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Firefighters gaining control over Orange County blazes

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Two wind-driven fires that forced nearly 100,000 people to evacuate in Orange County continued to burn Wednesday, raining smoke and ash on many parts...
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Science unsure of lasting health damage from wildfire smoke

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For weeks, millions of Californians were smothered by smoke from a record explosion of wildfires burning through grass, shrubs, conifer forests, houses and mobile...
?Climate change is increasing the vulnerability of forests to wildfires ?

U.S. firefighter dies while battling Southern California wildfire

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A firefighter died Thursday while battling a massive wildfire that was sparked by a gender reveal party two weeks ago in Southern California, bringing...

SUV-sized asteroid makes closest-ever flyby of Earth

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An asteroid the size of a SUV has set a new record for coming closest to Earth without impacting the planet, passing 2,950 kilometres...
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U.S. Independence Day marred by COVID-19 in Southern California

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by Julia Pierrepont III On July 4 last year, colorful fireworks sparkled over Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles County, and along California's coastline, while this...
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Inmates at Southern California prison suffer worst COVID-19 outbreak in U.S. federal system

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Nearly half of the inmates at a Southern California prison have tested positive for COVID-19, making it the worst-hit in U.S. federal system,...
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Universal Studios Hollywood extends closure amid COVID-19 fears

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Universal Studios Hollywood, one of the most visited tourist attractions in U.S. Southern California, said Tuesday that it has extended closure through April 19...
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Over 750,000 students to stay home in southern California due to coronavirus

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More than 750,000 students in Los Angeles and San Diego will stay home as the two largest school districts in California, announced on Friday...

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in California helicopter crash

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by Tan Jingjing, Huang Heng Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash amid foggy...
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Plane crashes in Calabasas, southern California

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A plane crashed Sunday morning in Calabasas, Southern California, local authorities said. The conditions of the occupants of the plane are unknown...

Plans advance for Colorado River water conservation

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Seven thirsty western states and 10 tribal authorities that depend on the waters of the Colorado River have an extra year to hammer out...

Police search for gunman after 3 shot dead at LA-area Halloween party

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Three people were shot dead and several were injured at a Halloween party in Southern California late Tuesday, authorities said. Long Beach, Calif., police said...
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Southern California tour bus crash leaves at least 13 dead

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The tour bus had crashed into the big rig's trailer near Palm Springs, about 100 miles east of Los Angeles. Photos from the scene...
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Firefighters struggle to calm Southern California fires

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Cal Fire said the blaze has now grown to 35,969 acres and is now 22 percent contained. Though some evacuation orders have been lifted,...
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Two highways blocked over Southern California wildfires

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The Blue Cut Fire was first reported around 11 a.m. local time Tuesday and grew quickly -- consuming nearly 2,000 acres in about an...
Police work on a street after a mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino City of Southern California, the United States, Dec. 2, 2015. Two suspects, a male and a female, were dead and one possible suspect in custody after the deadly shooting that has killed at least 14 people and injured 17 others in San Bernardino City of Southern California Wednesday. (Xinhua/Yang Lei) (zw)

Secrets remain 48 hours after Southern California shooting

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by Xinhua writers Xue Ying, Zhang Chaoqun, Guo Shuang Authorities said the suspected shooter, 28-year-old U.S. citizen Syed...