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Water main break shuts down Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu

A water main break created a sinkhole on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, causing a full closure of the thoroughfare, authorities said late Thursday.

The break occurred near Pacific Coast Highway and Trancas Canyon Road about 7 p.m., said Lt. John John Lecrivain of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station.

PCH was closed in both directions Thursday night near Trancas Canyon Road, Lecrivain said. Broad Beach Road was also closed because of water running downhill onto the road, he said.

Drivers should expect delays throughout the night and avoid the area, Lecrivain said.  

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Man arrested after telling Hemet police that he killed his mother

A 51-year-old man was arrested after he walked into the Hemet Police Department and told officers that he killed his mother, authorities said.

The man entered the Police Department at 1:26 p.m. Tuesday, according to a department news release. Officers went to the family’s residence in the 500 block of West Devonshire Avenue and found the man’s 77-year-old mother dead inside.

The investigation is ongoing, the news release said.

The Press-Enterprise identified the suspect as Danny Lee Giles. According to the Riverside County jail's website, Giles was booked Thursday on suspicion of murder. He is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta in lieu of $1-million bail, the website said.

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Thanksgiving Day fire in Long Beach kills dog, injures firefighter

An early-morning fire in a Long Beach condominium complex killed a dog and left several people displaced on Thanksgiving Day.

The three-alarm fire began around 3:30 a.m. in the 5400 block of Centralia Street, said Jake Heflin, a spokesman for the Long Beach Fire Department. At least two units were completely destroyed by the blaze, and several sustained significant water and smoke damage, Heflin said.

"It’s never an easy thing to go through, but it magnifies the emotions since it’s Thanksgiving," Heflin said. "It’s not something you want to be thinking about going into the holiday season."

The fire is believed to have begun in a second-story unit and to have spread to the third floor, Heflin said. The occupant was at work at the time, and his dog was killed in the blaze, Heflin said.  The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

One firefighter sustained minor injuries to his chin, Heflin said. None of the complex’s occupants were injured.

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338 L.A. arrests: No warnings, 'penned in,' arrested, protesters say

As protests continued in the days after a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a police officer in the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown, some of the hundreds of people arrested in Los Angeles said they had broken no laws and never heard an order for them to disperse.

Several said they had inadvertently marched into tight areas where they became easy marks for arrest.

Los Angeles police arrested more than 300 people over three days, most on suspicion of unlawful assembly. They made 145 arrests Wednesday night alone, according to Cmdr. Andrew Smith.

“We were a little surprised" at the number of arrests, he said, "and, frankly, a little disappointed. All our actions are predicated on the behavior of the crowd. My understanding is that they gave multiple dispersal orders."

Nevertheless, he said, protesters simply moved down the street to "continue the behavior that we consider unlawful” such as “blocking streets, banging on cars.”

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Supercentenarian marks 110 years with an unbroken funny bone

Sally Mitchell is a supercentenarian. Her superpowers include the ability to remember when the modern zipper was introduced, when the Titanic sank and when the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped. The 110-year-old Irvine resident's eyes are sharp, as is her sense of humor.

When she was recently honored with a city proclamation and a tribute by Irvine City Councilwoman Beth Krom, Mitchell said: "I don't have anything to give you."

Mitchell was born in 1904, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began work on the Panama Canal, the ice cream cone was invented and the New York City subway opened.

This year she joins the ranks of the supercentenarians, those who have reached the age of 110. Daughter Suzanne Becker says Mitchell owes her longevity to the ability to keep stress in check, regular exercise and, of course, good genes. Most of her siblings lived into their 90s, and her baby sister, 94-year-old Maxine Baker, attended Mitchell's birthday party this week.

Mitchell, one of six children,...

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Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes near Yountville

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Thursday afternoon three miles from Yountville, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:36 p.m. PST at a depth of five miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was five miles from Sonoma, six miles from Napa and 13 miles from American Canyon.

In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm.

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