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D.A. to seek death penalty in boy’s beating death

Palmdale couple indicted in killing Gabriel Fernandez

The Los Angeles County prosecutor’s office will seek the death penalty against a Palmdale couple charged with capital murder in the beating death of the woman’s 8-year-old son.

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Council OKs exemption to new wage

Transitional job programs given special consideration

Transitional job programs that help people who face challenges finding work would be exempted from the city's recently adopted $15 minimum wage plan under an amendment backed Tuesday by the Los Angeles City Council.

South L.A. to get Numero Uno market

The City Council signed off this week on a deal to giveaway a two-acre plot of city-owned land in South Los Angeles to a developer that will build a Numero Uno supermarket in the area designated by the federal government as a “food desert.”

Cemetery sued

nInglewood Park accused of moving graves

A woman is suing Inglewood Park Cemetery, alleging that her mother's remains were removed and relocated without her permission to create more space for additional burials.

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City Council considers offering reward for information in carwash homicide

The Los Angeles City Council next week will consider offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the person who gunned down a 19-year-old man at a South Los Angeles car wash.

Latina city employee sues for $3 million

Claims racial discrimination

A Latina who works in parking enforcement for the city of Beverly Hills is entitled to more than $3 million in damages for putting up with more than a decade of offensive comments from her Black boss, who called her an “anchor baby” and operated an anti-immigrant website, her attorney told a jury this week.

City Council approves wage hike ordinance

The Los Angeles City Council tentatively approved an ordinance Wednesday that would raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 per hour by 2020 for hundreds of thousands of workers.

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Obama, Clinton plan L.A. fundraising visits

President Barack Obama on June 18 will speak at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of filmmaker Tyler Perry June 18.

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Young ‘Tina Turner’ takes parents to court

The actress who played a young Tina Turner in the 1993 film “What's Love Got to Do With It” is suing her parents, alleging they stole money from her and spread rumors that she has AIDS and is involved in pornography.

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Charter announces plan to buy Time Warner Cable

In a deal that affects one in six American households, Charter Communications on Tuesday proposed a three-way merger with two other cable and broadband providers, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks.

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Man convicted of second-degree murder in Halloween shooting of 5-year-old boy

A day after reporting that they were deadlocked, jurors Wednesday convicted a 26-year-old man of second-degree murder for the Halloween 2010 shooting death of a 5-year-old boy who was gunned down in his South Los Angeles back yard while wearing a Spider-Man costume.

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LAUSD sued for negligence in Gompers Middle School sex assault

A lawsuit was filed against Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) on behalf of a 14-year-old girl who alleges she was sexually assaulted by boys on campus and that the school principal told a female companion who sought help that she was too busy to help because she was headed to a meeting.

Mayor Garcetti signs 8.6 million budget

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti this week signed an $8.6 billion budget for 2015-16, calling it the result of an “unprecedented collaboration” between the City Council and the mayor’s office.

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Workers will earn $15 per hour by 2020

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved a $15 minimum wage for hundreds of thousands of workers in the city who currently earn $9 per hour.

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Compton Unified sued for allegedly failing to address trauma-affected students

A group of students and teachers sued Compton Unified School District in federal court this week, demanding that the district deal with the learning needs of low-income students affected by violence and trauma at home.

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Homelessness continues to rise in L.A. County

The number of homeless people living in a vast swath of Los Angeles County jumped by 16 percent over the past two years, according to figures released this week by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

Grades released for L.A. hospital care

Antelope Valley Hospital fails at patient safety

Nearly half of hospitals in the Los Angeles area received “A” grades in a report card released this week rating efforts on patient safety, while almost one-third were rated C or worse.

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Carson approves plans for Chargers-Raiders stadium

The Carson City Council voted 3-0 Tuesday night to approve plans for a $1.7 billion football stadium that could house the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders.

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Judge signs off on ACLU class action suit against Sheriffs

Department reprimanded for violence against inmates

A federal judge signed off this week on the settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that alleged a pattern of violence in county jails.

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The Carson City Council voted 3-0 Tuesday night to approve plans for a $1.7 billion football stadium that could house the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders. The council vote was made possible by backers of the stadium proposal submitting more than 15,000 petition signatures to the city last month, and the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office verifying last week that the required number of 8,058 signatures were valid.

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Suge Knight fires attorney

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight, who’s accused of running down two men in Compton and killing one of them, informed a judge Wednesday that he has fired one of his attorneys and asked to represent himself for the next several weeks.

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Metro’s Business Interruption Fund awards four Crenshaw businesses

The owners of four Crenshaw-area businesses being impacted by construction of a rail line were given reimbursement checks Monday by Metro.

Nordstrom Rack robbery ‘mastermind’ sentenced to 193 years in prison

A man who sexually assaulted an employee during a takeover robbery at a Nordstrom Rack in Westchester, where some workers were ordered to strip down to their underwear, was sentenced Wednesday to 193 years to life in prison.

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Activists gather at downtown contruction site to call for jobs

Black contractors file lawsuit against county

Activists gathered at the construction site of a downtown apartment project Wednesday to call for greater job opportunities for Black workers, especially through more and better-enforced labor agreements aimed at increasing diversity in hiring.

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Mother sought in the abduction of 4-year-old son

Police are asking for the public’s help to find a 4-year-old boy who was last seen with his mother who does not have custody but who is also missing.

Gang member sentenced to life

Reportedly killed man in front of 2-year-old son

A South Los Angeles gang member will spend the rest of his life in federal prison for racketeering offenses that included the execution of a man in front of his 2-year-old son, prosecutors announced on Tuesday.

