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3 hrs ago | KMPH-TV Fresno

Sheet metal reflection cause of California fire

Southern California fire officials say a wildfire that prompted evacuations over the weekend in the Cleveland National Forest was started by the sun's rays reflecting off sheet metal that edged a homeowner's backyard garden. Orange County Fire Authority Capt.


Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Fire, Wildfire

4 hrs ago | KMPH-TV Fresno

Suspect in bank robbery threatens explosives

The Orange County Sheriff's Department bomb squad is checking the car of a bank robbery suspect after the man said during his arrest that he has explosives in his car. Sheriff's Lt.


Related Topix: Stanton, CA

8 hrs ago | KSFO-AM San Francisco

Fake House Cleaners Hit Homes in Upscale California Neighborhood

Two women are believed to have helped steal tens of thousands of dollars from homes by posing as cleaning people in California, police said Surveillance video shows two women knocking on doors in the upscale California neighborhood, purportedly offering their services as maids. Police allege that the would-be housekeepers are really part of a burglary ring now hitting some of the wealthiest communities in Los Angeles.


12 hrs ago | KMPH-TV Fresno

Southern California swelter shows no slowing

Two more days of intense heat are expected to keep searing Southern California before a midweek cooling trend kicks in. The National Weather Service says excessive-heat warnings are in effect and temperatures could get as high as 107 degrees Monday in the San Fernando Valley, the San Gabriel Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley.


Related Topix: Weather

17 hrs ago | Ananova

Hurricane Odile Hits Mexico: Winds Hit 125mph

Holidaymakers have been sheltering in hotels and many coastal resorts have been evacuated as Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's popular tourist region of Baja California. The storm has reached the resort area of Los Cabos in the western state, with winds of up to 205kph uprooting trees.


Related Topix: Hurricane Odile, Hurricane, Weather, Natural Disasters

19 hrs ago |

Psychology professor admits killing her alleged rapist

Norma Esparza pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and is expected to testify against a number of others involved accused of killing of Gonzalo Ramirez Norma Esparza, 40, is one of four people accused of the 1995 killing of Gonzalo Ramirez, 24, whose body was found hacked to death with a meat cleaver on the side of a road in Orange County, California. Esparza, a professor at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland, was arrested in the cold case murder two years ago after she re-entered the US for an academic conference.


Related Topix: Webster University

Sun Sep 14, 2014

Los Angeles Times

Anaheim Union superintendent aims to serve all students

Anaheim high school student Abby Carreon, 17, meets with Supt. Michael Matsuda. Matsuda, whose mother was taken to an internment camp during WWII, is particularly concerned with the issue of homeless students.


Related Topix: Anaheim, CA, Family, Adolescents and Pre-Teens, Education Etc.

The Wave

Searching for domestic bliss: Splurge on luxuries where you live

The foot stool is just where you want it, all your favorite books are there, and a drawer in the refrigerator is most likely filled with your favorite fruits. The truth is, home is like nowhere else we go.


Related Topix: Santa Ana, CA, Home Gardening, Home

The Wave

A full portfolio at 15

Some students dream about the careers they may have one day on TV or Broadway. Others, like Jenna Lea Rosen, have already started to realize those dreams.


Related Topix: Entertainment, Drama, Television, Westminster, CA, Comedy

The Daily Breeze

Silverado Fire 20 percent contained, 1,220 acres burned

SILVERADO CANYON >> More than 800 firefighters are assigned to dig fire lines around a brush fire that has blackened about 1,220 acres in Silverado Canyon since Friday, and is now about 20 percent contained, an Orange County battalion chief said today. On the second night of firefighting, a helicopter was assigned to observe ground operations but not make water drops, said OCFA Battalion Chef Mike Petro.


Related Topix: Fire, Silverado, CA, Natural Disasters, Wildfire

The Wave

The vacant house conundrum

Orange County home sellers might be comforted to know that your agent fills in certain data when listing your house for sale in the CRMLS . The data lets other agents know the protocol you've requested agents to follow when showing your house to buyers.


