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Ground, air crews fighting brush fire in Rustic Canyon area

Ground and air crews were aggressively attacking a brush fire in the Rustic Canyon area near Brentwood late Thursday, according the Los Angeles Fire Department.

No homes are currently threatened and no evacuations have been ordered.

About two acres have burned so far, according to the department's Twitter feed.

The agency said the fire was burning in heavy brush and was driven by terrain, rather than wind. About 11:30 p.m., winds in the area were only about 3 mph and humidity was about 80%.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Another CSUN fraternity being investigated for possible hazing

School officials said late Thursday that a fraternity at Cal State Northridge was under investigation for possible hazing, months after a pledge at a different Greek organization died during a mandatory hike.

In a letter posted by school newspaper the Daily Sundial, William Watkins, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, told sorority and fraternity presidents that the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity was being investigated for possible hazing.

The news comes months after CSUN student Armando Villa, 19, died during what administrators concluded was a hazing incident while he pledged to a different fraternity. The dehydrated Pi Kappa Phi pledge died July 1 during a mandatory hike for students hoping to join the fraternity.

All pledging activity at Cal State Northridge was immediately suspended Thursday.

"It is my unfortunate duty to notify you that the university has learned of yet another instance of possible hazing," Watkins wrote in the letter dated Thursday. "I am...

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Seven injured when car hits Mexican restaurant in Northern California

Seven people were injured, two seriously, Thursday evening after a car plowed into the front of a Mexican restaurant in Northern California, police said.

It appears as though a 56-year-old woman who was pulling into the parking lot of Taqueria Los Pericos in Dublin about 6:15 p.m. accidentally accelerated the vehicle and smashed into the restaurant, Lt. Nate Schmidt told the Contra Costa Times.

Six customers were hurt and taken to hospitals. The driver was also injured.

"We're really fortunate that there weren't more traumatic injuries," Schmidt said.

Schmidt said the preliminary investigation shows the crash was caused by driver error and alcohol was not believed to have been a factor.

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Authorities offer $55,000 reward to find killer of Anaheim girl

Anaheim authorities Thursday offered a $55,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who shot and killed a 9-year-old girl while she played outside her home.

Ximena Meza was fatally shot Wednesday about 7:15 p.m. outside her apartment in the 2300 block of West Greenacre Avenue near the Brookhurst Community Park, said Lt. Bob Dunn, a spokesman for the Anaheim Police Department. She was struck at least once.

She died at 7:56 p.m. at the UC Irvine Medical Center, according to the Orange County coroner.

Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada and city officials approved a $50,000 reward, Dunn said. The Anaheim Police Assn. also offered $5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

It’s not known if the shooting was gang-related, Dunn said, but a gang in the neighborhood “claims” the area.

One witness, River Hernandez, told KTLA-TV Channel 5 that he saw Ximena’s father holding her after the shooting, screaming and "begging to God that she lived."

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Overturned vehicle closes eastbound lanes on 10 Freeway in Santa Monica

An overturned vehicle in the McClure Tunnel shut down all eastbound lanes of the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica late Thursday evening, authorities said.

The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. and appears to have only involved one vehicle, said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos.

At least one person was injured and taken to a hospital, Villalobos said.

A SigAlert was issued after the crash. All lanes were expected to be opened by about 10 p.m. after a tow truck removed the overturned vehicle.

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Menifee councilman accused of using his position for financial gain

Riverside prosecutors said a Menifee councilman was arrested and charged Thursday on suspicion of having a conflict of interest, using his position for financial gain and not having a license for an event venue he owns.

Thomas Fuhrman was arrested at a city park and booked at the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley on $5,000 bail, according to authorities.

Shortly after his arrest he was charged with one felony and seven misdemeanors, said John Hall, a spokesman with the Riverside County district attorney's office.

Fuhrman was charged with one felony count of conflict of interest, four counts of using his position to influence a government decision in which he knew he had a financial gain, and three counts of not having a business license.

All of the charges are connected to a Menifee property Fuhrman owns, the Wooden Nickel Ranch, Hall said.

Hall said the complaint against Fuhrman was unavailable.

The conflict of interest charge stems from him taking part in a discussion and vote...

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