Assemblyman Allan Mansoor speaks at a press conference to declare opposition to the 405 Freeway toll lane proposal as officials from Orange County cities stand behind him in support Thursday.

Public officials object to 405 toll lanes, 'schoolyard bully' Caltrans

With the steady hum of morning traffic behind them, public officials from cities along Orange County's 405 Freeway corridor gathered in Costa Mesa on Thursday to decry a state proposal to add toll lanes to the busy thoroughfare.

From left, Cierra Rose Thompson, Oscar Gonzalez-Salinas and Renice Stevenson Flores-Davis.

3 charged with kidnapping, torturing prostitute

Three people accused of kidnapping and torturing a woman who police say worked for the trio as a prostitute could face decades in prison if convicted, according to charges announced Wednesday by the Orange County district attorney's office.

DeShaun Foster says football taught him how to be a real man.

Virgen: Foster leads special camp

DeShaun Foster had a rough start to a seven-year career in the NFL. The UCLA standout running back, who starred at Tustin High, suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason in 2002.

Prostitute tortured, held captive in motels for a week, police say; 3 arrested

A group of kidnappers tortured a prostitute in Costa Mesa and Westminster motel rooms for about a week before officers were able to free her, authorities said Tuesday.

Theater facing an unusual problem

Wanted: three adult males with impressive vocal ability. Must love community theater and be willing to rehearse and appear in a show without monetary compensation. Historical savvy and ability to handle period pieces a plus.

Loved ones of 19-year-old Connor Eckhardt, from right, his mother Veronica Eckhardt, aunt Terri Mehrguth, sister Sabrina Eckhardt, 18, father Devin Eckhardt and close friend Jaclyn Westfall, 20, look on as a helicopter carrying Connor's heart flies off from Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach on Thursday.

'Spice' is a deadly ingredient

Veronica Eckhardt bent over the hospital bed, sponging paint onto the sole of her son's left foot.

General manager Isabelle Rodrigues puts her arms up after cutting the ribbon during a ceremony Wednesday for La Vida Cantina, a new restaurant at The Triangle in Costa Mesa.

La Vida moves into The Triangle with a spin on authentic flavors

On a clear summer afternoon perfect for margaritas and ribbon cuttings, invited guests welcomed the newest restaurant at The Triangle.

Football lifts Estancia's Urquiza

Two weeks after Ronnie Urquiza turned 18 on June 6, he sat down to write the hardest four paragraphs in his life. It took him two days to finish.

Friends and family watch from the Paradiso as Will Schmidt paddles off the coast of Newport Beach on Wednesday, July 23. Schmidt is paddling from Canada to Mexico to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Paddleboard record attempt: 'Superman does this kind of stuff'

"There he is!"

Have they got a vacation rental for you

In the past few months, Pat Chamberlain has had to tell dozens of would-be renters that the great price they just paid to rent a Newport Beach vacation cottage was part of an online scam.