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Wildfire ripped through like 'freight train,' destroying homes near Santa Clarita

Just a few weeks ago, Ted Kellum told his wife that he felt like they lived in paradise.

After relocating to the Santa Clarita area from Texas for his new job as a defense contractor at Raytheon, Kellum and his family settled into their home two years ago on Sand Canyon Road. It came with a pool and a striking view of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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Essential California: Wildfire rages in Southern California

Good morning. It is Monday, July 25. In the world of high-end real estate, Los Angeles agents get some strange requests, particularly when it comes to the showers and bathtubs. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State:

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Dangerous fire

Fueled by high winds and dry chaparral, the Sand fire near Santa Clarita has burned through tens of thousands of acres.

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Katt Williams arrested on suspicion of battery after dispute at Studio City hotel

Comedian Micah “Katt” Williams was arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of battery on a woman at a Studio City hotel, police said.

Officers were called to the Sportsmen’s Lodge at Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue about 11 a.m. after a female employee reported being in an altercation with Williams, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Gary Chilingarian said.

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14 Freeway in Santa Clarita Valley is reopened after fire-related closure

The 14 Freeway in the Santa Clarita Valley was reopened in both directions Sunday evening after it was shut down hours earlier as a precaution because of strong wind conditions in the fire zone, officials said. 

The freeway was reopened about 7:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

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Spend a day behind the scenes at the San Diego Zoo as it turns 100

With about 3.5 million visitors every year, the zoo here is one of the city’s best-known attractions — and one of its oldest. This year marks the 100th anniversary of its founding.

For all its fame and longevity, though, the zoo remains in many ways a mystery, at least to its guests. What goes into feeding the animals? Who trains them? Where was Puddles the hippo born?

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Out-of-control wildfire grows to more than 33,000 acres in Santa Clarita Valley

The brush fire raging in the rugged mountains of the Santa Clarita Valley grew by more than 10,000 acres on Sunday, scorching an estimated 33,172 acres by the late evening as the blaze continued to threaten hundreds of homes while firefighters battled to keep flames from spreading, authorities said.

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