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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

Wells run dry in East Porterville

Residents travel miles for water

In East Porterville, about 34 miles south of Visalia, the only way for some residents to flush their toilet is to drive to the local fire station and hand-pump water into a bucket and return home. More than 500 wells in Tulare County have dried up. The county is considered the dairy and citrus heart of California’s vast agricultural belt.

Teacher charged with sexually assaulting special needs teen

A teacher at Highland High School in Palmdale made his initial court appearance Wednesday on charges of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy enrolled in a special needs program at the school.

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Former Councilman Alarcon sentenced to jail, community service, probation

Wife was also sentenced

Former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, convicted of fraudulent voting and perjury for living outside the district he represented, was sentenced Wednesday to 120 days in jail, ordered to do 600 hours of community service, placed on five years probation and barred from holding public office.

L.A. City Council seeks minimum wage hike

Measure proposes $13.25, exploring $15.25 by 2019

Four members of the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unveiled a proposal to raise the citywide minimum wage to $13.25 an hour by 2017, and to look into raising the wage to $15.25 an hour by 2019.

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I'm not gay, and I'm not African-American

Actress Raven-Symone eschews labels like gay and African-American

Actress Raven-Symone knows exactly who she is, and that person can't be defined with the usual labels.

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Was arrested teen on his way to join ISIS?

A suburban teen from the Chicago area was arrested at O'Hare International Airport over the weekend and accused of attempting to provide aid to ISIS, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced Monday.

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Football safety in question after high school players' deaths

Three high school football players from different states died in one week

It was a heartbreaking week for three families, football teams and communities. Three players from three different states -- Alabama, North Carolina and New York -- died last week. And while investigations are underway in each case, it is believed the deaths may have been related to football.

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Who are the American Ebola patients?

Six American patients have been diagnosed with Ebola

As another American patient with Ebola arrives in the United States, here is a look at the American patients who have been diagnosed with this deadly virus.

Chamber of Commerce against minimum wage hike

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce has come out against Mayor Eric Garcetti’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $13.25 per hour by 2017, saying it would kill jobs and costs businesses about $10,000 per employee.

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Billboard campaign to raise awareness of sex trafficking

Clear Channel Outdoors partners with advocacy groups

City and county officials this week joined billboard company Clear Channel Outdoors and anti-human trafficking groups to announce an effort to raise awareness in Los Angeles about modern-day slavery, including promoting a hotline for victims and the public.

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New Ebola hospital in Liberia overwhelmed by patients

Island Clinic near Monrovia, Liberia, offers 120 new Ebola treatment beds

On the day the new Ebola clinic in Liberia opened, ambulances waited outside. Inside the ambulances were desperately ill patients who had come for treatment but instead would be left to lie on the ground as others walked by.

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'Gotham': Villains shine in Fox premiere

The new series looks at Gotham City many years before the emergence of Batman

With Fox's "Gotham," we have the chance to see Batman begin once more.

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Robin Thicke says he was high during ‘Blurred Lines’

Hit single is subject to lawsuit over copyright infringment

Robin Thicke said in a deposition unsealed Tuesday that he had been high on drugs and alcohol and was mostly absent during the composition of the global hit “Blurred Lines,” which is the subject of a copyright infringement lawsuit in Los Angeles.

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