Mechanical problem to blame for smoke in jet cabin at Fresno airport, Allegiant Air says

Smoke filled the cabin of an Allegiant Air jet after it landed at a California airport on Monday, forcing coughing passengers to cover their faces with shirts and firefighters to board the plane, authorities said.

None of the 150 passengers or six crew members was injured when the plane from Las…

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Blaze at homeless encampment in San Diego County may have exposed firefighters to hepatitis A

A team of firefighters may have been exposed to hepatitis A while battling a vegetation fire early Sunday at a homeless encampment in Spring Valley, officials said.

A “large amount” of urine and feces had accumulated at the encampment, prompting hazardous materials crews to require firefighters…

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State suspends medical license of Carmen Puliafito, former USC Keck dean tied to drug use

The Medical Board of California has suspended the license of former USC medical school dean Carmen Puliafito pending a final decision on his fitness to practice medicine.

The medical board opened an inquiry into Puliafito after a Times investigation found that he regularly used methamphetamine

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L.A. presses forward with proposed rules for marijuana businesses despite industry concerns

Los Angeles lawmakers tentatively backed a sweeping set of proposed regulations for businesses that grow, sell, process and distribute marijuana Monday, the next step toward giving cannabis the stamp of local legitimacy.

But industry groups said that recent changes to the proposed rules would force…

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Woman arrested in vandalism of Christopher Columbus statue at San Jose City Hall

A 25-year-old woman was arrested Friday on suspicion of smearing paint across a statue of Christopher Columbus in San Jose’s City Hall. It was the latest backlash against a symbol that many have criticized as an endorsement of genocide and white supremacy.

Gina Darlene Gonzales of San Jose is accused…

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Firefighters and water-dropping helicopters battle fire along 91 Freeway in Anaheim

More than 100 firefighters have converged along the eastbound 91 Freeway near Anaheim Monday afternoon to battle a 150-acre brush fire, officials said.

Several helicopters were dropping water on the fire, according to the Orange County Fire Authority, which posted videos to Twitter that showed…

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Hot dog vendor who had $60 seized by UC Berkeley police sees fundraiser explode to $88,000

A fundraiser for a bacon-wrapped hot dog vendor who had a UC Berkeley police officer confiscate his money has generated $88,000.

Since a videotape of the episode went viral on Sept. 10, a fundraising effort for Rigoberto Matias has gathered nearly 5,600 donations, according to the fundraising site.

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California could require cancer warning labels on coffee at Starbucks, other retailers

A future cup of coffee in California could give you jitters before you even take a sip.

A nonprofit group wants coffee manufacturers, distributors and retailers to post ominous warnings about a cancer-causing chemical stewing in every brew and has been presenting evidence in a Los Angeles courtroom…

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A California man is more than $1 million richer after winning twice on scratchers

State lottery officials say a Southern California man was lucky not just once, but twice after he purchased two scratcher tickets that turned out to be $1 million and $1,000 winners, respectively.

Mario Martinez walked into the Santa Fe Springs lottery office with winning tickets in the “Twisted…

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It may be fall, but Southern California will experience ‘late summer’ heat this week

Autumn is in the air, but that won’t stop a heat wave from blanketing Southern California this week.

Warm winds blowing out of the northeast and Nevada will drive temperatures into the high 80s and low 90s throughout Southern California this week, according to meteorologist David Sweet of the National…

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