An explosion at the Exxon Mobile refinery in Torrance on Wednesday caused major damage to the facility and injured four workers.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Christina House / For The TimesLink
Workers roll out the red carpet on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood and Highland complex as preparations continue for Sunday's 87th Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles TimesLink
The Lunar New Year was rung in with much fanfare at the Thien Hau Temple in Los Angeles' Chinatown. It is the Year of the Sheep and dragon dancers, firecrackers and music were part of the celebration.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles TimesLink
Performers dance at the 2015 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year parade in Hong Kong. The parade featured illuminated floats and local and international performing groups.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anthony Kwan / Getty ImagesLink
Performers wearing traditional masks parade through the streets of Chinatown during celebrations of Chinese New Year in Bangkok, Thailand.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: RITCHIE B. TONGO / EPALink
Robert Kent of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power works to stem the flow from a ruptured water pipe on Dix Street in Hollywood.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles TimesLink
Ice forms along the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago. Temperatures have dipped to as low as minus-13 this week in parts of Illinois.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kiichiro Sato / Associated PressLink
Two polar bear cubs follow their mother as they venture outside their enclosures for the first time since they were born at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, Netherlands.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: Peter Dejong / Associated PressLink
Palestinians walk near the ruins of their house that was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in the summer of 2014 in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: MOHAMMED ABED / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Two pro-Russia separatists stop and question a man at gunpoint in the eastern Ukrainian city of Uglegorsk. A recent cease-fire in the region has been repeatedly violated.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VASILY MAXIMOV / AFP/Getty ImagesLink
Fans of the Dutch team Feyenoord clash with police in Rome's Piazza di Spagna prior to the Europa League soccer match between AS Roma and Feyenoord at Olimpico Stadium.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: VINCENZO TERSIGNI / EPALink
Models engaged by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and wearing only a banner draw a crowd outside the Somerset House arts and culture center in central London on the day before the start of London Fashion Week as they call on the fashion industry to stop using fur in garments.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: WILL OLIVER / EPALink
A woman receives snail slime treatment -- the latest cosmetic regimen -- in northern Thailand.
PHOTOGRAPH BY: PONGMANAT TASIRI / EPALink
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