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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The firing of a Los Angeles police officer in connection with a leaked photo of Rihanna after she was beaten by Chris Brown was upheld by a judge this week, the officer's attorney said. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Luis Lavin ruled Thursday that the LAPD's firing of Officer Rebecca Reyes was justified after she photographed an evidence photo of the pop singer's bruised and swollen face. Rihanna's photo was ultimately published on the celebrity gossip site TMZ, but police and county prosecutors did not turn up evidence directly tying Reyes or other officers to the leak.
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NATIONAL
March 21, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A rapidly moving fire tore through a motel on the Jersey Shore, killing three and setting off a search for as many as 10 people who remained unaccounted for, officials said Friday. The fire was reported about 5:30 a.m. Friday at the Mariner's Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. Most of the two-story wood motel was destroyed in the fire, officials said. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato told reporters that three males died in the fire and at least eight people were injured.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
You might want to ask for a mulligan if this happens. Scientists at UC Irvine announced Wednesday that titanium-coated clubs can cause plants and grass on golf courses to catch on fire. Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi told the Associated Press that the results confirm suspicions investigators have had that titanium clubs caused a fire that burned 25 acres at Irvine's Shady Canyon in 2010 and a much smaller fire a year later at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo that burned close to homes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | By Scott Collins
NBC's options next season became a little clearer on Wednesday, as the network gave early renewals to three more of its current dramas. The fantasy "Grimm" will return for Season 4, while two procedurals from producer Dick Wolf -- "Chicago Fire" and its spinoff "Chicago P.D. " -- also made the cut. The network previously announced that it would bring the thriller "The Blacklist" back next season as well. The return for "Chicago P.D. " was something of a surprise, because the show has earned mediocre reviews and ratings since its January premiere.
AUTOS
March 17, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
A potential fire risk has led Honda to recall nearly 900,000 of its popular Odyssey minivans, the automaker has announced. The voluntary recall affects 886,815 minivans from the 2005-2010 model years, Honda said. In these vehicles, the cover of the fuel strainer at the top of the gas tank could crack over time and lead to a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Honda is not aware of any crashes, injuries or fires related to this issue, which was discovered during warranty repairs,” the automaker said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo
The risk of brush fires will remain high in the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains Sunday due to unseasonably warm temperatures, dry air and gusty winds, weather officials said. Temperatures in the valleys and parts of the Inland Empire are expected to climb into the low 90s, according to the National Weather Service. That's about 20 degrees higher than average. The forecasted high for downtown Los Angeles is 88. Humidity levels in the mountains are expected to drop into single digits for a few hours this afternoon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Jason Song
A brush fire near Gorman that has burned more than 150 acres was 65% contained Saturday morning, Los Angeles County firefighters said. The Pine fire was reported at 1:20 p.m. Friday just south of California 138 near Quail Lake. It threatened two homes and the Old Ridge Route south of the highway was shut down "due to heavy fire," according to the California Highway Patrol. Two CL-415 Super Scoopers from Quebec, which can each carry 1,620 gallons of water and fly three hours before refueling, are being used in the firefight, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton
A brush fire broke out in Gorman on Friday afternoon. Fire officials say it is threatening some structures. The 30-acre Pine fire is burning south of California 138 near Quail Lake. The California Highway Patrol shut down the Old Ridge Route south of the highway "due to heavy fire" and urged people to avoid the area, according to tweets from @CHPSouthern. Authorities initially said they would evacuate some people in the area, but shortly before 2:30 p.m. decided that no evacuations were necessary "at this time," according to Los Angeles County fire officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Mark Boster
A sport utility vehicle sheared a fire hydrant and hit a power pole in La Mirada on Friday, sending a geyser of electrified water into the air that shocked a cyclist, authorities said. The crash was reported about 7 a.m. in the 14800 block of Artesia Boulevard, near Knott Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  Authorities said the SUV was traveling west on Artesia Boulevard. At the same time, a bicyclist was heading east on the same side of the road, but it's unclear if the driver was trying to avoid hitting the bicyclist, authorities said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By F. Kathleen Foley
Fueled by youth and passion, Poor Dog Group toys with the deliberately obscure in “Five Small Fires,” the collective's latest offering at Bootleg Theater. A group of young cultists, who are being sought by the authorities, have holed up in a community center in Glendale. The space is strikingly bare, save for a few video cameras and microphones -- instruments for streaming the group's post-apocalyptic message over the Internet. In oblique, poetically charged interchanges, the cultists consistently refer back to a transformative but arcane ritual they recently underwent on a relative's cow farm in Costa Rica.
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