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News Minute: Here is the latest Southern California news from The Associated Press

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Victims of a wildfire that burned 24 homes last year are suing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, claiming the utility started the huge blaze. The Daily News reports the lawsuit seeks unspecified damages from the so-called Powerhouse Fire that burned 53 structures over 30,000 acres near Santa Clarita.

LOS ANGELES (AP) - One of three men arrested after the fatal stabbing of a woman in Hollywood last June has been sentenced to two years in prison. Prosecutors say homeless man Jason Wolstone had pleaded no contest to one count of assault. Christina Calderon was attacked after she and a friend took a photo of three men and declined to give them money. Wolstone pushed Calderon and put her in a headlock, and another man, Dustin Kinnear, is charged with stabbing her. A third man is charged with being an accessory.

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - All lanes are open again following a series of collisions on Interstate 5 in Orange County that killed two people and injured five and backed up traffic for miles. Fire officials say the woman driving a sedan and the man riding with her died in the initial crash in Irvine about 4:40 a.m. CHP officers say four vehicles were involved in the crashes, which left debris strewn over a large area.

NEW YORK (AP) - Postal workers in Los Angeles are among thousands nationwide expected to protest the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with retail employees. Today's protests are planned at 50 locations in 27 states. Last year Staples began offering postal services under a pilot program that now includes some 80 stores. The American Postal Workers Union objects, because they say well-paid union workers have been replaced by low-wage nonunion workers.

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