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» Sewage Spill Prompts Another Beach Closure in O.C. Orange County officials closed a portion of the ocean near the west end of Newport Bay from 8th Street following a sewage spill on Monday. [Los Angeles Times]
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» Tribe Grapples With String of Missing Women on California Coast In the past 18 months, at least five Indigenous women have gone missing or been killed in the isolated expanse of Pacific coastline between San Francisco and Oregon. [Associated Press]
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Britney Spears Will Release Tell-All Memoir
Pop star Britney Spears is set to publish what can only be a juicy memoir. The book was acquired by Simon & Schuster at auction for a reported $15 million, according to Page Six.
Spears, 40, is running a victory lap. She won control back of her money and her independence when she was released from what she called an “abusive” 14-year conservatorship where her father, Jamie Spears, controlled her money, earnings, and assets up until last November.
It’s expected Spears will tell all about years of family drama—including her dad, who she says took advantage of her financially, and sister, Jamie Lynn, who she has said was also participant, and finally her mother, Lynne Spears, who she has said isn’t innocent either. Her career is also memoir fodder; she has said in testimony that she was forced to tour.
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