Laguna Beach latest to freeze short term rentals

Laguna Beach is the latest Southern California city to slap a moratorium on short-term rentals popularized by sites like Airbnb and HomeAway.

Audiard's 'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or in upset Cannes finale

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The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee film taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or.

Defense Secretary Carter: Iraqi forces lack 'will to fight' ISIS

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Ash Carter, in an interview on CNN, said that the ISF lost Anbar despite "vastly outnumbering" fighters of the self-declared Islamic State.

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Actress Anne Meara, mom of Ben Stiller, dies

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Actress and comedian Anne Meara, who gained fame as half of the comedy team Stiller & Meara and went on to star in TV and film, has died. She was 85.

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Flash floods in Texas, Oklahoma kill 2; 100s of homes gone

Record rainfall was wreaking havoc across a swath of Texas and the Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people to flee.

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Novelist Mat Johnson explores the 'optical illusion' of being biracial

Mat Johnson is the author of Pym, Drop, Hunting in Harlem and The Great Negro Plot as well as several graphic novels including Incognegro, Dark Rain and Right State.

Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written "Loving Day," a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.

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Vandals break open 8 hydrants in drought-stricken Phelan

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Some residents in the Southern California desert community of Phelan lost water pressure after vandals broke open eight fire hydrants, spilling 6 million gallons of water.