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4.0-magnitude earthquake rattles Bay Area

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported Sunday afternoon one mile from Concord, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 3:13 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 8.7 miles.

According to the USGS, the quake was felt across a large swath of the East Bay and North Bay.

In addition to the 4.0 temblor, three other smaller quakes were reported in the Concord area on Sunday.

In the past 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

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Tenants in building cited for housing violations settle for $2 million

Tenants who lived in a Los Angeles apartment building that was repeatedly cited for health and housing violations have settled a negligence lawsuit with their property manager for more than $2 million.

Four days into a jury trial over dangerous living conditions, about 100 tenants reached a $2.18-million settlement Thursday with Bracha Investments LLC, according to the attorneys representing the tenants. 

"We want this settlement to be a warning to landlords," said Sharre Lotfollahi, an attorney representing the tenants. "If you mistreat people, and abuse your rights as a landlord, you’ll be held accountable."

Tenants in the 26-unit building on Maple Avenue paid $700 to $1,000 per month to live in dangerous and unsanitary conditions, dealing with exposed electrical wires, peeling lead paint and cockroaches that crawled into their ears and burrowed into their electronics, lawyers said in court documents.

Some tenants who could afford to move out did so, Lotfollahi said, but many were on...

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Suge Knight could be big winner in Floyd Mayweather victory

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight may end up being one of the big winners of Saturday's Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight.

Matthew Fletcher, Knight’s attorney, said last week that if Mayweather wins the bout, he expects the boxer to cover his client’s $10-million bail.

Mayweather did win, but there has been no word since the fight about Mayweather's plans. The boxer's camp has not responded to calls seeking comment about Knight.

Fletcher has said Mayweather and Knight are longtime friends.

A lawyer from Mayweather’s camp reached out to Fletcher several weeks ago and asked about the specifics of bailing out Knight, the attorney said.

Fletcher said he talked to Knight on Wednesday about the possibility of Mayweather coming through with bail.

“Suge said, ‘Man, I was really going to pull for him to win, but now I’m going to have to pray for him to win,’” Fletcher said.

Knight pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and attempted murder for allegedly plowing his truck into two men...

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High surf: 10-foot waves forecast for some L.A. County beaches

Expecting waves as high as 10 feet to pummel the shoreline Sunday, the National Weather Service issued a high-surf advisory for Los Angeles County beaches.

The big southern swell -- a ripple effect of a storm created off the coast of New Zealand several days ago -- is expected to bring dangerous swimming conditions, said weather service meteorologist David Sweet.

“Once those waves are created, they keep traveling until they reach land,” Sweet said. “So we can thank our friends Down Under.”

Malibu, Zuma and Palos Verdes should see 5- to 8-foot-high waves -- with the occasional 10-footer -- peaking Sunday afternoon. The high surf is expected to continue through Monday and then die down by Tuesday night, he said. The weather service advisory said 4- to 6-foot-high waves could hit between Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica Beach.

Some beach erosion and “large and powerful” rip currents are also expected, Sweet said, urging people to be careful standing along the shoreline or on jetties.

“Never...

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React to 3.9 temblor? Wonder if it was a big one, go back to bed
3.8 earthquake rattles Los Angeles area

A shallow magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Sunday morning one mile from View Park-Windsor Hills, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:07 a.m. PDT at a depth of 5.6 miles.

The quake was classified by the USGS as "light" but was felt over a wide area of the L.A. basin. The Los Angeles Fire Department said it had received no reports of damage.

RELATED: 4.0 earthquake strikes Bay Area

A 3.5 quake rattled the same general area on April 12. Both quakes were centered on the Baldwin Hills/Inglewood border. The Newport-Inglewood fault runs along that area.

In the aftermath of that quake, some residents asked whether oil production in the area might have been a factor. But Caltech scientist Lucy Jones wrote on Twitter that it was unlikely because the depth of the quake was so far below oil production facilities. 

According to the USGS' "Did You Feel It" survey, the quake was felt over a wide area of the Los Angeles basin as well as areas to the east.

The quake...

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