Hurricane Odile damaged the vacation rental that Murphy Megonigal of Newport Beach and friends were using in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Hurricane strands Newport Beach residents in Cabo

A group of Newport Beach-area residents got a firsthand look at Hurricane Odile, one of the strongest storms to strike the Baja California peninsula, as it tore through their vacation rental in Cabo San Lucas. Friends and family members are now trying to help them get home.

Solar panels coming to most Newport-Mesa schools

In an attempt to rein in energy costs, schools across the Newport-Mesa Unified district will begin using solar energy as early as next fall.

Visitors walk by "Pretty Boy," a sculpture by David Buckingham made with welded recycled steel.

Sculptures revealed at Civic Center Park during grand opening

Los Angeles artist Gerardo Hacer says public art changed his life.

Dennis Holland Jr. shows off his father's collection of cars, including a 1931 Ford Model A, at the family's barn in Newport Beach on Wednesday.

Late boatbuilder's labors show his love of history

There is a quiet street in Newport Beach where a bright red barn stands as an eye-catching oddity, wedged between a small beige house and a small yellow one.

With new lease, O.C. Market Place looks to recharge

As retail trends change, open-air markets in great cities of the world — London, Barcelona, Munich, Paris — continue to prosper like they have for ages.

Dennis Holland spent 13 years building the Pilgrim of Newport. The ship will visit Newport Harbor on Friday.

Dennis Holland's Pilgrim of Newport ship comes home to visit today

Before Dennis Holland began restoring a boat called Shawnee next to his home, before his Newport Beach neighbors started to grumble about it and before the city pressured him to take the vessel apart in 2012, Holland built a 118-foot replica of a Revolutionary War-era ship.

The Newport Beach City Council approved the Lido House hotel project Monday night.

Newport City Council OKs Lido House Hotel project

The Newport Beach City Council unanimously approved the Lido House Hotel project Tuesday night, eliciting whoops and applause from the audience.

Angela Jackson-Brunning with Little Dude, the 33-pound cat she was looking after. Little Dude died Saturday. He was 10.

33-pound rescue cat Little Dude dies of pneumonia

Little Dude, the portly 33-pound rescue cat who earned a fan base as the feline's foster family worked to get his health and weight under control, has died of pneumonia.

Mark Poletti, 25, right, spars with Sebastian Castellanos, 26, during a demonstration by South Coast Martial Arts at South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court on Saturday.

The karate kids perform at Festival of Children

Students from South Coast Martial Arts in Costa Mesa performed demonstrations Saturday afternoon at South Coast Plaza's Jewel Court as part of the Festival of Children, which continues every weekend through September at South Coast Plaza.

Hurricane Norbert is expected to bring high surf to local beaches this weekend, a little more than a week after Hurricane Marie, off the west coast of Baja California, brought big surf to Southern California beaches. Here, a surfer at Laguna Beach's Brooks Street beach comes out over the top of a wave on Aug. 27.

Hurricane-related waves expected Sunday

Some Orange County beaches got a preview Friday of the high surf expected this weekend as Hurricane Norbert churns in the Pacific.