Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Gilroy

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Friday morning four miles from Gilroy, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:13 a.m. PDT at a depth of 3.1 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was eight miles from Watsonville, 10 miles from Morgan Hil…

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Horrific toll of firestorms comes into focus as firefighters make progress

Calistoga was a ghost town Thursday. Thick smoke hung in the air like fog. Motorcycle cops in masks circled deserted streets. Everything downtown was closed — the art galleries, the cafes, the wine-tasting rooms.

But the fact that this Napa County wine country town was still standing was seen as…

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California firestorm took deadly toll on elderly; average age of victims identified so far is 79

As authorities begin to identify those killed in the wildfires raging across Northern California, a grim pattern is emerging.

Among the dozen people identified by Sonoma and Napa county officials as of late Thursday, the average age of those who died was 79. The youngest victim was 57, the oldest…

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Suge Knight’s fiancée takes plea deal for violating court order by selling video to TMZ

The fiancee of former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight took a plea deal Thursday for her role in orchestrating the sale of sealed video evidence from Knight’s murder case.

Toi-Lin Kelly, 36, pleaded no contest to violating a court order for helping to arrange the sale of the video to the celebrity…

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Councilman Huizar says his wife is weighing her own bid for city office

Could L.A.’s Eastside wind up with 27 consecutive years of a council member named Huizar?

That possibility became more real on Thursday, when Councilman Jose Huizar disclosed that his wife, Richelle Huizar, has expressed interest in running for his seat in 2020.

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Two dead, two wounded in shooting in Aliso Viejo

Two people were killed and two others were wounded in a shooting Thursday afternoon in Aliso Viejo, authorities said.

A man and a woman were found dead at the scene, while two other men in their 50s were taken to a hospital. Investigators are still looking for the shooter.

“It’s an active scene,”…

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Eli Broad, top L.A. philanthropist and power-broker, is stepping back from his foundation work

Eli Broad, the billionaire philanthropist who has been a powerful force in Los Angeles arts, education and politics, is stepping back from the day-to-day operations of his foundation.

Broad, 84, announced Thursday that he is retiring immediately, said Swati Pandey, spokeswoman for the Eli and Edythe…

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Smoke from wine country fires leads to 200 canceled flights, hazardous air quality: ‘It is basically like living in Beijing’

The deadly fires raging in Northern California have devastated thousands of acres of bucolic wine country and torched thousands of homes, but the damage isn’t limited to the scorched rolling hills north of the San Francisco Bay.

Health officials say the Bay Area is experiencing the worst air quality…

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