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LA port’s largest terminal remains closed after cyberattack

By Rachel Uranga|

Equipment breakdown triggers flaring at Valero refinery in Wilmington

Flaring caused by an equipment breakdown at the Valero refinery in Wilmington sent plumes of smoke over the Harbor Area late Wednesday morning. All refinery workers and eight inspectors from the South Coast Air Quality Management District who ha...

By Megan Barnes|

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  • Hacking

    Pro-ISIS message hacked onto LA County supervisors website

    LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors website was hacked Tuesday, with someone substituting a pro-Islamic State group message for links to county information. The site at www.bos.lacounty.gov was restored Tuesday night. “No breach of data occurred and no personal information was compromised,” a county spokesman said. Before county technicians took the site offline, a message was visible in the middle of an all-black screen. Headed by...

    City News Service|

  • Hacking

    Hackers strike across Europe, sparking widespread disruption

    PARIS (AP) — Hackers have caused widespread disruption across Europe, hitting Ukraine especially hard. Company and government officials reported serious intrusions at the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices. Russia’s Rosneft oil company also reported falling victim to hacking, as did Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk. “We are talking about a cyberattack,” said Anders Rosendahl, a spokesman for the Copenhagen-based group.

    By RAPHAEL SATTER Cybersecurity Writer|

  • Local budgets

    LA County leaders approve $30 billion budget, calling it prudent, ‘moral’

    Los Angeles County supervisors Monday unanimously approved a $30.1 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes millions to fight homelessness, shore up staffing for some social service departments, provide medical care for the poor, and save for a rainy day. The new budget, supervisors said, not only strengthens safety net services but increases the workforce. It folds in an estimated $259 million that the county hopes to generate as a result of voter-approved...

    Susan Abram
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  • Oil and gas refining

    Torrance Refining Co. plant flares again

    The Torrance Refining Co. reported another “visible flaring event” Monday afternoon, but there reportedly was no danger to the community, firefighters said. The flaring occurred about 4 p.m. after too much water flowed into the hydrotreater, creating too much steam, firefighters said. The flaring was expected to continue until the early evening. On...

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  • Grocery store operators

    5 reasons why Amazon-Whole Foods won’t win grocery war

    Goodbye, Kroger? Safeway? Albertsons? Costco? Even Walmart and Target? Considering the reaction to Amazon’s announcement of its plans to buy high-end grocer Whole Foods, you might think the online shopping giant instantly won the highly competitive supermarket wars. Yes, Amazon has helped change how we all shop. Yes, its technological genius at online shopping — and perhaps more importantly, its logistics and shipping — has sent shudders through every...

    By Jonathan Lansner jlansner@scng.com @jonlan on Twitter|

  • Minimum wage

    Carl’s Jr. hit with $1.45 million in fines for failing to pay LA’s minimum wage

    Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer put the heat on fast-food company Carl’s Jr. Monday, demanding the restaurant chain fork over $1.45 million in penalties and back wages for allegedly failing to pay dozens of workers the city’s $10.50 minimum wage. Investigators with the city’s Office of Wage Standards looked into a complaint from an employee that later led to the discovery the company was paying 37 workers from seven store locations at a rate below the...

    By Elizabeth Chou echou@scng.com @reporterliz on Twitter|

  • Amusement and theme parks

    Disneyland’s horses relax, get trained at new Circle D Ranch in Norco

     NORCO >> When the equines on the front of the Horse-Drawn Streetcars finish their three to four days a week working at Disneyland, they get to go home to their new digs in Norco. “It’s big and comfortable here. The horses love it,” said Jennifer Gable, stage manager at the ranch. The Circle D Ranch, as it is called, was in the northwest section of Disneyland’s backstage (what Disneyland calls areas its visitors cannot see), behind the berm...

    Mark Eades
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  • Home

    ‘My chest was shaking’: SpaceX launches second rocket in 48 hours

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE >> Hundreds of rocket fans gathered Sunday to watch SpaceX launch the second installment of Iridium’s next-generation global satellite network around this sprawling U.S. Air Force base in Lompoc. Because of unexpected scheduling travails, the launch marked the second successful liftoff in 48 hours for SpaceX. The launch was the fourth from the West Coast for the Hawthorne rocket maker, and the Falcon 9 rocket blasted off on time at 1:25...

    Sandy Mazza
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  • Space industry

    Live coverage of the SpaceX rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base

    Follow our reporter Sandy Mazza as she covers SpaceX’s ninth launch of the year at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The launch will send the second of 10 installments for Iridium’s massive communications-satellite refresh. Sandy will cover the launch preparations as well as the blast off which is tentatively planned for 1:45 p.m. Sunday. If you’re reading this on a mobile device, use this link...

    Daily Breeze Staff|

  • Automobile parts manufacturing

    Air bag maker Takata bankruptcy expected Monday in Japan, US

    DETROIT >> Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday. Takata was done in by defective air bag inflators that can explode with too much force, spewing out shrapnel. They’re responsible for at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries and have touched off the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. So far 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide...

    By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer|

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