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Stubborn fire destroys 99 Cents Only store in Culver City, prompting large response from firefighters

22 Jul 2019 13:44


A fire that erupted at a 99 Cents Only store in Culver City early Monday was still burning four hours after the blaze began.


Muslim DWP employee is suing over allegations of harassment and discrimination

22 Jul 2019 12:00


Saiara Shams, 41, alleges her co-workers made derogatory comments about her religion and prevented her from moving up the ranks at the L.A. Department of Water and Power.


California seizes $30 million in black market cannabis from illegal pot shops

22 Jul 2019 12:00


Facing complaints from licensed cannabis sellers about the loss of business to the black market, California officials have tripled the number of raids on unlicensed cannabis firms.


Trump is cracking down on China. Now UC campuses are paying the price

22 Jul 2019 12:00


The Trump administration has intensified its crackdown on China over trade, technology and security — and now it has spread to America's vaunted universities, turning the University of California into an especially big target.


Is it police work or racial profiling? U.S. crackdown puts Chinese scholars on edge

22 Jul 2019 12:00


The federal government's crackdown on China is fanning fears of racial profiling among Asian Americans, who say ethnic Chinese students and scholars are being unfairly singled out as possible spies.


Essential California: A new Fortune 500, the end of an era for Netflix and a lot of garlic in the week ahead

22 Jul 2019 10:30


Plus, the biggest stories of the day from across California.


These police dogs don't chase bad guys. They're here to help survivors

22 Jul 2019 10:00


Emotional support animals are still an uncommon breed in law enforcement, but their numbers are growing in California.


Long Beach woman killed when stray bullet enters her home

22 Jul 2019 03:19


A bullet fired from the street entered a home and killed a 59-year-old Long Beach woman.


Los Angeles County officials meet with community about Marina del Rey gas blowout

22 Jul 2019 01:38


Gas blow out sparks concerns over oil wells throughout Southern California


Man shot outside Glendale laser tag facility

21 Jul 2019 18:05


Police are searching for the suspect in a shooting outside a Glendale laser tag facility.


3 members of California white power group who rioted in Charlottesville sentenced to prison

21 Jul 2019 17:52


Members of the now-defunct white supremacist group Rise Above Movement were sentenced in Charlottesville, Va.


Desperate to ease homelessness, California officials look to New York 'right to shelter' policy

21 Jul 2019 15:36


Co-chairs of a task force on homelessness want a right-to-shelter requirement. But building large shelters and forcing people indoors may prove difficult.


Idyllwild prized its isolation. Now, with the roads into town wrecked, it feels all alone

21 Jul 2019 12:00


Heavy winter rainfall damaged roads leading into Idyllwild, leaving the artsy mountain community largely cut off from surrounding areas.


Crystal Cathedral, the original evangelical megachurch, has a conversion to Catholicism

21 Jul 2019 12:00


The former Crystal Cathedral, a Southern California landmark that has long stood at the intersection of kitsch and postmodernism just three miles from Disneyland, has been officially rededicated by the most unlikely of saviors: the Catholic Church.


L.A. says it got 21,631 homeless people into housing. Is that really true?

21 Jul 2019 12:00


L.A. County got a record 21,631 homeless people into housing in the past year. But a breakdown of that number obtained by The Times shows a much more complicated picture of who gets housed and how.


Did this student deserve admission to UCLA's renowned gymnastics team?

21 Jul 2019 10:00


College admissions scandal renews scrutiny of recruited athletes to elite colleges.


Earthquake: 3.0 quake shakes near Ridgecrest

21 Jul 2019 07:51


A magnitude 3.0 earthquake hits six miles from Ridgecrest


Oxnard woman and boyfriend are arrested on suspicion of strangling newborn

21 Jul 2019 04:48


A young Oxnard couple has been arrested on suspicion of strangling a newborn baby boy in a hospital just hours after the woman gave birth.


Man in a clown mask and green wig leads CHP on a chase that ends on Venice Beach

21 Jul 2019 03:21


The nearly hourlong chase started on the 405 Freeway in Orange County, eventually ending as a foot pursuit into the ocean.


Arson suspected in fast-moving San Pedro brush fire

21 Jul 2019 03:01


A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fast-moving fire swept through several acres of brush in San Pedro near the Harbor Freeway.


U.S. housing officials withhold $80 million from Los Angeles, alleging discrimination

21 Jul 2019 01:02


HUD says L.A. failed to ensure properties built with public money were accessible to people who use wheelchairs or have other disabilities.


LAPD investigates claims of secret recordings at Councilman Jose Huizar's office

20 Jul 2019 23:10


An aide to L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar is on leave as police investigate possible illegal recordings made inside a district office.


Boy who lost several fingers in alleged firework attack on his birthday returns home

20 Jul 2019 23:00


Aaron Carreto was playing outside his Compton apartment complex July 6 when, he says, two adult neighbors approached him with an illegal homemade firework.


Cesar Pelli's Pacific Design Center changed the L.A. landscape. In a good way?

20 Jul 2019 20:39


California Retrospective: Architect Cesar Pelli created many landmark buildings, but few were as controversial as the Pacific Design Center.


Video shows Murrieta gas explosion that killed a utility worker and injured 15 others

20 Jul 2019 19:03


The blast rocked the Riverside County neighborhood and killed Wade Kilpatrick, 31, a construction technician for Southern California Gas Co.


