• 3 men smash displays and grab perfume from Macy’s at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana

    Robbers staged a smash-and-grab robbery Thursday night at a Macy’s fragrance counter at the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana.
    Three men smashed glass display cases and made off with perfume just before 8 p.m., according to the Santa Ana Police Department.
    The suspects put the bottles into duffel bags and left via the store’s south doors to an awaiting early 2000s silver Nissan Altima, police said.
    The suspects “were last seen leaving the parking structure northbound onto Main Street
  • College pals Landry Shamet, Fred VanVleet among the Clippers-Raptors reunions

    LOS ANGELES — Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors got together in the same place on the same night again, but – Shocker! – that wasn’t the only resonant reunion on Monday.
    Former Wichita State teammates Landry Shamet and Fred VanVleet also got another crack at each other as pros, facing off for the third time, but for the first time since Shamet was traded to the Clippers in February.
    VanVleet, who was a senior when Shamet was a freshman, helped persuade Shamet to trust
  • Irvine commuting costs ranked 4th-worst in nation

    Irvine residents suffer the fourth-costliest commutes among the nation’s largest cities, according to one intriguing metric.
    The folks at online loan locator LendingTree looked at commuting and employment data for 100 major U.S. cities to gauge daily to-and-from work costs as measured by wages made by those commuters. Basically, how much you could have made if you weren’t stuck in traffic.
    Irvine’s estimated, lofty annual cost was $9,818 for an average daily trek of 26.8 minute
  • Latest second-guessing on use of Todd Gurley comes from Sean McVay himself

    THOUSAND OAKS — Sean McVay sometimes blames himself for his team’s setbacks in cases where most Rams-watchers would say it’s not the coach’s fault but the players’.
    It was different Monday. McVay accepted responsibility for the odd disappearance of Todd Gurley in the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 17-12 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday. And most people who watched the game probably would say the coach wasn’t just being gallant &mdash
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  • 32-mile paddle from Catalina to Huntington Beach raises awareness of mental health concerns for veterans, first responders

    There were moments during the 32-mile trek that exhaustion set in, as the group dug their paddles into the ocean, one stroke at a time.
    But knowing they had each other and a shared goal kept them moving across the Catalina Channel toward shore.
    “We can do together what I cannot do alone,” said Danny Nichols, event director for the inaugural Operation Open Water, an endurance trek across the ocean on Monday, Nov. 11, that ended in Huntington Beach.
    Army veteran Kyle Kelly, center, get
  • Irvine residents say thanks on Veterans Day

    The 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment Color Guard takes part in the Veterans Day Ceremony at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park in Irvine, CA on Monday, November 11, 2019. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    Amara Childs, 5, left, and her sister, Miley Jimenez, 8, celebrates Veterans Day at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park on Monday, November 11, 2019. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsJim Zieg
  • Huntington Beach girls tennis knocks off Troy to reach Division 1 semifinals

    Huntington Beach’s girls tennis team aimed Monday to show it belonged with the top teams in CIF-SS Division 1.
    Mission accomplished.
    Last season’s CIF-SS Division 3 champion defeated postseason regular Troy 10-8 in a quarterfinal match at Huntington Beach to advance to its first Division 1 semifinal.
    “Since we’re new to Division 1, we sort of come at every round like it’s going to be a challenge,” said Oilers junior Kaytlin Taylor, whose sweep at singles inclu
  • 110-foot Torah unscrolled during Sunday services at Capo Beach Church

    Capo Beach Church members help hold a 110-foot-long, 300-year-old Torah as it stretches across the congregation during a service on Sunday, November 10, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
    Capo Beach Church members help hold a 110-foot-long, 300-year-old Torah as it stretches across the congregation during a service on Sunday, November 10, 2019. (Photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCapo Beach Church members help hold a 110
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  • Stanley the giraffe escaped the Woolsey fire. But was he supposed to be on the Malibu ranch to begin with?

    MALIBU — Stanley, a well-loved giraffe who has appeared in commercials and the movie “The Hangover Part III,” drew attention during the fast-moving Woolsey fire last year when some on social media accused his handlers of not evacuating him when the flames reached Saddlerock Ranch, where he is the main attraction on several tours.
    Some pointed to a widely shared photo of Stanley standing next to a firefighter near an enclosure, as orange-tinged smoke enveloped the sky above.
  • For UCLA and Utah, running game looms large in Pac-12 South battle

    Coach Chip Kelly knows what’s at stake when UCLA travels to play Utah on Saturday (Fox/Ch. 11, 5 p.m.) but won’t call it the biggest game of the Bruins’ season.
    “Every game in this league is important to us,” Kelly said. “If we didn’t win last week then this game wouldn’t be important.”
    Utah’s Kyle Whittingham, the longest-tenured coach in the Pac-12 Conference, knows the Utes will face a confident UCLA team that has won three conferenc
  • Search continues for hit-and-run driver in fiery crash with ambulance on 91 Freeway in Anaheim

