By Steve Gorman
(Reuters) – Firefighters tightened their grip Thursday on a blaze roaring for a sixth day through drought-parched timber and brush on the western edge of Yosemite National Park as they took special measures to protect a famed grove of giant Sequoia trees.
The El Portal fire has blackened more than 3,900 acres (1,580 hectares) since it erupted on Saturday, destroying a vacation home and duplex, prompting the evacuation of dozens of other dwellings and forcing the closure of three campgrounds, fire officials said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Utility crews working around the clock on Wednesday labored to clean up and repair damage from a major water main break that sparked a 20-foot-tall geyser and flooded part of the University of California campus in drought-stricken Los Angeles.
The late-afternoon rupture on Tuesday beneath Sunset Boulevard, a key thoroughfare on the city’s west side, opened a gaping sinkhole in the street and sent an estimated 8 million to 10 million gallons of water gushing across the north end of the UCLA campus for several hours.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NASA’s decade-old Mars rover Opportunity has set a new off-Earth, off-road distance record, logging just over 25 miles (40 km) on the surface of the Red Planet to surpass the benchmark set in 1973 by a Russian probe on the moon.
Opportunity, which arrived on Mars in January 2004, a few weeks after its now-defunct rover twin Spirit, was built to drive only about a single kilometer but has continued to operate far beyond its design capabilities.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lightning storms that killed a 20-year-old beachgoer in Los Angeles and sent eight other people to the hospital stemmed from a combination of atmospheric conditions relatively unusual for coastal Southern California, weather experts said on Monday.
A bolt of lightning, accompanied by what witnesses described as an explosive thunder clap, struck near the shore of Venice Beach on Sunday during a storm that materialized quickly and lasted about 15 minutes.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California burglary suspect faces possible murder charges in the fatal shooting of his alleged accomplice, even though she was gunned down by the elderly man they had just robbed as she pleaded she was pregnant, police said Friday.Ed Winter, assistant chief of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, said on Friday that an autopsy had determined that the woman, Andrea Miller, 28, was not pregnant at the time of her death.
Gus Adams, 26, initially escaped from the scene of Tuesday night’s break-in and shooting in the Los Angeles suburb of Long Beach after Miller died in her failed getaway attempt, but Adams was arrested the next day, according to police.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California burglary suspect faces possible murder charges in the fatal shooting of his accused accomplice even though she was actually gunned down by the elderly man they had just robbed as she pleaded she was pregnant, police said on Friday.
Gus Adams, 26, initially escaped from the scene of Tuesday night’s break-in and shooting in Long Beach after his alleged partner died in her failed getaway attempt, but Adams was arrested the next day, according to police.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Chinese graduate student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles has been found dead in his off-campus apartment after being assaulted late at night on his way home, police and university officials said.
The body of Xinran Ji, 24, an electrical engineering student who enrolled at USC in the fall of 2013, was discovered at about 7 a.m. local time Thursday morning, a few blocks away from where police say he had been attacked nearly six hours earlier.
LOS ANGELES, July 24 (Reuters) – Fresh-caught swordfish will
be off the menu in California restaurants for at least the next
month, due to a federally imposed temporary ban on drift
gillnets in the Pacific to protect endangered sea turtles
starting on Friday.
The closure, to remain in effect through Aug. 31, covers
25,000 square miles (62,160 square km) of ocean waters off
Southern California that constitute the prime West Coast fishing
grounds for swordfish and thresher sharks caught with gillnets.
By Steve Gorman
(Reuters) – Search teams in Washington State have found the remains of a person thought to be the last victim of a mudslide that buried an entire community in March and killed 43 people, county authorities said.
The body believed to be that of 44-year-old Molly Kristine “Kris” Regelbrugge was located Tuesday morning on the western edge of the disaster site. Medical examiners expect to confirm identification once the remains are recovered, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
LOS ANGELES, July 20 (Reuters) – Actor James Garner, best
known for his prime-time television roles as the wisecracking
frontier gambler on ““Maverick” and as an ex-con turned private
eye on ““The Rockford Files”, has died at age 86, Los Angeles
police confirmed early on Sunday.
Garner, who built a six-decade career playing ruggedly
charming, good-natured anti-heroes and received the highest
honor of the Screen Actors Guild in 2004, was found dead from
natural causes on Saturday night at his Los Angeles home,
according to police.