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Marni Nixon, whose singing gave voice to Hollywood's leading ladies, dies at 86 

Hollywood voice double Marni Nixon, whose singing was heard in place of the leading actresses in such classic movie musicals as “West Side Story,” “The King and I” and “My Fair Lady,” has died.

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Longtime UCLA medical school dean Sherman Mellinkoff dies at 96

Dr. Sherman Mellinkoff, who took the newly created UCLA School of Medicine and turned it into a powerhouse of medical research and academics, has died at age 96. 

The university said in a statement that Mellinkoff died July 17 at his home near the Westwood campus. 

He took over the school in 1962, when it was a decade old and did not yet have its own buildings.

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Dr. Dre is handcuffed and cited after a man claims he pointed a gun; deputies find no proof

Dr. Dre was handcuffed outside his Malibu home Monday after a motorist initiated a private person’s arrest, alleging the music mogul brandished a gun at him at the Pacific Coast Highway residence, authorities said.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies cited Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, and released him.

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Horses, chickens, pigs and a bull: a menagerie of 770 pets have been displaced by the Sand fire

Some of those forced to evacuate from the Sand fire fled by car or truck. Others had to crawl, hoof or strut.

Just ask Ulf Wadeborn, a horse trainer at Middle Ranch, who worked with scores of volunteers to empty the equine boarding facility overnight Friday into Saturday morning as the flames glowed in the distance.

Wadeborn, 63, and other volunteers brought dozens of trailers to ferry away the horses.

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Judge: Yorba Linda residents can't use a referendum to void water rate hikes

An Orange County Superior Court judge ruled Monday in a closely watched case that customers of a water district cannot void rate increases using a referendum.

The ruling comes in the protracted fight between a group of Yorba Linda residents and their water provider over a $25-a-month rate increase.

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Sand fire updates: More than 35,000 acres burned in Santa Clarita Valley mountains
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