    Authorities on Monday continued searching for a hit-and-run driver who ran from a burning vehicle that collided with an ambulance early Sunday, Nov. 10, in Anaheim on the 91 Freeway, officials said.
    The motorist fled from a crash that caused a CARE ambulance to roll over onto its side on the freeway near Harbor Boulevard at about 4:15 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said.
    A CARE driver, a CARE attendant, two Orange County Fire Authority personnel, a boy who had initially been a patient in th
  • Lake Forest joins in honoring service and sacrifice on Veterans Day

    A woman shades herself during a Veteran’s Day ceremony at El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest, CA on Monday, November 11, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    Christian Hernandez, 6, gets a lesson on items used in WWI at a Veteran’s Day ceremony at El Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest, CA on Monday, November 11, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG)SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLinda Fontanilla, Vice President for Student Servic
  • CIF State girls volleyball tournament begins this week

    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowThe CIF State girls volleyball tournament begins Tuesday with Southern California Regional first-round matches in Divisions I-V.
    Orange County teams selected for Divisions I-V: Division I, Aliso Niguel, Corona del Mar, Esperanza, Foothill, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach; Division III, Tustin; and Division IV, Garden Grove.
    Mater Dei is seeded third in the Open Division that starts play Wednesday. The Monar
  • USC men’s basketball looking to limit turnovers against South Dakota State

    LOS ANGELES — The USC men’s basketball team has started the season with two wins, but there’s a clear issue it needs to clean up before its third game of the season on Tuesday against South Dakota State.
    In their first two wins, the Trojans have turned the ball over a combined 37 times. USC squandered the ball 20 times in Friday’s win over Portland.
    “The last few years we’ve been pretty good at having a low amount of turnovers, so it is surprising for us,&rdqu
  • Widow of Anaheim Hills man who died in Conception boat fire sues ship’s owners

    LOS ANGELES — The widow of an Anaheim Hills man who died in a fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people in waters off California is suing the vessel’s owners.
    Christine Dignam, who lost her husband Justin Dignam, filed her claim Monday in Los Angeles federal court.
    The lawsuit against Santa Barbara-based Truth Aquatics is the first from a relative of those who died on the boat.
    The lawsuit is a counterclaim to a lawsuit filed pre-emptively by owners of the boat, called the Conce
  • Widow of Anaheim Hills man who died in Conception boat disaster sues ship’s owners

    LOS ANGELES — The widow of a passenger from Anaheim Hills who died in a fiery dive boat disaster that killed 34 people in the waters off California sued the vessel’s owners Monday.
    Christine Dignam, whose husband, Justin Dignam, died when the Conception caught fire Sept. 2 off the Santa Barbara coast, claimed that the boat was unsafe.
    The vessel didn’t have adequate smoke detectors or firefighting equipment, it lacked enough emergency exits, and a required night watch was not o
  • Orange County scores and player stats for Monday (11-11-19)

    Scores and stats for the Orange County games on Monday, Nov. 11.
    Huntington Beach 10, Troy 8
    South Torrance 10, JSerra 8
  • Curt Seeden: Fountain Valley Veterans Day ceremony features official naming of Veterans Park

    Fountain Valley’s annual Veterans Day celebration attracted one of its biggest crowds in recent years and featured the official park naming ceremony and unveiling of the new Veterans Park sign.
    Each year, the city and the West Orange County Veterans of Foreign Wars Post & Auxiliary 9557 hold the Veterans Day and Memorial Day events at the city’s Veterans Memorial in a park east of the library. But the park has never officially been called Veterans Park.
    Back on April 16
  • USC notebook: Center Justin Dedich latest example of Trojans overcoming injuries

    USC has seen a lot go wrong injury-wise this season, but even head coach Clay Helton was surprised by what occurred in the third quarter of the Trojans’ 31-26 victory over Arizona State on Saturday.
    On one play, both starting quarterback Kedon Slovis and center Brett Neilon left the game with injuries on the same play.
    “I’ve never in 25 years had a center and quarterback go out on the same play,” Helton said. “That was a first.”
    But again, the Trojans withstoo
  • Two Tet parades? A group wants to hold a second event in Garden Grove early next year

    A Tet parade, celebrating the Vietnamese Lunar New Year, is already being planned in Westminster, but a second one could be held the same weekend in Garden Grove.
    The Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California and several other organizations plan to appear at the Garden Grove City Council meeting of Tuesday, Nov. 12, to seek permission to hold a Tet parade in that city. The proposed date for the Garden Grove event, Jan. 26, would come a day after a Tet parade that’s already sche
  • CIF-SS boys and girls cross country polls: Final 2019

