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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.

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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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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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

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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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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Landslide toll rises to 27 as searchers battle muck, standing water

wenty-two people still are missing, authorities said

Among the mounds of mud and ripped-down trees, you see an occasional appliance, a tire here and there, the twisted cables that used to be part of the telephone system. What you don't see are homes.

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Wisconsin Defeats Arizona in Overtime for Berth in Final Four

ANAHEIM, Calif., - Frank Kaminsky scored six of his 28 points in overtime and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds leading Wisconsin to a 64-63 victory over Arizona in the West Region final today at the Honda Center.

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Legacy Academy teacher arrested

Suspect alledgely had innappropriate contact with student

A 35-year-old teacher at Legacy Academy School in Valencia was arrested Thursday for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a student.

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War affects children in unforeseen ways

More than 2 million children have been separated from a parent during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

When Melissa Seligman's husband left on his second deployment to Iraq in 2005, their 2-year-old daughter began banging her head on the floor. The Army wife tried to rock the girl, sing to her. With a newborn to care for, too, sometimes all Melissa could do was quickly slide her hand between the toddler's head and the floor.

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County Honors Olympic Luger Kate Hansen

Olympic luger Kate Hansen of La Canada was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today for her participation in the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

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`Octomom' Pleads Not Guilty to New Count in Welfare Fraud Case

Next hearing set for April 16 in Dept. 50, Criminal Courts Building

Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to octuplets in 2009, pleaded not guilty today to the latest count against her in a welfare fraud case.

New city report urges sweeping changes in L.A. Fire Dept.

Audit prescribes improvements to management style

Management of the Los Angeles Fire Department needs to be streamlined, with the agency divided into four geographic bureaus, the “cumbersome” disciplinary process overhauled and the fire chief given a five- year employment contract, according to a consultant report released this week.

Laid off librarians limit youth access to books

Educational inequalities continue to be the result

About half of the 600 elementary and middle school libraries in the Los Angeles Unified School District are without librarians or aides, denying tens of thousands of students regular access to nearly $100 million worth of books, it was reported this week.

Obama makes it official: U.S. planning for full Afghan withdrawal

The president had not spoken to Karzai since a June 25, 2013, video conference, and the two had had no contact since a Nov. 21, 2013, letter from Washington to Kabul.

Prosecutors petition court to review ban on sex offenders

Orange County prosecutors this week filed a writ petitioning the state Supreme Court to review two appellate court rulings striking down a ban on registered sex offenders in the county’s parks and in more than a dozen of its cities.

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Shooting at USC

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A 21-year-old man was convicted Monday of four counts of attempted murder for a shooting that wounded four people outside a Halloween party on the USC campus, prompting the defendant to flip over a chair in anger and beg deputies to shoot him.

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Magic Johnson purchases the Los Angeles Sparks

Team will continue to play at the Staples Center

The Los Angeles Sparks have been purchased by an investment group led by Basketball Hall of Fame member Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter, the WNBA announced Wednesday.

Officers violated ‘use of force’ policy during Dorner manhunt

Women wounded recieve $4.2 million

Eight Los Angeles police officers violated department policy governing the use of deadly force when they opened fire on a pair of women delivering newspapers in Torrance during the manhunt for fired LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner, the city Police Commission decided Tuesday.

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Board of Supervisors appoints interim Sheriff John Scott

Baca official retirement is noon today

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday appointed Orange County Department Undersheriff John Scott as an interim replacement for retiring Sheriff Lee Baca.

Palmdale man arrested after sheriff's find bomb-making materials in his home

Detectives were looking for evidence of a different crime

A Palmdale man was arrested January 16 after sheriff's detectives conducting a probation search of his home found ingredients for making methamphetamine and bombs, a sergeant said.

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Man hallucinates and attacks Greyhound bus driver

LOS ANGELES, Calif., - A 25-year-old man from Los Angeles is facing multiple counts of felony endangerment, assault and aggravated assault after attempting to take the wheel of a Greyhound bus en route from Los Angeles to Dallas early today, causing a crash that injured two dozen people, authorities said.

City breaks ground on new light rail project

Connection is scheduled to be complete in 2019

Local and federal officials broke ground Tuesday on a light rail line project that will connect the Expo and Green lines, crossing Leimert Park, Baldwin Hills and Inglewood.

Thousands line the streets for 29th Kindom Day Parade

Community leaders and celebrities march in Dr. King’s honor

Thousands of people lined streets in South Los Angeles Monday for the 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade, which featured marching bands, local dignitaries and a smattering of celebrities waving to the crowd.

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Rep. Buck McKeon to retire

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee will step down

Longtime Rep. Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, announced Thursday that he won’t seek re-election this year and will retire at the end of his term.

