After more than six months in transit, a probe managed by Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory successfully touched down on the surface of Mars Monday, beginning the first mission designed to study the center of the Red Planet.
Although fire crews appeared to be making major progress Tuesday on the deadly Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, with a series of evacuation orders lifted, a large flare-up near Westlake Village served as a reminder that the battle was far from over.
The Woolsey Fire has now burned more than 83,275 acres, over 130 square miles of terrain stretching from Thousand Oaks, through Agoura, Bell Canyon, Calabasas, Kanan Dune, Point Dume and south to Pepperdine University (which has not burned). A break in the winds has enabled firefighters to achieve 10 percent containment by Sunday morning.
In Northern California, the Camp Fire and the Butte Fire have claimed multiple lives.
Bird and Lime, the operators of dockless electric scooters that have become a Millennial fad but have raised concerns about safety and cluttering of sidewalks, want supporters to descend on Santa Monica City Hall Tuesday evening to protest the firms' possible ouster from the municipality.
Hurricane Hector whirled toward Hawaii Tuesday with 130 mph winds, bringing the threat of dangerous swells on two islands in the US archipelago state.