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September 30, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Matt Stevens
The lead federal investigator into Sunday's fiery crash of a small jet at Santa Monica Airport said Monday that they expect to reach the charred fuselage and the unknown number of bodies inside once the site is secured tonight. Van McKenny, an investigator at the National Transportation Safety Board, told reporters Monday that crews “absolutely plan” on being able to access the fuselage as crews work into the night on shoring up the partially collapsed hangar that the twin-engine Cessna Citation crashed into about 6:20 p.m. Sunday, creating a fireball crash site that authorities said was not survivable.
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September 30, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
A propane tank caught fire near an apartment complex in Santa Clarita early Monday morning, spreading to the building and displacing at least two families, authorities said. The blaze started about 2:45 a.m. in the bottom floor of the three-story apartment complex in the 27000 block of Claudette Street, said L.A. County Fire Deputy Supervisor Robert Diaz. Emergency crews arrived to find the flames had risen to the second and third floors and threatened to engulf the entire building.
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September 27, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The first Santa Ana wind event of the season is expected to bring strong winds to parts of the Southland on Friday morning as gusts of 45 to 50 mph are expected in the Santa Monica, Los Angeles and Ventura mountains. "Gusty Santa Ana winds will develop this morning and continue through noon today. The strongest gusts will occur between 7 and 11 a.m.," according to the National Weather Service .  Winds between 35 and 40 mph are expected in the Santa Clarita and Ventura County valleys, according to the weather service.  Curt Kaplan, a meteorologist with the weather service, said Friday's wind event will likely be "short-lived" and of "fairly weak to a locally moderate strength.
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September 18, 2013 | By Matt Stevens, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Two lanes of the southbound 14 Freeway are blocked in the Santa Clarita area following a crash involving about nine vehicles, according to the California Highway Patrol. Traffic was backed up for miles north into the Antelope Valley for the morning commute. Fire and highway officials say multiple people have been transported to local hospitals for their injuries, though the nature and number of injuries were not immediately clear. Los Angeles County Fire Supervisor Phil Ulloa said two ambulances were sent to the scene near Soledad Canyon Road about 35 minutes after fire trucks were deployed.
SPORTS
September 17, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Defending City Section Division I baseball champion San Fernando will play in the 16-team South bracket of the Boras Classic March 29 through April 5 in Orange County. The winner will face the North bracket winner. Last season, Santa Ana Mater Dei won the championship. The 16 teams in the South are JSerra, Mater Dei, Grossmont, Granite Hills, Bishop Amat, Gardena Serra, Cypress, Aliso Niguel, Glendora, San Dimas, Great Oak, Vista Murrieta, Temecula Valley, Valencia (Santa Clarita)
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September 16, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three people were being detained Thursday afternoon near an offramp on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, snarling rush-hour traffic in the area. Los Angeles police detained the three near the northbound 3rd Street offramp after 5 p.m., authorities said.  The California Highway Patrol said agency patrol officers were planning to shut down the busy offramp. Earlier, police were pursuing carjacking suspects west of downtown, the Los Angeles Police Department said. No additional details were immediately available.
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September 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
Two Vista Murrieta High School football players have been charged with sex crimes involving six victims, authorities said Monday. Both players are 17 and are charged with crimes including forcible rape, lewd acts and dissuading an individual from reporting a crime, according to the Riverside County district attorney's office. Vista Murrieta is a top-ranked team and is 2-0 so far this season. For additional details, see the Varsity Times Insider blog. ALSO: As Rim fire rages, more than 400 square miles have burned Well spewing methane, water in Hawthorne is partially plugged   Suspects may have rammed car before stabbing man in Santa Clarita eric.sondheimer@latimes.com
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September 16, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man who was stabbed and nearly killed in Santa Clarita over the weekend was in a parked car beforehand that may have been intentionally rammed by his attackers, authorities said. The 25-year-old man was stabbed in the 23600 block of Newhall Avenue at about 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man "was severely wounded" and taken to a hospital "where he underwent emergency surgery in order to save his life," according to a statement from the department.
OPINION
September 14, 2013
Often on Dec. 7, readers send letters scolding the paper for not including an acknowledgment of that date's significance: the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. If emotions are stirred over that infamous day more than 70 years ago, imagine how raw wounds are 12 years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. There weren't that many letters sent to us on the 9/11 anniversary this week; rather, what was notable about them was their visceral emotion, the palpable sadness and anger they conveyed.
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August 28, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Los Angeles County health officials issued a heat alert for the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys beginning Wednesday, urging residents to take special care when outdoors. High temperatures in the region were forecast from Wednesday through Friday, and the alert could be extended if weather conditions don't improve, officials said. Temperatures were expected to hover around 100 degrees in the Santa Clarita Valley and the mid-90s to 100 in the San Fernando Valley, according to the National Weather Service.
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