A 100-year-old water main ruptured Tuesday morning, sending a torrent of water into a Larchmont street. The rupture was reported about 7:22 a.m. in the 600 block of North Wilton Place near Melrose Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Television news footage showed water gushing from a small crack in the street. The pavement appeared to be buckling. The 10-inch cast iron pipe had been scheduled for replacement, said Kim Hughes, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
A major traffic artery to Los Angeles International Airport was abruptly shut down Tuesday afternoon after smoke was seen seeping out of a manhole and its cover had popped off, authorities said. The smoke was reported about 11:30 a.m. on Sepulveda Boulevard south of La Tijera Boulevard, a major intersection for people headed to and from LAX, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. An underground electrical vault issue led to the smoke and a power outage, but neither the LAFD or Department of Water and Power had details. La Tijera Boulevard was shut down between Sepulveda Way and Sepulveda Boulevard indefinitely until the issue is resolved, the LAFD said. Drivers headed to LAX should find alternate routes around Sepulveda.
Apple may have scrapped its plans to build self-driving cars, but if its recent deal with Indian ride-hailing firm Ola is anything to go by, the tech giant's auto industry ambitions are far from over. Ola, India's largest ride-hailing company, announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Apple to offer Apple Music as part of the in-car experience. The firm, which also announced partnerships with Sony, Qualcomm and Audio Compass, said the service will be made available in some of its vehicles as part of a platform called Ola Play. When passengers book an Ola ride, they will be able to interact with an in-car tablet to control the vehicle's air conditioning, music, watch videos and even read ebooks. "Cars were initially built for the driver," Ola Chief Executive Bhavish Agarwal said during a news conference reported on by India media outlet YourStory.
Berkeley police say Starbucks customers helped them capture armed robbers who made off with a woman's laptop. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that two Oakland men, ages 19 and 22, were arrested for the apparent robbery at a Starbucks about a mile from the campus of UC Berkeley. Police said witnesses described a man ripping a laptop away from a woman and heading for the exit, but a customer moved to block the door. The robber pulled out a gun, police said, and the customer moved away from the door. Police said a Starbucks patron told them a getaway vehicle and driver were waiting for the man.
Detectives say three men were killed late Tuesday in a shooting in Compton. The gunfire erupted just after 11 p.m. in the 400 block of Raymond Street, according to Deputy Kimberly Alexander of the Los Angeles County sheriff's department. Deputies arrived at the scene, where all three men were pronounced dead. Their identities were not released pending notification of family members. It's unclear what led to the shooting, and sheriff's officials did not provide details about the suspected shooter.