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Astronomers discover new planet

Kepler-186f is the same size as Earth and may be habitable

Astronomers using the Jet Propulsion Laboratory-developed Kepler Space Telescope have discovered the first planet that is about the same size of Earth and orbits a star within the “habitable” zone, NASA officials announced this week.

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Rapper Andre Johnson severs penis, jumps off building, but survives

  NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif - A 40-year-old rapper known as “Christ Bearer” sliced off his penis and jumped from the second-floor balcony of his North Hollywood apartment today, but survived what was believed to be a suicide attempt.

Investigation continues in Humboldt tour bus collision

Names of all deceased released

The probe into last Thursday’s fiery bus-big rig collision on Interstate 5 was focused in Los Angeles this week, where federal investigators planned to interview witnesses and meet with the owners of the bus that carried nine of the 10 people killed in the collision.

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New market opens in South L.A.

Northgate Gonzalez market is expected to provide nearly 200 jobs

A Latino market that opened in South Los Angeles Monday is providing fresh produce and nearly 200 jobs, including one for a young man hired as a bag boy who hopes to work his way up

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Jay-Z brings new music festival to Grand Park

Two-day event is slated for Labor Day weekend

Mayor Eric Garcetti and other Los Angeles leaders took turns quoting lyrics by rapper Jay-Z Wednesday as the music star joined them outside City Hall to announce a two-day music festival to be held at downtown’s Grand Park this Labor Day weekend

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Mayor’s new budget proposal emphasizes ‘back-to-basics’ agenda

Proposal includes extending library hours, hiring law enforcement, and fixing city streets

Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled an $8.1 billion budget proposal this week that includes money for expanding library hours, hiring more firefighters and code enforcement officers, and fixing deteriorated city streets and sidewalks.

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Ten killed in bus trip to Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University’s president and the California State University chancellor both offered condolences today to relatives and families of students who were killed or injured in a bus crash in Northern California, but both said they hope to continue the program of busing students to visit the college campus.

Detectives honored in soccer team molestation case

Renoir Valenti faces 150 years to life

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives and a prosecutor were honored Wednesday for their work with victims of a soccer coach convicted of child molestation in a case involving 15 young boys and one girl.

LAPD officer’s shooting could have had more victims, reports say

Suspect reportedly unsuccessfully applied to the department

The 29-year-old man who shot a police officer in the lobby of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division and took aim at the officer’s partner intended to shoot other people at the police complex as well, it was reported this week.

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Things to Know for your New day

A mighty quake rocks Chile. A convicted spy could go free. And Obama moves on to his next fight.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said good night, then drifted off over the darkened seas, somehow bypassing that vast spiderweb of modern technology that catches every move of worldwide aviation. Yet, high technology seems the only way of tracking down where on Earth the plane ended up.

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