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Monticello Fire: Chronic dryness hinders fight; containment at 55 pct.

More than 1,900 firefighters battling the blaze by Tuesday morning gained on its front end as temperatures soared past 100 degrees, according to CalFire.

California red-legged frog named state amphibian

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation elevating the red-legged frog on June 30. The state library updated its online list of symbols the next day.

Sterling trial gets underway after delay Monday

A neurologist has testified that Donald Sterling has Alzheimer's disease as a trial over the Los Angeles Clippers sale finally gets underway.

Tooshlights: Improving your public restroom experience at Hollywood Bowl

The Tooshlight system makes it easier for event-goers to determine which bathroom stalls are occupied, and which are not.

Hidden Cash's Pez tour headed to LA

Hidden Cash filled 25 Pez dispensers with money and hid them on Pacific Beach in San Diego this weekend. Now the Pez tour is headed for Los Angeles.

Lifeguard drowns during rescue off Southern California

Poster said the 15-year department veteran went into the water to help a struggling swimmer when they were hit by a large wave. Carlson went under water.

Monticello Fire: Crews hold line on Northern California wildfire

The fire in the steep mountains near Lake Berryessa in Yolo County was 35 percent contained as of Monday morning. It has burned about 10 square miles.

Update: Beaches reopen, video surfaces of shark attack

Swimmers are being allowed back into the water around the Manhattan Beach Pier Sunday after a great white shark attack Saturday had a stretch of the ocean roped off.

Great white shark attacks swimmer at Manhattan Beach Pier

A great white shark bit a long-distance swimmer at the Manhattan Beach Pier Saturday morning, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector R. Flores tells KPCC.

About a thousand wait in line for inaugural marijuana farmers' market

Organizers say its a way to connect growers and users without the middleman of a dispensary. All visitors had to produce a medical marijuana card.

Stolen Tesla torn apart in fiery West Hollywood crash

A stolen Tesla speeding through Los Angeles-area streets went out of control and was torn in half in a fiery crash with other vehicles that injured six people.

Banner Fire burns 2 homes in central San Diego County

The wildfire destroyed two homes, threatened hundreds more and forced the cancellation of a Fourth of July parade and celebration in the town of Julian.

Drought triggers extra safety measures for fireworks display

Local cities have differing levels of restrictions regarding fireworks, with some completely banning possession and others allowing non-explosive varieties.

Butts Fire: 2 homes destroyed in 4,300-acre wildfire

A stubborn wildfire in Napa County damaged two homes and forced the evacuation those living in 200 others, but so far is not posing a threat to its world famous vineyards.

Banner Fire: Wildfire in central San Diego County prompts evacuations

Crews scrambled Thursday to corral a wildfire that burned two homes in Southern California and threatened hundreds of others.

Forest Service to close dicey stretch of Eaton Canyon Trail

Since 2011, five people have died and dozens more have been injured on the trail between the lower and upper Eaton Canyon Falls.