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Thomas Fire continues to grow as strong, shifting winds bring new dangers

The massive Thomas Fire continued to grow Sunday even after an epic battle to protect homes along the Santa Barbara County coast Saturday proved successful despite intense winds. The third-largest fire in California history was burning a massive swath from Santa Barbara to Ventura, was being fueled...

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  • Third attack by marine mammal in San Francisco's Aquatic Park prompts swimming ban

    Third attack by marine mammal in San Francisco's Aquatic Park prompts swimming ban

    A third attack by a sea mammal in San Francisco in a week has prompted officials to ban swimming in the Aquatic Park Cove on the northern edge of the city’s waterfront. “The Aquatic Park Cove has been closed to swimming due to reports of an aggressive marine mammal biting swimmers in the area,”...

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    Swastikas and other graffiti were found on Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills earlier this week, and authorities are investigating the actions as a hate crime, it was reported Thursday. The vandalism, which also included the writing of a gang name and a profane drawing, occurred between late Sunday...

  • Gold Line train, car collide in Pasadena; motorist hurt

    A collision involving a Metro Gold Line train and a vehicle near a Metro station in Pasadena on Thursday left a motorist with minor injuries, authorities said. Paramedics sent to Del Mar Boulevard and Arroyo Parkway about 9:35 a.m. took the man, in his 70s, to a hospital for treatment, said Lisa...

  • Amid destructive infernos, California considers new utility rules in fire zones

    Amid destructive infernos, California considers new utility rules in fire zones

    California utilities may face tougher safety rules for power lines, phone lines and utility poles in parts of the state most prone to wildfires. Under the proposed rules being considered Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission, tree branches would have to be kept farther away from...

  • 'This fire is a beast': Massive inferno keeps growing despite epic battle by firefighters

    'This fire is a beast': Massive inferno keeps growing despite epic battle by firefighters

    More than a week after the Thomas fire ignited in Ventura County, destroying hundreds of homes and displacing thousands as it grew into a massive inferno, firefighters are now in a race to protect the pristine coastal communities of neighboring Santa Barbara County before a shift in powerful winds...

  • Bel-Air fire displays L.A.'s extremes of wealth and misery

    Bel-Air fire displays L.A.'s extremes of wealth and misery

    Sunbaked and wind-battered Los Angeles, blessed and burdened city of extremes, is home to those with everything and those with nothing. Last week, the two worlds intersected when a cooking fire at a homeless encampment destroyed six homes and damaged a dozen others in Bel-Air, where affluent residents...

  • Pharmacies now can offer birth control to women without a prescription, but few do

    Pharmacies now can offer birth control to women without a prescription, but few do

    A new law in California allows women to pick up birth control pills from pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription. But more than a year after the law took effect, women say they’re still struggling to get the medicines, in part because they can’t find pharmacies offering them. A study released...

  • L.A. County leaders review sexual harassment policies

    L.A. County leaders review sexual harassment policies

    Amid the wave of sexual harassment complaints lodged against elected officials and other high-profile figures, Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday tinkered with what they said is already an effective program for handling such allegations for the 110,000-person workforce. After hearing a report...

  • As the Thomas fire burns, Santa Barbara County alerts go bilingual

    As the Thomas fire burns, Santa Barbara County alerts go bilingual

    As the Thomas fire raged across Ventura County, neighboring Santa Barbara County took to its English language social media accounts targeting its Latino audience to keep them informed on el incendio. Over the last year, through disaster and crisis, the official county accounts have morphed into...

  • Wind-whipped fire in Oakland Hills burns several homes

    A wind-driven fire burned several homes Tuesday morning in the Oakland Hills, authorities said. The Oakland Police Department said the fire broke out on the 6800 block of Snake Road in the Montclair district. Homes were evacuated as firefighters battled the fire, which was burning through dry brush....

  • Winds, terrain and fuel: Why the Thomas fire has been difficult to contain

    Winds, terrain and fuel: Why the Thomas fire has been difficult to contain

    Flames as tall as a high-rise galloping up and down mountainsides. Coastal communities shrouded in smoke. Armies of firefighters on the defensive with little hope of corralling a wildfire that refuses to quit. The scene from this month’s Thomas fire is all too familiar in the Los Padres National...

  • Living hour by hour as the Thomas fire approaches Montecito

    Living hour by hour as the Thomas fire approaches Montecito

    Charles McCaleb hasn’t slept much since the raging Thomas fire chased him out of his Ojai Valley home about a week ago. In the early morning hours, he refreshes fire and weather websites for the latest on the blaze’s behavior and spread. During the day, he volunteers, doling out masks to evacuees...

  • Uproar after Griffith Park volunteer board member accused of 'inappropriate' behavior

    Uproar after Griffith Park volunteer board member accused of 'inappropriate' behavior

    Accusations of sexual harassment have roiled the country from Hollywood to Capitol Hill in recent months, toppling politicians, celebrities and other famous figures. Now they have spurred alarm among Griffith Park community activists, who argue that a Los Angeles city investigation over alleged...

  • Woman accused of looting home affected by San Diego wildfire

    Woman accused of looting home affected by San Diego wildfire

    A 43-year-old woman was arrested Saturday on suspicion of looting a home in Bonsall by deputies patrolling areas affected by the Lilac fire, authorities said Sunday. San Diego County sheriff’s deputies responded at 12:49 p.m. Saturday to a report of a burglary at a home that was for sale on Disney...

  • Hidden gas line sparked fire that badly burned 15 Marines at Camp Pendleton

    Hidden gas line sparked fire that badly burned 15 Marines at Camp Pendleton

    An armored amphibious vehicle stuck in a rut along a Camp Pendleton road nicked a hidden gas line during a September exercise, engulfing 14 Marines and a sailor in a fireball that grew into a 20-foot pillar of flames, according to an official report released by the Marine Corps on Monday. While...

  • California's chief justice has had her own #MeToo moments

    California's chief justice has had her own #MeToo moments

    California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Monday that she has had her own #MeToo moments during her legal career, being addressed as “sugar and honey and dear” and one of the “girls.” During a meeting with reporters, the state’s top judge also confirmed that a state appellate justice who...

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