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December 30, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
Jim Schwartz is out in Detroit. The Lions fired their coach Monday, according to multiple reports, after the team finished 7-9 and failed to make the playoffs. Schwartz, who took over a team that was coming off a winless season in 2008, was 29-51 in five seasons with one playoff appearance, a loss. At one point this season, the Lions were 6-3 with a two-game lead in the NFC North. They were the only team in the division to have one quarterback start all 16 games. The Lions went 1-6 down the stretch, however, blowing fourth-quarter leads in all six of those defeats.
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August 26, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Samantha Schaefer and Joseph Serna
GROVELAND, Calif. - On Day 10 of the Rim fire - even as the blaze scorched its way deeper into the northern end of Yosemite National Park - firefighters got their first small break Monday against massive forces of nature. As the fire reached higher elevations, climbing out of steep ravines, crews could take their stand on more level ground. Huge air tankers could finally drop retardant on accessible ridges. The fire has charred a swath of nearly 161,000 acres - including about 21,000 acres inside the park.
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December 31, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The NFL's longest-tenured head coach is now out of a job. Andy Reid has been fired after 14 seasons with Philadelphia, the Eagles announced Monday, a move that was long anticipated. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie will hold a press conference at 9 a.m. Pacific time to discuss the decision to part ways with Reid, who steered the franchise to six NFC East titles, five NFC championship games and a Super Bowl appearance. Reid's 140 victories is a club record, ranking him 22nd on the NFL's all-time list.
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August 11, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Silver fire has grown to nearly 20,000 acres but firefighters believe they have a firm handle on the Riverside County blaze. As of Sunday morning, the fire had burned 19,436 and was 75% contained.  A firefighter received minor injuries while battling the blaze Saturday, bringing the total number of those injured to eight, including one civilian who was badly burned. The fire, which started Wednesday, has destroyed 26 homes as it moves eastward over dry, rugged land south of Banning.
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November 1, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Authorities discovered a body inside a Hawthorne auto body shop where a fire broke out early Friday morning. At least five fire vehicles and 40 fire personnel were dispatched to a fire at 3252 W. Rosecrans Ave. around 4:14 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Rey Dong said. It was knocked down about 30 minutes later, he said. Dong said the gender and age of the deceased person were still unknown. Investigators were still trying to determine the cause of the fire.
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May 5, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Five women killed in a bizarre limousine fire Saturday night in the Bay Area were part of a bachelorette party that included the bride-to-be, according to authorities and local media reports. The victims have not been identified, pending notification of relatives, authorities said. Four other women and the driver of vehicle managed to escaped the burning vehicle, which was crossing the San Mateo Bridge at the time. San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault told the San Jose Mercury News that the limousine picked up the women in Oakland and was taking them to a hotel in Foster City as part of a bachelorette party.
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August 27, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer and Fox 40
At least five structures have burned in a 7-alarm brush fire in the Northern California town of Fairfield. The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon near Interstate 80 and Marigold Drive, according to Fox 40. KCRA-TV reported two homes on Marigold were lost and others were threatened. The fire also led to the closure of two lanes along I-80 because of fire and smoke on the shoulder, according to the California Highway Patrol. Evacuations in the neighborhood were ongoing. Officials said the flames were being fanned by hot, dry winds.
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June 6, 2013 | By Hector Becerra
A brush fire above Simi Valley had chewed up more than 40 acres by Thursday evening, but Ventura County firefighters have made tremendous progress in reining it in, authorities said. Capt. Mike Lindberry said 14 fire engines, more than 120 firefighters, water-dropping helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft have stalled the blaze. Those efforts were helped by a breeze that met the flames as they ran up the north face of a hill. “We're looking good,” Lindberry said of the fire, which was reported at 3:48 p.m. The flames affected local Metrolink service but were moving away from homes soon after the fire started.
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May 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Officials said they were stunned by the loss of life after a limousine burst into flames Saturday night on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, leaving five women dead. “Any time we have a significant loss of life it's very difficult, but given the particular nature of what's transpired, it's just beyond words,” California Highway Patrol Capt. Mike Maskarich said Monday. The driver of the limo also spoke out Monday, calling the fire a "nightmare. " “Everything happened so fast,” LimoStop Inc. driver Orville Brown, 46, told CNN in an interview Monday afternoon.
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May 6, 2013 | By Lee Romney, Angel Jennings and Joe Serna
OAKLAND -- The women involved in a deadly limo accident on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge on Saturday were friends who knew one another through nursing work and were celebrating the wedding of one of the five who died. "I'm shocked. It's devastating, a freak accident," Angela Huang told the San Jose Mercury News . Neighbors identified the newlywed as Nerizo Fojas. PHOTOS: Fatal limo fire A 31-year-old registered nurse at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, Fojas had been married recently in the United States and the couple were planning to travel to her native Philippines next month to hold a ceremony for her family, media that had spoken with Fojas' family reported.
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