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March 28, 2014 | By Emily Foxhall
In a drive to go cashless, construction crews have begun to remove the old-school tollbooths planted along Orange County's vast network of toll lanes. A metal-and-glass tollbooth on the San Joaquin Hills toll road, which winds along coastal Orange County, was symbolically plucked from the highway's toll plaza Thursday, the first step in switching the pay-to-drive highway to a cashless system. Come May, at a specific date still to be determined, traffic on all Orange County toll roads will be routed through automated lanes, where customers can make payments with the existing FasTrak transponders or the new ExpressAccounts, which can be pre-paid, hooked to a credit card or generate monthly bills that are mailed to motorists.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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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