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October 22, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Marty Hurney is no longer the general manager of the Carolina Panthers, a team that started the season with plenty of promise but fell to 1-5 with a 19-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Owner Jerry Richardson announced the firing of Hurney on Monday. "This was an extremely difficult decision," Richardson said in a team statement. "Marty made every effort to bring success to the Panthers and took the team to a Super Bowl.... Unfortunately, we have not enjoyed the success we hoped for in recent years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 6, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Authorities on Monday identified a man suspected of setting the Chinese consulate in San Francisco on fire as a Chinese immigrant from nearby Daly City. FBI officials said Yan Feng, 39, a permanent U.S. resident, surrendered to Daly City police two days after he allegedly walked up to the front of the consulate in downtown San Francisco, poured a flammable liquid on the doors and set them aflame on New Year's Day. In a statement after the incident, Chinese consulate officials said video showed a man carrying two canisters walking up to the doors from a parked van and setting the building on fire.
June 13, 2013 | By Jenny Deam and Michael Muskal
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Black Forest wildfire has become the most destructive in Colorado history, burning at least 360 homes, officials said Thursday. The fire is about 10 miles east of last year's Waldo Canyon fire, which had been the state's most destructive after killing two people and wiping out 346 homes. No injuries have been reported from the Black Forest fire, but one person is believed to be missing in the blaze -- one of four in the state. Officials said the cause is still undetermined for the Black Forest fire, which was reported about 1 p.m. on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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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