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More than 100 firefighters respond to brush fires in Van Nuys

The two fires broke out on both sides of Burbank Boulevard Friday afternoon.

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State lawmakers pass firearm safety, ammunition bills

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A bill passed by the California Senate Friday would require police to search the state's database of gun purchases when checking on whether someone may be a danger to themselves or others.

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Advocacy group asks for Chrysler investigation

A nonprofit group founded by Ralph Nader filed a petition Friday asking the U.S. government to investigate power system failures in Chrysler vehicles.

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NFL, rapper MIA reach settlement

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M.I.A. and the NFL have reached a settlement ending their multimillion dollar dispute over the rapper's flash of the middle finger during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show.

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LA school officials discussed iPad contracts before bids

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy

Emails obtained by KPCC show L.A. Unified superintendent John Deasy began meeting with a software provider about purchasing its product nearly a year before the iPad contract went out to public bid.

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California trees nailed as the source of mystery infections

A false-color electron microscope image of the fungus Cryptococcus gatii, which can cause fatal illnesses in humans. The yellow areas are spores.

Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees.

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Maven's Morning Coffee: Judge halts Target's Hollywood development

After Target Lowers Sales Forecast, Shares Plummet

Today is Friday, Aug. 22 and headlines include a slight increase in DWP water rates, a hold on Target's Hollywood store, and what information should be released in an OIS?