A central California "garrison" of the nationwide 501st Legion show off the elaborate, detailed and pricey "Star Wars" costumes they wear to fundraisers, special events, and extra-special moments like the opening of "The Last Jedi."
Ventura County Fire Department shot this time-lapse video of a plume of smoke collapsing and creating dangerous conditions on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, during the Thomas Fire. As the massive smoke plume generated by the fire continues to rise, it gathers heat energy from the flames below, Fire Capt. Brendan Ripley told residents in a meeting as reported by the Los Angeles Daily News. The unstable column of air can collapse at any time, resulting in dramatic 180-degree wind shifts that pose a major danger to firefighters, he said.
Parker Rogers, 14, submitted a story to Petco about how his rescue dog, Toby, instinctively learned to detect his seizures. The story won a $5,000 grant for Labrador Retriever Rescue of Fresno from the Petco Foundation. Rogers' family adopted the Toby from Labrador Retriever Rescue.
Fresno State defensive tackle Malik Forrester talks about having to do the dreaded rolls for getting to practice late -- he says he can’t do any spinning rides, anyway -- and his penchant for keeping the team and staff loose.
Warning: graphic content. A security video shows (at the top of the frame) a Fresno tour bus striking and killing Cindy Alias, 40, in March 2015. A Fresno County jury has ordered the bus' company to pay $1 million to the woman's children.
One of the pandas at the National Zoo in Washington had some fun in the snow on Saturday, December 9. Mei Xiang frolicked and rolled down the hill as spectators watched. The zoo’s giant pandas are native to the cold climate of China’s western mountains and are more active during the winter month, the zoo said. The National Weather Service reported that just over two inches of snow fell at the zoo on Saturday.
Southern California's largest and most destructive wildfire sent residents fleeing Sunday, December 10, 2017. Crews with help from water-dropping aircraft saved several homes as unpredictable gusts sent the blaze churning deeper into foothill areas northwest of Los Angeles. New evacuations were ordered in Carpinteria, a seaside city in Santa Barbara County that has been under fire threat for days.
UFC made its debut in Fresno on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 for UFC Fight Night 123. The fights was headlined by Brian Ortega and Cub Swanson in front of 7,605 fans at the Save Mart Center, with a gate of $568,290. - Anthony Galaviz