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Fourth of July: Where SoCal residents are going

It's going to be the biggest July Fourth weekend for SoCal travelers since 2007. Las Vegas and San Diego top the destination list.

Illegal Chinese Fireworks

4th of July: LA city officials cracking down on illegal fireworks

The city attorney's office said Wednesday that criminal charges have been filed against two vendors in downtown L.A.

Western Wildfires

2 firefighters injured as Washington Fire containment continues

Mop-up efforts, aided by light rain, continue with air attacks by water-dropping helicopters. More than 270 campers have been evacuated.

Heat wave: 'Flex' alert issued for California; how to cut your energy use

California's Independent System Operator, which manages the state's energy grid, has urged consumers to reduce their usage between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m on Tuesday and Wednesday. It's the first "flex" alert for Southern California since 2012.

July 4th Fireworks: Where to watch, what's legal

Whether you want to see a professional pyrotechnic spectacular or safely light up fireworks at home, here's a guide to celebrating Independence Day.

California schools lose experiments in SpaceX rocket failure

The projects were from eighth-graders at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, and seniors at Petaluma High School and Damien High School in La Verne.

Lake Fire: Evacuations lifted as crews halt fire's spread

The Lake Fire in San Bernardino County has scorched 48 square miles of desert brush and forest timber more than a week after it broke out. It was more than halfway contained Monday.

KKK fliers found in Whittier neighborhood

Whittier residents reported finding Ziploc bags containing flyers, rocks and candies on their lawns this weekend.

4 things to do when lightning strikes at the beach

A monsoonal system in northern Mexico and Arizona will bring hot, humid weather and a chance of thunderstorms. Beachgoers should be aware of the potential for lightning strikes.

1 killed, 1 hurt after homemade aircraft hits Corona cell tower

A homemade aircraft has crashed into a cellphone tower in Southern California, killing one person and injuring another.

Humid weather, possible thunderstorms heading to SoCal

Hot, humid weather from Northern Mexico and Arizona will sweep into Southern California Monday, bringing a chance of thunderstorms that will continue through the week.

Photos: West Hollywood celebrates Supreme Ct marriage ruling

West Hollywood hugged, waved multicolor flags, snapped selfies and celebrated the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling Friday that marriage is a right for gay and lesbian couples.

Women's World Cup inspires local girls in soccer camps

Team USA’s run in Canada is being followed very closely by one girl in particular.

Vernon welcomes newcomers in bid to shed corrupt past

Newcomers are moving into the just-built Vernon Village Park, an affordable housing apartment complex. The city's corrupt past was inspiration for the second season of "True Detective."

Lake Fire: 7K buildings threatened, volunteer evacuations in desert

A drone stopped one aircraft from delivering 5,000 gallons of retardant to the fire. The blaze in San Bernardino County has charred 36 square miles since June 17.

Michelle Obama to open 2015 Special Olympics in Los Angeles

Obama, long an advocate of physical fitness and healthy lifestyles, will take part in the games' opening ceremonies July 25 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.