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In San Diego, ardent atheists evangelize disbelief — every Saturday

Amid the religious evangelists in San Diego's Balboa Park, you'll also find a table with a banner that reads, "Relax, Hell Does Not Exist."

Fatal crash closes 3 lanes on 405 through Sepulveda Pass

Three lanes of the northbound 405 Freeway are closed because of a traffic fatality, the California Highway Patrol reports.

What a rush! California couple finds gold coins worth $10M

It's thought to be the richest cache of coins ever discovered in the U.S. Minted in the 1800s, they were stuffed into eight cans and buried on a Sierra Nevada ridge.

Oscars 2014: 5 places to watch the awards show

Whether you're a connoisseur of cinema or a red carpet gawker, here's a list of local parties, restaurants and bars where you can watch Sunday's showing of the 86th Academy Awards.

Asiana Flight 214: Airline penalized $500K over crash

The fine announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation was a first: No airline has broken U.S. laws requiring prompt, generous assistance to the families of crash victims.

SoCal storms raise concern of mudslides — how to prepare

The National Weather Service warns that a pair of storms hitting mid-week and lasting through the weekend could cause mudslides in burn areas.

Native plant gardens can bring habitat, city rebates to replaced lawns

Theodore Payne Foundation is a nursery and non-profit up in the foothills of Sun Valley — about 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles — dedicated to promoting California's native plants. As you might imagine, business has been booming lately.

Biden gives a public nod to California's high-speed rail project

Vice President Joe Biden, an admitted "train guy," told new "Late Night" host Seth Meyers that Gov. Jerry Brown was "leading the country in having high-speed rail."

State high court assigns liability in liquor cases

Hosts who charge admission to parties may be held legally responsible if a drunken underage guest is hurt or injures someone else, California's high court has ruled.

Ex-tribal chair accused of killings faces hearing

Former Cedarville Rancheria chairwoman Cherie Lash Rhoades is accused of killing four people, including three relatives.

Transgender rights repeal misses California ballot

A referendum to overturn a California law that gives transgender students protections including the right to use the public school restrooms of their choice will not appear on the November ballot.

Giants say former athletic trainer has died

Barney Nugent, a former athletic trainer for the San Francisco Giants, died in Massachusetts Saturday. He was 61.

Buddhist group to protest Dalai Lama visit in SoCal

A couple hundred people are following the Dalai Lama's tour through Southern California to protest his ban on Buddhists worshiping the 500-year-old deity called Dorje Shugden.

California officers killed in crash remembered

CHP Commissioner Joseph Farrow called officers Brian Law and Juan Gonzalez heroes and asked everybody in attendance to consider the families they left behind.

Former LA Times editor William Thomas dies

The Times won its first Pulitzer for local reporting — for its coverage of the 1965 Watts riot — when Thomas was metro editor. He died Sunday of natural causes. He was 89.

Heavy rainstorms due in SoCal this week, but drought persists

With storms starting Wednesday night, the coast could see 1 to 2 inches of rain and the mountains 4 inches before the weekend is over.