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Before Hollywood, the oil industry made Los Angeles

L.A. can seem like a company town, dominated by the movie business. But much of the area is dotted with oil wells — and now plunging prices are taking their toll.

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Renewable energy is nice, but how to store it?

Solar and wind energy production is taking off, but storing the energy is still a problem that is challenging companies to innovate with solutions ranging from molten salt to ice.

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Torrance's ExxonMobil refinery can fire back up

On a 3-2 vote, the South Coast Air Quality Management District's Hearing Board on Saturday ordered the oil company to pay $5 million in penalties and to take pollution-limiting steps during the restart of the Torrance refinery, which has been closed since a February 2015 explosion.

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