Southern California experienced a difficult weekend. A massive explosion at a power station in Northridge on Saturday left 140,000 customers in the San Fernando Valley without electricity and air conditioning during a weekend of record temperatures.
The possibility of injury or even death, although rare, is always present whenever firefighters respond to a call. A fatality during a training exercise is even rarer, but it can happen.
Twenty-five years ago, a jury acquitted four white police officers in the beating of black motorist Rodney King, sparking looting and violence that would turn into one of the deadliest race riots in American history.
The newly identified fault passes between Los Angeles and San Diego and could set off a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in the region.
Severe weather hits Minneapolis, protests occur in Baton Rouge after a police shooting, General Mills expands flour recall lots, the Arlington Memorial Bridge receives federal grant money, LA water fountains help combat heat waves, FEMA announces aid for West Virginia, and power grids are at an increasing risk.
With more and more regions of the U.S. grappling with issues related to homelessness, the practice of making emergency declarations to deal with the issues is becoming more commonplace.
In the United States, ports facilitate the import and export of goods, allowing access to global markets, making them a major part of the nation's economy. Due to the upcoming expansion of the Panama Canal, commercial harbors must be at least 50 feet deeper to accommodate larger post-Panamax ships.