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Crews battling wildfire near Lake Perris State Recreation Area

A wildfire in Moreno Valley near the Lake Perris State Recreation area had grown to 175 acres late Wednesday night, according to the Riverside County Fire Department. 

The blaze, called the Merwin Fire, was reported at 8:38 p.m. near Merwin Street and Campbell Avenue, according to an incident report from the Riverside County Fire Department. It was initially reported as a 30-acre fire.

The fire department said 240 firefighters...

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State issues toughest-in-the-nation fracking rules

State officials on Wednesday formally adopted new rules governing hydraulic fracturing in California, setting in motion some of the toughest guidelines in the nation for the controversial oil extraction practice. The oil and gas agency also released its environmental impact report that concluded fracking could have “significant and unavoidable impacts” on a number of fronts, including air quality,...

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Garcetti says he didn't change course on homelessness laws

Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday he didn't reverse course by backing away from controversial homelessness laws his office had signaled he would approve, asserting instead that a member of his communications staff mistakenly told The Times he planned to sign the ordinances.

Garcetti said in a brief interview at City Hall that he had always had reservations about the tough new laws, which would give...

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Woman with amnesia and cancer identified; family found

A woman with amnesia found wandering in a Carlsbad neighborhood and who turned to social media to find her family apparently has been identified.

The story of the amnesiac woman, who went by Sam, went viral. Soon enough, people around the world were looking for her. They were hoping to reconnect the woman and her family before her ovarian cancer worsened.

On Wednesday, KNSD-TV Channel 7 reported that...

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Audit: L.A. failed to collect $1.8 million in overtime reimbursements

The white-gloved officers who guide Los Angeles drivers through traffic jams and road closures during Dodgers games, the Academy Awards and other special events earned nearly $6 million in overtime in a single year.

In many cases, event sponsors are supposed to reimburse the city for those wages.

But the city of Los Angeles failed to collect $1.8 million in 2013-14 because poor bookkeeping made it...

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Beverly Hills Unified will pay $685,000 to settle ex-principal's suit

The Beverly Hills Unified School District will pay $685,000 to settle a federal discrimination lawsuit filed last year by its former principal, according to a copy of the agreement.

The settlement, reached last month, resolves a lawsuit by Carter Paysinger in which he alleged district officials routinely ignored his complaints of racial discrimination and retaliated against him through attacks in...

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