MOORPARK, Calif. (AP) - Firefighters have stopped the forward progress of a wildfire in Ventura County that was fanned by strong Santa Ana winds. County fire officials say there are no open flames remaining within the fire that burned about 50 acres of dry brush in Moorpark early today. Crews are keeping watch for embers that could be spread by the strong winds. A wind advisory is in effect for the area until midnight.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a staff member has come down with meningitis at UC Riverside, the fifth diagnosis of the bacterial illness within the UC system in recent months. The Press Enterprise reports that the employee does not work directly with students. The staffer was diagnosed over the weekend and is being treated at a hospital. Four students were diagnosed with meningitis last month at UC Santa Barbara.
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Southern California high school student has won a $100,000 scholarship for research that could be used to develop drugs to combat the flu. The Siemens Foundation announced today that the top winner in its annual high school science competition went to Eric Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, who played for the United States at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, is retiring from soccer. The 37-year-old was a nine-time All-Star in Major League Soccer and is eighth in league history with 316 regular-season games played. He was acquired by the Galaxy in June from Colorado, where he had played since 2002.
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