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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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Santa Clarita area fire grows to more than 22,000 acres

The brush fire raging in the rugged mountains in the Santa Clarita Valley grew to more than 22,000 acres overnight as firefighters struggle to gain control of the wildfire amid a brutal heat wave.

The Sand fire roared primarily through uninhabited areas near the 14 Freeway much of Saturday, fueled by high winds and hillsides carpeted with tinderlike chaparral.

The blaze, first reported at 2 p.m.

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Man's body found in area burned by Sand fire in Santa Clarita area

Sheriff's homicide detectives were investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the area burned by the Sand fire in Santa Clarita Saturday night.

The man’s body was found in the 26700 block of Iron Canyon Road around 7:20 p.m., sheriff’s official said.

No other information was immediately available.

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Firefighters battle blaze at commercial building in downtown L.A.

Firefighters were battling a large blaze at a commercial building in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday night.

The fire began in a pallet yard at 748 S. Ceres Ave. shortly before 7 p.m.

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High fire danger expected to continue through Sunday night in Los Angeles mountains

The National Weather Service has extended a red flag fire danger warning for the mountains of Los Angeles County through 10 p.m. Sunday, citing gusty southwest winds, low humidity and high temperatures.

Winds could gust up to 35 mph Sunday, with humidity falling to between 8% and 15%.

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San Diego County program for nonviolent felons may be helping to keep people from returning to jail

People serving sentences for nonviolent felonies in San Diego County custody recommit crimes less frequently than those who serve in state prison for similar crimes, according to new data from the San Diego County Probation Department.

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