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Firefighting fill-up site upgraded for bigger helicopters

May. 13, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — A water fill-up station in the mountains above Malibu is increasing capacity to handle larger firefighting helicopters that are being contracted to bolster Southern California fleets. The upgrade of the site called 69 Bravo follows a November test...

Sun's out, surf's up and California's reopening more widely

Mar. 31, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Cheering fans instead of cardboard cutouts at Dodger Stadium. Screaming thrill-seekers riding the Giant Dipper roller coaster at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Beer lovers bellying up to, well, a table outside a brewery. Even with some...

Mountain lion in California study likely killed by vehicle

Mar. 31, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A mountain lion that was part of a federal study in the Los Angeles region died of injuries likely caused by a vehicle, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said Wednesday. The male lion, dubbed P-78, was the 23rd victim of road...

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to reopen rides on April 1

Mar. 29, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk will reopen select rides starting April 1 under California COVID-19 safety restrictions, the attraction announced Monday. The 1924 Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster will be among the available rides. ...

California Highway Patrol Officer hit by SUV on LA freeway

Mar. 29, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California Highway Patrol officer suffered major injuries Monday when she was struck by an SUV on a Los Angeles freeway, authorities said. The officer, a 30-year-old woman whose name was not released, was injured as she chased a pedestrian who was...

Man charged with wielding chainsaw at North Carolina motels

Mar. 22, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A white man arrested after police say he menaced Black guests with a chainsaw at a North Carolina hotel over the weekend was arrested in Cailfornia last year on charges of carrying a loaded gun on the beach. Twenty-seven-year-old Jacob Vanderburg...

Lost to mountain, Japanese internee's bones return home

Mar. 18, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — When Giichi Matsumura arrived at his final resting place in late December, the people who knew him best when he disappeared from a Japanese internment camp in 1945 already were there. His wife, Ito, who had mourned his passing for 60 years...

Lost to mountain, Japanese internee's bones return home

Mar. 18, 2021 10:38 AM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — When Giichi Matsumura arrived at his final resting place in December, the people who knew him best already were there. His wife, Ito, who had mourned his passing for 60 years before her death in 2005, was buried in the same plot, as was his...

Down from mountain, Japanese internee's remains return home

Mar. 15, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — When Giichi Matsumura arrived at his final resting place in late December, the people who knew him best when he disappeared from a Japanese internment camp in 1945 already were there. His wife, Ito, who had mourned his passing for 60 years...

Down from mountain, Japanese internee's remains return home

Mar. 15, 2021 12:42 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — When Giichi Matsumura arrived at his final resting place in December, the people who knew him best already were there. His wife, Ito, who had mourned his passing for 60 years before her death in 2005, was buried in the same plot, as was his...