Firefighters battle 200-acre wildfire near Big Bear, prompting voluntary evacuations

Firefighters were battling a fast-moving wildfire Monday in the dry, grassy hills north of Big Bear.

The blaze, dubbed the Holcomb fire, began about 3 p.m. near Holcomb Valley Road and North Shore Drive, the Big Bear Fire Department said.

By 5 p.m., the fire had spread to 200 acres and was moving…

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California family seeks answers after 3-year-old dies following routine dental procedure

Three-year-old Daleyza Hernandez-Avila recently visited a surgical center in Stockton for what was supposed to be a routine dental procedure.

But on the June 12 visit, her heart stopped about 30 minutes into the procedure. She was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Stockton girl’s unexpected…

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Highland Park man’s home doubled as an unlicensed day care center and cocaine den

A Highland Park man is facing charges of not only trafficking drugs out of his home, but doing so while running an unlicensed day care center, federal and civil documents show.

In a federal complaint, Felipe Talamante, 48, is accused of trying to sell 20 kilograms of cocaine “direct from Mexico”…

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Immigration activist who says she was victim of retaliation by Border Patrol applies for ‘Dreamer’ protections

An immigrant rights’ activist who has said she was detained by Border Patrol agents in retaliation for protesting the arrest of her mother spoke out publicly for the first time Monday, announcing she will apply for protections as a “Dreamer” in the hopes of avoiding deportation.

Claudia Rueda,…

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Rescuers warn swimmers to stay out of the deadly Kern River after six drownings

In singing about the Kern River, Merle Haggard put it best: “It’s a mean piece of water, my friend.”

As a heat wave tightens its grip on California, the water in the massive Sierra Nevada snowpack is being squeezed into the state’s rivers and reservoirs, creating dangerous conditions downstream

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Police searching for man who tried to kidnap an Irvine store employee

Police are looking for a man who they say tried to kidnap a woman working at an Irvine baby store Saturday.

Surveillance video shows a man in a white shirt and plaid shorts talking to an employee at Mon Beau Bebe, in the Woodbury Town Center around before 7:20 p.m. He followed her around the store…

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Major route into Yosemite National Park reopens after massive rock slide

A major highway and entrance to Yosemite National Park reopened late Saturday, nearly a week after a massive rockfall buried the road.

“We do not see any other movement at this time,” said Jamie Richards, a park spokeswoman. “Everything should be very stable.”

El Portal Road, which is a continuation…

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A truck fell on top of a Yorba Linda house, killing two people

A pickup truck fell on top of a house in Yorba Linda on Saturday night, killing the two passengers and injuring some people inside the home, authorities said.

Yorba Linda residents Donald Wall, 38, and Danielle Velazquez, 40, were in the maroon Dodge pickup at around 11:20 p.m. Saturday driving…

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Mother arrested in biting and choking of child during ‘exorcism’ at California beach

A Northern California mother who claimed she was trying to exorcise demons from her daughter has been booked on suspicion of biting, choking and shoving handfuls of sand into the girl’s mouth and eyes on a crowded beach, authorities said.

Kimberly Felder, a 45-year-old Ferndale resident, was arrested…

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