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Deal for new city at Newhall Ranch fuels development boom transforming northern L.A. County

One of Southern California longest-running and ugliest development battles ended in a historic truce Monday when environmental groups agreed to a deal that will allow a new city of 58,000 residents to rise in the Santa Clarita Valley.

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Firefighters and water-dropping helicopters battle 250-acre fire along 91 Freeway in Anaheim

More than 150 firefighters have converged along the eastbound 91 Freeway near Anaheim on Monday afternoon to battle a 250-acre brush fire, officials said.

Several helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft were dropping water on the fire, and bulldozers were being used to stop its advance, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt, a spokesman for the Anaheim police and fire departments.

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L.A. presses forward with proposed rules for marijuana businesses despite industry concerns

Los Angeles lawmakers tentatively backed a sweeping set of proposed regulations for businesses that grow, sell, process and distribute marijuana Monday, the next step toward giving cannabis the stamp of local legitimacy.

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Death toll from West Nile climbs to 7 in L.A. County, officials say

Los Angeles County health officials warned residents Monday to protect themselves against the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus, as the number of people killed by the disease in L.A. County this year reached seven.

The department launched a campaign Monday called “It’s Not Just A Bite” to try to raise awareness about mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile.

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Woman arrested in vandalism of Christopher Columbus statue at San Jose City Hall

A 25-year-old woman was arrested Friday on suspicion of smearing paint across a statue of Christopher Columbus in San Jose’s City Hall. It was the latest backlash against a symbol that many have criticized as an endorsement of genocide and white supremacy.

Gina Darlene Gonzales of San Jose is accused of entering City Hall around 2 p.m.

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Hot dog vendor who had $60 seized by UC Berkeley police sees fundraiser explode to $88,000

A fundraiser for a bacon-wrapped hot dog vendor who had a UC Berkeley police officer confiscate his money has generated $88,000.

Since a videotape of the episode went viral on Sept. 10, a fundraising effort for Rigoberto Matias has gathered nearly 5,600 donations, according to the fundraising site.

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