a growing public safety problem in cities where financially struggling artists are illegally converting warehouses into housing and entertainment venues. The Senate Governance and Finance Committee meeting this week in Sacramento was …

California Gas Prices Could Rise Following Local Refinery Blast

An explosion and fire at an oil refinery in Torrance, Calif. over the weekend forced the partial shutdown of the plant, leading oil traders to expect a spike this week in West Coast gasoline prices. Police and the plant owner …

11 Children Injured When School Bus Overturns

Louisiana officials say a school bus carrying about 38 children has overturned, with 11 children and the driver suffering what were described as minor to moderate injuries. Louisiana State Police Trooper Dustin Dwight says it happened Monday morning near Greensburg …

8 Cars Burn, 7 People Treated after Parking Fire at California’s Disneyland

A fire broke out in Disneyland’s main parking structure that burned eight cars and caused seven people to be treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said. No foul play was suspected but authorities haven’t given a cause for the blaze at …

Flood Concerns Dismissed by Dam Managers California 12 Years Ago

Environmental activists and local government officials warned more than a decade ago about the risk of catastrophic flooding below a major Northern California dam – the very scenario that threatened to unfold over the weekend, prompting evacuation orders for nearly …

Drones Being Tested in Minnesota to Conduct Safety Inspections on Bridges

The Minnesota Department of Transportation is testing the use of drones to inspect bridges. Transportation officials expect the technology will save money and provide another perspective on how the state’s bridges are holding up. The drone allows inspectors not only …

Officials Visited California Warehouse Before Deadly Fire, Records Show

Police officers responded to complaints of a raucous “rave” at a California warehouse illegally used as an entertainment venue and residence two years before a late-night fire at the venue killed 36 partygoers, documents released by the city showed. The …

Who Will Foot the Bill for San Francisco’s $750M Millennium Tower?

Nina Agabian, a retired director of research in global health science at the University of California, bought a 29th-floor apartment in San Francisco’s Millennium Tower in 2010. “It was supposed to be a wonderful building,” she said in January, sitting …