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Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.

Nimoy's son, Adam Nimoy, said the actor died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at his Los Angeles home. He was 83.

Although Leonard Nimoy followed his 1966-69 "Star Trek" run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public's mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner's often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of television and film's most revered cult series. - http://bit.ly/1LR3WrY
Leonard Nimoy, the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock, has died.
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Highly concentrated laundry detergent in brightly colored, palm-size packets are proving so tempting to young children that 17 members of Congress filed legislation Thursday to make the toxic products less attractive to kids.

Poison control centers nationally have reported 899 calls so far this year about small children ingesting or otherwise coming in contact with the chemicals. - http://bit.ly/1LQI9ka
Highly concentrated laundry detergent in brightly colored, palm-size packets are proving so tempting to young children that 17 members of Congress filed legislation Thursday to make the toxic products less attractive to kids. Poison control centers nationally have reported 899 calls so far this year about small children ingesting or otherwise coming in contact with the chemicals.
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The Pacific Coast Highway between Camarillo and Malibu will reopen by 3 p.m. Friday, Caltrans officials say.

A 9-mile section of the PCH from Las Posas Road to Yerba Buena Road was hit hard by winter storms in November and December.



The route that starts near Camarillo and runs to the Ventura-Los Angeles county line was closed much of December and all of January.

The stretch from the Las Posas exit to Sycamore Cove in Point Mugu State Park opened early this month. But about 3 miles of the road between Sycamore Cove and Yerba Buena Road remained closed.

It wasn’t any one event or the complexity of repairs that caused the lengthy closure, Caltrans officials have said. But several rainstorms, along with high surf, each took a toll on the decades-old road that winds along the ocean.

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The Pacific Coast Highway between Camarillo and Malibu will reopen by 3 p.m. Friday, Caltrans officials say.
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Hours from a partial agency shutdown, Congress is moving to approve a short-term funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that leaves intact Obama administration immigration policies Republicans vowed to repeal.

Some House Republicans insisted the tactic would allow them to continue their fight against President Barack Obama's executive directives granting work permits and deportation stays to millions of immigrants in the country illegally. Others predicted that in the end, they would have to bend and pass a full-year spending bill without provisions undoing Obama's immigration policies. That's the approach demanded by Democrats, and already agreed to by Senate Republicans.

For now, the three-week stopgap measure would allow lawmakers to keep the Homeland Security Department running at a time of heightened threats worldwide - even if it does little more than postpone the fight for another day.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hours from a partial agency shutdown, Congress is moving to approve a short-term funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that leaves intact Obama administration immigration policies Republicans vowed to repeal.
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Officers with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office converged on a Thousand Oaks home to contact a possible battery suspect Thursday night, officials said.

A 911 caller reported a battery incident around 5 p.m. at a home in the 3200 block of Rikkard Drive, police said.

Authorities said preliminary information suggests the confrontation was between a father and son, with the father as the battery victim. Police were attempting to make contact with the son, officials said. The Sheriff's Office was not treating the incident as a barricade situation as of 6:55 p.m., police said. http://bit.ly/1LNjSeQ
Six units with the Ventura County Sheriff's Office were sent to a Thousand Oaks home to talk to a possible battery suspect Thursday, officials said.
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Students from Children’s World in Ventura got out into the real world of organic farming Thursday when they paid a visit to Town & Country Farms, an organic farm in Moorpark. The children visited fields and learned about organic farming. http://bit.ly/1DXTJcr
Students from Children's World in Ventura toured an organic farm Thursday in Moorpark.
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LOS ANGELES - "Live long and prosper."

The words that will always be connected with actor Leonard Nimoy were also the closing of his public message to his many fans.

Nimoy died at his home on Friday morning at the age of 83.

The actor, author and singer is best known for playing Spock in several iterations of the "Star Trek" franchise, over an acting career that spanned more than six decades.

In addition to the "Star Trek" television series, which first aired in 1966, Nimoy played his signature role in eight movies, the latest being 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness."

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Actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing Spock in the "Star Trek" series, has died at the age of 83.
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What is the "superbug" that has now killed three people, and how did it become a threat?

This week, North Carolina officials reported a person there died after being infected by the same nightmare bacteria that killed two in Los Angeles, Calif. A spokesperson for the Carolinas HealthCare System said 18 people there have been infected, and 15 of those were admitted with the superbug, while three acquired it at the hospital, according to CNN. - http://bit.ly/1LQIRhr
Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae has infected dozens and killed three over the course of several months. What is it, exactly?
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A gunman went house to house, fatally shooting seven people and wounding one overnight in a small southern Missouri town before apparently committing suicide in a vehicle, authorities said Friday.

The victims were found in four different homes in the unincorporated town of Tyrone about 40 miles north of the Arkansas border. The body of the 36-year-old suspect was discovered in neighboring Shannon County, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kinder said Friday morning.



Kinder did not release any information about a possible motive for the shootings or whether the gunman, who was from Tyrone, and the victims were connected. He said the victims' names won't be released until all relatives are notified.

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A gunman went house to house, fatally shooting seven people and wounding one overnight in a small southern Missouri town.
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Facebook users can now create their own gender for their online profile.

“Now, if you do not identify with the pre-populated list of gender identities, you are able to add your own,” Facebook said in a statement.

Users can also decide whom to share their gender choices with.

According to a Gallup poll, about 3.4 percent of Americans identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Beyond that general information, the number of Americans with varying gender identities is difficult to determine.

“We recognize that some people face challenges sharing their true gender identity with others, and this setting gives people the ability to express themselves in an authentic way,” Facebook said. http://bit.ly/1LND4ZT
Facebook users can now create their own gender for their online profile.
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Middle schoolers from 16 schools across Ventura County tested their creativity and engineering skills Thursday when they competed in the 15th annual Engineering Challenge put on by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division at Naval Base Ventura County. http://bit.ly/1DXPldn
Middle schoolers from 16 schools across Ventura County tested their creativity and engineering skills Thursday when they competed in the 15th annual Engineering Challenge put on by the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port ­Hueneme Division at Naval Base Ventura County.
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Crews responded to a fire at a two-story apartment fire Thursday in Port Hueneme, officials said.

The crash was reported just after 6:10 p.m. in the 2600 block of Anchor Avenue.

When crews arrived on scene they reported smoke coming from the building. http://bit.ly/1LN463E
Crews responded to a fire at a two-story apartment building Thursday in Port Hueneme, officials said.
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