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Compton fined for sewage leaks

The city of Compton will pay more than $160,000 in fines to settle allegations that raw sewage and other pollutants were spilled into Compton Creek at least eight times from 2010 to 2013, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board announced this week.

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Mail ballots sent this week

Los Angeles County election officials said Tuesday they have begun mailing more than 1.8 million vote-by-mail ballots for the November election.

Gasoline prices gradually rise and fall

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County dropped two-tenths of a cent today to $2.845, the fourth consecutive decrease following an eight-day streak of increases.

Man kills his mother during argument

A man was arrested today for allegedly pushing his mother out of a second-story window during an argument at an Van Nuys apartment building, resulting in her death, police said.

Tragniew Park killing

Detectives and family members of a 61-year-old woman fatally injured during a fight in a Compton park last month are appealing today to anyone who witnessed the killing to come forward.

Santa Monica Pier stabbing

A homeless man suspected of stabbing an employee of a restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier after unsuccessfully demanding free food is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges including attempted murder.

Man arrested for 'revenge porn'

Police today sought other possible victims of a Reseda man arrested on suspicion of “revenge porn.”

Widow sues hit-and-run killer of her husband

The widow of a late math and music teacher from Valencia is suing the man accused of her husband’s May hit-run death as well as the man’s employer. Valerie Pryor’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, filed Thursday, alleges a supervisor of 28-year-old Canyon Country resident Lucas James Guidroz at LA Fitness knew or should have known about his employee’s heroin addiction, yet allowed him to  drive away from the job on his own while impaired.

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Usher gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Usher was honored with the 2,588th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week, just a few days before the upcoming release of his latest album, “Hard to Love.”

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UCLA wide receiver sued

A UCLA wide receiver was sued this week by an Uber driver, who said the athlete choked him and took his cellphone last summer in a drunken rage.

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Green Party’s Jill Stein throws support behind Black Lives Matter

Visits protest site to call for Chief Charlie Beck’s firing

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein visited the Black Lives Matter encampment outside Los Angeles City Hall Tuesday where she agreed with the group’s demand that Mayor Eric Garcetti fire Police Chief Charlie Beck.

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Longtime community activist Joe R. Hicks dead at 75

Funeral plans are pending for Joe R. Hicks, a longtime political and social commentator, Los Angeles community leader and civil rights activist who formerly headed the city's Human Relations Commission and the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Restaurant server sued during his own lawsuit

A restaurant server who alleges he is owed $8.6 million for helping to set up Manny Pacquiao's fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. is himself the target of a proposed lawsuit by a businessman who says he deserves half of any money the plaintiff may get if he wins his case.

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LAPD takes gun-toting suspects into custody

Men traveled from Inglewood to Panorama City to protest

Los Angeles police on Tuesday detained two men in Lake View Terrace who, authorities said, were walking around in the Inglewood area carrying rifles in the early morning hours.

Willowbrook Killing

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities today identified a man who was shot and killed while celebrating his birthday in unincorporated Willowbrook.

Westmont Homicide

The killer of a man shot in front of his 12-year-old son in the unincorporated Westmont area near South Los Angeles remained at large today.

‘Cowboy Gun Bandits’ convicted in robbery spree

Two Los Angeles men were convicted this week of carrying out a string of mostly small-scale robberies attributed to the “Cowboy Gun Bandits”— so named because of a distinctive long-barreled Colt six-shooter used in the heists.

Animal shelter at fair grounds helps amid Sand Fire

While the Sand Fire has forced thousands of residents from their homes, hundreds of animals and pets were being held in a variety of shelters today while fire crews continued battling the blaze.

Man arrested for attempting to aid terrorists

A 22-year-old Orange County man was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to help Islamic State terrorists in Syria.

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Santa Clarita fire continues to force evacuations

About 3,000 firefighting personnel were working today to extinguish the Sand Fire, which has consumed more than 33,000 acres, destroyed at least 18 homes, forced thousands of residents to evacuate and possibly claimed a life.

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Judge rejects Baca plea deal

A federal judge this week rejected a proposed plea deal between former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and prosecutors that called for the retired lawman to serve anywhere from zero to six months in prison for lying to investigators.

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Judge rejects Baca plea deal

A federal judge this week rejected a proposed plea deal between former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and prosecutors that called for the retired lawman to serve anywhere from zero to six months in prison for lying to investigators.

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Teenage pilot returns home

A teenage Compton pilot arrived home in Southern California this week, capping a flight around the nation in preparation for what he hopes will be a record-setting around-the-world trip.

Shooting Response, 6th Ld

The Los Angeles Police Department will get extra resources to make sure its officers are safe and supported following the killings of three law enforcement officers and the wounding of three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mayor Eric Garcetti said today.

Judge rejects Baca plea deal

A federal judge this week rejected a proposed plea deal between former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and prosecutors that called for the retired lawman to serve anywhere from zero to six months in prison for lying to investigators.

