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Jay Z festival coming to Grand Park...

Jay Z festival coming to Grand Park on Labor Day weekend

Mayor Garcetti hails the event as a sign of downtown's growing popularity, but some question the impact of the Budweiser-sponsored event, where tickets will be $125. Announcing that rapper Jay Z's popular Made in America music festival is coming to downtown, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Wednesday that the event will "shine a spotlight" on Grand Park, the city's up-and-coming Civic Center gathering spot.
At least 15 hurt when firetrucks co...

At least 15 hurt when firetrucks collide in Monterey Park

Two trucks from different departments were responding to a house fire. The crash sends one truck smashing into a restaurant.At least 15 people, including six firefighters, were injured Wednesday afternoon when two firetrucks collided in Monterey Park, causing one to smash into a small restaurant.
Judges overturn rulings on Sacramen...

Judges overturn rulings on Sacramento River contracts

Activists have targeted the 2005 renewal of long-term contracts that entitle senior rights holders to divert water while restricting access by junior rights holders. A decision by a federal appeals court Wednesday could allow for changes in water deliveries to irrigation districts that hold senior rights to Sacramento River supplies.
Household rat poison linked to deat...

Household rat poison linked to death and disease in wildlife

Evidence of rat poison is found in a sickly puma whose territory includes Griffith Park. Researchers suspect a link between poisons and mange.The mountain lion known as P-22 looked majestic just a few months ago, in a trail-camera photo shot against the backdrop of the Hollywood sign.
Contributions to California congres...

Contributions to California congressional candidates disclosed

Incumbents in several areas have raised more than $1 million to fend off challengers. A sure-to-be-costly race is the one to succeed retiring Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills).Campaign contributions are flowing briskly to candidates in some of California's hottest congressional races, including two of the most vocal proponents of getting money out of politics.
Probes target Centinela Valley scho...

Probes target Centinela Valley school district superintendent's pay

Supt. Jose Fernandez made nearly $675,000 last year, far more than the leaders of much larger systems. He is put on paid leave. County, state and federal authorities are investigating the compensation of a South Bay school district superintendent who received nearly $675,000 last year, far more than the leaders of much larger systems.

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Leland Yee case: Feds again vow to ...

Leland Yee case: Feds again vow to add racketeering charges against most defendants

Federal prosecutors say 'RICO is coming' in case against state Sen. Leland Yee and 28 defendants tied up in sweeping political corruption and organized crime probe. Still unknown: Will legislator face the added federal charge
Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marria...

Prop 8 lawyer's views on gay marriage evolving

WASHINGTON -- The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California's ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is helping her plan her wedding with another woman.
Obamacare: California sign-ups exce...

Obamacare: California sign-ups exceed 3 million for private health care plans or Medi-Cal

Capping six months of open enrollment under the new federal health care law, more than 3 million Californians signed up for a private health insurance or Medi-Cal plan by April 15, state health exchange and Medi-Cal officials announced Thursday morning.
Prop. 13 poll: Nearly half of voter...

Prop. 13 poll: Nearly half of voters open to changing it

When asked in a general way if they favor making some changes, 49 percent of registered voters said they support the idea while 34 percent are opposed, the poll found.
Relocation offers pour in for Srira...

Relocation offers pour in for Sriracha maker

A hot sauce company accused of stinking up the atmosphere around its Southern California plant is being peppered with offers to relocate.
Wrecking crews demolish iconic 'Blu...

Wrecking crews demolish iconic 'Blue Cube'

The former Onizuka Air Force Station's 'Blue Cube' building that once housed Cold War spy operations met the wrecking crews this week, who fittingly wouldn't say much about the job.

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Campaign agency considers fines for...

Campaign agency considers fines for 2 GOP brothers

California's political watchdog agency is considering whether to fine two brothers for transferring money between their campaigns while both were running for state Assembly in 2008.
Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woma...

Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death

An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that initially was considered a hate crime because a note found next to her body said: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist."
Baby dies after being forgotten in ...

Baby dies after being forgotten in hot car

An infant has been pronounced dead after accidentally being left in a hot car alone for hours.
Suspected kidnapper chased into LA ...

Suspected kidnapper chased into LA building

Authorities have sealed off a corner of downtown Los Angeles as they hunt for a suspected kidnapper who ran into a building after a car chase.
911 calls capture chaos after truck...

