A surfer and boogie boarder ride a 10 to 15 foot wave at The Wedge in Newport Beach on Tuesday.

Big waves stir up caution, excitement at beaches

Lifeguards are keeping a close eye on huge swells generated by Hurricane Marie that have begun battering the Southern California coastline this week as surfers size up what are expected to be the summer's biggest breaks.

Elvis impersonator Bill Parenteau entertains the crowd during the "Creme de la King" singing competition as part of the Elvis Festival,held Sunday at the OC Marketplace.

Elvis Festival hails the king of rock

Thirty-seven years after his death on Aug. 16, 1977, Elvis Presley remains a celebrated figure at the Orange County Market Place.

Elvis impersonator Bill Parenteau entertains the crowd during the "Creme de la King" singing competition as part of the Elvis Festival,held Sunday at the OC Marketplace.

Photo Gallery: 15th Annual Elvis Festival

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Abuse suspect worked at Hoag

A former child-care worker at Hoag Hospital, UC Irvine and two private day-care centers in Irvine and Costa Mesa was arrested this month for allegedly sexually abusing a 3-year-old girl in Los Angeles County, according to authorities.

Tomato expert Steve Goto speaks as he welcomes tomato and pepper enthusiasts to the 14th annual Tomato & Pepper Tasting on Saturday at Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach.

Trying out tomatoes

The crowd at Roger's Gardens on Saturday morning gasped with excitement when they learned 90 different varieties of tomatoes were waiting for them in a nearby tasting area.

From left, Jin Woo Park, Heung Soon Kim and Miyoun Kim.

Three arrested in alleged brothel operations

Police this week arrested two men and a woman who they say operated brothels at apartments in Irvine and Los Angeles.

Chefs prepare truffle and pork xiao long bao during a media preview at the Din Tai Fung at South Coast Plaza on Aug. 15.

Din Tai Fung comes to Orange County

Visitors to a new Chinese restaurant at South Coast Plaza already know their fortune when they walk through the door.

Groundwater well No. 1, foreground, is 128 feet deep and 8 inches wide and extracts up to 800 gallons of raw water per minute at South Coast Water District groundwater recovery facility in Dana Point.  Sand in the groundwater is removed through a filter here.  SCWD board of directors last week approved a construction contract for a pipe that will connect a second well, No. 2, which will be 10 ft. deeper, to the district's groundwater facility.

Water districts scramble to find own sources

Reduced dependence on imported water is the goal of local districts, which must continue to supply customers in a parched state.

Orange County Sheriff's Department personnel collect marijuana plants found in the Muddy Canyon area of Laguna Wilderness Park at Coastal Peak Park in Newport Beach on Friday.

Marijuana plants worth $3 million yanked from Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park has less vegetation among the hiking trails, oaks and sycamores.

From left, Stephen Orlick, Michelle Mercado, Vanessa Holliday, Kim Malachowski, Yoshi O'Connor, Rachiel Macalistaire, and Rebecca Judy of Sourced Collective in Laguna Beach, which celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Gathering of creative minds hits one-year mark

Tucked into an A-frame cottage on Glenneyre Street in Laguna Beach is a business that feels like a home run by entrepreneurs who seem like a family.