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Risking kidnapping, or worse, we explored Islamic State's self-declared caliphate in Syria. Here's what happened

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300-gallon sewage spill closes water around Balboa Pier

A portion of the ocean around the Balboa Pier in Newport Beach is closed to swimmers after 300 gallons of raw sewage leaked from a pumping tank below the pier into the water Wednesday. The Orange County Health Care Agency said the water 1,000 feet upcoast and 1,000 feet downcoast of the pier will...

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Week 8 High School Football Preview: Edison vs. Los Alamitos

Week 8 High School Football Preview: Edison vs. Los Alamitos

When/where: Thursday, 7 p.m. at Huntington Beach High Key Chargers: Sr. QB Griffin O’Connor (92 of 156 passing for 1,329 yards, 12 TDs and seven INTs); Sr. WR-DB David Atencio (34 catches for 604 yards and seven TDs; three INTs, 15 tackles); Sr. DE-RB Hunter Griggs (five sacks, 36 tackles; 25 carries...

Costa Mesa and Newport Beach

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Onward America plans demonstration Sunday in Laguna Beach
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Onward America plans demonstration Sunday in Laguna Beach

The man who organized an August demonstration that drew more than 2,500 people to Laguna’s Main Beach will return to the same location Sunday, albeit with a different focus. Johnny Benitez, founder of the group Onward America, said in a phone interview Tuesday that he wants greater transparency...

Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley, Seal Beach

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Motorist wounded in Fountain Valley police shooting identified; F.V. woman died in crash before it

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Part of Laguna Canyon Road reopens from 18-hour closure after car knocks down utility pole

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On Theater: Tension mounts in powerful revival of '12 Angry Men'

On Theater: Tension mounts in powerful revival of '12 Angry Men'

Sixty-three years after Reginald Rose's landmark jury-room drama “12 Angry Men” first electrified television audiences, this story and its conflicting characters continue to hold audiences in thrall. In a powerful revival at the Laguna Playhouse, Rose's masterpiece has lost none of its impact,...

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  • Placing Reagan statue at Civic Center Park only drives partisan division

    Placing Reagan statue at Civic Center Park only drives partisan division

    Once again, the tone deaf and ideologically driven members of the Newport Beach City Council used their super majority to rush through, without adequate debate or notice, one of their pet Republican agendas — to glorify one of their own. After years of plotting and conniving, they finally succeeded...

  • Why I support redistricting Map B

    Why I support redistricting Map B

    Did you know that the Newport-Mesa Unified School District is in the process of redistricting? A lawsuit is forcing school trustees to draw new boundaries for the seven trustee districts. A Malibu attorney represented a citizen who called out trustees for being out of compliance with the Voting...

  • As progressive O.C. Christians, we urge Congress to take action on gun violence

    As progressive O.C. Christians, we urge Congress to take action on gun violence

    We write as people of faith who are either attendees at, or members of, Irvine United Congregational Church. Our progressive Christian faith prompts us to express both outrage and heartbreak over the latest mass shooting in Las Vegas in which a gunman high in a hotel room shot down into a crowd...

  • Media should not report names or show images of mass murderers

    Media should not report names or show images of mass murderers

    How many of these sick people who wantonly and arbitrarily kill crowds of people with bombs, guns or their cars are acting as copycats of prior similarly demented acts by other people? Of course, we may never know. But every time these demented folks have killed people in places like Aurora, San...

  • ‘I don’t see liberty and justice for all in my country’

    ‘I don’t see liberty and justice for all in my country’

    Writer Steve Smith assumes that the athletes who take a knee do not actively fight for injustice, racism and discrimination (“It’s one thing to take a knee and quite another to get involved with social justice,” Daily Pilot, Oct. 2). Rather they collect fat paychecks and go home. That is an unfair...

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  • Woman arrested after chase in stolen vehicle, Costa Mesa police say

    A 19-year-old woman was arrested early Friday after a brief pursuit by Costa Mesa police near South Coast Plaza, authorities said. Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked in the 3400 block of Smalley Road at 12:51 a.m. When police arrived, they found a woman sleeping in the...

  • Military jets pass through for Edwards Air Force Base event

    If you heard the roar of military jets flying over the area Friday afternoon, it was simply part of a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the world’s first supersonic flight. To mark the occasion, Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County launched two formation flights that were scheduled to pass...

  • Huntington Beach man pleads not guilty to molesting girl during burglary

    Huntington Beach man pleads not guilty to molesting girl during burglary

    A 27-year-old man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he molested a girl after breaking into her family’s Huntington Beach home last month, according to Orange County Superior Court records. Miguel Angel Pastrana of Huntington Beach is facing one count each of burglary and child molesting,...

  • 3 men suspected of spray-painting homes and other property on Balboa Peninsula

    3 men suspected of spray-painting homes and other property on Balboa Peninsula

    Three men were arrested early Sunday in Newport Beach on suspicion of spray-painting graffiti on several buildings along a stretch of the Balboa Peninsula, police said. Newport Beach police officers who were investigating another incident near the boardwalk were flagged down at about 2:10 a.m....

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