Related Topix: Home Listing, Home

Graham Leader

California fires north and south bring evacuations

A wildfire in Northern California destroyed two homes while a much larger blaze proved stubborn amid high temperatures and dry brush in Southern California. The Northern California blaze broke out shortly after 2 p.m. in the Sierra Nevada foothills about halfway between Sacramento and Reno and grew to 250 acres, destroying two homes and three outbuildings, said Daniel Berlant, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.


Related Topix: California, Natural Disasters, Fire, Wildfire

Sat Sep 13, 2014

NBC Bay Area

SoCal Fire Likely Started in Yard

The fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. Friday in the 30500 block of Silverado Canyon Road in a remote part of the Cleveland National Forest, about 20 miles east of Santa Ana, officials said. The Silverado Fire was 10 percent contained and estimated at about 1,500 acres Saturday as temperatures were expected to reach the triple digits in the afternoon.


Related Topix: Fire, Silverado, CA, Santa Ana, CA, Orange, CA


Santa Barbara County Agencies Send Strike Teams to Silverado Fire in Orange County

Santa Barbara County fire agencies have sent two strike teams down to the Silverado Fire burning in eastern Orange County. The Silverado Fire broke out in the Cleveland National Forest on Friday morning and burned 1,600 acres by Saturday night, causing evacuation orders to be issued for the Silverado Canyon Road area.


Related Topix: Fire, Santa Barbara County, CA, Silverado, CA, Natural Disasters, Wildfire


Wildfire scorches Orange County

Fire officials in Orange County, California, ordered the evacuation of hundreds of homes while personnel work to control a wildfire that has charred roughly 1,500 acres in the Silverado Canyon area. The Silverado Fire began Friday in the mountains of Cleveland National Forest and is currently 10 percent contained, officials said.


Related Topix: Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire

See the Hug Around Mission San Juan Capistrano from on High

As part of the celebration marking Orange County's 125th birthday, Mission San Juan Capistrano set a world record for "largest hug around a California mission" with its Hands Around the Mission event on Saturday. The Mission gathered more than 1,000 volunteers who combined to hold hands around the perimeter of the Mission San Juan Capistrano grounds, which measure about 11 acres.


Related Topix: San Juan Capistrano, CA

Star News

L.A. writer returns to the city that shaped his 'Journey'

"When I grew up it was kind of rough," Ruan said about 16th street and Coolidge Avenue, the neighborhood he grew up on. "For me growing up there was a lot of police supervision in my neighborhood, easy access to drugs and alcohol."


Related Topix: Los Angeles, CA, National City, CA, East Los Angeles, CA


Pedestrian killed in Huntington Beach collision IDa ed

The Orange County Coroner has identified the pedestrian who was killed in a mutli-vehicle chain reaction collision. 45-year-old Robert Borkland died and another pedestrian suffered major injuries when a Honda Pilot hit them and then crashed into five vehicles in the 9800 block of Hamilton Avenue on Friday, Huntington Beach Police said.


Related Topix: Huntington Beach, CA, Orange, CA

The Wave

Wyland Galleries

He may not be the most respected artist among art circles in Orange County, but Robert Wyland is one of the most popular and successful artists in all of California possibly even the Western U.S. Wyland's paintings, prints and sculptures of marine life are known the world over. His whale murals decorate the Long Beach Convention Center and walls throughout Laguna Beach.


Related Topix: Laguna Beach, CA

The Wave

West Nile pesticide spraying in Santa Ana remains on hold

Santa Ana has had 40 infections, the highest number of infections of any city in the county, according to county data. As a result, the non-profit Community Action Partnership of Orange County plans to distribute 2,600 packets of insect repellant Saturday and Sunday to protect the homeless at the Civic Center.


Related Topix: Santa Ana, CA