Death toll rises in wine country as some return to devastated communities

Five days after the Tubbs fire forced the town of Calistoga to evacuate, Mark Skinner and his son Nick returned Monday to find their winery unharmed and their home intact.

But it was hard to feel relief with plumes of smoke from still-burning wildfires blooming on the horizon and emergency personnel…

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Teenager shot and killed crossing street in Harbor City

A teenager was shot and killed Wednesday evening as he crossed a street in Harbor City, Los Angeles police said.

The suspect opened fire about 6 p.m. in the 1500 block of Anaheim Street, then fled on foot, Officer Mike Lopez said. A description of the suspect was not available.

The victim, who…

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Controversial Cadiz water pipeline gets OK from federal goverernment

In an about-face, the federal government has given Cadiz Inc. the go-ahead to lay a pipeline for its proposed desert water project in an existing railroad right-of-way.

The decision by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management follows other Trump administration moves to eliminate a legal hurdle erected…

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As evacuations are lifted in Calistoga, some remain on edge: ‘We’re still not not out of the woods’

Things went too bad too fast with the wine country fires for Mark Skinner to think he can relax now that evacuation orders in Calistoga have been lifted.

All he has to do is face southwest and point.

In the distance — but not that far away — smoke continues to rise as stubborn flames burn through…

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SUV crashes into L.A. children’s museum after driver is fatally shot

An SUV crashed into the Discovery Cube in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon after the driver was fatally shot, police said.

Authorities are looking for the shooter, who opened fire from a white truck and fled on Glenoaks Boulevard, said Officer Sal Ramirez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police…

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Man believes bodies in Joshua Tree National Park are those of son, girlfriend

The father of a missing Lakewood man said he believes the bodies of his son and his son’s girlfriend have been found in Joshua Tree National Park, near the area where they vanished while hiking three months ago.

Officials did not immediately confirm the identities of the two adult bodies discovered…

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Man smuggled 93 ‘good luck’ songbirds from Vietnam in his luggage — all but eight died, authorities say

A Fountain Valley man was sentenced today to six months in home detention, followed by a year behind bars, for smuggling nearly 100 tiny “good luck” songbirds — most of which died in transit — in his luggage on a flight from Vietnam.

Kurtis Law brought 93 of the colorful birds — worth an estimated…

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Prisoner missing from inmate fire crew fighting O.C. brush fire; police searching for him

Authorities today were searching for a prisoner suspected of walking away from an inmate firefighting crew helping to battle the Canyon 2 fire near Peters Canyon Regional Park in Orange.

Armando Castillo, 31, was last seen at 4:45 p.m. Sunday before the group of inmates to which he was assigned…

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LAPD urges women who say they were victims of Harvey Weinstein to come forward

The Los Angeles Police Department said women who feel they were victims of a crime at the hands of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein should report what happened to authorities.

“We absolutely encourage anyone who may be a victim of sexual assault to come forward and report the crime,” Josh Rubenstein,…

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