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US border agency grounds fleet after drone crashes

US Customs and Border Protection has grounded its drone fleet after a crew was forced to crash a pilotless craft off the coast of southern California, a spokesman said.

The crew operating the malfunctioning drone deliberately downed it in the Pacific Ocean last night after a mechanical problem.

The drone and systems on board were worth $12 million (£7.2m), the official said.

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Wildfire in hills near Los Angeles largely contained

A helicopter drops water as firefighters battle a fast-moving California wildfire on Friday. Credit: REUTERS/Gene Blevins

A wildfire in the hills near Los Angeles was more than 75 percent contained on Sunday, after blackening some 1,900 acres (769 hectares) of drought-parched shrubland and destroying five homes, officials said.

The so-called Colby Fire, which officials said started from a campfire, was expected to be fully contained by Tuesday, said Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the Angeles National Forest & Fire Department.

The blaze, centered in the San Gabriel Mountains on territory that is part of the Angeles National Forest, was 78 percent contained, Judy said.

Campers arrested over California wildfires

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of recklessly starting the fast-moving wildfire in California.

The three men arrested on suspicion of recklessly starting the fast-moving California wildfire. Credit: Reuters

Clifford Eugene Henry Jr. 22, Jonathan Carl Jarrell, 23, and Steven Robert Aguirre, 21, were camping in the area.

"Reportedly they set a campfire and were tossing papers into the campfire and a breeze kicked up and set the fire," Glendora Police Chief Tim Staab said. "They are being cooperative. I'm told one has made an admission to our detectives and has admitted setting this fire."

Pictures: California wildfires destroys homes and land

California wildfires destroys homes and land

A fast-moving California wildfire forced more than 1,000 people to flee their homes, fire and law enforcement officials said.

A reporter is filmed in front of a blazing building. Credit: Reuters

The fire roared out of control, destroying at least two homes.

The fire forced more than 1,000 residents to flee,. Credit: Reuters

The blaze erupted on Thursday morning in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

A man uses a garden hose to protect his home from the fast-moving California wildfire. Credit: Reuters

More than 1,700 acres of vegetation had been blackened by mid-morning in the so-called Colby Fire, Los Angeles County fire officials said.

A helicopter drops water over the flames of the so-called "Colby Fire" in the hills of Glendora, California. Credit: Reuters

Pictures: Some 1,000 homes evacuated in California wildfires

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Some 1,000 homes evacuated in California wildfires

About 1,000 homes have been evacuated as a wildfire sweeps through a national forest some 30 miles from central Los Angeles, NBC News reports.

A car drives away from the Colby Fire in hills above Glendora, California
A car drives away from the Colby Fire in hills above Glendora, California Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

The blaze has grown rapidly, fanned by strong gusts of wind, to cover 1,700 acres.

A home falls victim to the Colby Fire in Glendora
A home falls victim to the Colby Fire in Glendora Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Police in the city of Glendora police say they believe an out-of-control camp fire may be to blame and have arrested two people in connection.

The US Forest Service detained one person near the origin of the fire, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

A fire crew climbs a hill at the Colby Fire
A fire crew climbs a hill at the Colby Fire Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Drugs arrest made during raid on Justin Bieber's home

Police have made an arrest for cocaine possession during a raid on Justin Bieber's California home, a spokesman for the LA County Sheriff's department said.

Bieber, whose home was being searched in relation to a claim he had pelted his neighbour's property with eggs, was not arrested.

Justin Bieber pictured in December last year.
Justin Bieber was not arrested during the raid on his home in Calabasa, California. Credit: Apega/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

The spokesman said: "There was an arrest for a felony narcotics violation unrelated to this investigation - that was not Mr Bieber.

"The cocaine ... was in plain view of the deputies when they were looking for other evidence".

Bieber was present during the raid and was "cooperative" as police also collected evidence in relation to the egg attack claims.

Police raid Justin Bieber's home over egg attack claims: Latest updates

Woman rescued from building gap after jump attempt

A woman was rescued by firefighters in California after she got stuck between two buildings during a botched attempt to jump from one to the other last night.

A 28-year-old woman being rescued from the gap between two buildings in California last night.
A 28-year-old woman being rescued from the gap between two buildings in California last night. Credit: Reuters

The unnamed 28-year-old leapt from a vacant building in Santa Ana to an adjacent property but fell into a tiny space between them and was trapped around five feet up from the ground.

It took around an hour and 30 minutes before she was freed in an operation that required a team of 30 firefighters, the Orange County Fire Authority said.

The woman was taken to the local hospital suffering minor injuries to her arm and leg.

US news agencies report death of Paul Walker

US news agencies ABC News, TMZ and Variety are reporting the death of Fast and Furious actor Paul Walker. It is believed he died in a car crash north of Los Angeles earlier today.

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A rep for Paul Walker confirms to TMZ the actor died today in the crash after leaving a charity event.

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.@abc News confirms "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker has died at the age of 40

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