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Evacuation ordered as fire consumes almost 2,000 acres in northern Big Sur area and threatens homes

Evacuations were ordered Saturday as a fast-moving brush fire threatened about 1,000 homes in the northern Big Sur area of Monterey County, state officials reported.

The Soberanes fire began Friday morning in Garrapata State Park about five miles south of Carmel, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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Gov. Jerry Brown denies parole for former Manson family member

Gov. Jerry Brown denied parole Friday to Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted along with other members of Charles Manson's cult in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca.

Brown said Van Houten, the youngest member of Manson's "family," posed "an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison."

 A two-member California review board had granted parole to Van Houten in April.

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Brush fire spreads to more than 11,000 acres near Santa Clarita as ash and smoke fill skies

A wildfire in the Santa Clarita Valley area has burned more than 11,000 acres, prompting mandatory evacuations in some areas and covering much of the Los Angeles basin with smoke and ash.

The Sand fire, which was reported about 2 p.m. Friday, is 10% contained, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said Saturday.

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Case against Trump University should move forward, judge rules

A federal judge indicated Friday that he would allow a lawsuit by former customers of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s now-defunct real estate program, Trump University, to move forward.

In a tentative oral ruling on a motion to dismiss the case, U.S.

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Essential California: Crime is up in Los Angeles

Good morning. It is Saturday, July 23. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:

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Crime stats: Crime is up in Los Angeles for the second year in a row. As of July 16, violent crime had increased 15.9% compared with the same time last year. There have been 142 homicides — the same number as this time last year — and 586 people have been shot.

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Massive search underway for missing hiker attempting Mountaineer's Route on Mount Whitney

A massive search was underway Friday for a Redlands man who disappeared after attempting to scale the popular Mountaineer’s Route on the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states, authorities said.

Bum "John" Lee, 68, has been missing since Tuesday when he was last seen climbing the steep route above Iceberg Lake in Mount Whitney, according to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.

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