Today's Orange County California Headlines...
O.C. hate crimes fall; attacks based on sexual orientation rise
The Orange County Human Relations Commission reported 61 hate crimes, a drop of 21% from the year before. But crimes involving sexual orientation nearly doubled.
The number of reported hate crimes in Orange County fell by 21% last year, even though such crimes based on sexual orientation almost doubled, according to a report released Thursday.
O.C. reserve deputy suffers severe head injuries
He is listed in critical condition. Authorities were questioning a 17-year-old who lives in the same home. They said the incident appeared to be a domestic issue.
An Orange County sheriff's reserve deputy was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon with severe head injuries after what appeared to be a domestic incident, authorities said.
Irvine among fastest-growing U.S. cities
The Orange County city grew nearly five times as fast as the Southland average, with population nearing 230,000, census data show.
Irvine grew faster than all but seven other large U.S. cities between July 2011 and July 2012, with its population vaulting to nearly 230,000 last year, new census data show.
O.C. seeks right to bill for rescues of people deemed reckless
The county's action is in response to the costly search for two hikers lost in the wilderness last month, one of whom was later charged with drug possession.
After spending $160,000 to rescue two hikers lost in a canyon — one of whom was later charged with drug possession — Orange County officials voted Tuesday to endorse a legislative proposal that would allow cities and counties to try to recover the costs of such operations.
UC hospitals cancel surgeries, divert patients amid strike
The walkout by patient care workers shuts down some services at medical centers in L.A., Irvine, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento.
A strike by University of California patient care workers Tuesday caused the cancellation of hundreds of surgeries, the closure of laboratory stations and the diversion of emergency room patients, officials said.
Body of missing O.C. woman found; roommate held
Officials say that remains found near Modjeska Canyon are those of Maribel Ramos, who vanished May 3. Kwang Chol 'KC' Joy is being held in her death.
A body found in brush in an unincorporated canyon area of Orange County was identified Friday as that of a 36-year-old Army veteran and soon-to-be college graduate missing since earlier this month, and her roommate has been arrested in connection with her death, authorities said.