New evidence forces suspect release

More than six years after his conviction, a man found guilty of the shooting death of an 18-year-old woman in a Palmdale park-and-ride lot has been released from custody in light of new evidence that prosecutors say casts doubt upon ...

County pot ban extended

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this week voted to extend a ban on growing marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county for one year.

Guards hurt in prison fights

Four correctional officers were injured this week during inmate attacks at the California State Prison-Los Angeles County (Lancaster).

Deputies distribute water

The sustained high temperatures around the southland has led the city of Lancaster to partner with the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Boosters to stock patrol cars with cases of water. The donation will allow sheriff’s deputies to provide water to persons ...

Heavy holiday travel expected

The Fourth of July travel weekend is underway and is expected to be the busiest on record for Southland residents, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Reward set for missing mom

Authorities have offered a $10,000 reward for information that helps locate a woman who has been missing for more than a year.

Search for stalker

Authorities in the Antelope Valley this week asked for the public’s help in their search for a 25-year-old man accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend.

Undersheriff Tanaka gets five years imprisonment

The former second-in-command of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was sentenced Monday to five years behind bars for his role as ringleader of a multi-faceted conspiracy to thwart a federal probe of misconduct in the jails.

County increases homeless funding

The Board of Supervisors this week approved a $28.7 billion budget to fund 2016-17 services ranging from housing the homeless and protecting vulnerable children to building new jails and enforcing a new minimum wage ordinance.

Library hosts special events

The Palmdale City Library, 700 E. Palmdale blvd., will host at 6 p.m. July 6 a special presentation about “Hiking Those Mountains You See Every Day.”

Parliament-Funkadelic keyboard master Bernie Worrell dead at 72

Keyboard wizard and funkster extraordinaire Bernie Worrell has died after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 72. Worrell’s wife, Judie, posted his passing on the musician’s Facebook page thusly:...

Educator announces mayoral bid

And they’re off. Steve Barr, noted charter school founder, is among the first announced challengers to unseat Mayor Eric Garcetti in next year’s election.

Grant for Drew University

UCLA officials announced this week that the National Institutes of Health has awarded a $69.6 million grant to a consortium of Southland biomedical research teams to support efforts to turn laboratory discoveries into effective patient treatments and train future researchers.

City pitches Lucas museum

Mayor Eric Garcetti is making another pitch to George Lucas to bring his museum—which would showcase the filmmaker’s art—to Los Angeles, now that plans for building it in Chicago have been abandoned.

Vapors from E-cigarettes could be toxic for smokers

A UCLA study released this week suggests that e-cigarettes may not be significantly safer than tobacco cigarettes.