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Fire burns at Camp Pendleton ordnance field No people or structures were at risk. Officials decided to monitor the fire, but allow it to burn unhindered. Doing so is in the interest of firefighter safety and eliminates overgrown brush, Pendleton officials have said.

Weedmaps says it will stop promoting unlicensed marijuana businesses by end of year 21, that it plans to stop carrying listings for unlicensed marijuana businesses before the end of the year. The Irvine-based company has promoted illicit cannabis shops since its website launched in 2008, when recreational use of marijuana was still illegal in California.

San Clemente police chief urges residents to keep close tabs on pets, after missing kitten is found in homeless camp Kona, a four-month-old Siamese kitten, is the third pet taken by a homeless person in San Clemente in the last two months, police said, and they urged area pet owners to become more vigilant in protecting their animals.

Thank you for your service: Irvine police help WWII veteran celebrate his 90th birthday For Key's birthday, a half dozen officers with a police dog stopped by to wish him well and present him with an Irvine Police Department Honor Guard patch and a K-9 Police Unit coin.

Anaheim mayor's community improvement plan revs up with town halls Mayor Harry Sidhu announced in March the city was signing on to the effort, and he pledged that the city would invest a projected $250 million in new revenue from economic development into community improvements over the next 10 years.

Lake Forest Councilwoman Leah Basile announces she is stepping down before her family moves away from the city The council in coming weeks will discuss how to fill the vacant position, which has a term that lasts through 2020, city spokesman Jonathan Volzke said. Basile, who currently lives in the Portola Hills neighborhood and has lived in the city for more than 20 years, said her husband's company is restructuring, pushing her family to relocate.

VIDEO: Great white and hammerhead sharks are spotted off Camp Pendleton during fishing charter The shark stayed around the boat for at least 10 minutes, giving everyone on board a thrill. "I've never gotten such a close look here." Daniel said. "I've seen them on Guadalupe Island, but not here." Just four days later, on Tuesday, Aug.

City Council to vote on putting Imperial Beach marijuana measure on ballot SAN DIEGO - City Council will vote tonight to approve a ballot measure for the marijuana industry. The measure calls for almost a dozen dispensaries and smoking lounges to open in Imperial Beach. Though most local leaders are against the measure, the marijuana industry has already collected enough signatures to put it on the ballot.

Deputy shot and wounded outside a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Station Deputy shot outside a LA County Sheriff's Station. Authorities say a deputy was shot and wounded when someone opened fire outside a Los Angeles County sheriff's station. Posted by KUSI News on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. LANCASTER, Calif.

Melville goes 7 strong, Rockies roll over D-backs 7-2 PHOENIX - Tim Melville pitched seven innings of two-hit ball in his first major league appearance in almost two years, and the Colorado Rockies cruised to a 7-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

California's latest beer news - plus Oktoberfest fun Wild brews: The latest release to come from Firestone Walker Brewing's eccentric wild-ale facility in Buellton, the Barrelworks, is Bretta Blanc, an effervescent wild ale made with white wine grapes from co-founder David Walker's family vineyard.

Alabama postpones 50th anniversary tour over singer's health LOS ANGELES - Southern rock band Alabama says it is postponing the remainder of its 50th anniversary tour as lead singer Randy Owen battles health complications. The band announced Wednesday that the 69-year-old Owen is suffering from migraines and vertigo, and doctors say he needs more time to recover.

San Clemente teen nabs 212-pound swordfish using line and hook after 7-hour battle 18, but eventually Cooper, with assistance from his dad, joined an elite club of anglers who can say they've caught a swordfish with a line and hook - an extraordinary feat given the swordfish's elusive nature. Not too shabby for a 15-year-old who had quite the fish tale to tell when he returned to San Clemente High School this week.

Sports Briefs Soccer Preston Kilwien, a College Park graduate who played soccer for Campolindo for three seasons before transferring, has been named Florida Golf Coast University’s Most Outstanding Male At…

Breathing illnesses related to vaping reach 150 possible cases NEW YORK - The number of breathing illnesses reported among people who vape is growing. Health officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases in 16 states. Officials on Wednesday said the Food and Drug Administration has joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and states investigating reports from the last two months.

The Mother Lode's Low Unemployment Rate Ticks Up Sacramento, CA - While California's latest unemployment figures are tying a record low rate, joblessness in the Mother Lode grew a bit. Across the state, newly released data indicates unemployment came in at 4.1 percent in July with employers adding 19,600 nonfarm payroll jobs.

Owner of popular SF truffle shop attacked, rescued by 13-year-old son On Monday, the owner of famed North Beach truffle shop XOX Truffles was attacked by a stranger outside his store. According to SFPD's report of the incident, owner Jean Marc Gorce asked a man to leave his store for disturbing customers.

CHP: Yosemite tourists' car runs stop sign, kills 2 in horrific crash A British tourist on his way to visit Yosemite with his family ran a stop sign and plowed into a minivan, killing two sisters, the California Highway Patrol said. Troopers said Agnelo Dsouza, 55, was headed northbound on a rural road near Chowchilla shortly after 6 p.m.

Plane erupts in flames after failed takeoff at Oroville airport A plane ran off the end of the runway at Oroville Municipal Airport Wednesday, bursting into flames during a reported aborted takeoff attempt. According to local media, the incident happened around 11:30 a.m. after the crew sent a mayday call. Airport officials say all 10 individuals on board made it out of the aircraft safely.

New bill from LA-area Rep. Adam Schiff targets domestic terrorism "I think most people would be surprised to know domestic terrorism is not a federal crime," Schiff said Tuesday in a phone interview from Washington, D.C.

California to build world's largest overpass to help wildlife cross freeway Los Angeles officials have given the green light to plans for a special overpass meant to allow wildlife living around the city to move over a high-traffic freeway without being put in harm's way by cars. CBS News reported Wednesday that the largely privately funded project will be built along U.S.

Armstrong, Jones top horses in No. 9 Irish rushing stable 9 Notre Dame may find out this season that a stable full of running backs is better than one. Jafar Armstrong and Tony Jones Junior are sharing the load in practices, with three underclassmen also pushing for playing time.

Overlooked No More: Lau Sing Kee, War Hero Jailed for Helping Immigrants His name at birth is unclear. His family name is either Low or Lau, but since both are phonetically indistinguishable in Chinese, different members of the family took one spelling or the other. It's customary for Chinese names to list the family name first, but American immigration officials recorded his last name as Kee rather than Lau.

Environmentalists sue over rollbacks of Endangered Species Act SAN FRANCISCO - Seven environmental and animal protection groups have filed the first lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's recent rollbacks to the Endangered Species Act. Their lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco comes after the federal government announced last week it was rescinding some protections for wildlife.

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