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Record port backups hit California as U.S. consumers supercharge purchases

Jan 29, 2021
Thirty-eight ships are waiting to unload in the Los Angeles area. The shop-from-home explosion is behind the delays.
Bottlenecks at American ports could last through the summer, according to a manufacturing expert. Above, a ship is unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles.
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Faced with high education costs, Southern California students look to Mexico

Dec 17, 2019
As tuition and the cost of housing rises, one university in Mexico is looking to provide a cheaper alternative.
The CETYS campus in Tijuana, Baja California.
Matt Bowler

Using smartphones to better understand homelessness

Jan 24, 2019
In Southern California, where homelessness is high, a new app gets better data.
A woman pushes her walker past tents housing the homeless in Los Angeles, California.
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A bridge in the desert is washed out, and I-10 closes

Jul 21, 2015
The bridge is on a remote stretch far from any city. The truck detour can take three hours.

L.A.'s biggest vulnerability lies under its streets

Jun 16, 2015
A major quake could rupture the city's aging system of 7,000 miles of water pipes.