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June 7, 2013 | By Anh Do
Metrolink lines in Orange County remained closed Friday morning after a freight train fatally struck a person on the tracks near the Norwalk station, officials said. The victim was struck about 4:45 a.m. by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train, which shares tracks with Metrolink, Metrolink spokesman Jeff Lustgarten said. Details about the victim were not immediately known, but Whittier police are investigating, Lustgarten said. The incident shut down all Orange County lines except for one at the 91 Freeway in the Inland Empire, where Lustgarten said trains must travel "at greatly reduced speeds.
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December 11, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
When it opened during the 1990s, Orange County's $2.4-billion tollway system was touted as an innovative way to build public highways without taxpayer money. Today, the roads offer smooth sailing for gridlock-weary commuters willing to pay the price. But far fewer people are using the turnpikes than officials predicted, which means the highways generate far less revenue than expected to retire their debts. There have long been questions about the long-term financial viability of the San Joaquin Hills and Foothill-Eastern corridors.
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February 20, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
Orange County has loosened requirements for carrying concealed weapons in public following a pro-gun ruling last week by a federal appeals court, officials said Thursday. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2 to 1 that California counties may no longer require residents who want to carry concealed firearms to demonstrate special, individualized needs, such as death threats. The court majority said law-abiding residents have a 2nd Amendment right to bear a gun in public.
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July 23, 2013 | By Lauren Williams
A 17-year-old driver involved in a collision that killed a motorcyclist over the weekend in Orange County did not have a driver's license or a learner's permit, police said Tuesday. Police and firefighters responded to the collision at 9:33 p.m. Saturday at 3151 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa. The motorcyclist was identified as Gregory McNally, 30, of Costa Mesa, according to the Orange County coroner's office. The 17-year-old Costa Mesa girl, who was driving a van, sustained injuries and was taken to a hospital, according to police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2013 | By Rong-Gong Lin II and Christine Mai-Duc
The Orange County clerk-recorder will open its doors Saturday because of the demand for same-sex wedding licenses.  Orange County may be the closest place for Los Angeles-area residents to get a marriage license before Monday. Los Angeles County issued only one same-sex marriage license on Friday -- to two plaintiffs who filed the federal lawsuit that eventually struck down Proposition 8.  At least one gay couple were upset that L.A. County wouldn't reopen its offices until Monday.  But in Orange County, Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen said his offices in Santa Ana, Fullerton and Laguna Hills would be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. "We're listening to what our customers tell us they want," Nguyen said.
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August 3, 2013 | By Irfan Khan
A man's body was found inside a Cypress home that was set ablaze early Saturday during a police standoff, authorities said. Officers were dispatched to the 11000 block of Panay Street in the Orange County community about 6:50 a.m. after receiving calls about a man with a large knife running through a neighborhood park, said Sgt. Dean Pinvidic of the Cypress Police Department. Officers saw the suspect cross the street into a resident's yard, he said. Police surrounded the house and later noticed a broken window through which the suspect was believed to have gotten inside.
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July 18, 2013 | By Lauren Williams
A compact car rolled over onto a 46-year-old blind pedestrian after a collision in Costa Mesa, police said Thursday. The pedestrian, an Irvine resident, was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Police responded to a collision at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Santa Ana Avenue and East 17th Street after a Toyota Sequoia sport utility vehicle turned left in front of a Honda Civic, causing the Honda to roll over onto the pedestrian, who was standing at the southwest corner, according to a release from the Costa Mesa Police Department.
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