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  • Gulf oil spill: BP safety record blasted by House panel

    The safety records of oil giant BP and the government agency charged with overseeing offshore drilling drew sharp criticism at a Wednesday morning House hearing on the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. "Many of the elements of this tragedy...
  • Hope for Roquefort fans

    Hope for Roquefort fans
    On a recent afternoon, customers of the Los Angeles gourmet shop Joan's on Third were greeted with a one-pound wedge of L'Aigle Noir Roquefort, its blue-speckled innards showcased on a glass pedestal amid tidy piles of other artisan cheeses. Hanging above...

    Metrolink balked at safety upgrade's cost

    Metrolink balked at safety upgrade's cost
    The head of Metrolink warned Congress a year ago that proposals to require updated safety devices on trains would involve "substantial cost" and urged lawmakers to give railroads "flexibility" in choosing and implementing the new systems. The testimony...

    Airlines share blame for flight chaos of 2007, report says

    WASHINGTON -- The record number of delayed and canceled flights in 2007 can partly be blamed on airlines knowingly scheduling more flights than airports have the capacity to handle, according to a report released today by the Department of Transportation'...

    'The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works' by Henry Waxman with Joshua Green

    'The Waxman Report: How Congress Really Works' by Henry Waxman with Joshua Green
    Pretty faces and promising careers tend to flash across our local political firmament with the frequency of shooting stars -- and with about as much effect. But for more than two decades, the most consequential elected official in Southern California...