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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Authorities have issued new alerts about unhealthy air from smoke and ash sent up by a growing Southern California wildfire. Richard Sanchez, a manager at a bakery in the foothill enclave of Montecito, says customers are wearing masks and the smoke is so thick that visibility is down to a few feet. Regulators are warning people to stay indoors and avoid vigorous outdoor activities.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Frankie Shaw says Monday was always going to be a big deal for her, and that's before she learned she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Shaw learned about her nomination, and another one for her comedy show "SMILF," while doing a live radio interview.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ashley Leger digs for fossils in a city, rather than an open plain or desert. She works for a company contracted by Los Angeles transportation officials to keep paleontologists on hand as workers extend a city subway line. Since work began in 2014, crews have routinely turned up the fossilized remains of rabbits, camels, bison and other creatures that roamed the region during the last Ice Age. But Leger says "the big one" her team uncovered was the intact skull of a juvenile mammoth.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Voters in a Los Angeles Assembly district will be without a representative until at least April. That's when a special primary election will be held to replace former Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, who resigned amid sexual misconduct claims last month. If no candidates get 50 percent of the vote, a general election will be held June 5.

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