Sonoma homeless man accused of arson but no link so far to massive wine country wildfires

Jesus Fabian Gonzalez lived in a homeless encampment beneath the Verano Avenue bridge, spanning Sonoma Creek, just a few hundred yards from a cluster of fast-food restaurants and mom-and-pop shops.

He cut an eccentric figure, occasionally seen racing around in a small bicycle, zigzagging in circles…

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County approves $1.7-million settlement over jail suicide

The daughters of a mentally ill man who jumped to his death in a Los Angeles jail in 2014 will receive $1.7 million under the terms of a settlement approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Eric Loberg, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and appointed a legal conservator…

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Death toll from San Diego hepatitis A outbreak rises to 19; more than 500 cases confirmed

San Diego’s hepatitis A outbreak added another death Tuesday, pushing the total to 19 as the number of confirmed cases passed 500.

Updated numbers released by the county Health and Human Services Agency come as a massive effort around vaccination, sanitation and public education continues to try…

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5 firefighters hurt, communities evacuated in Santa Cruz Mountains fire

Five firefighters were injured in a fast-moving wildfire in the Santa Cruz Mountains, one of several wildfires burning across California.

The Bear fire in Boulder Creek had burned more than 150 acres Tuesday and was 5% contained, officials said.

About 150 people have been evacuated.

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L.A. moves to ban pepper spray, tiki torches, gas masks and other items from protests

Alarmed by spasms of violence at protests in Charlottesville, Va., and Berkeley, Los Angeles lawmakers soon could impose new restrictions on what people can bring to public demonstrations and meetings in the city.

L.A. already bans protesters from toting wooden planks more than 2 inches wide and…

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Bodies of two people found in Joshua Tree National Park were embracing each other, authorities say

Authorities say two adult bodies were locked in an embrace when they were discovered in Joshua Tree National Park, near the area where a missing Southern California couple vanished while hiking three months ago.

Jodi Miller, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, said Tuesday…

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Canyon 2 fire 100% contained, but authorities still searching for inmate firefighter who walked away

The wildfire that scorched thousands of acres in northeast Orange County was declared fully contained Tuesday morning, but authorities were still searching for a prisoner who walked away from an inmate firefighting crew that helped battle the blaze.

The Canyon 2 fire burned more than 9,200 acres…

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Bull breaks free from petting zoo, roams down busy street in La Crescenta

Sheriff’s deputies added cattle wrangler to their list of responsibilities Saturday night after a bull roamed free on a busy La Crescenta street, according to authorities.

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a call about an animal roaming down Foothill Boulevard near Glenwood Avenue…

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Evacuations ordered as crews battle wildfire in Santa Cruz mountains

Northern California firefighters are battling a fire that sprang up overnight in the mountains around Santa Cruz, prompting evacuation orders.

Rob Sherman, assistant chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, told KNTV news that at least one structure was destroyed and…

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