San Diego County fire that destroyed 157 structures is 100% contained

The Lilac fire in northern San Diego County, which spread to 4,100 acres and destroyed 157 structures, is 100% contained, officials said Saturday morning.

The wildfire started in Bonsall on Dec. 7 and spread quickly as a result of Santa Ana winds and dry vegetation. The full containment announcement…

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Thousands of inner-city children celebrate the Christmas season at Fred Jordan Mission on skid row

There was free food and presents for all.

Thousands of low-income children from downtown Los Angeles and the surrounding neighborhoods took part in the 73rd annual Christmas party Saturday at the Fred Jordan Mission on skid row, the largest event of its kind in L.A. for underprivileged children.

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Firefighter killed in Thomas fire died from burns and smoke inhalation, autopsy shows

Cory Iverson, the firefighter who was killed while battling the Thomas fire, died of burns and smoke inhalation, the Ventura County Medical Examiner Office said Saturday.

Iverson, 32, was assigned to the blaze as a part of a strike team from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s…

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Westside families sue over construction next to school

Several Westside families and school employees are suing to prevent construction that they say will harm students at Palms Elementary School.

The cause for concern is a large apartment development that would be built adjacent to the campus. A fence is all that separates the construction site from…

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Winds, danger return as Thomas fire takes aim at Santa Barbara County

Spotters are in place. Hillsides have been scrubbed of as much flammable vegetation as possible. And now it’s time to see whether it was all enough to stop the deadly Thomas fire from wreaking additional havoc.

All eyes Saturday morning are expected to be on the hills above Montecito in Santa Barbara…

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Third attack by marine mammal in San Francisco’s Aquatic Park prompts swimming ban

A third attack by a sea mammal in San Francisco in a week has prompted officials to ban swimming in the Aquatic Park Cove on the northern edge of the city’s waterfront.

“The Aquatic Park Cove has been closed to swimming due to reports of an aggressive marine mammal biting swimmers in the area,”…

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10-year-old girl grazed by gunfire in Pacoima; 4 men also shot

A 10-year-old girl was grazed by a bullet and four men were shot Friday night in Pacoima, police said.

The girl is expected to survive. Two of the men were in critical condition.

The shooting occurred about 7:50 p.m. in the 13000 block of Jouett Street, said Los Angeles Police Officer Irma Mota.

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Warm day breaks temperature records in Los Angeles with ‘no whisper of a rain chance’

Friday’s warm weather pushed temperatures high enough to break records for the date in Los Angeles.

The mercury climbed to 81 degrees at Los Angeles International Airport, breaking the record for Dec. 15 that was last set in 2013, when the airport recorded a temperature of 80 degrees.

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Hacienda La Puente district ordered to pay $2.8 million in school sex-abuse case

A high school student who was drawn into a sexual relationship with her teacher won a $2.8-million judgment Thursday against the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District.

A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that the “negligent supervision” of Los Altos High School Principal Cheli McReynolds…

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