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Spread the H2Love

Metropolitan launches summer water conservation campaign

The Metropolitan Water District this week unveiled an “H2Love” campaign asking Southern Californians to embrace long-term conservation as the state’s drought enters its fifth year and Los Angeles registers record-low rainfall.

Inglewood Protest, 1st Ld

Hundreds of Black Lives Matters protesters marched in Inglewood, blocked an intersection and stopped traffic on the San Diego (405) Freeway, but dispersed after midnight with little police intervention, authorities said.

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Dallas Reaction-Snoop/Game

Rappers Snoop Dogg and The Game led a peaceful demonstration today outside a Los Angeles Police Department recruit graduation in what they called an effort to promote unity in the aftermath of the deadly shootings of police officers in Dallas.

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Young Compton pilot flies across country

Teen has plans to fly around the world, break record

A Compton teenager took off on a planned cross-country flight this week day as the first step in what he hopes will be a record-setting around-the-world adventure.

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L.A. prepared to offer summer jobs to local youth

City and county officials announced a goal this week of helping 15,000 young people get jobs this year as part of the Los Angeles Summer Youth Employment program, which is available to people 14 to 21 years of age.

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Vapors from E-cigarettes could be toxic for smokers

Many not be any safer than tobacco, research says

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

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LGBT organization throws support behind gun control

One of the country’s largest statewide LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) advocacy organizations recently announced its support at Los Angeles City Hall for a gun control package proposed by state lawmakers, and vowed to push for national gun legislation, following the recent mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

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In response to Orlando: ‘No more silence’

Los Angeles City Council members this week eschewed the traditional moment of silence held after tragedies such as this weekend’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, instead choosing to read the names of the 49 victims and calling for action on gun-control laws.

Voters complain about poll complications

Dozens of voters and poll workers complained to county supervisors this week about a lack of ballots and staffing, inaccurate voter rolls, malfunctioning voting machines, the widespread use of provisional ballots and the possibility of voter fraud during last week’s primary election.

UTLA signs new labor agreement with LAUSD

The Los Angeles school board this week agreed to provide additional teachers to reduce class size at some schools, and to tweak its teacher evaluation process.

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Cedars-Sinai critical in Ebola defense

Cedars-Sinai has been tapped to play a critical role in bolstering the country’s front line of defense against Ebola and other highly infectious diseases under a federal grant announced Tuesday.

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Man bound for LA Pride with car full of weapons, charged

An Indiana man who was bound for the LA Pride parade in West Hollywood and was carrying weapons, ammunition and bomb-making materials in his car was charged Tuesday with various weapons-possession counts.

Man arrested for suspected attack at Pride Parade

A man arrested in Santa Monica allegedly in possession of weapons and explosive materials following the Orlando massacre and before an LGBT parade in West Hollywood is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

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Beaches reopened after recent shark attack

All Orange County beaches are once again open to swimmers and surfers following a weekend shark attack in the area.

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UCLA on lockdown

The UCLA campus was placed on lockdown today amid reports of a possible shooter in a campus engineering building.

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Quake warning system may be in place by 2018

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, praised Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to reverse himself and seek state funds for an earthquake early warning system that could come online as early as 2018.

4 People Injured in Planet Fitness Car Crash

Four people inside a Planet Fitness were seriously injured today when a car crashed through the front of the Torrance gym.

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Music icon Prince dead at 57

The death of musical icon Prince prompted a flood of stunned tributes from luminaries in the worlds of music and entertainment Thursday, all hailing the 57-year-old icon for penning the soundtrack of a generation.

Some LAPD jobs may go to civilians

Effort to cut city costs

City Controller Ron Galperin recommended a plan this week for hiring civilian workers to do more than 400 LAPD jobs so that sworn officers could be freed up to do police work.

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Lawsuit accuses Victoria’s Secret of racial discrimination

‘Humiliation’ at Beverly Center

Two Black women are each seeking $4 million in damages from Victoria’s Secret, claiming they were treated like criminals and ordered out of the the Beverly Center store by management, after a confrontation with an aggressive customer.

Grim Sleeper

Jury set to begin hearing defense in alleged ‘Grim Sleeper’ trial

There was courtroom drama Monday in the trial of a man accused in the “Grim Sleeper” killings of nine women and a teenage girl, with the defendant’s attorney threatening to walk out without presenting any defense over the judge’s planned rejection of a subpoena relating to the handling of evidence.

NBA All-Star game coming to Staples Center in 2018

The NBA All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in 2018, league and city officials confirmed Tuesday.

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HBO to highlight Rams

Southland football fans will be able to get their fill of the Rams’ return to Los Angeles, with the team being announced Wednesday as this year’s subject of HBO’s acclaimed “Hard Knocks” documentary series.

Job training to replace Gang injunctions

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to pay up to $30 million over four years to fund job-readiness programs for gang members who were among a group that successfully sued the city over its gang injunction curfews.

Students arrested for hate graffiti

Police Wednesday arrested two Palisades Charter High School students allegedly responsible for hate-speech vandalism at their school.