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Laura J. Nelson

Laura J. Nelson covers transportation and mobility issues across Southern California. She was part of the team of reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for coverage of the 2015 terrorist attack in San Bernardino. Before joining The Times in 2012, Nelson wrote for the Boston Globe, the Tampa Bay Times and the Los Angeles Daily News. Laura grew up in suburban Kansas City in a family of journalists and graduated from the University of Southern California.
As toll mounts from Malibu to Thousand Oaks, how did the Woolsey fire become a monster?

The blaze came on the heels of one of the hottest summers on record for the region, after years of drought that left the woodlands in the Santa Monica Mountains bone dry.

Death toll from the Paradise fire jumps to 42, making it the worst in California history

Two people whose charred bodies were found in a vehicle in Malibu on Friday likely died trying to escape the flames, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

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