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August 19, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Seeking to close an archaic loophole in state law, the Assembly unanimously voted Monday to expand the state's definition of rape to include instances when a perpetrator pretends to be somebody else in order to have sexual intercourse, regardless of the victim's marital status. The loophole most recently sparked an uproar last January when a state appeals court overturned the rape conviction of a man who impersonated the boyfriend of a sleeping Los Angeles County woman and had sex with her. A state law dating to the 1870s says that a perpetrator who has intercourse with a married woman by pretending to be her husband can be prosecuted for felony rape.
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NEWS
August 12, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Santa Rita Hills Wine and Fire Weekend Celebration Coming up soon - this Friday through Sunday - Wine and Fire Weekend Celebration in the Santa Rita Hills appellation of Santa Barbara County. Go up for a day or the weekend. It kicks off Friday with a barn party at Sanford and Benedict with fire-grilled flatbreads and live music - and dancing ($48 per person). Drop in Saturday morning for a seminar with Josh Raynolds of Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar newsletter featuring a dozen Santa Rita Hills producers and lunch grilled by the Hitching Post 2 restaurant.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
It's getting hard keep pace with Ellen DeGeneres' real estate doings. At the end of July she listed her 26-acre Thousand Oaks ranch estate for $10.995 million. Then a week later she ramps the price up to $12.995 million to include the furnishings. Now, the Multiple Listing Service is showing a status change to “looking for backup” (translation: there's a buy on the hook). To review, DeGeneres and her spouse, Portia de Rossi, bought the rural property in 2009 for $8.5 million and offered it two years later at $16.5 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, Los Angeles Times
The White fire that burned nearly 2,000 acres in Santa Barbara County this week was started accidentally, officials said Friday. The blaze was sparked by embers that escaped from an approved fire-use site at the White Rock Day Use Area in the Santa Barbara Ranger District's Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, a joint investigation by Los Padres National Forest officials and the district attorney's Arson Task Force found. Preliminary estimates put the cost of the fire at $3 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The White fire that burned nearly 2,000 acres in Santa Barbara County this week was started accidentally, officials said Friday. The blaze was sparked by embers that escaped from an approved fire-use site at the White Rock Day Use Area in the Santa Barbara Ranger District's Lower Santa Ynez Recreation Area, a joint investigation by Los Padres National Forest officials and the district attorney's Arson Task Force found. Preliminary estimates put the cost of the fire at $3 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
Firefighters battling a 2,025-acre wildfire in Santa Barbara County will have to endure climbing temperatures and high winds Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. A high-wind advisory is in effect for much of Southern California's mountains, including the Los Padres National Forest, where the White fire has been burning since Monday afternoon. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the low 80s with wind gusts up to 50 mph. The blaze was 65% contained but remained unhindered on its eastern and northern faces, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Kurt Streeter
A wildfire in Santa Barbara County is now 80% contained, the U.S. Forest Service said Wednesday. The White fire has been burning in the Los Padres National Forest since Monday afternoon and has burned more than 1,800 acres. Forest Service officials on Wednesday revised downward the total acreage burned. With firefighters gaining the upper hand, residents in the area have been allowed to return to their homes, though many campground and road closures are in effect. Crews are focusing their efforts on extinguishing small hot spots and keeping the blaze's northeastern face from advancing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
Firefighters continued to make progress Wednesday on a fire in Santa Barbara County that has burned nearly 2,000 acres. The White fire was 90% contained as of 7 p.m., according to Inciweb. One residence was damaged. Residents evacuated from areas near Paradise Road and the Santa Ynez River were being allowed back into their homes Tuesday night, the Forest Service said. PHOTOS: Wildfire burns in Santa Barbara County Earlier in the day, wind gusts up to 40 mph forced authorities to temporarily ground fixed-winged aircraft that had been making repeated fire-retardant drops, said Forest Service spokeswoman Paula Martinez.
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May 29, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf and Jason Song, This post has been corrected. See the note below
An L.A. County investigation has been launched into how the county handled abuse complaints involving an 8-year-old boy who police say was tortured and killed by his mother and her boyfriend. Gabriel Fernandez was discovered in his Palmdale home May 22 by firefighters responding to a call that the boy was barely breathing. Authorities said he suffered numerous injuries resulting from abuse, including a fractured skull, several broken ribs and burns. He died last Friday. County officials declined to detail their involvement with the family leading up to the death, but four child protective services workers were placed on desk duty as the county investigates them for possible disciplinary action.
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May 28, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Hundreds of firefighters were battling a brush fire Tuesday night that had charred 2,000 acres in Santa Barbara County and forced authorities to evacuate about 50 homes earlier in the day. The White fire raged out of control on a day when Southern California was buffeted by high winds as fire crews responded to other, smaller brush fires in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles counties. The White fire broke out Sunday in the Los Padres National Forest and flames quickly consumed brush, oak trees and chaparral, the U.S. Forest Service said.
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