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Jim Carrey discredits his former girlfriend's mother

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The mother of the former girlfriend of Jim Carrey says that contrary to the actor's assertions, she was not estranged from her daughter at the time of her offspring's suicide. "I find Mr. Carrey's efforts to discredit me and the relationship I had with my daughter nothing short of desperate and disgusting,'' Brigid Sweetman says in a sworn declaration filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and obtained by City News Service.

Heavy rain causes traffic issues

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Heavy rain caused flooding, mudslides and other traffic issues today, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Metro to be possibly crowded from fallout

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Trains on Metro's Blue and Expo lines could be very crowded this morning due to fallout from a mishap at the Blue Line rail yard, officials said.

U.S. Customs computers back to normal

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Things were back to normal today at Los Angeles International Airport in the aftermath of a problem with U.S. Customs and Border Protection computers on Monday that delayed airline passengers nationwide.

Standoff in Alhambra

ALHAMBRA (CNS) - A sleeping overnight shift worker's gun-like cell phone case prompted a scare today at an Alhambra shopping center parking lot. A shopping center patron who saw the man conked out in his SUV about 12:30 p.m. at the center at Fremont and Commonwealth avenues called authorities thinking he might be the victim of a medical emergency, according to Alhambra police.

Kidnapping scam

SANTA ANA (CNS) - A mother in Santa Ana who received a telephone call today from someone demanding ransom for her kidnapped daughter wired money to the suspect only to learn her loved one was safe all along and she was the victim of a scam.

Dog confronts burglar in El Sereno home

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities today were seeking to identify a burglar who forced his way into an El Sereno home and pointed a gun at a dog that confronted him inside the residence.

Yorba Linda man pleads guilty to broker fraud

SANTA ANA (CNS) - A 40-year-old Yorba Linda man pleaded guilty today in a real estate fraud scheme and was immediately sentenced to four years in prison.

Man convicted of sexually assaulting underage females

SANTA ANA (CNS) - A 36-year-old man was convicted today of sexually assaulting two underage female relatives multiple times over several years in Anaheim.

Anaheim fire sparked by firework, no one injured

ANAHEIM (CNS) - Fire caused by an errant firework destroyed a car and damaged a wooden fence and eaves of an Anaheim house, but no one was injured, authorities said today.

Palmdale motorist dies in fatal car crash

PALMDALE (CNS) - A 26-year-old motorist was fatally injured when he lost control of his car while possibly racing another driver on Avenue 2, west of Sierra Highway, and crashed into two light poles, the California Highway Patrol said today.

Methane off-gassing in Aliso Canyon

There are possible new concerns for Porter Ranch residents near the Aliso Canyon underground gas field today as methane was detected seeping out of soil near a gas well plugged earlier this year following a four-month leak.

Man dies in fatal crash during CHP pursuit

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A man was killed today when he crashed his four-door Chevrolet into a pole and a tree within two blocks of the start of a California Highway Patrol pursuit, authorities said.

Southland prices on the rise again

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose for the fourth consecutive day today, increasing six-tenths of a cent to $2.743.

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Denzel Washington being awarded at ASC Awards

Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington is adding another honor to his distinguished career.

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Reputed gang member charged with quadruple murder

A reputed gang member—who was on the FBI’s list of Ten Most Wanted fugitives—was set to be arraigned this week on capital murder charges for his alleged involvement in a shootout that left four men dead in South Los Angeles. Marlon Jones, 41, is charged with four counts of murder stemming from the Oct. 15 shooting, along with the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders.

Supervisors hold first session with two new members

Board now has a female super-majority

With two new members aboard, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors convened its first meeting with a super-majority of female members Tuesday, and the panel prepared to address a host of big-ticket issues, including a proposed tax hike to fund programs to combat homelessness.

Star Wars film to cause traffic problems

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - The newest "Star Wars" film will be causing traffic problems long before it hits theaters.

Tarzana shooting death

TARZANA (CNS) - A man was arrested today for allegedly fatally shooting a woman in Tarzana after driving her to a dirt trail to test-fire his handgun, police said.

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Darren Sharper sentenced to 20 years for drugging and raping two women

Former pro football safety Darren Sharper was sentenced this week to 20 years in prison for drugging and raping two women he met in a West Hollywood nightclub, completing the legal downfall of the one-time Super Bowl champion and NFL Network analyst.

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Council approves route of street car

A proposed streetcar project in downtown Los Angeles cleared a hurdle this week with the Los Angeles City Council signing off on a preferred route for the line and the findings of an environmental impact study.

Colleges reach out to president-elect on behalf of undocumented students

The leaders of the California State University, University of California and California Community College systems sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump recently, asking that he maintain a program sparing people who were brought to the country illegally as minors from deportation, so they can pursue higher education.

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Rams break ground on new Inglewood stadium

The Los Angeles Rams have formally broken ground on its future $2.6 billion stadium and surrounding entertainment district in Inglewood, where the team is expected to begin playing in 2019. Rams owners Stan Kroenke said the project will create out of the former site of Hollywood Park racetrack the “most unique and fan-friendly stadium in the world.”

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Students protest prospect of tuition hike

A group of California State University students carried out a protest this week as the CSU Board of Trustees began two days of meetings, during which it will review a financial report that includes the possibility of a roughly 5 percent tuition increase. Although the board is not scheduled to take any action on a tuition hike during its meetings this week, the issue is raised in a presentation on the CSU system’s 2017-18 Support Budget Request to the state.

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LA seeks to bring olympics in 2024

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The committee seeking to bring the 2024 Olympics to Los Angeles will make its first official candidate city presentation to International Olympic Committee members today at the Association of National Olympic Committees General Assembly in Doha, Qatar.

Gasoline prices drop again in Southland

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County dropped today for the eighth consecutive day and 10th time in 11 days, decreasing 1.3 cents to $2.838.

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Capitol Records 75th anniversary

Capitol Records will begin a year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary Tuesday with the unveiling of a "Star of Recognition" and a proclamation declaring Nov. 15 Capitol Records Day in the city of Los Angeles.

LAUSD students protest Trump with walkout

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Hundreds of students from a series of East Los Angeles-area high schools walked out of class today and took part in a so-far peaceful march in protest of Donald Trump’s election as president.

Pedestrian killed in Sun Valley

SUN VALLEY (CNS)—Authorities today sought possible witnesses to the fatal injury of a Van Nuys man who was hit by a pickup truck in the Sun Valley area.

Armed Halloween robbery near USC

Police were looking today for three masked robbers who held up a grocery store near the USC campus.

Fatal hit-and-run in Sylmar

A woman is in custody today in connection with the hit- and-run death of a pedestrian in Sylmar, police said.

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Ex-Broadway Federal bank employee sentenced to prison

$4.2 million mortgage fraud scheme

A Los Angeles man who used his job in a bank to help a co-defendant con churches into participating in a $4.2 million mortgage fraud scheme was sentenced on Monday to a year and a half in federal prison.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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.