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October 31, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
In the wake of September's deadly jet crash, Santa Monica officials sued the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday to gain control of the city's embattled airport, which local groups want to turn into a park. Filed in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles, the lawsuit seeks a declaration that the city holds clear title to the 227 acres containing the oldest continuously operating airport in the county. It also challenges the constitutionality of a 1948 agreement between the city and federal authorities that requires the historic property and its 5,000-foot runway to remain an airport in perpetuity or be returned at the option of the FAA to the U.S. government.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The massive Rim fire in and around Yosemite National Park that began in August and burned 250,000 acres was declared 100% contained Friday by fire officials. The blaze, which ignited Aug. 17 by a hunter's illegal campfire, was the third-largest wildfire in California history and burned 398 square miles, the U.S. Forest Service said. The cost of battling the Rim fire reached over $127.3 million. It destroyed 112 structures, including 11 homes, according to fire officials. The fire was indicative of the type of fire California is prone to experiencing during fire season, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the  California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection . “It grew so quickly during a one-week period, it took state, local and federal fire fighters to make a stand,” Berlant said Friday.
SCIENCE
October 23, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, will be phased out by the end of the year to comply with international treaties intended to protect the the ozone layer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the announcement , which is part of an ongoing phase-out of the inhaler products. Only two remain on the market: Combivent Inhalation Aerosol and Maxair Autohaler. The FDA advises patients using these products to see their doctors for alternative treatment. Inhalers are critical to the health of the 25 million Americans who suffer from asthma and the 15 million Americans diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The health information of 729,000 patients was compromised when thieves stole two laptops from an administration building of a San Gabriel Valley-based hospital group, officials said Monday. The laptops were stolen Oct. 12 and contain data from patients treated at AHMC hospitals: Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park, Monterey Park Hospital, Greater El Monte Community Hospital in South El Monte, Whittier Hospital Medical Center, San Gabriel Valley Medical Center and Anaheim Regional Medical Center.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By KTLA
Authorities this week released photos of a man and woman suspected of stealing two duffel bags during a private party at Raging Waters for Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and their families. The bags contained hundreds of dollars worth of personal items, including two sheriff's deputy badges and sets of identification. Dozens of families were at the San Dimas water park on Sept. 22 when the bags disappeared, KTLA reported. “When badges are stolen it's very concerning to us because people can use these things and they can pose as deputy sheriffs,” said Sheriff's Deputy Johnie Jones.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
Baltimore auteur Matt Porterfield, a distinctive talent among American indie filmmakers, shifts gears in his third feature, "I Used to Be Darker. " Forgoing the documentary elements but not the aesthetic rigor that made his previous film, "Putty Hill," an exquisite meld of genres, he adopts a somewhat more conventional fictional approach. The low-key movie revolves around a family in the midst of a sea change: the end of a marriage and the disparate coming-of-age trajectories of two cousins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The brush fire at Camp Pendleton that broke out Saturday afternoon is now 93% contained after burning 2,236 acres, Marine officials said Tuesday night. No cause has been determined but artillery fire has been ruled out, officials said. No training was underway at the fire's origin when the blaze was spotted about 12:35 p.m. Saturday. No injuries have been reported. Four modular temporary buildings were damaged and three vehicles were burned. Some 230 residents from the O'Neill Heights housing area were evacuated Saturday night but allowed to return Sunday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Tony Perry
  The brush fire at Camp Pendleton that broke out Saturday afternoon has burned 2,235 acres and full containment is predicted for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Marine officials said Monday night. No cause has been determined but artillery fire has been ruled out, officials said. Four hundred ninety-two firefighters from the Camp Pendleton Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service and other agencies were battling the blaze. No injuries have been reported. Four buildings were damaged. The fire was first spotted about 12:45 p.m. Saturday in the Lake O'Neill area of the sprawling base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Tony Perry
The brush fire at Camp Pendleton that has burned 2,500 acres is now 41% contained, Marine officials said Monday. Full containment is expected by Tuesday, officials said. The fire is being battled by 339 firefighters from the Camp Pendleton Fire Department, the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies, assisted by five helicopters. As they make more progress, fire officials plan to release firefighters and equipment no longer needed. The fire started about 12:45 p.m. Saturday in the Lake O'Neill area of the sprawling base.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Firefighters continue to make progress on containing a roughly 50-acre fire burning in an unincorporated area of southeast Orange County. Containment of the fire near the edge of the Cleveland National Forest had increased to 40% Monday morning, officials reported. Earlier in the day, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said at least one firefighter had suffered minor injuries and one building was damaged. The fire started about 10:10 a.m. Sunday in a large mulch pile at a nursery in the 27900 block of Baker Canyon Road.
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