Man, 2 children killed in Bay Area mobile home fire

Fire officials say a man and two children died after a fire quickly engulfed a mobile home in San Jose.

San Jose Fire Capt. Mike Van Elgort said the mobile home caught fire Tuesday afternoon and by the time firefighters arrived minutes later, the front of the house had collapsed.

Elgort said a…

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County approves panel to study impact of criminal justice reforms

Michael C. Mejia violated his probation several times in the 10 months after he was released from Pelican Bay State Prison in April 2016.

Then, on Feb. 20, authorities say, Mejia gunned down his cousin, followed by the fatal shooting of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer hours later. He has been…

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery to remove Confederate monument after calls from activists and vandalism threats

The Hollywood Forever Cemetery announced plans Tuesday to take down a monument commemorating Confederate veterans after hundreds of activists requested its removal, with some threatening vandalism.

The move comes days after violence erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.,…

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UC Berkeley chancellor unveils ‘Free Speech Year’ as right-wing speakers plan campus events

Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley’s 11th chancellor and the first woman to lead the nation’s top public research university, unveiled plans Tuesday for a “Free Speech Year” as right-wing speakers prepare to come to campus.

Christ said the campus would hold “point-counterpoint” panels to demonstrate…

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Detectives seek journal and friends of man who overdosed at home of prominent Democratic donor

Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives are searching for people who spent time with prominent Democratic donor Ed Buck as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the fatal overdose of a 26-year-old man at his West Hollywood home, two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the case…

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City Council panel rejects plan for homes next to a freeway interchange

A key committee of the Los Angeles City Council rejected a plan Tuesday for putting 15 homes near a freeway interchange, in part over the potential health risks from car and truck pollution.

The council’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee unanimously declined the request from businessman…

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America First! group plans to rally Sunday in Laguna

A group called America First! plans to gather Sunday evening at Laguna’s Main Beach to rally for victims of crimes that organizers say have been committed by immigrants illegally living in the United States, according to a Facebook post.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and be the fourth time…

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Wolfgang Berger, oceanographer who helped reveal the history of the world’s oceans, dies at 79

Wolfgang “Wolf” Berger, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher whose big insights about tiny fossils helped reveal the history of the world’s oceans, has died at 79.

The paleoceanographer died in San Diego on Aug. 6, Scripps said. A cause of death was not disclosed.

For more than 40 years,…

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Wildfire in Yosemite National Park swells to 1,600 acres near Wawona, historic hotel

A wildfire in Yosemite National Park continued to grow Tuesday near the community of Wawona, home of the historic Big Trees Lodge, the park said.

As the fire inched closer to homes, the National Park Service asked to residents to be prepared to evacuate. Voluntary evacuations notices went out to…

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Palmdale High School students hospitalized after bees occupy classroom

Students at Palmdale High School were terrorized Tuesday by a swarm of bees authorities say had built a hive inside their classroom over the summer.

Los Angeles County firefighters were dispatched to the school just after noon to reports of bee stings, said fire Inspector Joey Marron.

Paramedics…

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