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June 1, 2013 | From Los Angeles Times Staff
Southern California will see hot conditions over the weekend, with temperatures surpassing 100 degrees in some inland valley areas. Temperatures will rise into the 80s in the Los Angeles Basin and the 90s in the San Fernando Valley. The National Weather Service said the Santa Clarita and San Gabriel valleys could top 100 degrees on Saturday. The hot conditions add to the challenges of firefighters battling the Powerhouse fire in the Angeles National Forest. Stronger winds are also expected in the fire zone.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Two soldiers from Southern California have been killed in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Friday. Sgt. 1st-class Jeffrey Baker, 29, of Hesperia in San Bernardino County, and Spec. William Gilbert, 24, from Hacienda Heights, were killed Tuesday when their unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device in Sanjaray, Afghanistan. Gilbert enlisted in August 2010 and was on his first combat tour. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, from Fort Bliss, Texas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
Citing a recent study that said L.A.'s roads are the worst in the country , Rep. Janice Hahn on Tuesday called for Congress to find other ways to fully fund the nation's deteriorating network of roadways. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana has the highest percentage of roads in poor condition of any U.S. urban area, the analysis found. About 64% of roads in Southern California are in poor condition. Nationally, more than one-quarter of major roads are in substandard condition, according to a recent analysis of federal roadway data, which costs drivers about $80 billion annually.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Home prices are likely to keep climbing in the Southland in the next few months, though not as fast as last year. That's the prediction from FNC, which forecasts a 3.7% rise in prices between March and August in Los Angeles and Orange counties and 4.2% in the Inland Empire. The Oxford, Miss.-based data firm runs a home price index based on “normal” - non-distressed - sales and how they would affect similar homes in the same area. Interactive: See home price gains where you live.
SPORTS
January 31, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
  Emory University is escaping the cold weather of Atlanta to come to Southern California next weekend to open its baseball season against Occidental College, Cal Lutheran and Pomona-Pitzer, and three players from Studio City Harvard-Westlake figure to play prominent roles. Junior Connor Dillman is scheduled to pitch against Occidental. Freshman Hans Hansen is scheduled to pitch against Cal Lutheran. And junior Wes Peacock is a likely starter in center field. If Emory needs directions around Southern California, there's plenty of others on the team that can provide help.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Officials with the U.S. Geological Survey were advising Southern California residents Monday evening about a hoax letter that is warning of an "impending large quake. " The letter with the agency's logo was apparently being sent to residents in Orange County, urging them to be prepared for a large quake. "California is issuing a statewide warning," the letter states. The agency advises residents to check the USGS website for the latest earthquake information. The letter comes in the wake of Friday's 5.1 magnitude temblor centered in La Habra.
SPORTS
March 12, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
BOYS' SOCCER SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONAL DIVISION I Semifinals, Thursday, 4 p.m. Corona at #1 Loyola Carlsbad at #2 Birmingham     DIVISION II Semifinals, Thursday, 4 p.m. #4 San Diego Southwest at #1 Cathedral #3 Canoga Park at #2 Royal     DIVISION III Semifinals, Wednesday Farmersville 1, Sun Valley 0 St. Margaret's 3, Cerritos Valley Christian 1     GIRLS' SOCCER ...
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Isabella Alsobrook
In California, artichokes are seasonal during spring but they also pop up again in early fall. Grapefruits, although considered a winter fruit, are available during the spring and summer too. Apricots are better in early summer but pears are better in late summer, or is it the other way around? And what about asparagus? Thankfully, you don't have to memorize any of this. Save yourself the headache with the Southern California Local Foods Wheel . The Local Foods Wheel , created by Jessica Prentice , Sarah Klein and Maggie Gosselin, is a nifty little resource, perfect for anyone interested in local food.
SCIENCE
July 19, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Two tiny crustaceans whose burrows in the sand were once familiar sights to beachgoers are on their way to being extirpated from Southern California, according to a new study. Scientists at UC Santa Barbara found that two species closely related to the roly poly have vanished from more than 60% of beaches from Point Conception to the U.S.-Mexico border, where they were recorded a century ago. “We were really surprised at how strong the pattern of loss is,” said Jenny Dugan, a biologist at the university's Marine Science Institute.
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March 11, 2013 | By Anthony York
With the field in the Los Angeles mayor's race now whittled down to two, more state legislators from Southern California are taking sides. Councilman Eric Garcetti announced a trio of endorsements Monday from state Sens. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) as well as former Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez. “These three legislative leaders will be powerful voices in this election and will help me build support in neighborhoods throughout our city," Garcetti said in a statement.
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