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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- The Rim fire burned deeper into this famous national park Wednesday but was hardly noticeable in some of Yosemite's most popular areas that sit far from the flames and smoke. Tour buses stopped at overlooks and trails, campgrounds were nearly full, and many visitors to Yosemite Valley had not altered course in the face of one of the largest wildfires in California. “People who come here, they like Yosemite and they're probably not going to change their plans unless they're ordered to leave,” said Mike Dresen, 61, who was meeting up with his nephew in Yosemite for several nights of hiking and backpacking.
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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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Ari Bloomekatz
TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif. -- Officials reported Saturday that the Rim fire has burned 219,000 acres in and around Yosemite National Park as hot conditions posed new challenges for firefighters. The fire -- the fifth largest in state history -- is now 35% contained. Officials said the fire was "very active" in some places overnight and that aircraft would he used again Saturday to make water drops. More than 4,900 firefighters were battling the fire on Friday, while the cost of the operation has ballooned to $47 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Joseph Serna and Carla Rivera
BANNING - As the Silver fire continued to spread Friday in Riverside County, crews battled flames on the ground and from the sky, and weary residents who lost their homes struggled with the question of whether to rebuild. Burning about 90 miles east of Los Angeles in the San Jacinto Mountains, the Silver fire has blackened about 17,500 acres and destroyed 26 homes. Six people have been injured - a firefighter and five civilians. Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the county late Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | Robert J. Lopez
Evacuation orders have been lifted for Glendora neighborhoods in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains that were threatened earlier in the day by the Colby fire. Residents who live in areas north of Sierra Madre Boulevard bounded by Yucca Drive on the west and Glendora Mountain Road on the east were being allowed back into their homes, police said Thursday night. Neighborhoods in Azusa west of Yucca Drive and north of Sierra Madre to California 39 were still closed as fire crews continued to battle the 1,700-acre blaze, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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