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California Governor Brown declares state of emergency for northern counties as wildfires rage

Joseph Serna California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency for two Northern California counties overwhelmed by wildfires that have burned tens of thousands of acres and hundreds of homes.

One dead, several injured after lightning strike in Venice Beach, Los Angeles

A man is treated by a paramedics after a lightning strike in the water in Venice, California.

One man was killed and at least eight others were hurt when lightning from a rare band of summer thunderstorms struck Venice beach in Los Angeles on a busy Sunday afternoon.

Grandmother allegedly froze to death in Los Angeles hospital morgue

Lindsey Bever An 80-year-old grandmother was allegedly still alive when she was zipped up in a body bag and put in the hospital morgue’s freezer — where she tried unsuccessfully to escape and froze to...

38,000 litres of crude oil spills into Los Angeles suburb from ruptured pipe

Jason Wells Firefighters have revised the size of a crude oil spill early Thursday in Los Angeles suburb of Atwater Village down to 37854 litres, after initial estimates put it at 189,270 litres.

One dead and seven injured after gunman opens fire at Los Angeles airport

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Michael Idato and Alexandra Smith Gunman in custody after opening fire in LA airport in an attack reportedly on security guards.

Earthquake rocks Los Angeles, scares news anchors during broadcast

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Michael Idato Everyone else has alarm clocks. The city of Los Angeles has earthquakes.

Counter terrorism drill in downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Actors pretending to be terror suspects wearing suicide vests confront Los Angeles Police Department officers from the Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau during a drill involving a response to threats of a weapon of mass destruction on June 6, 2013 in downtown Los Angeles, California. The realistic counterterrorism drill began with an explosion with law enforcement officers firing blank ammunition at pretend suspects as police helicopters with sharp shooters were flying low among downtown office towers. The counter terrorism exercise was part of the 2013 National Homeland Security Associations conference at the Bonaventure Hotel.   Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

The Los Angeles Police Department's Counter Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau conducted a counter terrorism excersie in downtown Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles on edge after another night of violence in wake of Trayvon Martin case

Los Angeles Police Department officers in riot gear

Los Angeles' mayor has announced the deployment of extra police to prevent more violent protests over the Trayvon Martin trial, after 14 people were arrested in a second night of unrest.

Sky's the conduit as 'carmageddon' hits Los Angeles

UNITED STATES In the movies it has been hit by meteors and attacked by aliens but now Los Angeles is preparing for what officials are describing as ''carmageddon''.

Drunk driver jailed for 51 years for death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart

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The young motorist convicted of murder for driving drunk in the car crash that killed Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart has been sentenced to 51 years to life in a US jail.

Dozen big bushfires rage across drought-hit California

Kathy Besk and her daughter, Shelley, at their burnt-out home in Weed, California.

Thousands of residents have been evacuated and buildings ravaged as wildfires spread across California.

China tries Uighur professor on charges of separatism

Ilham Tohti, a scholar and champion of China's ethnic Uighurs.

Julie Makinen A Beijing economics professor who has persistently questioned China's policies toward ethnic minorities was heading to trial on charges of separatism.

Pentagon gives military weapons to US schools

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Niraj Chokshi A US Defence Department program has been providing military weapons to school police.

Woman admits pranks aimed at driving couple from the home she wanted

Tile-roofed houses are in the upscale San Diego gated community of Carmel Valley, where Jerry Rice and wife Janice Ruhter were harassed.

Maura Dolan The pranks started off fairly harmless, but soon strange men were appearing at the gate looking for sex.

Rob Ford quits Toronto mayor's race after being hospitalised

Withdrawn: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Christine Mai-Duc and James Queally Just days after he was hospitalised with a tumour near his abdomen, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced Friday that he is dropping out of the city's mayoral election and will run instead for the city's...

Philippines President proposes autonomous Muslim state to end rebellion

A Filipina Muslim sits in front of a banner during a rally in support of the Bangsamoro Basic Law draft.

Carol Williams The Philippines President hopes the law for an Islamic autonomous region will end more than 40 years rebellion in the restive Mindanao island.

Israel orders criminal probes of actions by its military in Gaza

Batsheva Sobelman Israel has ordered criminal investigations into suspected international law violations by its military during the recent fighting against Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.

Russia angers Canada as warplanes 'buzz' frigate during NATO drill

Canada has accused Moscow of sending military aircraft to circle the HMCS Toronto.

Carol J. Williams Canadian Defence Minister Rob Nicholson has accused the Kremlin of sending warplanes to buzz its navy frigate Toronto while taking part in NATO exercises.

Pelvic thrust in science of whale sex

A whale breaching in Alaska.

Rachel Feltman The muscles that control the penis attach directly to the pelvic bone, contributing to the crazy amount of control that whales and dolphins have over the organ.

Scooter versus van fight leads to drink driving arrest

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Joseph Serna A US woman has been filmed screaming at her boyfriend before pushing him off his motorised scooter and then driving over it.