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Video depicts bear family at play in Monrovia backyard

By Brian Day|

San Clemente to lock all city bathrooms west of I-5 overnight

SAN CLEMENTE >> Blaming vandalism and criminal activity, the city plans to close and lock nearly all public bathrooms it owns west of I-5. The City Council, on a 5-0 vote at its Aug. 15 meeting, ordered overnight closures of all restrooms ...

By Fred Swegles fswegles@scng.com @newssanclemente on Twitter|

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  • Oil spills

    Kuwait battles oil spill in Persian Gulf waters

    KUWAIT CITY >> Kuwait battled Sunday to control an oil spill off its southern coast that stained its beaches, threatened to damage power plants and water stations, and left long black slicks in the Persian Gulf. It remained unclear where the spill originated, though Kuwait said it didn’t look like the spill came from its oil fields. Authorities offered no estimate for the number of barrels of oil spilled, though footage from Kuwait’s Environment Public...

    By HUSSAIN AL-QATARI Associated Press|

  • Wildlife

    Taking aim: gophers in cross hairs at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes

    It was a scene that would make Carl Spackler proud: a groundskeeper at Trump National Golf Club, eye to the scope of a rifle, taking aim at a hardened golf course menace — a gopher. That was the unorthodox scenario that appeared to play out last week on the picturesque, cliffside Rancho Palos Verdes course built by the New York real estate mogul who...

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  • Wildlife health

    Record number of whales entangled off California coast because of crab fishing

    Some of the largest mammals on Earth have been increasingly disabled by fishing lines off the West Coast, prompting one environmental nonprofit to threaten a lawsuit against the state over the problem. The Center for Biological Diversity argues the California Department of Fish and Wildlife violates the Endangered Species Act by continuing to allow crab fishers to put down gear that’s injuring humpback and blue whales, among other threatened species. The nonprofit...

    Lauren Williams
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  • Local governments

    Fed up with ‘trash islands,’ LA County leaders consider ban on some food containers

    A study to examine a wide-ranging ban on the use of take-out containers, plastic cups and single-use straws was approved unanimously by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, but not before several people spoke out in opposition to the idea. Supervisor Sheila Kuehl said that polystyrene, a synthetic material, is used in a variety of food service ware and “is so light that it often blows out of overflowing trash receptacles and ends up in our rivers, streams, and...

    Susan Abram
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  • Recreational cycling

    Metro bike share program comes to San Pedro, Wilmington

    What’s better than a leisurely bike ride along the water? Now, you don’t need your own bike to ride along the evolving waterfront in San Pedro and Wilmington. Los Angeles Metro officials unveiled the Los Angeles Waterfront bike share program Monday in San Pedro that allows visitors to hop on a rented bike to get around — or just...

    Donna Littlejohn
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  • Wildlife

    See the alligator that was loose in New York state

    WHITNEY POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities in upstate New York have captured an alligator that got loose. According to Animal Adventure Park, New York state Department of Environmental Conservation crews captured the renegade reptile Saturday behind the fairgrounds in rural Whitney Point. Sightings of the alligator were first reported July 22. Officials say the alligator is 3 feet, 3 inches long. They believe it’s someone’s pet. The alligator will be...

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  • Alternative and sustainable energy

    Clean energy industry workshops to be held at 5 CSU campuses

    The Cal State University will offer workshops at five local campuses to encourage study of clean energy entrepreneurship, officials announced this week. The university system received a $250,000 grant from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s new Energize California initiative. The workshops will be held at Long Beach, Dominguez Hills, Los Angeles, Pomona and Northridge. “These workshops will encourage more students and entrepreneurs to pursue careers in the clean...

    From staff reports|

  • Pollution

    Are new-tech trucks ready to replace diesel, keep California’s pollution-fighting promise?

    The race to replace Southern California’s biggest polluter is on. It’s going to take science, time, money — and maybe an assist from Elon Musk. At the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, an ambitious $14 billion clean-air plan calls for the elimination of dirty-burning diesel equipment by 2035 — $9 billion just to purchase and deploy...

    Rachel Uranga
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  • Wildlife

    Humpback whale discovered off San Clemente freed from most entanglements

    DANA POINT >> An entangled and wounded juvenile humpback whale found 4 miles off San Onofre was mostly freed of Dungeness crab fishing gear and heading south toward San Diego on Sunday afternoon. The 25-foot juvenile whale, first spotted at 9 a.m. on Saturday off San Pedro, was re-sighted just off San Clemente at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, by Capt.

    Erika Ritchie
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  • Airport operation

    Why late flights are threatening Long Beach’s ‘lovely small airport’

    With its small-town flair, simple layout and short security lines, Long Beach Airport is a breath of fresh air for Southern California airline passengers and a source of pride for the host city. The airport’s flagship carrier, JetBlue Airways, is one of the nation’s most popular carriers, beloved for its extra legroom, seatback TVs and low fares. Even families under the flight path, while hardly...

    David Downey
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