The Forum is back!

Iconic arena reopens with a performance by ‘The Eagles’

The Forum, once home to the Lakers and Kings and a storied concert venue, reopened last night after undergoing a $100 million renovation, with the first of six planned performances by The Eagles.

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Arena Football League team to hold tryouts Saturday

SANTA ANA, Calif., - LA KISS will hold open tryouts Saturday at Santa Ana College, with the Arena Football League team hoping to sign five players for its inaugural training camp, coach Bob McMillen said.9

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Arrest made in Venice beating

VENICE, Calif., - Officers have arrested a man who allegedly beat another man with a folding chair during a dispute in Venice that was captured on video, authorities said today.

South L.A. left out of Promise Zones

Garcetti announces millions of dollars to combat poverty in Los Angeles

Los Angeles was chosen one of five “promise zones” that would receive millions of federal dollars aimed at combating poverty, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today from Washington, D.C.

New sentencing ordered for man who killed 14-year-old girl

Shooting was allegedly racially motivated

A state appeals court panel Wednesday ordered a new sentencing hearing for a Torrance man who acted as a lookout during a racially motivated December 2006 shooting that left a 14-year-old girl dead in the Harbor Gateway area.

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‘Imitation of Life’ co-star dies

Ocar nomination was double-edged sword for Juanita Moore

Juanita Moore, only the third African American nominated for a supporting-actress Oscar, has died in her Los Angeles home. She was 99.

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Defense in Kelly Thomas’ killing wrap up closing arguments

Rebuttal scheduled today

Attorneys for two former Fullerton officers accused in the July 2011 death of transient Kelly Thomas wrapped up their closing arguments Wednesday by claiming prosecutors did not meet their burden of proof.

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More performers announced

Stevie Wonder joins Grammy Awards lineup

Organizers of the upcoming 56th annual Grammy Awards announced today several additional performers for the telecast, including Katy Perry, Metallica and Stevie Wonder.

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Sheriff Lee Baca expected to resign

LOS ANGELES, Calif., - Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is expected to announce today that he has decided to leave the beleaguered sheriff’s department rather than fight for a fifth term.

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Fighter arrested

Lost control of car, booked for DUI

Mixed martial artist Tito Ortiz was arrested today on suspicion of driving drunk following a non-injury crash on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway in the West Los Angeles area, the California Highway Patrol reported.

First homicide of 2014

Victim was shot while riding a bike

A 46-year-old man on a bicycle was fatally wounded in South Los Angeles Sunday morning, a homicide lieutenant said.

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Producers Awards

The producers of 10 films were nominated today for the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for motion pictures, an honor that traditionally leads to best-picture honors on Oscar night.

SAG bleacher auction begins

100 seats available for red carpet

Would-be stargazers can begin bidding tonight for seats along the red carpet at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Michigan State wins Rose Bowl

Goes ahead on fourth-quarter touchdown pass

Connor Cook threw a tie-breaking, 25-yard touchdown pass to Tony Lippett with 13 minutes, 22 seconds to play to give Michigan State a 24-20 victory over Stanford Wednesday in the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

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Out with plastic bags, in with paper

Not all bags banned; free reusable ones offered

One of the biggest new laws to go into effect in the city of Los Angeles as the new year starts is a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Sheriff deputies disciplined

Violated rules, report says

CNS—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has identified 15 cases in which employees who got jobs during a controversial mass hiring in 2010 went on to be disciplined for violating department rules, according to a new sheriff department report cited today.

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Electrical outage resolved

Power restored to most customers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., — Power was restored today to nearly all Southern California Edison (SCE) customers in El Segundo whose electrical service was interrupted when a suspected drunk driver slammed a car into a light pole early on New Year's Day, authorities said.

Man Charged With Murdering Girlfriend

COMPTON, Calif., - A 22-year-old man was charged today with murdering his girlfriend, whose body was found buried in a Compton backyard.

Man Charged in Stepfather's Stabbing Death

COMPTON, Calif, - A 22-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his stepfather to death on Christmas Day was charged today with murder.

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Madea’s Christmas remains in top 10

The Hobbits comes in at number one

“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” at $8.4 million, was one of the 10 most popular movies in the U.S. and Canada this weekend. The film opened Dec. 14.

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Police seek help in weekend shooting in Willowbrook

A number of people were killed or injured this weekend in South and West Los Angeles. Here are the details: Authorities released the name of a man fatally stabbed in Jefferson Park late Friday.

Palmdale recruiting volunteer administrative hearing officers

The city of Palmdale is currently accepting applications for Volunteer Administrative Hearing Officers.

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