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LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A rare jellyfish might have made a stinging debut at a Southern California beach.

The Orange County Register reports some people suffered stings all over their bodies last week at Thousand Steps Beach in south Laguna Beach.

Some Fourth of July swimmers came ashore with dark membranes clinging to their bodies as the jellyfish broke up in the surf.

From the color, the jellyfish might be rare black jellies.

Nigela Hillgarth of Birch Aquarium says the species was only identified in 1999 and it has only recently appeared in Southern California.

Black jelly tentacles can grow to 30 feet long. Hillgarth says warmer ocean temperatures may have brought the jellyfish closer to shore in search of prey where they were caught by the current and thrown ashore.

Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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California city tries humor to keep butts out of parks 

GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) — It's not the kind of sign you usually see at a park: "''Our deer don't smoke in your backyard. Please don't smoke in theirs."

But the Los Angeles foothill suburb of Glendale hopes such jokes will do a serious job and keep smokers from trashing local parks and trails.

The Los Angeles Times says 18 humorous signs were put up in April throughout the Verdugo and San Rafael mountains, at the Glendale Sports Complex and Deukmejian Wilderness Park.

Other samples: "Do not throw cigarette butts on the ground. Our squirrels are getting cancer" and "Smokers will be fed to the bears."

Smoking is banned on city trails and parks but the city doesn't have enough workers to patrol every trail.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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