Enticed by promises they could start cannabis companies, people of color are still waiting

20 Jul 2019 14:00


To repair the harm done by the war on drugs, black people in low-income communities were told they'd get a leg up in the newly legal cannabis marketplace. But in LA, the process has been frustrating and slow.


Death penalty trials have continued despite Newsom's moratorium. The California Supreme Court could stop them

20 Jul 2019 12:00


The California Supreme Court froze a death penalty trial that was set to start this month as it decides whether it will consider whether the defendant would get a fair trial given Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions in the state.


Column: Where would you take a visitor to Los Angeles?

20 Jul 2019 12:00


In Rome, the mass of tourists made me want to stray off course and find the city only locals know. And that got me thinking: Where would I advise someone visiting L.A. to do that?


Newsletter: Essential California Week in Review: Social media and a murder trial

20 Jul 2019 10:30


A look at the top stories of the past week, including a California Supreme Court ruling on the use of private social media posts in murder trials


The 60 Freeway will be closed for 15 weekends starting next week

20 Jul 2019 01:56


Mark your calendars. The 60 Freeway will be closed from Ontario to Riverside for 15 weekends.


Sheriff Alex Villanueva's son was hired to be a deputy seven months after his father took office

19 Jul 2019 23:37


The son, an Army veteran, was hired by the department in June despite a record that department watchdogs said would generate scrutiny.


L.A. police ticketed drivers on streets with expired speed limits, lawsuit says

19 Jul 2019 23:03


Tickets written to motorists on streets where the speed limit had expired are illegal and should be overturned, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court


California must repay national mortgage settlement cash used to balance state budget

19 Jul 2019 22:44


The California Supreme Court refused earlier this week to hear an appeal by the administration disputing lower court rulings that found the state mistakenly used a portion of the money — paid by large banks and lenders as part of a nationwide legal agreement in 2012 — to pay off housing bonds.


Teen's accusations in viral valedictorian speech may have been unfounded, report says

19 Jul 2019 22:39


San Diego Union-Tribune finds allegations likely unwarranted


LAPD officers will fight British cops in charity boxing event

19 Jul 2019 21:42


Boxers representing Los Angeles and British police departments will square off in a charity event.


Maty Ezraty, L.A. yoga instructor whose teachings spanned the globe, dies

19 Jul 2019 21:36


Maty Ezraty, who died July 9 in Tokyo, is credited by many for popularizing yoga in Los Angeles and the country.


Family of 17-year-old girl killed by Fullerton police files claim against city

19 Jul 2019 21:01


The family of Hannah Williams, a 17-year-old girl shot and killed by Fullerton police along the 91 Freeway, has filed a notice of claim.


Daffodil Hill, a once-hidden gem, has closed after crush of visitors

19 Jul 2019 20:44


Northern California's Daffodil Hill could no longer accommodate the crush of tourists and Instagrammers.


3.6 earthquake reported near Palm Springs

19 Jul 2019 20:30


A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported Friday at 11:40 a.m. , 12 miles from Palm Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


Online video of apparent sex act in Santa Ana patrol car spurs investigation

19 Jul 2019 19:21


Santa Ana police are investigating after a video of what appears to be a sex act inside a patrol car surfaced, the department said Friday.


YG Shooting: Rapper's bulletproof Escalade is tied to wild gun battle, police pursuit, and Compton killing

19 Jul 2019 17:12


Rapper YG's bulletproof Cadillac Escalade is at the center of the investigation of a deadly gun battle and pursuit on July 3. He denies any involvement.


Teacher at Catholic school arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn, police say

19 Jul 2019 17:03


Nain DoPorto, 46, who works as a teacher at St. Genevieve High School in Panorama City, was arrested Wednesday.


Oregon vowed not to become California — and passed sweeping housing crisis legislation

19 Jul 2019 17:00


Oregon has advanced the most ambitious response to housing affordability challenges in the country while California Gov. Gavin Newsom and lawmakers have struggled to pass strong renter protections and legislation that would significantly increase the state's supply of homes.


LAPD informant infiltrated left-wing activists during Trump protests, records show

19 Jul 2019 16:18


Experts say the group is not violent and questioned whether police had infringed on the group's civil rights by covertly recording its activity for four weeks.


Man who ripped out rival's eyeball in heated attack faces life in prison

19 Jul 2019 16:01


Isaac Manuel Orozco faces life in prison after being found guilty of aggravated mayhem, attempted aggravated mayhem, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon.


A community planned to boost child care. Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed the bill to do it

19 Jul 2019 12:00


Some of the governor's supporters are baffled by his decision to block two Bay Area cities from raising local taxes above state limits, exemptions he said were unneeded.


A folk art trash palace in the shadow of Hearst Castle

19 Jul 2019 10:30


For five curmudgeonly decades, Art Beal collected trash and constructed his fantastical ad hoc home on a Cambria cliffside. But is it art or an eyesore? And what will become of it?


Trump administration backs off threat to audit California wildfire fighting agreement

19 Jul 2019 10:00


After a series of tense exchanges over California wildfires, the Trump administration and the state have agreed to continue their firefighting partnership under existing reimbursement rates.


After 800,000-gallon spill, Chevron site is still leaking oil

19 Jul 2019 03:36


As Sen. Dianne Feinstein chastises Chevron Corp. for an 800,000-gallon oil spill near Bakersfield, California officials confirm more leaking.


Incoming UC students could see a tuition hike under new proposal

19 Jul 2019 02:12


The University of California on Thursday unveiled a plan to raise tuition for incoming class of freshmen and transfer students, but then freeze it for six years.

        
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