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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.

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.

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).

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Going ‘green’

Ninth District alleys will become pedestrian friendly

The Los Angeles City Council signed off this week on a plan to redefine two alleys in South Los Angeles as pedestrian areas.

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Home for Good announces $213 million in grants to fight homelessness

A coalition of businesses and foundations announced Wednesday the awarding of nearly $213 million in grants to two dozen social service agencies in hopes of providing housing for at least 1,400 homeless people in the region for as long as 15 years.

Little convicted of three murders

Sentencing scheduled for Sept. 25

A 74-year-old man was convicted Tuesday of three counts of first-degree murder for killing three women in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s.

At least four killed in Labor Day shootings

Some may have been gang-related

At least four people were killed in South Los Angeles in a series of Labor Day shootings that also left several victims wounded, police said Tuesday.

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LAPD inspector general seeks witnesses in Ezell Ford shooting

The Los Angeles Police Department’s inspector general issued a call Tuesday for witnesses of the fatal police shooting of Ezell Ford in South Los Angeles to come forward.

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What really happened to Josh Shaw’s ankles?

USC player admits ‘hero’ story was a lie

USC football senior cornerback Josh Shaw admitted Wednesday he fabricated a story about injuring his ankles by leaping from a second-floor balcony to save his 7-year-old nephew from a swimming pool.

Palmdale couple to be arraigned for toddler’s beating

A Palmdale woman and her boyfriend are set to be arraigned next month on charges stemming from the beating of her 22-month-old son.

Black producer detained for six hours for mistaken identity

Suspected of armed bank robbery

Beverly Hills police apologized Wednesday for handcuffing and holding for about six hours a Black television/movie producer on suspicion of armed robbery.

CHP beating investigation sent to District Attorney’s Office

The California Highway Patrol announced Wednesday it has forwarded its investigation into the beating of a 51-year-old homeless woman by an officer alongside the Santa Monica (10) Freeway to the District Attorney’s Office, and the probe outlines “potentially serious charges” against the officer.

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Retired administrator wins school board special election

McKenna embarks on next ‘educational’ experience

Retired Los Angeles Unified School District administrator George McKenna is pledging to “help every student reach their God-given potential and give every teacher the support they need to fulfill their calling to education” as the newest member of the district’s Board of Education.

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LAPD Chief Beck accepts second term

Tenure will extend another five years

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck was re-appointed Tuesday by the city Police Commission and will serve another five years as head of the department.

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Byron Scott named new Lakers coach

Byron Scott was introduced this week as the Los Angeles Lakers new coach, returning to the team he played with for 11 seasons, including as the starting shooting guard on three NBA championship teams in the 1980s.

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‘Pillowcase Rapist’ released near Palmdale

Plans in place to insure public safety

The so-called “Pillowcase Rapist,” who admitted raping 40 women between 1971 and 1982, was released Wednesday to a home in an unincorporated area near Palmdale.

Man involved in Lancaster shooting death sentenced

Main suspect still at large

The last of three men convicted of second-degree murder for their involvement in a street brawl that led to a man’s shooting death in Lancaster was sentenced Thursday to 17 years to life in prison.

Adopt-a-Plane program in service at airpark tomorrow

Dozens of volunteers will descend upon the Joe Davies Heritage Airpark at Palmdale Plant 42 tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. to take part in Palmdale’s Adopt-a-Plane program.

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Beach themed block party planned

The city of Santa Clarita prepares to kick off its 2014 Summer Bash block party on Friday, July 25 from 6-10 p.m. in a new Canyon Country location at Luther Driver between Soledad Canyon Road and Mandan Street.

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AEG moves to the Desmond

International sports and entertainment company AEG announced Wednesday it is consolidating some of its Los Angeles-based operations by leasing a historic former warehouse near downtown’s L.A. Live complex.

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Landowners are auctioning ‘water banks’

Money needed to pay bills

The state drought has taken its toll the past three years on everything from fallowed fields, to dry lawns and increased water bills. Now a few landowners in the Central Valley are selling the rights to their water holdings—some claims dating back 100 years—in order to pay bills.

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Supreme Court sides with employers over birth control

Decision may jeoparize access for millions of women

A ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court that family owned corporations do not need to offer insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act will jeopardize access to birth control for millions of women, an executive with Planned Parenthood Los Angeles said.

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Michael Jackson’s legacy honored five years later

Heaps of flowers were piled outside the mausoleum where Michael Jackson is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Glendale Wednesday, as fans worldwide marked the fifth anniversary of the singer’s death due to an overdose of a powerful anesthetic he used to battle insomnia.

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Cedars-Sinai to train Black barbers in hypertension detection

The head of Cedars-Sinai’s hypertension center will use an $8.5 million grant to help train Black barbers to check men for high blood pressure, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced Wednesday.

Proposed voter ID law fails

An initiative that would have required voters to show government-issued photo identification to have their ballot counted has failed to qualify for the November ballot, the Secretary of State’s Office announced this week.

Sterling agrees to sell Clippers

Drops lawsuit against NBA

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will sign off on the proposed $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will drop the lawsuit he filed against the NBA alleging he was forced being forced to unload the franchise, his attorney said Wednesday.

Mayor’s ‘Great Streets’ initiative gives city needed makeovers

All 15 council district to recieve improvements

Mayor Eric Garcetti has officially announced the first 15 Los Angeles streets that will undergo a makeover under his Great Streets urban renewal program.

Appeals courts agrees to throw out Palmdale’s Nov. 5 election results

An appeals court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out the results of Palmdale’s Nov. 5 City Council election, saying it disenfranchised Latino and African American voters.

Palmdale residents fight ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ release

Christopher Hubbart admitted to raping more than 40 women

A handful of residents on Wednesday decried the proposed release of the “Pillowcase Rapist”— who admitted raping about 40 women between 1971 and 1982—in the Palmdale area.

Lancaster man convicted of kidnapping, sexual assault

A man was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl who was grabbed by her ponytail while walking to school in Lancaster about a year and a half ago.

Board of Supervisors urged to make healthcare commitment

nMore than 200 rallied for the uninsured and undocumented

More than 200 community activists this week urged the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to commit $150 million to healthcare for uninsured and undocumented residents.

Metro Purple Line recieves $2.1 billion in funds for extension

Train route will expand from Downtown L.A. to Beverly Hills

On Wednesday The Obama administration announced $2.1 billion in federal grant and loan agreements to help build the 3.9-mile Westside Purple Line Extension from downtown Los Angeles to Beverly Hills.

Mother kills her three daughters

A mother killed her three children at a home in an unincorporated area near Carson Tuesday and was taken into custody, according to the sheriff's department.

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Would you live in a house made of urine and bacteria? It's a surprisingly good idea

New bio bricks offer flame, UV, and water resistance without adding any chemicals

Peter Trimble found his formula through trial and error. A design student at the University of Edinburgh, he was aiming to produce an artistic exhibition for a module on sustainability, when he stumbled on "Dupe," a living alternative to concrete.

Man ordered to stand trial in girlfriend’s sword killing

A man who allegedly killed his girlfriend with a sword in front of her four children in Lancaster nearly six years ago was ordered Thursday to stand trial.

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