911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash

With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, motorists described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead. File - In this April 10, 2014, file photo, massive flames engulf a tractor-trailer and a tour bus just after they collide on Interstate 5 near Orland, Calif. Authorities are releasing 911 calls made after a FedEx struck slammed into a tour bus carrying high school students last week, killing 10 people. The crash is under investigation by state and federal officials who are trying to determine why the truck driver careened across an Interstate-5 median and struck the bus, leaving no tire marks to suggest he tried to brake.
Mayor pitches New Orleans as home f...

Mayor pitches New Orleans as home for Late Show

Los Angeles and New York have been making their cases. Now, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is pitching his city as the new home for the "Late Show" when Stephen Colbert takes over that CBS program from David Letterman next year.

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Couple charged with human trafficki...

Couple charged with human trafficking and slavery

A suburban California couple has been charged with human trafficking and slavery involving a nine-year-old girl smuggled from El Salvador.
DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superf...

DeFazio tours abandoned mine Superfund site

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio has toured an abandoned copper mine in southwestern Oregon that is on the Superfund list of major pollution sites in preparation for filing legislation to overhaul the nation's primary mining law.
4th US Navy official charged in bri...

4th US Navy official charged in bribery scheme

Prosecutors say a fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defense contractor accused of giving cash, vacations and the services of prostitutes in exchange for information.
Campaign agency considers fines for...

Campaign agency considers fines for 2 GOP brothers

California's political watchdog agency began considering Thursday whether to fine two brothers for transferring money between their campaigns while both were running for state Assembly in 2008.
Williams in talks to reprise 'Mrs. ...

Williams in talks to reprise 'Mrs. Doubtfire' role

Fox 2000 is developing the sequel to the 1993 hit comedy "Mrs. Doubtfire," which starred Robin Williams.
Baby dies after being forgotten in ...

Baby dies after being forgotten in hot car

An infant has been pronounced dead after accidentally being left in a hot car alone for hours.

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Investigators reconstruct FedEx, to...

Investigators reconstruct FedEx, tour bus crash in California

Accident investigators are reconstructing how fast a bus carrying students was going before its fiery, fatal crash with a FedEx truck.
Firetruck rams California eatery; 1...

Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured

Two firetrucks heading to a burning home collided in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and injuring 15.
California home prices surge in Mar...

California home prices surge in March; sales fall

California home prices surged to a six-year high in March amid lackluster sales at the start of the traditional buying season.
Military shell prompted evacuation ...

Military shell prompted evacuation of hundreds in Solvang

Things are back to normal in the tourist town of Solvang after experts removed a military ordinance found in the business district.
School in Bakersfield apologizes to...

School in Bakersfield apologizes to students shamed at rally

Officials at a Bakersfield high school are apologizing for a staff member who shamed students who aren't expected to graduate.
Possible explosive prompts evacuati...

Possible explosive prompts evacuations in Solvang

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Solvang have been evacuated following discovery of a potentially explosive device.

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State Senate leader says GPS monito...

State Senate leader says GPS monitoring is faulty

SACRAMENTO ? The leader of the state Senate is asking the inspector general to review how parole officers monitored a key suspect in a series of Orange County sex worker killings. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg has concerns about the...
Elie Wiesel fights on for human rig...

Elie Wiesel fights on for human rights, despite age, heart surgery

Elie Wiesel is 85 now, his familiar fly-away hair turning white, his skin tan and leathery. Still trim and gracious, he speaks with occasional flashes of humor. He jokes, for instance, about the heart surgery he endured in 2011 ? a brush with death...
Pimco alumni reshape SoCal's invest...

Pimco alumni reshape SoCal's investment community

Just days before Christmas in 2010, Erik Velicer sat on the bed in his midtown Manhattan hotel room watching snow choke New York City?s streets. He?d been working out of Pimco?s New York office for several weeks and was hoping to fly back to...
Focus: Why our rivers are bound by ...

Focus: Why our rivers are bound by concrete

Rivers might roll through the Midwest, but here in California, they sputter to a stop and start again a number of times along mostly bone-dry concrete riverbeds. The concrete barriers protect life and property from floods, but it makes it hard to...
State Obamacare sign-ups approach 1...

State Obamacare sign-ups approach 1.4 million

Sign-ups on the Covered California health insurance exchange surged toward the end of an extended enrollment period, hitting a single-day high of 50,000 on Tuesday, the closing date, and ending at nearly 1.4 million, exchange officials said Thursday....
Man arrested in Orange robbery, sus...

Man arrested in Orange robbery, suspected in 22 others

ORANGE ? Police have arrested a man suspected of robbing a Radio Shack and committing more than 20 other crimes in California and Arizona. Steven Paul Knori, 48, was arrested on suspicion of armed robbery Sunday, and authorities are now working to...
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