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.


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L.A. targets what it calls a white supremacist drug house in Canoga Park

The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a Canoga Park home, claiming the residence is a hub of white supremacist gang members and drug activity.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, claims that the single-family home in the 8400 block of Remmet Avenue has for years…

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Third woman claims she was sexually assaulted by Roman Polanski when she was a teen

A woman claimed at a news conference Tuesday that film director Roman Polanski sexually victimized her in 1973, when she was 16.

She is the third woman to come forward with similar allegations about the director of movies such as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Chinatown.” The filmmaker has lived as a fugitive…

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Man arrested after calling 911 to report that he strangled his mother, police say

A 26-year-old man was arrested Monday after calling 911 to report that he’d strangled his mother, police said.

Brandon Sanchez called police about 2:45 p.m., saying that he’d strangled his mother during a domestic dispute, according to the Orange Police Department.

Officers responded to the 5800…

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Three charged in shooting death of 12-year-old Victorville girl who was ‘caught in the crossfire,’ D.A. says

Three people were charged Tuesday with murder in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old girl who was the victim of an ongoing dispute between the suspects and her mother, according to the San Bernardino County district attorney.

Anthony Pitts, 26, of Adelanto; Reyna Mercado, 28, of San Bernardino;…

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L.A. diocese is going ahead with controversial sale of Newport’s St. James Episcopal church site

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles plans to proceed with the sale of the St. James the Great church property in Newport Beach, citing a legal obligation.

In a letter Monday, Bishop Coadjutor John Harvey Taylor said the departing Bishop J. Jon Bruno had entered into a binding contract to sell…

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Boyfriend arrested after woman’s body is found stuffed in trash can in Stockton

A man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of his girlfriend was found stuffed inside a trash can Sunday in a Stockton neighborhood, police said.

Daniel Winkler, 36, is set to appear in court Tuesday in connection with the 37-year-old woman’s death, according to San Joaquin County…

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Alameda County Sheriff’s Department Twitter account retweets white nationalist by mistake, official says

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department was met with a wave of furious criticism after one of the department’s public information officers said he mistakenly retweeted one of the nation’s most prominent white nationalists, Richard Spencer, from the department’s official Twitter account.

On Monday…

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Commission to decide whether LAPD was justified in South L.A. shooting that killed 18-year-old

Los Angeles police commissioners will decide Tuesday whether police were justified in fatally shooting Carnell Snell Jr. last year in South L.A., a killing that prompted protests and the rare public release of video evidence by the LAPD.

The death of a black 18-year-old struck a chord in South…

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