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Baca to remain free during appeal

A federal appeals court ruled this week that former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca..

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Highway honors Sgt. Steve Owen

On the one-year anniversary of his killing, a Los Angeles County sheriff’s...

Hearing set in infant death

A preliminary hearing is scheduled tomorrow at Compton Courthouse for one of..

Center to promote ‘health equity’

Los Angeles County health officials have launched the...

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Lionel Richie receives honor

Singer Lionel Richie was named today the inaugural recipient of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation's...

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Infant safe at hospital

A baby boy was safely surrendered this week at a hospital in Lancaster, marking the fifth time this year that a child was turned over..

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Section 8 waiting list will reopen

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles is preparing to reopen a Section 8 waiting list lottery for the first time in more than a decade..

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Food insecurity has high impact on Black families

More than a half-million households in Los Angeles County...

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Tom Petty dies after heart attack

Tributes and expressions of mourning have poured in from around the world for Tom Petty,

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Jury selection begins in trial over local boy’s death

The jury selection process got underway this week for the trial of a Palmdale man who is charged, along with his girlfriend, with capital murder in the beating death of the woman's 8-year-old son.

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Council drafts further regulations for legalized marijuana industry

A Los Angeles City Council committee this week approved a draft of new regulations for the cannabis industry

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Barger backs bid to secure Amazon

The Board of Supervisors voted this week to coordinate a regional bid for Amazon's proposed second headquarters site, joining a nationwide scrimmage for the jobs the giant e-retailer will bring.

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Concern over hepatitis outbreak

Health officials announced this week that Los Angeles County has a hepatitis A outbreak based on

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Rescue team heads to Mexico

A Los Angeles County Urban Search and Rescue team was activated this week and is in Mexico City today

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Former probation officer pleads guilty in sexual assault case

A former Los Angeles County deputy probation officer pleaded guilty this week to assault under the color of authority for inappropriately touching two teenage girls at a juvenile camp in Santa Clarita.

Sentence in kidnap/murder case

A woman was sentenced this week to 13 years in prison for kidnapping the three young children of her murdered half-sister, whose body was found last year in northern Los Angeles County.

‘Overwhelming evidence’ may lead to conviction in homeless killings

A prosecutor told jurors this week that there is overwhelming evidence against two reputed gang members charged in the 2008 killings of

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City Council moves ahead with marijuana zone regulations

The Los Angeles City Council's Planning Commission has approved a proposed ordinance that sets zoning regulations and land-use guidelines on marijuana sales and cultivation in preparation for

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New funding for South LA schools

The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay more than $150 million to 50 schools in primarily low-income areas to resolve a lawsuit accusing the district of misspending funds that should

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Man injured in roof jump

A shooting suspect was injured earlier this week when he jumped from a roof while being chased by deputies in Palmdale.

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Spotlight on suicide prevention

More than 800 Los Angeles County residents die by suicide each year—more than the number that die by homicide, accidental drug overdose or vehicle accidents—a statistic highlighted by mental health officials as part of Suicide Awareness Week.

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New worries at Aliso Canyon

Only weeks after Southern California Gas Co. resumed injecting natural gas into the storage wells at Aliso Canyon, one-third of those wells have been taken out of service, it was reported this week.

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Boys found safe after interstate kidnapping

A woman who triggered an Amber Alert when she took her three boys from Albuquerque, N.M., to Lancaster was not initially placed under arrest but her children were in the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, authorities said.

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Arrests at massage parlors

Three women were arrested this week at three massage parlors in Santa Clarita for allegedly offering sex acts to undercover deputies in exchange for money.

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Columbus Day will become Indigenous Peoples Day

The City Council voted this week to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day as an official Los Angeles holiday, siding with critics who said the explorer's connection to brutality and slavery makes him unworthy of celebration. In approving the switch, the council also rejected a late push by Councilman Joe Buscaino through an amending motion to have Indigenous Peoples Day take place on Aug. 9 and a second new holiday celebrating the diverse cultures of Los Angeles replace Columbus Day on the second Monday of October.

Lee Baca will not remain free on bond

An appeals court this week rejected former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's bid to remain free on bond while he appeals his conviction for conspiring to derail an FBI probe into corruption in the jail system.

Woman awarded $417 million in Johnson & Johnson suit

Talcum powder products linked to cancer

A Los Angeles jury this week awarded $417 million to an ovarian cancer patient who alleged her disease was caused by the use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.

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Changing Columbus Day

The Los Angeles City Council will discuss and vote on replacing Columbus Day with “Indigenous Peoples Day” as an official Los Angeles holiday at an upcoming meeting, Councilman Mitch O’Farrell announced on Aug. 17. O’Farrell, a member of the Wyandotte Nation, called on supporters to attend the City Council meeting on Aug. 30 when the vote will be held.

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Deputy D’Andre Lampkin sues county

A veteran sheriff's deputy is suing Los Angeles County, alleging he was suspended without pay for reporting that he saw a retired deputy receiving oral sex in a car parked on county property in an area known for prostitution. D'Andre Lampkin's Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges whistleblower retaliation and seeks unspecified damages.

