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Midair collision off coast near L.A. Harbor; search for survivors underway

Rescue crews are searching the waters off the coast between San Pedro and L.A. Harbor on Friday evening after a midair collision between two small planes, authorities said. The aircraft collided about 3:30 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson said. Witnesses reported seeing at least...

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  • Vietnamese American artists explore ideas of beauty and identity

    Vietnamese American artists explore ideas of beauty and identity

    Thinh Nguyen remembers coming to America from the tiny Vietnamese village of Bao An in the early 1990s, when he was 11, and not fitting in. Back then, he was the only Asian student in his school and didn't speak any English. His feeling of separateness was almost indescribable. That he didn't look...

  • Survey finds 45% rise in Costa Mesa homeless population

    Survey finds 45% rise in Costa Mesa homeless population

    Costa Mesa's homeless population has increased 45% in two years, according to Vanguard University survey results presented to the City Council this week. Volunteers with the Costa Mesa Christian university's YOU Count program recorded 158 homeless people on Costa Mesa's streets in late October,...

  • All-American Boys Chorus loses space at OC Fairgrounds

    All-American Boys Chorus loses space at OC Fairgrounds

    After more than four decades of renting space at the Orange County Fairgrounds, the All-American Boys Chorus is looking for new digs, but leaders say finding an affordable spot is proving to be a challenge. The Costa Mesa-based arts nonprofit, now in its 46th year, has called the state-owned property...

  • The Art of Home: Feng shui your way into the new year

    The Art of Home: Feng shui your way into the new year

    The Chinese will welcome the Lunar New Year starting Monday, and the unpredictable Year of the Fire Monkey promises to be a lot more fun than the last 12 months of the steady goat. The 15-day celebration, which starts on a different day each year, marks the beginning of spring in the lunar calendar...

  • Under the big top at Cavalia's 'Odysseo,' where the 65 horses are the stars

    Under the big top at Cavalia's 'Odysseo,' where the 65 horses are the stars

    The 58,397-square-foot big top off the 405 freeway in Irvine may seem curiously large until it's clear what goes on inside. Essentially, the 25-foot-tall white tent for Cavalia's "Odysseo" show holds a small village of 65 horses, 48 performers, 200 additional staff and a 17,500-square-foot stage...

  • Tony Shalhoub is on the trail of a buyer for his Windsor Square home

    Tony Shalhoub is on the trail of a buyer for his Windsor Square home

    “Monk” star Tony Shalhoub and his wife, actress Brooke Adams, have put their longtime home in the Windsor Square area of Los Angeles on the market for $3.988 million. The classic Mediterranean Revival, built in 1922, sits on a manicured double lot with drought-tolerant gardens, a meditation area...

  • Will slow churn spell fast success for Churned Creamery?

    Will slow churn spell fast success for Churned Creamery?

    The men behind the Halal Guys expansion into Southern California are introducing Orange County to yet another new concept: churned ice cream and croissants stuffed with the frozen dessert. In fact, the type of ice cream that Churned Creamery — opening in February at Union Market Tustin, an artisanal...

  • Mistakenly released murder suspect remains at large

    Mistakenly released murder suspect remains at large

    Nearly a week after Los Angeles County sheriff’s employees mistakenly released a suspected killer from jail, law enforcement officers have yet to find him, officials said Friday. Steven Lawrence Wright, 37, was released at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. However, sheriff’s officials didn't realize he was...

  • How Long Beach became a hot spot for craft beer drinkers

    How Long Beach became a hot spot for craft beer drinkers

    Every day at 4 a.m. Blackwell, who goes by his last name only, rides his bike a mile from his home to the north end of the Belmont Shore neighborhood in Long Beach. There, at the base of the pier, is the Belmont Brewing Co., which opened in 1990 and is Southern California's oldest brewpub. Blackwell...

  • Super Bowl: Why watch men toss a football when you can go to the Otter Bowl?

    Super Bowl: Why watch men toss a football when you can go to the Otter Bowl?

    Suspense is building as three teams hunker down for Sunday’s Super Bowl: the Denver Broncos, the Carolina Panthers and the Aquarium of the Pacific sea otters. What? Sea otters playing football? Yep, and they play au naturel, without helmets or padding. On Sunday, you can go to the Aquarium of the...

  • Construction worker killed by crane in Irvine is identified

    Construction worker killed by crane in Irvine is identified

    A construction worker was killed by a crane at a large commercial construction site in Irvine on Tuesday, authorities said. Orange County coroner's officials identified the man as Paul Nagle, 60, of Earp, Calif. He was found dead about 8:30 a.m. at the site at 15100 Barranca Pkwy., according to...

  • Beads to benefit endangered beasts

    Beads to benefit endangered beasts

    Company started by 12-year-old Newport resident makes bracelets to help endangered species.

  • Art and biology mix at new UC Irvine exhibit

    Art and biology mix at new UC Irvine exhibit

    Artists from around the globe will showcase their understanding of art and biology in an exhibit opening Saturday at UC Irvine's Beall Center for Art + Technology. The display, called "Wetware: Art Agency Animation," will include works created by three artists during a three-week UCI residency...

  • 2nd-graders bridge city border for Valentine's art project

    2nd-graders bridge city border for Valentine's art project

    It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Though Whittier and Mariners elementary schools are less than three miles from each other, their second-graders got together for the first time Tuesday morning. Whittier, in Costa Mesa, hosted students, teachers and parent volunteers from Mariners,...

  • #101SlowJam is no oldies request show. It's a 40-hour headache

    #101SlowJam is no oldies request show. It's a 40-hour headache

    It might sound like an Art Laboe-style radio request program, but #101SlowJam has nothing to do with sappy love songs — even though it will probably make you cry. The buzzy hashtag is officialdom's attempt at blunting the pain of a 40-hour traffic headache that begins at 10 p.m. Friday. That's...

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