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2nd man nears end of historic solo trek across Antarctica

A British adventurer was close to becoming the second person to traverse Antarctica completely unassisted just a few days after an American became the first to conquer the feat, which was previously said to be impossible. Louis Rudd's expedition...

 

Elon Musk to unveil underground tunnel, transport cars

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk is set to unveil an underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday that could move people faster than subways. Musk also plans to show off the autonomous cars that will carry people through the test...

 

In darkness and chaos, deputy killed by friendly fire

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — As terrified people scrambled out of broken windows, screaming and bleeding and fleeing a mass shooting inside a California bar, Sgt. Ron Helus and a highway patrolman decided to try to stop the gunman, running in...

 

California bar shooter had enough ammo to kill many more

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The gunman who killed 12 people in a crowded Southern California bar had more than 150 bullets left to fire but stopped shooting to ambush arriving officers, killing one of them, police said Tuesday. Investigators said...

 

Man survives Vegas massacre, dies in hometown mass shooting

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Tel Orfanos lived through the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history only to lose his life in another one less than 10 minutes from his home barely a year later, a tragic coincidence that has devastated his...

 

USC agrees to pay $215M to settle doctor sex abuse claims

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California said Friday that it would pay $215 million to settle claims of sexual abuse and harassment by a school gynecologist, but lawyers for hundreds of the accusers say it's not enough money and...

 

Pipeline company found guilty in 2015 California oil spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pipeline company was convicted of nine criminal charges Friday for causing the worst California coastal spill in 25 years, a disaster that blackened popular beaches for miles, killed wildlife and hurt tourism and fishing. A...

 

Flames inch close to California homes as thousands evacuate

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An intentionally set wildfire grew perilously close to homes in Southern California on Thursday as evacuation orders expanded to more than 20,000 residents, though some homeowners stayed behind to fend off the flames themselves....

 

California crews scramble to keep flames from reaching homes

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters worked Friday to keep a growing Southern California forest fire that is feeding on dry brush and trees from reaching foothill neighborhoods a day after flames roared to new ferocity and came within yards of...

 

Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Iraq War veteran Chris Sheppard fumed as he watched President Trump's joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The former combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps sat glued to his cellphone screen in his downtown...

 

Judge agrees to delay Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on Friday delayed a civil lawsuit by porn actress Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, citing a criminal investigation the attorney is facing. U.S. District Judge S. James...

 

Patton Oswalt credits late wife in Golden State Killer case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "You did it, Michelle." Comedian Patton Oswalt proudly and tenderly spoke those words to his late wife in an Instagram video on Wednesday. Finally, an arrest had been made in the case of the Golden State Killer, a moniker...

 

Mudslide survivors find hope in recovered belongings

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a torrent of mud crashed through Mari Mitchel's bedroom in Southern California three months ago, it carried away everything from massive pieces of antique family furniture to a tiny pouch that held her wedding and engagement...

 

4 Marines killed in helicopter crash in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Four Marines were killed when their helicopter crashed while they were practicing desert landings in Southern California, the Miramar air station in San Diego said Wednesday. The Marines took off from a ground-combat center in...

 

'Miraculous': Teen survives 12 hours in Los Angeles sewage

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 13-year-old boy was miraculously rescued Monday after falling into a river of sewage in Los Angeles, getting swept away and spending more than 12 hours in the city's toxic and mazelike underground sewer system. Jesse Hernandez...

 

Family who buried wrong man sues California county

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Relatives who thought they had buried their loved one only to find out he was alive 11 days after his funeral sued a California county Tuesday. The suit filed by Frank Kerrigan's family accuses the Orange County Coroner's Office...

 

LA school shooting was accidental, 12-year-old in custody

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A shooting at a Los Angeles middle school classroom Thursday that left one boy in critical condition, injured four others and had panicked parents in tears was an accident, police said. The shooting was reported just before 9...

 

LA school shooting: Unclear where 12-year-old got gun

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The semi-automatic handgun that fired accidentally inside a Los Angeles middle school classroom came from a 12-year-old girl's backpack and the single bullet tore through the wrist of another girl before striking a boy's head,...

 

No fire inspection records where 13 children held captive

PERRIS, Calif. (AP) — City officials could find no records that the fire department conducted required annual inspections at a California home that doubled as a private school where authorities say 13 malnourished siblings were kept captive in...

 

Death toll hits 15 in California mudslides; 24 missing

MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — Anxious family members awaited word on loved ones Wednesday as rescue crews searched for two dozen people missing after mudslides in Southern California destroyed an estimated 100 houses, swept away cars and left at least...

 

Study: 1/4 of California kids seen as gender nonconforming

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than a quarter of California schoolchildren between 12 and 17 believe their peers see them as "gender nonconforming," meaning those boys are perceived as more feminine and the girls as more masculine, according to a new...

 

New blaze erupts in tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A dangerous new wildfire erupted in the tony Bel Air area of Los Angeles early Wednesday as firefighters battled three other destructive blazes across Southern California. Flames exploded before dawn on the steep slopes of...

 

Husband-wife team uses hawks to scare off 'pest' birds in LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A hawk named Riley soars between high-rises in downtown Los Angeles. Smaller birds take notice. And take flight. Riley lands on a branch, surveys the concrete jungle below and swoops down to land on the gloved hand of her owner....

 

Acts of heroism emerge in chaos of Las Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rob Ledbetter's battlefield instincts kicked in quickly as bullets rained overhead. The 42-year-old U.S. Army veteran who served as a sniper in Iraq immediately began tending to the wounded, one of several heroes to emerge from...

 

Desperate search for Harvey missing, funerals begin for dead

It's been four days since volunteer rescuers Ben Vizueth and Gustavo Rodriguez went missing in Harvey's murky floodwaters when their boat hit submerged power lines and everyone was pitched overboard. The bodies of two other men on the boat at the tim...

 

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