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Something new for L.A. train commuters

Area residents who ride Metrolink to Los Angeles now can use Metrolink’s mobile app to transfer onto Metro Rail lines at Union Station.

Just purchase a mobile Metrolink ticket on your phone, then on arriving at Union Station, scan the phone at a Metro Rail gate.

Officials said in a news release that nearly one-third of Metrolink’s riders transfer onto Metro Rail lines to reach jobs, schools or other destinations in Los Angeles. Conductors on Metrolink trains scan passengers’ phones to check mobile tickets.

Until now, passengers with mobile tickets had to use ticket vending machine

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/10/san-clemente-news-briefs-commuters-new-authors-luncheon-climate-change-and-more/
Date: 1515613317

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Trump suggests 2-phase immigration deal for ‘Dreamers’

By KEN THOMAS

WASHINGTON — Seeking a bipartisan compromise to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that an immigration deal could be reached in two phases — first by addressing young immigrants and border security with what he called a “bill of love,” then by making comprehensive changes that have long eluded Congress.

Trump held a lengthy meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers seeking a solution for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Trump last year ended the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shielded more than

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/09/trump-suggests-2-phase-immigration-deal-for-dreamers/
Date: 1515526427

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Man found dead in his car in Laguna Beach; drugs found on his lap

LAGUNA BEACH  A 34-year-old Huntington Beach man was found dead in his car with drugs and drug paraphernalia in his lap, police said.

Laguna Beach police were called to the rear of a building at 376 Cliff Drive at 6:22 p.m. on Saturday after someone reported seeing a man passed out in his car, said Sgt. Jim Cota.

“Officers arrived and found a man in the driver seat of a car in a carport,” Cota said.  “The man was unresponsive, so paramedics were called. Officers broke the side window of the car to gain entry.”

He was identified as Charles Mellon Jr.,

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/09/man-found-dead-in-his-car-in-laguna-beach-drugs-found-on-his-lap/
Date: 1515526378

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Photos: Rainbows from the year’s first storm in Southern California

Who needs experts? Use this do-it-yourself local housing forecaster!

How do I think the local housing market will do in 2018?

Let me be lazy and dodge an attempt at prognostication by offering up a challenge: a Southern California do-it-yourself home-price outlook!

This column will walk you through what I think are 11 key local variables that could impact the two bottom-line factors to any market’s health: a house hunter’s psyche vs. an owner’s willingness to sell.

Remember, no two markets are alike, so your local-local focus may very well result in a different score than others. And that’s why real estate benchmarks, like pricing, move in different waves even in

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/07/who-needs-experts-use-this-do-it-yourself-local-housing-forecaster/
Date: 1515352432

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32 missing, oil spills out after tanker collision off China

By GERRY SHIH

BEIJING — An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China’s east coast, leaving the tanker’s entire crew of 32 missing and causing it to spill oil into the sea, authorities said Sunday.

Chinese authorities dispatched police vessels and three cleaning ships to the scene after the collision, which happened late Saturday. The South Korean coast guard also sent a ship and a plane to help search for the missing crew members — 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis.

The Panama-registered tanker Sanchi was sailing from Iran to South Korea when it collided with the

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/07/32-missing-including-30-iranians-in-sea-collision-in-china/
Date: 1515352356

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Hotter housing: Orange or Villa Park?

Here are homebuying highlights for Orange and Villa Park from ReportsOnHousing for October.

This house-hunting report tracks listing, buying and selling of existing detached and attached residences in the community. Analysis includes October trends based on closed sales: sale counts; average price vs. average list price; high and low price paid in the month; average cost per square foot and average size; plus, based on broker listing networks stats on Nov. 30 the “market time” metric comparing supply of listings to new escrows opened in past 30 days.

In Orange …

Sales: 108 sold vs. 96 a year ago.

Average sales

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/06/hotter-housing-orange-or-villa-park-2-2/
Date: 1515265389

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Young, gay and living on the street: LGBT youth face increased odds of homelessness

By CAROLYN JONES, EdSource

Throughout high school and college, Alicia slept in cars, tents, friends’ couches, benches, on the bus, on the train and in group homes. Almost anywhere but a shelter.

“My experience with shelters is that you’d go when it was raining. You’d go to San Francisco, wait in line and sleep on the floor, if you slept at all,” the serious, soft-spoken Oakland woman, who’s now 22, said last week. “It’s scary enough to be a young person there. But if you’re queer you just feel a lot more vulnerable. You definitely avoid them.”

Alicia is still homeless but lives

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/06/young-gay-and-living-on-the-street-lgbt-youth-face-increased-odds-of-homelessness/
Date: 1515265368

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Seal Beach police arrest arson suspect

SEAL BEACH >> Police have arrested a man suspected of starting a fire that damaged a two-story home under construction in Seal Beach, authorities said Saturday, Jan. 6.

The blaze, which was sparked at about 1 a.m. Friday in 700 block of Second Street, also caused some damage to neighboring homes and vehicles parked in the back alley, police said.

Orange County Fire Authority investigators deemed the blaze suspicious and subsequently arrested John Louis Maier Jr., 60, of Seal Beach on suspicion of arson.

Authorities did not say why he was suspected in the blaze.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/06/seal-beach-police-arrest-arson-suspect/
Date: 1515265328

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Fire damages house under construction in Seal Beach

SEAL BEACH – A two-story house under construction in Seal Beach was heavily damaged by fire early Friday, Jan. 5.

Around 1 a.m., firefighters responded to the 700 block of 2nd Street where they found the dwelling in flames, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said.

The blaze originated at the structure’s rear and caused minor damage to a pair of adjacent homes, he said. A utility pole also caught fire causing power lines to drop to the ground.

No one was injured.

Forty-four firefighters from the OCFA and the Huntington Beach and Long Beach Fire departments responded. Damage estimates were not

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Original Article: https://www.ocregister.com/2018/01/05/fire-damages-house-under-construction-in-seal-beach/
Date: 1515178322

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