Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY

Chris Woodyard


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Chris:

Is the Boeing 737 Max safe? 2 big reasons the plane is still grounded by FAA after crashes

Twice in 40 years had entire plane types been grounded, both to fix mechanical issues. Why it's harder with the Boeing 737 Max → Read More

Bad news for Boeing: Company says more 737 NGs found to have wing cracks

The FAA ordered the inspections in 737 NG's that have flown many thousands of flghts → Read More

Wildfires ravage So. California again, but here's how thousands of homes were saved

The winds roared again but Los Angeles and other Southern California cities were prepared as firefighters saved thousands of homes → Read More

Boeing CEO says he knew about test pilot's warnings before second 737 Max crash

Boeing's CEO Dennis Muilenburg defended the aerospace company's safety inspection system in Senate testimony Tuesday, despite two 737 Max crashes. → Read More

'Need to be vigilant': New blaze by LA drives more wildfire evacuations throughout California

Residents who evacuated a sprawling Northern California wildfire were rocked by another slap from Mother Nature - a 3.3 magnitude earthquake. → Read More

Ford hopes 'Mustang-inspired' SUV will shock Tesla, electric vehicle world

Ford's electric SUV, inspired by its Mustang sports car, gets its worldwide debut on Nov. 17 ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show → Read More

FAA asks Boeing why it hid test pilot's discovery of 'egregious' 737 Max issues

A 2016 message exchange indicates that Boeing was aware of problems with the flight control system that figured in two crashes that killed 346 people. → Read More

Are unions back? GM, Chicago teacher strikes show how unions can start winning again

Striking workers last year hit a 32-year high. Approval of labor unions is near all-time high. GM workers and teachers are winning. Are unions back? → Read More

Evacuations lifted as Los Angeles fire threat eases; 2 confirmed dead in Sandalwood blaze

The Saddleridge fire near Los Angeles has consumed 7,500 acres though winds are easing up. Tens of thousands of people still can't return home. → Read More

FAA-ordered inspection finds cracks in wing supports of 36 Boeing 737s, another setback for aerospace giant

The FAA ordered inspections after cracks were found in the supports of older Boeing 737 NG models being converted to cargo planes → Read More

Vaping crackdown: LA may be next to ban e-cigarettes; Washington bans flavored vapes

Los Angeles could join San Francisco in ending sales of all vaping devices, if new measure passes. Meanwhile, Washington state bans flavored vapes. → Read More

Some of Los Angeles' homeless could get apartments that cost more than private homes, study finds

Some of Los Angeles' homeless will get apartments that cost more than $600,000. Without a change, LA will have to build thousands fewer apartments. → Read More

Attention, parents: You may be doing screen time limits all wrong

Time in front of screens hurts kids' performance at school, right? Not necessarily. So here's how parents should do screen time limits instead. → Read More

3.5-magnitude earthquake jolts San Francisco awake Saturday morning

The damage from the earthquake in San Francisco resulted in no reports of damage or injuries — but people's pets took notice → Read More

Punish students for Nazi salutes? It's not always easy — or a good idea, experts say

More images of students giving Nazi salutes have appeared around the country. Some experts say not to punish students — it's a teachable moment. → Read More

Boeing, FAA should fix 737 Max's automated systems so they don't confuse pilots, NTSB says

The NTSB says the FAA should require Boeing to redesign its system in a way that is more intuitive, so pilots can take corrective action quickly. → Read More

'Truly saved my life': GM workers on strike fight for benefits as automaker's profits soar

For more than 46,000 of GM's UAW workers, the strike is personal. They're receiving little pay and health care benefits -- but still want to fight. → Read More

'No escape hatch' for passengers: Read transcript of Santa Cruz boat mayday call

A transcript of the radio call with the dive boat Conception shows the Coast Guard trying to see if crew can help trapped passengers. → Read More

$700K for an apartment? The cost to solve the homeless crisis is soaring in Los Angeles

With thousands living on the streets, Los Angeles is spending lavishly to try to solve the problem. But, $320,000 a year for a toilet? → Read More

America's dirtiest beaches list revised after errors discovered

Is your beach safe? List of America's dirtiest beaches was revised after the group found errors in its study. Fewer beaches had unsafe bacteria levels → Read More