News Minute: Here is the latest California news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. PST
(AP) - Officials say Interstate 15 is closed at the Nevada state line due to multiple accidents related to snow and ice. A California Department of Transportation spokeswoman estimates the roadway will be reopened within two to three hours. It is unclear if there were any injuries as of Monday morning.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Researchers have discovered a group of rare owls thriving in a nature preserve near Los Angeles International Airport. The Los Angeles Times reports the 10 burrowing owls are the most seen at LAX Dunes Preserve in 40 years. Scientists attribute the return of the migratory owls to ongoing restoration work in the area. Biologist Pete Bloom calls the discovery a "real stunner."
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Motorists are urged to use caution or avoid travel altogether on mountain roads as the latest in a string of winter storms moves into Southern California. Forecasters say Sunday that up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow could fall in the mountains east of Los Angeles before the system moves through. Greater LA could see up to a half-inch (1.27 centimeters) of rain. The National Weather Service warns that the Pacific storm will bring dangerous surf to beaches from the Central Coast south.
HESPERIA, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have rescued a very big cat _ a mountain lion _ from a tree outside a home in the Southern California desert. The homeowner called authorities Saturday after spotting the animal near the edge of the San Bernardino Mountains. Firefighters found the mountain lion perched on a branch. State wildlife personnel tranquilized the animal before firefighters lowered it to the ground using a rescue harness. A biologist evaluated the cougar before it was released back into the wild.
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