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Names of California boat fire victims released

Sep. 12, 2019 9:52 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office on Thursday said it has identified all 34 people killed in a scuba diving boat fire off the Southern California coast. They are: — Carol Diana Adamic, 60, of Santa Cruz, California — Juha Pekka Ahopelto, 50, Sunnyvale, California...

Mountain lion fatally struck trying to cross LA freeway

Sep. 7, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A male mountain lion who successfully crossed a 10-lane freeway in Los Angeles two months ago was struck and killed Saturday on the same section of the freeway. The 4-year-old big cat known as P-61 was hit around 4 a.m. in the Sepulveda Pass section of Interstate 405, National Park...

Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone to be honored by City of Hope

Sep. 6, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Epic Records CEO and chairman Sylvia Rhone will be honored next month by the City of Hope organization. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will present her award. Rhone will be feted at the Spirit of Life gala Oct. 10 in Santa Monica, California. Alicia Keys and Sara Bareilles will...

The Latest: Firefighters quashing Malibu brush fire

Aug. 30, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a brush fire above Malibu (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department says ground crews and aircraft are making progress against a 40-acre (16-hectare) brush fire in steep terrain above Malibu. Firefighters and a fleet of aircraft achieved 60...

2 men found dead on Southern California beach

Aug. 30, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Police are investigating the deaths of two men whose bodies were found on a Southern California beach about a half-hour after sunrise Friday. Torrance police Sgt. Alexander Martinez says the bodies were discovered shortly before 7 a.m. at Torrance Beach, at the south end of Santa...

Brush fire burns on slopes above Malibu

Aug. 30, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles County firefighters are battling a brush fire on the slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu. The Fire Department says the blaze was reported shortly before noon Friday at Pacific Coast Highway and Sweetwater Canyon Road. The fire has spread over 3 acres (1.2...

California to build largest wildlife crossing in world

Aug. 20, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Like many urban singles, the mountain lion P-22 lives a solitary life in a too-small habitat. And he has a hard time finding a mate in the big city. Famous for traveling across two freeways and making a huge Los Angeles park his home, the lonesome big cat has become a symbol of the...

Early Epstein accuser: Police could have stopped him in 1997

Aug. 19, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — More than two decades before Jeffrey Epstein took his own life, a woman went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex-crime complaints against him: that he groped her during what she thought was a modeling interview for the Victoria's Secret catalog....

Shoppers panic as security officer fires at man with knife

Aug. 16, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man who robbed an armored car guard at a Southern California shopping plaza was captured Friday after the guard fired gunshots that sent panicked shoppers fleeing, police said. No one was injured but the exchange caused chaos and fears of a mass shooting at the Third Street Promenade...

The Latest: Police: Suspect in Santa Monica robbery caught

Aug. 16, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on gunfire at a Southern California shopping plaza (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Authorities have captured a man they say tried to rob a Brinks security guard who then opened fire, panicking shoppers at a busy Southern California shopping plaza. Nobody was hurt in the Friday...