    The final CIF-SS boys and girls cross country rankings for 2019, released Monday, Nov. 11.
    1 Great Oak
    2 Crescenta Valley
    3 La Serna
    4 Burbank
    5 Long Beach Poly
    6 Arcadia
    7 California
    8 Vista Murrieta
    9 Mira Costa
    10 Roosevelt/Eastvale
    11 Rancho Cucamonga
    12 Quartz Hill
    13 Etiwanda
    14 M.L. King
    15 Beckman
    16 San Clemente
    1 Newbury Park
    2 Dana Hills
    3 Thousand Oaks
    4 Claremont
    T5 Redlands East Valley
    T5 Torrance
    7 Loyola
    8 Capistrano Valley
    9 El Toro
    10 Woodbridge
  • Kings haven’t climbed out of the deep holes they’ve been digging

    After a stretch where two goals in 30 seconds put them behind the eight-ball in Ottawa, few figured yet another instance of back-to-back goals this season could go worse for the Kings. The Kings’ response in Montreal two days later? Hold my beer.
    They surrendered two goals in a mere 15 seconds early during a game in which they played considerably better for the final 40 minutes Saturday. The Kings (5-11-1) found themselves down 3-0 after the first period and were not able to recover in a 3
  • Whicker: John Robinson finds himself in the middle of LSU’s levee-tation

    John Robinson was telling the woman that he knew all about LSU, that his USC team had played in Tiger Stadium in 1979 and barely retrieved its No. 1 ranking.
    “I know,” said the woman, now Beverly Robinson. “I was in the stands. You cheated us.”
    Love and war can coexist, but neither is forgotten.
    Beverly is from New Orleans and was an LSU student. Robinson won national championships at USC and coached the Rams to two NFC championship games, and exchanged hard outcomes with
  • Pedestrian struck in Tustin, dies at hospital

    A vehicle collided with a man in Tustin, leaving the pedestrian dead Sunday, Nov. 10.Westbound First Street between Centennial Way and Hall Circle will be closed for the next four hours while we investigate a vehicle v. pedestrian collision.Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor. pic.twitter.com/pz36FSu9sI
    — Tustin PD (@TustinPolice) November 11, 2019The crash happened at about 5:43 p.m. along westbound 1st Street near Centennial Way, Tustin Police Lt. Andrew Birozy said. Todd Hodg
  • Fryer on football: Rough patch didn’t deter Newport Harbor’s confidence

    Support our high school sports coverage by becoming a digital subscriber. Subscribe nowEveryone knew that when Newport Harbor was 7-0 the toughest part of its schedule was still to come.
    “Everyone” included Newport Harbor.
    The Sailors’ undefeated season was dismantled by three straight losses in Sunset League games: 44-3 to Los Alamitos, 56-17 to Corona del Mar and 57-7 to Edison in the regular-season finale.
    “It would have been easy for our guys to say the season was ov
  • SeaLegs Wine Bar closes in Huntington Beach after nearly 10 years

    SeaLegs Wine Bar owner Alicia Whitney began to develop her first restaurant when her daughter Sahara was still in the womb. Now that her girl is 9, she will sell it to spend more time with her child and to focus on her restaurants and events at the beach.
    “When I first started the plan she was six weeks old and now she’s in third grade,” Whitney said. “I can and I will always create, right? But I’m never going to get her back as a child. So it’s important to m
  • The Taste: Give thanks for Bill Bracken’s Kitchen

    Hungry? Before you sate that urge, consider the fact that nearly 400,000 people in Orange County – including one in five children – are at risk of hunger every month. Chef Bill Bracken wants us to think about this every time we enjoy a bite.
    From his outpost in Garden Grove, Bracken’s Kitchen, the chef has created a movement. The facility serves over 1,200 meals every week to those most at risk of going hungry. While chef Bracken’s work has filled a need in Orange County,
  • Purple & Bold: Lakers mailbag on load management, mid-range shots and more

    Editor’s note: This is the Monday, Nov. 11 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.
    In the way that winning glosses over problems, it also glosses over uncertainty.
    The Lakers lost Sunday night to the Toronto Raptors, a team, on paper, which seemed poorly equipped to beat the top team in the Western Conference. But speed kills — and it killed the slow-footed Lakers defense to end a seven-game win streak.
    This seems as
  • Giant sea bass survive and thrive off Corona del Mar, but junk is putting them in jeopardy

    Sue St. Sure pulls on a float with a lobster trap as Jeff Connor prepares to tow it to the yacht as members of the Ocean Defense Alliance haul out debris during an underwater clean up at Corona Del Mar in Newport Beach Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contributing Photographer)
    Diver enter the water as members of the Ocean Defense Alliance haul out debris during an underwater clean up at Corona Del Mar in Newport Beach Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (Photo by Michael Fernandez, Contri
  • Could 5,600 homes, a Sac State campus come to Placer County?

    A plan to transform more than 13 square miles of Placer County farmland sandwiched into a vast development has inched closer to reality.
    The final planning and environmental review reports for the Sunset Area Plan and Placer Ranch Specific Plan were released Oct. 31, designating new uses for the land west of Highway 65, including major hubs of entertainment, business, retail, industry and housing. The anchor for the proposed community: A planned Sacramento State satellite campus that could event

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