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Thousands evacuated in Southern California as wildfire rages

Banning - Evacuation orders remained in place early Monday for thousands of people after a wildfire in mountains east of Los Angeles exploded in size and forced crews to battle flames in triple-digit heat.

Strong Santa Ana winds fan wildfires in Southern California

Wildfires in both Los Angeles County and Northern California's wine country continued to burn Friday morning. Punishing Santa Ana winds aren't expected to die down until Friday night while heat advisories remain in effect for coastal areas.

Review: NEFFEX release soaring and eclectic 'Q203' EP Special

On October 16, Southern California musical duo NEFFEX released their brand new EP "Q203" via 12 Tone Music, where they showcase their distinct, beautiful sound.

Dry, windy conditions raise fire threat in Southern California

Los Angeles - A dry, windy weekend has raised the wildfire threat across Southern California, including a patch of Santa Barbara County where the risk is critical.

Regulator hits PG&E with sanctions over power shutoffs

Sacramento - California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires.

California launches anti-vaping ad campaign after 7th death

A California man has become the seventh person to die from a vaping-related illness in the U.S. as the nation's leading health agency activates emergency operations to better investigate the outbreak of lung injuries associated with e-cigarettes.

SpaceX puts on light show with last rocket launch of 2017

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has grabbed the public's attention again - This time giving southern California residents an early evening light show worthy of an alien invasion movie with the final 2017 launch of a Falcon 9 rocket.

Southern California dry spell makes for worsening fire conditions

Los Angeles - Southern California is experiencing the worst fire season on record with a warm dry fall and very strong offshore winds. The situation may get worse as a dome of high-pressure air is forming above the West Coast that could keep the area dry for weeks.

Two possible cases of leprosy reported in Calif. school children

Los Angeles - A few days ago, it was reported that two school children in Southern California were diagnosed with possibly having leprosy or Hansen's Disease. People are asking, how can that be possible in a developed country?

Fire experts use technology to help assess damage from wildfires Special

San Bernardino - Fire-ravaged terrain in the path of this week's Blue Cut fire was still smoldering when CalFire assessment experts fanned out into the damaged area, trying to figure out what exactly was destroyed and what it would cost to replace it.

Massive Blue Cut fire in Southern California destroys 96 homes

San Bernardino - Nearly 100 homes and more than 200 other buildings have been destroyed by the giant Blue Cut fire in Southern California wildfire that is burning 60 miles east of Los Angeles.

San Andreas fault is 'Locked, loaded and ready to roll'

Long Beach - The San Andreas Fault in California is one of the world's most well-known earthquake faults. But the fault's southern section has been very quiet and for far too long, a leading earthquake expert warned this week.

Massive methane gas leak biggest disaster since BP oil spill

Los Angeles - The largest gas leak ever recorded is not only jeopardizing health, but has forced the evacuation of thousands of Southern California residents. Over two months have passed since it was discovered, and yet no one can figure out how to stop the leak.

Poisonous sea snakes wash ashore in southern California

The effects of El Nino on the western coast of the U.S. are already being felt as southern California drivers contend with torrential rains and rivers of mud. But El Nino has also given Californians another surprise, poisonous sea snakes.

Strongest El Nino on record won't peak until spring of 2016

On August 13, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an updated report announcing the El Niño weather pattern developing in the Pacific Ocean could end up being the strongest one on record.

Heavy rains, floods wash away parts of I-10 in So. California

Desert Center - The major route connecting Los Angeles and Phoenix, which was closed when a huge surge of floodwater damaged bridges spanning small desert washes will partially reopen Friday, much sooner than officials had earlier anticipated.

Small earthquake shakes Los Angeles — no damage reported

Los Angeles - Southern California was jolted Sunday by a 3.5-magnitude earthquake that struck South Los Angeles at 9:17 p.m, government seismologists reported.

Battered and bruised, Harrison Ford lives to fly another day

Harrison Ford’s superb flying abilities saved his life when he crash-landed due to engine failure, March 5, 2016, on a L.A. golf course. With engine trouble at take-off, Ford had no choice but to make an emergency landing.