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State court will not review Inglewood attack case

The California Supreme Court refused this week to review the case against a felon convicted of opening fire on Inglewood police, holing up inside a home with his off-and-on girlfriend and her 14-year-old daughter for more than eight hours and raping the teen during the standoff.

Teen fatally injured after allegedly being furnished alcohol

The parents of an 18-year-old Glendora man who was fatally injured when he fell from the side of a Jeep in the Angeles National Forest sued a man and his wife today, alleging the couple furnished alcohol to their son and other underage guests at a graduation party at the defendants’ home before the accident.

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DA says insufficient evidence found in LAPD inmate death case

The District Attorney’s Office has determined there is insufficient evidence to prove that Los Angeles Police Department personnel were criminally liable for the March 2016 death of a woman who authorities say committed suicide in her jail cell at the Metropolitan Detention Center.

Supervisors approve Fair Chance Employment program

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved forward this week with proposals to develop policies aimed at opening more employment doors both at the county and in the private sector for people with criminal records. The board approved a pair of motions asking for reports in 90 days with recommendations for amending hiring processes to give people with criminal records a “fair chance” at being hired. The rules would apply not only to county jobs, but to businesses operating in unincorporated areas or doing business with the county.

Katt Williams lawsuit dismissed

A judge this week dismissed a lawsuit filed by a woman who alleged she was owed money for developing a marketing and touring plan for comedian Katt Williams.

Gay former LAPD officer gets cased dismissed by judge

A judge dismissed a lawsuit by a gay former Los Angeles police officer who alleged she was forced to retire after about 30 years on the job because of discriminatory and retaliatory conduct by her superiors.

Business owner shoots three alleged robbers

The owner of a Downey car audio shop shot three men—two fatally—when they tried to rob the business at gunpoint, police said today. The shooting occurred about 8:15 p.m. Monday at First Class Car Audio, 8856 Rosecrans Ave., the Downey Police Department reported.

Long Beach woman wins lottery

A woman named Claudia Williams is California's newest millionaire, thanks to a Super Ticket she bought in Long Beach on May 11, the California lottery said today.

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L.A. continues to bid for 2024 Olympics

Los Angeles’ Olympic bid chairman this week gave his most conciliatory comments to date suggesting the city is open to the possibility of a “dual award” decision that could make Paris the host of the 2024 Summer Games while awarding Los Angeles the 2028 Games.

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Olympian Danny Harris charged with sexual misconduct

Olympic silver medalist Danny Harris was charged this week with six criminal counts for allegedly sending inappropriate messages to a female student at Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel, where he was an assistant track coach.

Koreatown shooting

The coroner's office today released the name of a man killed when an altercation turned into a shooting in Koreatown.

Man shot in Vermont Square

A man was shot and wounded in the Vermont Square area of South Los Angeles, authorities said today.

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Man’s conviction upheld for opening fire on Inglewood police

Convict also held girlfriend hostage and raped her daughter

An appellate panel this week upheld the conviction of a felon who fired on Inglewood police and holed up inside a home with his off-and-on girlfriend and her 14-year-old daughter for more than eight hours, raping the teen during the standoff.

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Bike sharing program expands to Port of Los Angeles

Metro’s bike share program will expand to Pasadena on July 14 and the Port of Los Angeles on July 31, the agency announced this week.

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UCLA to offer scholarships in honor of Jackie Robinson

Thanks to a series of donations and a university matching fund, UCLA announced this week the creation of the Jackie R. Robinson Centennial Scholars Endowed Scholarships that will support students participating in the four sports Robinson played while attending the school.

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Former Cal State LA employee faces countersuit from university

A former Cal State Los Angeles administrator who filed a sexual harassment case against the university and ex-athletic director Mike Garrett is herself being sued by the CSU Board of Trustees and three CSULA employees, who allege she secretly recorded conversations with them in 2016.

Acquitted deputies file civil rights suit against former Undersheriff Tanaka

Attorneys for two sheriff’s deputies acquitted of perjury and conspiracy charges filed a civil rights lawsuit today against the department’s now-jailed former undersheriff, among others, alleging they were the victims of a politically motivated prosecution.

L.A’s park ranking continues to drop

Many residents do not live walking distance from a public park

Irvine ranked among the top 10 big cities in the country when it comes to availability and access to parks, while Los Angeles tumbled to 74th in the nation, according to a study released this week by The Trust for Public Land.

Man killed in Trinity Park shooting

A man was shot to death today in Trinity Park in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

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Two newcomers join LAUSD board

Charter school advocates use heavy hands in race

A pair of candidates heavily backed by charter-school proponents will be taking over seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District board, potentially signaling a major policy shift in the nation’s second-largest school district. Despite topping a four-candidate field in the March primary, LAUSD board president Steve Zimmer couldn’t repeat that success in Tuesday’s runoff, and he was soundly defeated by teacher/attorney Nick Melvoin.

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LAX on the MOVE sees completion

Five airlines completed their moves to new gates at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday, wrapping up the largest airport shake-up of its kind in U.S. aviation history, LAX officials said.

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