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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The search is on for a mountain lion that apparently mauled a homeless man in Perris over the weekend in what wildlife officials described as a "very, very rare" attack on a human. The 50-year-old man was taken to the hospital about 8 a.m. Saturday with major puncture wounds, cuts and bite marks at the base of his skull - injuries that were described as being consistent with a mountain lion attack. "We're pretty confident in our assessment of the animal that attacked him is a lion.
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TRAVEL
February 2, 2014 | By Katrina Woznicki
Taos, N.M., has had many lives: a pre-colonial Native American community, a Spanish settlement and, more recently, an artists' colony for those seeking a quieter pace. Today, many come to Taos to ski, but this resilient small town is enjoying an artistic renaissance after the 2008 economic downturn. The town of just 5,700 has about 80 galleries featuring imaginative, provocative art that captures Native American culture and the beauty of the Southwest. The tab: Our family of three spent about $300 a night for lodging and less than $150 a day on food and sightseeing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 2, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Baited traps have been set to catch a mountain lion that apparently attacked a homeless man in Perris early Saturday, according to wildlife officials. A 50-year-old homeless man was taken to the hospital about 8 a.m. Saturday with lacerations, puncture wounds and bite marks at the base of his skull, injuries consistent with a mountain lion attack, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Law enforcement officers and biologists scoured the area but were unable to locate the animal. The department does not have the capabilities to track the animal but at least two baited traps have been set, said CDFW Lt. Patrick Foy. The lion will be killed in the interest of public safety if it is found, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
More than a quarter of an inch of rain was reported in the San Gabriel Mountains as moderate to scant traces of precipitation were recorded Thursday night across the Los Angeles area. Shortly after 9 p.m., 0.31 of an inch of rain had fallen at Morris Dam above Azusa in the San Gabriel Mountains, according to the National Weather Service. At the nearby San Gabriel Dam, 0.12 of an inch of rain had been reported. At the Hollywood Reservoir, 0.04 of an inch of rain had fallen. At Lake Piru in Ventura County, 0.04 of an inch was reported, the Weather Service said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Scott Gold
When Jeff Bozarth retired after 20 years as a police officer and signed up as a park ranger here last spring, he knew what to expect and relished every bit of it. Hidden in the folds of the Central Coast mountains, Cachuma Lake featured the largest campground in Santa Barbara County and one of the area's most popular outdoor playgrounds. Here, Bozarth knew, was 190,000 acre-feet of crystalline water that splashed into clay washes and lapped at primeval rock formations. There would be bobcats, wild pigs, migrating grebes who acted out an elaborate courtship dance.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 | By Angel Jennings, Kate Mather and Irfan Khan
Residents living in the Mountain Cove community, who were forced to evacuate because of the Colby fire, will be allowed to return to their homes Saturday. A mandatory evacuation will be lifted at 6 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  However San Gabriel Canyon Road, which is located above the community, will remain closed. Officials cautioned returning residents to watch out for rocks falling on the roadway. The Colby fire burning near Glendora and Azusa has grown to more than 1,800 acres, but firefighters were hopeful that winds would remain calm Saturday as humidity levels rise, slowing the fire and allowing some evacuated residents to return home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Ruben Vives
Crews continued to battle the Colby fire burning near Glendora and Azusa on Friday, reporting progress as winds remained calm and more residents were allowed to return home. More than 1,100 firefighters, aided by about a dozen aircraft, worked to build and strengthen containment lines as the blaze grew to about 1,863 acres, up from 1,700 on Thursday. It remained about 30% contained Friday evening. "Things are looking good on the fire," said Mike Wakowski, a commander of a multi-agency incident team.
HEALTH
January 17, 2014 | Roy Wallack, Gear
You'd think, after 125 years, that the simple bicycle wouldn't have many radical new ideas left. Well, the glacial pace of change on two wheels is a thing of the past. The 2014 models showcase at least four huge and practical changes: mountain-bike-style braking that has broken into road bikes, new and improved mountain-bike wheel sizes, built-in lighting for commuter bikes, and even extra water and tool-storage capacity for mountain bikes. It's just too bad you can't get them all on one bike.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
San Bernardino law enforcement officials on Monday were advising residents in a Highland neighborhood to beware of an aggressive mountain lion that has attacked two small domestic animals. Mountain lion tracks were found over the weekend in the backyard of a home in the 6700 block of Grove Avenue, the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said. "The tracks are consistent with that of a large mountain lion," department officials said in a statement. In November, a mountain lion attacked the two domestic animals at the same home and "became aggressive toward the home owner as deputies arrived," officials said.
SPORTS
January 6, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
They started the night with a barrage of pregame fireworks in the Rose Bowl. A few hours later, the rockets really went off. This was not so much a game as a roller coaster. If you are a drama lover, an excitement junkie, you couldn't help but get high on this one. The last 4 1/2 minutes were college football's Space Mountain. There was a 100-yard kickoff return by a Florida State freshman, who is only 5 feet 7, who was a state champion sprinter and who goes by either Kermit Whitfield or Levonte Whitfield.
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