Crashing UFO releases 'escape pod' over southern California [Vid]

Sacramento - A man claims he observed a burning UFO streaking across the night sky, crashing to Earth over southern California. As the UFO streaks across the sky, toward Earth, it releases a glowing orb-like object which shoots up into the sky.

Scientists puzzled over Pacific Coast seabird die-off

Scientists have been puzzling over the mass die-off of hundreds of Cassin's auklets. There have been reports coming in from British Columbia to as far south as San Louis Obispo, Calif., this past year.

The state of real estate in California

While the housing market is healing nationwide, there is a particular growth spurt occurring in the state of California, specifically in Southern California.

Earthquake shakes Los Angeles; felt like 'two huge jolts' Special

Los Angeles - A 4.4 magnitude earthquake struck Los Angeles Monday morning, and one resident of the Hollywood Hills describes the initial quake and aftershock as "two huge jolts of power."

California's $25 billion water project to save man-made illusion

Everything in the state of California is dependent on water. From the start of the gold rush, and through today, water has played an important role in transforming a sparsely populated state into the eighth largest economy in the world.

Southern California sky lights up with reported fireball

What was that light? From San Diego to Santa Barbara Southern Californians have reported a fireball. Forecasters believe what they saw was probably a meteor that streaked across the sky.

Elementary school teacher charged with sex with boy under 14

Simi Valley - A former Southern California elementary school teacher has been arrested and accused of having an illicit sexual relationship with a student under the age of 14.

Southern California brush fire claims two homes; winds fan flames Special

Fillmore - Two homes were destroyed in a brush fire that consumed over 140 acres as the fire broke out at 4:41 PM Monday afternoon of April 8.

'Gangnam Style' lifeguards to be reinstated by El Monte council

El Monte - What started as a bit of fun for 14 Southern Californian lifeguards, ended with them losing their jobs. Now sense prevails, and their jobs will be reinstated. However, not all the lifeguards will take the El Monte Council up on its offer.

Dozens of beach-goers stung by stingrays in Southern California

La Jolla - As if recent shark sightings aren't enough to keep people out of the water, now dozens of people have been attacked by stingrays in Southern California.

Qzina opens training, R&D facility for chocolatiers, pastry chefs

Irvine - World renowned Qzina Specialty Foods has announced the grand opening of its brand new $3.5 million Qzina Institute of Chocolate & Pastry. It is a state-of-the-art training and R&D facility designed for chocolatiers and pastry chefs.

Photo essay: Massive windstorms strike Southern California Special

Los Angeles - High-speed winds tore through Southern California Wednesday night and into Thursday. Fallen trees and debris have caused large amounts of damage. Windstorms are likely to continue through Saturday.
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A photo of a small stingray
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Earthquakes in Southern Calif. from 1932 through 1996, each quake represented by a single red pixel (many overlap). Blue lines represent major faults in the area. (San Andreas fault runs from the lower right corner to the upper left corner of map.
Southern California duo NEFFEX
Southern California duo NEFFEX
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Anna Cross is the director of the playhouse which featured the ground-breaking original play "Toypurina."
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The yellow-bellied sea snake  Pelamis Platurus  can reach lengths up to 45 inches.
The yellow-bellied sea snake, Pelamis Platurus, can reach lengths up to 45 inches.
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SEISMIC: This photo of the U.S. Geological Survey's field office in Pasadena, Calif., comes from the agency's website at
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Floyd Norman this past Nov. 2016  speaking to a group of aspiring animators.
Floyd Norman this past Nov. 2016, speaking to a group of aspiring animators.
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Severe coastal bluff erosion, along the southern end of Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California. This storm damage occurred during the 2009-2010 El Niño, which, on average, eroded the shoreline 55 meters that winter.
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Vegetation fire around the El Capitan area near US 101.  El Capitan Campgrounds are being evacuated....
Vegetation fire around the El Capitan area near US 101. El Capitan Campgrounds are being evacuated. US 101 NB closed at Las Varas and US 101 SB closed at Refugio. This fire is called the Real Fire.
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