Fourteen dead in California heat wave

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

At least 14 deaths are blamed on a scorching heat wave that has lasted for more than a week in Southern California.

Authorities have reported finding bodies in vehicles and apartments.

Twelve of the deaths occurred in Los Angeles County. Two others were reported in San Bernardino County. With the death toll climbing, officials are urging caution.

In Los Angeles, officials found the bodies of an elderly couple in their San Fernando Valley apartment, where temperatures had reached triple digits. The apartment manager says she believes the couple kept their air conditioner off to cut costs.

Throughout Southern California, utility crews struggled to restore electricity as increased air conditioner use strained power grids.

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