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UCLA Health notifying patients about stolen laptop with personal health info

UCLA Health announced this week that 1,242 patients are being notified about the theft of a faculty member’s laptop computer containing names, medical record numbers and health information used to prepare patient treatment plans. According to UCLA, no Social Security numbers, health plan ID numbers, credit card numbers or other financial data were stored on the stolen laptop, which was password protected and was reported stolen on July 3.

UCLA player arrested

Accused of robbery

UCLA starting defensive back Ishmael Adams was in custody today following his arrest on suspicion of robbery. Adams was arrested by UCLA campus police at about 3:35 a.m. Sunday, and was booked on suspicion of robbery, according to the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

Thousands of seniors among the ‘hidden poor’

Must choose between basic necessities and their health

Nearly 20 percent of adults over 65 in California live between an economic rock and hard place—unable to afford basic needs but ineligible to receive government assistance—making them the state’s “hidden poor,” according to a UCLA study released Monday.

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Here's how to calculate your heart's age

Heart disease is the leading cause of death, but often preventable

About 69 million Americans are not as young at heart as they believe they are, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

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Guitarist granny still rocking at 76

Beverly Watkins is a 76-year-old blues guitarist

From outside Blind Willie's, a small club in Atlanta, a scorching guitar solo can be heard over a blues chord progression one evening in July.

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Is early breast cancer overtreated?

More than 60,000 women diagnosed with Ductal carcinoma in situ annually

More than 60% of all women over 40 in the United States have had a mammogram in the past two years. And 20% of mammograms detect something called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS -- also known as Stage 0 breast cancer.

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Wiz Khalifa: I was arrested for riding a hoverboard

Rapper Wiz Khalifa is claiming his use of a "Back to the Future"-esque hoverboard got him in big trouble with customs in Los Angeles.

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Videos fight gun violence

Scholarship rewards students

A contest was announced Tuesday for Southland high school students to produce videos on "the negative effects of gun violence on youth and the positive actions youth are taking to reduce it."

Police Commission cut short

Activists lash out at second meeting

Tensions flared at the Police Commission meeting Tuesday as local Black Lives Matter activists lashed out at commissioners, who took a brief recess and later cut short a public comment period due to outbursts from the audience and public speakers.

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LAUSD schools back in session

It may still feel like summer outside, but thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District students headed back to class Tuesday for the first day of school.

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City to settle DWP billing case

City officials have agreed to pay $44 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) of over-billing thousands of its customers for water, electricity and other utility services, attorneys announced today.

Fewer Uninsured

The number of Californians aged 19 to 64 without health insurance declined by more than 15 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to survey data released today by UCLA.

L.A. County Housing Authority settles Antelope Valley discrimination case

Black Section 8 voucher holders turned away from Lancaster, Palmdale

The Housing Authority of Los Angeles County will pay about $2 million to resolve allegations of Section 8 housing discrimination in the Lancaster and Palmdale areas as part of a recently announced settlement involving the cities, county and federal officials.

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County follows city: Raises minimum wage to $15

Following its approval of a minimum wage increase in unincorporated areas to $15 by 2020, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to increase the “living wage” for contract workers on county jobs to $13.25 by 2016.

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Elon Musk reveals cause of SpaceX explosion

Elon Musk says SpaceX has pinned down what probably caused the company's rocket to explode minutes after liftoff.

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9 bizarre snacks to try for National Junk Food Day

At CNN, we love sampling new snacks. Chips, cookies, candy, pretzels -- you name it, we're not picky.

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McDonald's manager reveals 'secret menu' ... or does he?

But McDonald's says there's no official secret menu

Say something on McDonald's corporate FAQ site, and nobody listens. But say it on Reddit, and the Internet blows up.

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Honda to pay $25 million for overcharging minorities for auto loans

A Torrance-based arm of Honda will pay $25 million to settle claims it discriminated against minority buyers by overcharging them for auto loans, federal regulators recently announced.

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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.

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.

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.”

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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.

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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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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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.

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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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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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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.

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