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Dunkin' Donuts to open in Southern California

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Dunkin' Donuts is coming to Southern California, and not just to hang out on the beverage shelves of the supermarket. It's going to live here. 

Wipe the glaze from your eyes, L.A. transplants, and let that long hoped-for news sink into your gut like the forthcoming iced dozen in the double D box. 

With their little cardboard suitcases and cloudy-sweet iced coffee, the beloved orange-on-pink chain will be opening location number one at Camp Pendleton in San Diego county. 

The Boston Business Journal wrote about the franchise's newly frosted frontier after details and a job posting were discovered via Facebook.

It is unknown exactly what the groundbreaking groundbreaking means in terms of opening more local outlets, but Dunkin’ Brands Inc. executive, Jeremy Vitaro, told the Journal last month that the company hoped to go back into California with a "critical mass" of stores.


Helicopter collision kills seven Marines, six were from Camp Pendleton

Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra

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Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra

The Marine Corps announced Thursday that six of the seven Marines killed in last night's midair helicopter collision near Yuma, Arizona, were from Camp Pendleton. Both helicopters were from also from the San Diego base.

The exact location of the crash has not been identified, but it is believed to have occurred on the California side of the Yuma Training Range Complex, according to the L.A. Times.

Situated near the Chocolate Mountains, the training area offers helicopter crews a terrain and temperature similar to what they might experience in Afganistan. Officials said the seven were training for possible deployment.

Names of the deceased and squadron information will not be released for at least 24 hours per standard Marine policy. The attack helicopters involved in the crash were identified as a AH-1W Super Cobra and a UH-1Y Super Huey and were part of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, whose headquarters is at the Miramar Marine Corps Base.


Marine fatally shot by deputy had daughters in the car

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Screenshot of San Clemente High School via Google Maps

Circumstances are still largely unexplained in the fatal shooting early Tuesday of Sgt. Manuel Loggins Jr. by an OC sheriff's deputy in a parking lot of San Clemente High School. 

A decorated Marine who managed inbound and outbound cargo at Camp Pendleton, Loggins was known to be a religious man who would take morning "prayer walks" at the track with his daughters. 

Both girls, age 9 and 14, were sitting nearby in the family's SUV at the time of the shooting, notes the L.A. Times.

Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino said a deputy doing paperwork in his patrol car pulled up behind the SUV after the Marine crashed his vehicle through a school parking lot gate around 4:30 a.m. 

Loggins reportedly exited the SUV and initially ignored orders to stop as he headed toward the athletic field. When he did turn around and head back to the vehicle, the deputy felt threatened and opened fire, said the spokesman.