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Fierce fight along Santa Barbara coast as fire threat eases in Ventura

Robin Willis sprayed her garden hose at the eaves of her backyard patio, soaking the wooden beams with water. Authorities had evacuated her Montecito neighborhood two days earlier as the Thomas fire neared, but the 68-year-old and her brother, who lives across the street, had since returned and...

From the Archives: Mia Farrow joins cast of 'Peyton Place'

Mia Farrow, then a minor, went to the Santa Monica Courthouse to have her 20th Century Fox contract to appear on "Peyton Place" approved by the Los Angeles County Superior Court. “Peyton Place” premiered on ABC on Sept. 15, 1964, with Farrow portraying Allison MacKenzie. The role launched her career....

Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Edgemont in Northern California

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon four miles from Edgemont in California’s Lassen County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 5:26 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 4.3 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 17 miles from Susanville,...

L.A. school board sticks with early start for school

Los Angeles school board members often divide along ideological lines, but one of their most spirited debates Tuesday was over nuts and bolts: when the next three school years should begin and end. Many parents of younger students favor a later start to leave more time for summer programs and family...

Fire at a homeless encampment sparked Bel-Air blaze that destroyed homes, officials say

The blaze that swept through the hills of Bel-Air last week, destroying six homes and damaging a dozen others, was sparked by a cooking fire at a homeless encampment in a nearby ravine, Los Angeles officials said Tuesday. The encampment was nestled in a canyon several hundred feet from Sepulveda...

Religious leaders question why Republican tax plan would allow churches to endorse candidates

A Republican push to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which forbids political endorsement by churches and other tax-exempt nonprofits, is deeply unpopular, even among churchgoers who believe in activism.

Battle against Thomas fire enters second week as blaze continues to grow

The massive Thomas fire, which has burned through Ventura County for over a week and entered Santa Barbara County over the weekend, has now scorched 234,200 acres and is 20% contained, fire officials said Tuesday. The fire, which began Dec. 4, grew about 2,500 acres overnight as gusting winds pushed...

Investigation into cause of Southland wildfires probes Edison utility equipment

California fire officials have notified Southern California Edison that the utility’s equipment is under investigation as a possible cause of some of the fires. “The investigations now include locations beyond those identified last week as the apparent origin of these fires. SCE believes the investigations...

LAPD probing new sex assault accusation against Roman Polanski, though the case can't be prosecuted

The Los Angeles Police Department said it is investigating allegations that director Roman Polanski in 1975 molested a child when she was 10, even though the case cannot be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has expired. Josh Rubenstein, the LAPD communications director, said the department...

Collision injuring LAPD officer closes lanes of northbound 405 Freeway at Santa Monica Boulevard

Three lanes of the northbound 405 Freeway at Santa Monica Boulevard were closed early Tuesday after a car struck an LAPD officer’s vehicle. The freeway crash occurred around 11:41 p.m Monday.at the Santa Monica Boulevard exit, said LAPD Officer Irma Mota. The officer suffered a serious leg injury...

Essential California: How the Thomas fire became such a monster

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Dec. 12, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES How the Thomas fire became such a monster Flames as tall as a high-rise galloping up and down mountainsides. Coastal communities shrouded in smoke....

Thousands freed from L.A. gang injunctions that controlled their movements, friendships, even dress choices

Thousands of Angelenos whose movements, clothing and even relationships were tightly restricted under gang injunctions were released from those court orders this year, marking a dramatic reduction in the use of a crime fighting tool once hailed as an innovative answer to the city’s violent street...

Wind-whipped fire in Oakland Hills burns several homes

A wind-driven fire burned several homes Tuesday morning in the Oakland Hills, authorities said. The Oakland Police Department said the fire broke out on the 6800 block of Snake Road in the Montclair district. Homes were evacuated as firefighters battled the fire, which was burning through dry brush....

Wind-whipped fire in Oakland Hills burns several homes

A wind-driven fire burned several homes Tuesday morning in the Oakland Hills, authorities said. The Oakland Police Department said the fire broke out on the 6800 block of Snake Road in the Montclair district. Homes were evacuated as firefighters battled the fire, which was burning through dry brush....

Ed Lee, the first Asian American mayor of San Francisco, dies at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who led the city during a development boom fueled by unprecedented tech wealth, died early Tuesday. He was 65. Lee’s death was announced by the city in a statement. No cause of death was immediately given. "It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm...

Living hour by hour as the Thomas fire approaches Montecito

Charles McCaleb hasn’t slept much since the raging Thomas fire chased him out of his Ojai Valley home about a week ago. In the early morning hours, he refreshes fire and weather websites for the latest on the blaze’s behavior and spread. During the day, he volunteers, doling out masks to evacuees...

Living hour by hour as the Thomas fire approaches Montecito

Charles McCaleb hasn’t slept much since the raging Thomas fire chased him out of his Ojai Valley home about a week ago. In the early morning hours, he refreshes fire and weather websites for the latest on the blaze’s behavior and spread. During the day, he volunteers, doling out masks to evacuees...

Winds, terrain and fuel: Why the Thomas fire has been difficult to contain

Flames as tall as a high-rise galloping up and down mountainsides. Coastal communities shrouded in smoke. Armies of firefighters on the defensive with little hope of corralling a wildfire that refuses to quit. The scene from this month’s Thomas fire is all too familiar in the Los Padres National...

From the Archives: 'Snakes alive': Annual rattlesnake roundup culls hundreds of rattlers

These three images by staff photographer Bill Varie appeared in the April 15, 1979, Los Angeles Times. The extended caption reported: Jaycees in Big Spring, Texas, paid citizens $2.75 a pound for rattlesnakes during the annual March roundup to rid the area of snakes. Just coming out of hibernation,...

Woman arrested after yelling she'd kill everyone on Southwest flight

Officials say a woman has been arrested after trying to smoke on a Southwest flight from Portland to Sacramento, then shouting she was going to kill everyone on the plane. In video obtained by CBS13 in Sacramento, the woman — identified as 24-year-old Valerie Curbelo of Sandy, Ore. — is shown wearing...

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