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Evacuees return to California homes covered in mud

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Blaze that killed two US firefighters 'was arson'

A massive blaze that killed two firefighters was arson, police said yesterday, five days after the two men died when their truck plunged 800 feet down a steep mountain road.

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LA authorities target HIV-hit porn industry

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