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Wildfire breaks out near Los Angeles

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/11/19, 10:31 am

The Saddleridge fire just north of Los Angeles has destroyed dozens of homes and been linked to at least one death, authorities said Friday. The flames led to the mandatory evacuation of about 100,000 residents. Police said one man died of a heart attack amid the fire, KCBS-TV reported. The fire began Thursday night and had consumed more than 4,700 acres by daybreak.

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Fatherless and homeless

Homelessness | Too many kids in the foster system end up on the streets once they reach adulthood
by Sophia Lee
Posted 10/10/19, 02:03 pm

When Keanakay Scott moved into her first apartment after aging out of foster care, nobody had taught her that she needed to pay rent every month. She assumed her first check would cover that expense. Less than two months later, she received an eviction notice.

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Power shut off to prevent fires in California

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/09/19, 11:51 am

Residents stocked up on water, food, and gasoline ahead of the largest planned blackout in California history. To keep its equipment from starting wildfires, Pacific Gas and Electric shut off power on Wednesday to nearly 800,000 customers in Northern California as hot, windy weather continued in the region. Schools closed, and residents expected delays on the road caused by nonfunctioning traffic lights. The utility could expand the blackout to Southern California.

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