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Dwight Freeney suing Bank of America for $20 million

Claims the financial institution was responsible for frauding him

NFL linebacker Dwight Freeney announced this week he is suing Bank of America for $20 million because he was the victim of an alleged scheme that caused him to shutter his Hollywood eatery, Rolling Stone L.A.

Ex-football player Armond Armstead reaches settlement with USC

Retired from NFL after second heart attack

Former USC defensive end Armond Armstead, who filed a lawsuit alleging team doctors gave him painkillers that caused a heart attack and damaged his potential as an NFL player, has reached a settlement with the university and the team doctor, lawyers confirmed Wednesday.

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Body cameras arrive for LAPD

City Hall proposes 7,000 more

Hundreds of body cameras have been delivered to the Los Angeles Police Department, and are expected to be put in use starting this summer, LAPD officials said this week.

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From 'SNL' to WWE, the Rock dominated the weekend

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had a way better weekend than you.

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The worst foods to eat when you're sick, and the best ones Linda Melone

CNN) -- When you're under the weather the last thing you want is to eat something that makes you feel worse. But what if the last thing you want is chicken soup or crackers, and you're craving ice cream or a glass of wine? It depends on what's wrong with you, experts say. Here are common symptoms and expert suggestions on foods that help --- and hinder --- relief.

Carson gets stadium plan victory

NFL’s Chargers and Raiders may come back to the area

Declaring victory in its signature drive to expedite approval of a proposed stadium that could house the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, a group of community and business leaders delivered 40 boxes of petitions to Carson City Hall Wednesday.

Kamala Harris works to block sodomy initiative

Attorney General Kamala Harris said Wednesday she is seeking a court order in hopes of blocking an initiative proposed by a Huntington Beach attorney that would permit the killing of gays, lesbians, transsexuals or bisexuals.

Darren Shaper pleads no contest to rape charges

Sentence will likely be nine years

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, who pleaded no contest to charges of drugging and raping two women he met in a West Hollywood nightclub and also struck plea deals to resolve similar charges in two other states, is expected to serve up to nine years in federal prison in Louisiana.

Man killed by police; video of Skid Row incident goes viral

Protesters converge on LAPD headquarters

Protesters rallied Tuesday outside Los Angeles police headquarters in reaction to the weekend fatal shooting of a homeless man by police on Skid Row, while multiple investigations continue into the gunfire that was caught on camera and viewed millions of times online.

Mayor travels to capitol to help resolve labor dispute

Mayor Eric Garcetti was in San Francisco Wednesday to take part in talks to resolve the ongoing labor dispute between port employers and dockworkers that’s affecting 29 West Coast ports, including the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

Hahn vies for Board of Supervisors

Will forgo another term in Congress

Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn, who was first elected to the House of Representatives only in 2011, announced Wednesday she will forgo another Congressional bid and run instead for an open seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, saying she can do more here than in the nation’s gridlocked capital.

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Bobbi Kristina remains hospitalized

As Bobbi Kristina Brown remains hospitalized, her father’s attorney said “we are currently investigating the events that led to (her) hospitalization.”

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Suge Knight being treated for chest pain after court hearing for murder in Compton

One-time rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight was receiving hospital treatment Wednesday, authorities said.

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Kamala Harris announces bid for U.S. Senate

Attorney General Kamala Harris announced this week that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

Kamala Harris announces bid for U.S. Senate

Attorney General Kamala Harris announced this week that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.

Garcetti pushes quake safety plan

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a far-reaching earthquake safety plan that calls for protecting the city’s water system and requires owners to retrofit certain homes and concrete structures that he said were “known killers” in past temblors. “Los Angeles has always been an epicenter of seismic risk,” Garcetti said. “But today we are taking bold action to make L.A. an epicenter of earthquake preparedness, resilience and safety.”

Ezell Ford autopsy results coming soon

Garcetti makes end-of-year deadline

The results of the autopsy on the body of a 25-year-old man shot by police in South Los Angeles will be released before the Dec. 31 deadline set by Mayor Eric Garcetti, the mayor said this week.

Garcetti pushes quake safety plan

Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled a far-reaching earthquake safety plan that calls for protecting the city’s water system and requires owners to retrofit certain homes and concrete structures that he said were “known killers” in past temblors.

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Rapper kills VH1 reality star wife

Infidelity suspected behind murder-suicide murder

Investigations continue into a murder-suicide that took the lives of an actress/dancer and her husband, an aspiring rap artist.

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USC awards $100,000 annual grant to LAPD Cadet Leadership Program

The University of Southern California announced Wednesday a $100,000-per-year grant for the Los Angeles Police Department’s cadet program, which offers mentorship, volunteer opportunities and leadership lessons to a growing number of young people aged 13-20.

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Congressmembers vie to bring 2024 Summer Olympics to Los Angeles

A bipartisan group of Southland Congress members signed a letter asking the U.S. Olympic Committee to pick Los Angeles as the nation’s bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, Rep. Xavier Becerra’s office said today.

Councilman Parks’ district completes 100th sidewalk repair

A sidewalk outside a South Los Angeles home underwent repairs Tuesday as part of a collaboration between City Councilman Bernard Parks and the nonprofit Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI).

Rusty Hicks to replace Durazo as new County Labor Federation leader

A military veteran who served in Afghanistan will lead the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which represents 300 local unions and 600,000 workers, the organization announced Wednesday.

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#Suge Knight collapes in Las Vegas

Blood clot found in lung

Rap mogul Marion ``Suge'' Knight, who was taken into custody in Las Vegas last week in connection with the alleged theft of a paparazzo's camera in Beverly Hills, is hospitalized in Nevada after passing out in his jail cell.

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