Southern California News

Small Quake Rattles Remote Southern California Region

A small earthquake has rattled the Hemet area of Southern California and hundreds of people have reported feeling it. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the 3.9-magnitude temblor struck shortly about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday and was centered about four miles north of …

Fire at Southern California Business That Killed 3 Under Investigation

Arson and homicide investigators are looking into the cause of an early morning fire over the weekend at a Southern California business where three people died. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say fire crews responding to a call on …

Officials Say Cooking Fire Started California Blaze That Threatened 300 Homes

Firefighters are making progress on a fire that had threatened hundreds of homes near a Southern California dam. Officials said an unattended cooking fire sparked the blaze on Saturday, triggering the nighttime evacuation of about 300 homes in an area …

2 Passengers Injured in California Train-Truck Crash Sue

Two women who were among dozens of passengers hurt when a commuter train struck a pickup truck abandoned on Southern California railroad tracks are suing the truck’s driver and his employer. The lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Ventura County Superior …

California Commuter Train Versus Truck Injures Dozens

Twenty-eight people were injured when a Southern California commuter train collided with a truck stuck on the tracks on Tuesday, toppling three rail cars. There were no deaths reported in the crash, which occurred at about 5:40 a.m. local time …

After Deadly California Fire Thousands of Smoke Alarms Installed

Volunteers have installed thousands of free smoke alarms in a Southern California neighborhood where a fire last month killed a mother and her two sons. The Orange County Register reported 5,000 donated smoke alarms were installed Saturday in 1,000 condominiums …

Whole Foods Recalls Cookie Platters Sold In 4 Western States

Whole Foods Market has voluntarily recalled several sizes of assorted cookie platters due to undeclared nut allergens. The company said Tuesday that one illness has been reported. The platters sold at stores in Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii and Nevada have …

Couple Held In Qatar File Suit in California Against Company

A Southern California couple who were held in Qatar for nearly two years before they were cleared in the death of their 8-year-old daughter have sued the engineering firm that sent them overseas. The Los Angeles Times reports that Matt …

Sweeping Upgrades For Quakes Proposed by Los Angeles Mayor

Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed spending billions of dollars to better protect Los Angeles against a devastating earthquake by strengthening thousands of vulnerable older buildings and fortifying the city’s water and communications systems. The sweeping plan left unclear what the final …

Southern California Docs Bribed To Use Unsafe Spine Screws, Suits Claims

A former Southern California hospital executive is being sued by more than two dozen people who claim he ran a scheme that bribed surgeons to implant counterfeit screws in their patients’ spines, causing pain and injury. Twenty-eight fraud and negligence …