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California wildfires destroy homes and force hundreds to evacuate

latimes.com — Firefighters are battling a 3,000-acre wildfire in Northern California that destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced about 1,400 residents to flee their lake community, authorities said Sunday. The fast-moving Clayton fire broke out late Saturday afternoon off Highway 29 and Clayton Creek Road, forcing the entire community of Lower Lake - located more than 100 miles north of San Francisco - to evacuate, officials said.

Woman's body discovered near 138 Freeway

latimes.com — The body of a woman was discovered Sunday near the 138 Freeway in the unincorporated community of Lebec, authorities said. Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the woman found at about 5 p.m. along Gorman Post Road, Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez said in a statement.

Two arrested in killing of Covina man awaiting OfferUp transaction

latimes.com — Two Covina residents have been arrested on suspicion of robbing and killing a 20-year-old man awaiting a transaction arranged through a popular marketplace app, authorities said Sunday. Isaac Urena, 20, and a friend were in the 800 block of West San Bernardino Road on Saturday after scheduling a meetup through OfferUp, a Craigslist rival that connects sellers and buyers, Covina police Sgt.

Chimney fire burns 4,000 acres in San Luis Obispo County

latimes.com — A fire that broke out near Lake Nacimiento in San Luis Obispo County has burned 4,000 acres and is threatening as many as 300 structures, fire officials said Sunday. The Chimney fire was first reported about 4 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Running Deer and Chimney Rock roads, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Hundreds show up to grab a piece of L.A. history: the 6th Street Bridge

latimes.com — It was a spectacle that would stay with him into adulthood: two imposing arches that soared past as his father's blue Ford Tempo whizzed down the 6th Street Bridge. Pete Chavez made sure to peer out the rear window at those iconic structures every time his family traveled between East Los Angeles and downtown.

26 million trees have died in the Sierra since October, raising fire risk

latimes.com — A lethal combination of drought, heat and voracious bark beetles has killed 26 million trees in the Sierra Nevada over the last eight months -- an alarming finding for a state already raging with wildfires fueled by desiccated landscapes.

Prosecutors release statement from woman raped by former Stanford swimmer - SentinelSource.com: Mct

sentinelsource.com — The 12-page, single-spaced letter went viral Friday after the victim gave it to the media. Candid and graphic, it offers specific details about her experience after the January 2015 night, when Brock Turner was seen assaulting an unconscious, half-naked woman behind a dumpster near a fraternity house.

Prosecutors release moving 12-page statement from woman raped by former Stanford swimmer

latimes.com — Prosecutors have released the compelling statement read aloud in court by the rape victim of a former Stanford University swimmer whose six-month jail sentence has been decried as a paltry punishment. The 12-page, single-spaced letter went viral on Friday after the victim gave it to the media.

Los Angeles mourns Muhammad Ali, the activist, entertainer and icon

latimes.com — More than 2,500 stars line the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Only one of them has never been stepped on. Lore has it that Muhammad Ali didn't want people to walk on the name he had taken from a prophet. And so, since Jan.

Farrah Fawcett portrait belongs to Ryan O'Neal, jury decides

latimes.com — A 40-inch by 40-inch canvas bearing the silk-screened image of actress Farrah Fawcett, an Andy Warhol creation that became the subject of a 2 1/2-year legal battle, belongs to the star's longtime companion Ryan O'Neal, a Los Angeles jury decided Thursday.
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Aug 22, 2016

This couple didn’t tip their Latina server. They left a hateful message instead.  http://wpo.st/YDGt1 

Aug 15, 2016

Btw, that missing Santa Monica swimmer was found alive and well on shore, SMPD says

Aug 15, 2016

Two arrested in killing of Covina man awaiting OfferUp transaction  http://fw.to/MIpPjJW 

Aug 13, 2016

Rock on: hundreds grab a piece from L.A.'s iconic Sixth Street Bridge  http://fw.to/2VNQdTS 

Aug 01, 2016

Melania Trump's girl-on-girl photos from racy shoot revealed  http://nyp.st/2aewOyJ 

Jul 19, 2016

@JosephSerna A drive-by version of that has happened to me. I was also once approached in our very own work parking lot...


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