Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY

Chris Woodyard

USA TODAY

Los Angeles, CA, United States

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  • USA TODAY
  • Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
  • Salinas Californian
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  • Naples Daily News
  • The News-Star
  • Tallahassee Democrat
  • Indianapolis Star
  • Enquirer
  • The Tennessean
  • The Courier-Journal
  • The Daily Advertiser
  • North Jersey News
  • Ventura County Star
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Recent articles by Chris:

$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

Gunman killed after mass in Dayton, Ohio: 9 dead, at least 16 injured at 'large scene'

Hours after a gunman killed 20 and wounded 26 at a Walmart in Texas, police in Dayton, Ohio, said they were investigating another shooting with a "large scene." → Read More

Not an unreasonable fear: Mass shootings like Gilroy Garlic Festival more numerous, deadly

A survey found 41% of Americans fear random mass shootings. But with a rise in shootings -- and victims -- that's not an unreasonable fear. → Read More

Santino William Legan: Gilroy shooter from boxing-loving family, cited 'Might Makes Right'

Santino William Legan, the 19-year-old named by police as the Gilroy shooter, wasn't a troublemaker -- but apparent Insta posts reveal his anger. → Read More

There's 'poop in the water' at America's dirtiest beaches. Is yours on the list?

A new report lists beaches in 29 coastal and Great Lakes states prone to bacteria counts that can make you sick. → Read More

There's 'poop in the water' at America's dirtiest beaches. Is yours on the list?

A new report lists beaches in 29 coastal and Great Lakes states prone to bacteria counts that can make you sick. → Read More

MS-13 gang members indicted after 'medieval-style' killing spree in Los Angeles

Federal racketeering, murder and other charges were filed against 22 alleged MS-13 gang members linked to a series of grisly killings in Los Angeles. → Read More

30,000 without power in Louisiana as Tropical Storm Barry weakens; flooding still a concern

Tropical Storm Barry continued to lose strength Sunday as it moved through western Louisiana, but storm surge and flooding were still a concern. → Read More

Earthquakes ravaged Los Angeles and San Francisco. So, what spared this city in the California desert?

The isolated California city of Ridgecrest saw minimal damage despite being close to the epicenter of two major earthquakes. → Read More

Trona, California, was trying to bounce back. Then an earthquake hit. Then a bigger one.

"If we have another quake, I am not going to have a house," said a resident coping with damage in the 1,500-person town of Trona, California. → Read More

'Scared to death': 7.1 earthquake follows 6.4, leaving Ridgecrest residents fearful, resilient

A California earthquake of a magnitude 7.1 followed the previous day's 6.4, leaving Ridgecrest residents fearing whether another Big One could hit. → Read More

Boeing 737 Max crash: Did foreign pilots have enough training to fly commercial jets?

In the U.S., copilots must have a minimum of 1,500 flight hours. Internationally, it's only 240 hours -- and regulators might decrease or scrap that. → Read More

Cyclists and pedestrians, beware: Deaths shot up even as car safety improves for drivers

Cyclist Milt Olin probably never saw the car that killed him. That nightmare haunts anyone who bikes or runs on roads. And the carnage is getting worse. → Read More

New York chopper crash: Pilot's rating questioned amid questions over flight rules

The pilot lacked an instrument rating despite fog and rain -- but some wonder if the city needs even tougher flight restrictions → Read More

''Officer hit! Officer hit!:' How the dramatic Virginia Beach shooting unfolded

12 people were killed May 31, 2019, in Virginia Beach when a city employee opened fire in a municipal building. → Read More

On autopilot: 'Pilots are losing their basic flying skills,' some fear after Boeing 737 Max crashes

Two Boeing 737 Max crashes killed 346 people and grounded the jet due to software problems. It also raised bigger questions about flight automation. → Read More

They fought the Nazis, now they're fighting rust: Veterans struggle to save World War II ships

The Navy allowed groups around the country to take World War II ships, but scant attention was given to the multimillion-dollar maintenance costs. → Read More

Amid scrutiny over 737 Max, Boeing to replace 900 inspectors. And union is not happy

Boeing plans to cut about 900 inspection jobs, using technology replacements at its Seattle area factories, despite uproar over the 737 Max. → Read More

Elon Musk vows fully self-driving Teslas this year

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Monday that a new system is being installed in its electric cars that make them fully capable of driving themselves → Read More