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March 12, 2014 | By Emily Foxhall
To help preserve a Persian New Year tradition, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has offered a temporary reprieve to those who want to burn wood in Newport Beach's fire pits. Wood can be burned in the pits until March 24, said City Manager Dave Kiff, when the agency and city will begin enforcing new regulations that were originally scheduled to go into effect March 1. Thousands of people have  flocked to Newport Beach around the holiday in years past, using the fire rings to fulfill a tradition that involves leaping over flames.
March 11, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Strong, gusty winds and low humidity prompted forecasters to issue a high-fire-danger alert for most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Tuesday will bring a period of “high fire weather concern,” according to the National Weather Service. Winds with gusts of up to 50 mph were expected in parts of Southern California starting Tuesday morning and were forecast to last until early evening, forecasters said. The winds have the potential to bring “extreme fire behavior” if a fire is started, according to the weather service.
March 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A massive fire at a condominium construction site near AT&T Park was nearly 60% contained by 7 p.m. Tuesday and firefighters were "getting the upper hand," San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. Hayes-White said 140 firefighters were spraying nearby buildings to prevent the blaze from burning other structures. She said there were no injuries. "We are in a defensive mode," Hayes-White said. PHOTOS: San Francisco fire   She said a perimeter had been set around the fire scene to keep people away because "the possibility of collapse is very likely.
March 11, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to create a "strike team" that will target facilities that emit toxic pollutants - the first being the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon. The team of public health officials, prosecutors, fire department officials and others will look for ways to close the plant, which has been accused of endangering the health of more than 100,000 people with lead and arsenic emissions. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control and the South Coast Air Quality Management District regulate the plant, but Supervisor Gloria Molina said she has grown frustrated with what she views as a lack of swift action to protect public health.
March 11, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continued to post big numbers as it made its debut on retail shelves.  The "Hunger Games" sequel sold an estimated 3.9 million DVD and Blu-ray units in its first weekend in release, Lionsgate said Tuesday. The original sold 3.8 million units in its first weekend. Sales for digital copies of "Catching Fire" increased 40% from the first film, according to Lionsgate, which did not disclose how many electronic units were sold for either movie, though the company said "Catching Fire" marked its biggest digital debut ever.  WATCH: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' exclusive clip shows Katniss on the run The opening weekend for the Jennifer Lawrence dystopian action picture generated $65 million in home entertainment revenue, Lionsgate said.  Blu-ray versions were more popular this time around, with the pricier format accounting for half of physical sales of "Catching Fire," compared with 35% of sales for the first picture.
March 11, 2014 | By Maura Dolan and Shelby Grad
SAN FRANCISCO -- Firefighters were gaining ground Tuesday night on a six-alarm fire in the Mission Bay district. The fire broke out this afternoon at an apartment complex under construction near 4th Street and China Basin. San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said her team was "getting the upper hand. " No injuries were reported, according to CBS San Francisco. The cause was unknown. PHOTOS: San Francisco fire   Fear of buidling collapse (6:03 p.m.)
March 10, 2014 | Helene Elliott
It wasn't the shiny glass and steel of Honda Center that made Randy Carlyle feel nostalgic Monday. Nor was it conducting the Toronto Maple Leafs' morning skate beneath the Stanley Cup banner he helped the Ducks win in 2007. The sight of two people, anonymous to fans but touchstones to him, brought out the mellow side of this gruff, old-school coach when he returned to Anaheim for the first time since the Ducks fired him on Nov. 30, 2011. "When you meet the parking lot attendant, the guy at the top of the ramp that you know, and he's the guy that used to look after your wife and your kids when you came to the rink and he was always a big happy guy to say hello, it's an emotional time to see him," Carlyle said.
March 10, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Forecasters with the National Weather Service late Monday issued a wind advisory and accompanying high fire danger alert for the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area and the Interstate 5 corridor. Weather experts said northwest winds reaching 30 mph, with gusts of as much as 45 mph, could be expected through Monday night. Winds will shift to the northeast at about dawn Tuesday, with gusts of up to 50 mph during the day. Officials warned that tall vehicles such as trucks should expect difficult driving conditions along canyon roads, Pacific Coast Highway and Interstate 5. Forecasters also urged homeowners to secure loose outdoor furniture.
March 9, 2014 | By James Barragan
The beginning of the end for Chivas USA could have gone unnoticed. Even as the team prepared to begin the final season of its 10-year history, following Major League Soccer's announcement last month that it had bought the club and would sell it to a new owner who would change the name, few fans could be spotted walking the streets around StubHub Center an hour before the game. Unlike Saturday night, when the Galaxy hosted its season opener at the venue in front of more than 25,000 fans, the streets around the stadium in Carson on Sunday were empty for Chivas USA's season opener against the Chicago Fire.
March 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Wind-driven smoke from a fire deep in the Cleveland National Forest forced closure of Interstate 8 for nearly two hours in eastern San Diego County, officials said Saturday. The fire east of Pine Valley erupted at approximately noon and by 5 p.m. had covered more than 100 acres. No homes were immediately threatened. The blaze was fought by air tankers and ground units, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. ALSO: Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Eureka Medal of Honor recipient to be buried today Crash survivor killed in hit-and-run as he crosses freeway, police say Twitter: @LATsandiego
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