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In response to Orlando: ‘No more silence’

Los Angeles City Council members this week eschewed the traditional moment of silence held after tragedies such as this weekend’s mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub, instead choosing to read the names of the 49 victims and calling for action on gun-control laws.

UTLA signs new labor agreement with LAUSD

The Los Angeles school board this week agreed to provide additional teachers to reduce class size at some schools, and to tweak its teacher evaluation process.

Voters complain about poll complications

Dozens of voters and poll workers complained to county supervisors this week about a lack of ballots and staffing, inaccurate voter rolls, malfunctioning voting machines, the widespread use of provisional ballots and the possibility of voter fraud during last week’s primary election.

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Man bound for LA Pride with car full of weapons, charged

An Indiana man who was bound for the LA Pride parade in West Hollywood and was carrying weapons, ammunition and bomb-making materials in his car was charged Tuesday with various weapons-possession counts.

Man arrested for suspected attack at Pride Parade

A man arrested in Santa Monica allegedly in possession of weapons and explosive materials following the Orlando massacre and before an LGBT parade in West Hollywood is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

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Beaches reopened after recent shark attack

All Orange County beaches are once again open to swimmers and surfers following a weekend shark attack in the area.

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UCLA on lockdown

The UCLA campus was placed on lockdown today amid reports of a possible shooter in a campus engineering building.

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Quake warning system may be in place by 2018

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, praised Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to reverse himself and seek state funds for an earthquake early warning system that could come online as early as 2018.

4 People Injured in Planet Fitness Car Crash

Four people inside a Planet Fitness were seriously injured today when a car crashed through the front of the Torrance gym.

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Music icon Prince dead at 57

The death of musical icon Prince prompted a flood of stunned tributes from luminaries in the worlds of music and entertainment Thursday, all hailing the 57-year-old icon for penning the soundtrack of a generation.

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Lawsuit accuses Victoria’s Secret of racial discrimination

‘Humiliation’ at Beverly Center

Two Black women are each seeking $4 million in damages from Victoria’s Secret, claiming they were treated like criminals and ordered out of the the Beverly Center store by management, after a confrontation with an aggressive customer.

Some LAPD jobs may go to civilians

Effort to cut city costs

City Controller Ron Galperin recommended a plan this week for hiring civilian workers to do more than 400 LAPD jobs so that sworn officers could be freed up to do police work.

NBA All-Star game coming to Staples Center in 2018

The NBA All-Star Game will be played at Staples Center in 2018, league and city officials confirmed Tuesday.

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HBO to highlight Rams

Southland football fans will be able to get their fill of the Rams’ return to Los Angeles, with the team being announced Wednesday as this year’s subject of HBO’s acclaimed “Hard Knocks” documentary series.

Grim Sleeper

Jury set to begin hearing defense in alleged ‘Grim Sleeper’ trial

There was courtroom drama Monday in the trial of a man accused in the “Grim Sleeper” killings of nine women and a teenage girl, with the defendant’s attorney threatening to walk out without presenting any defense over the judge’s planned rejection of a subpoena relating to the handling of evidence.

Abandoned Baby

Woman pleads no contest for abandoning newborn daughter

A woman who abandoned her newborn daughter the day after Thanksgiving near Compton Creek, where the baby was rescued by sheriff’s deputies who responded to a report of a baby crying, was sentenced today to 14 years in state prison.

Job training to replace Gang injunctions

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to pay up to $30 million over four years to fund job-readiness programs for gang members who were among a group that successfully sued the city over its gang injunction curfews.

Students arrested for hate graffiti

Police Wednesday arrested two Palisades Charter High School students allegedly responsible for hate-speech vandalism at their school.

Valley Village memorial shooting

A man who fired 50 rounds at a Valley Village memorial gathering in April 2010, killing four people and wounding two others, was convicted today of first-degree murder and other counts and faces a possible death sentence.

Judge orders motel closed

A judge has ordered a South Los Angeles motel shuttered for a year, after the owner failed to comply with an injunction intended to curb gang and narcotics activity there, City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Thursday.

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‘Superbug’ thrives in treatment plants in Los Angeles

A growing number of studies show that sewage treatment plants are not killing the superbugs embedded in the millions of gallons of raw sewage being released by Southern California hospitals into municipal sewers,

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2017 National Gymnastics finals scheduled to be held in Anaheim

The 2017 P&G Gymnastics Championships, the national championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics, will be held at Anaheim’s Honda Center for the first time in 2017, organizers announced Wednesday.

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LAPD investigates alleged Simpson knife

Los Angeles police last week began an investigation whether a knife purportedly found on property once

Juvenile Hall appears leaderless, rife with ‘deplorable conditions’

A new county report on Los Angeles County’s Central Juvenile Hall depicts it as a leaderless operation with “unacceptable” and “deplorable” conditions similar to a “Third World country prison,” it was reported Monday.

New bill could tax soft drinks

A Santa Monica Assemblyman and two other legislators introduced a bill Wednesday that would impose a tax on soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages sold in California, although similar efforts have failed to

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Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler to receive Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Longtime Los Angeles Clippers announcer Ralph Lawler received the 2,575th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday, marking his 40th season as a basketball broadcaster.

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Southland celebrates Dr. Seuss Birthday

The 112th birthday of whimsical children’s book author Ted “Dr. Seuss” Geisel was celebrated across the Southland and around the United States Wednesday with Read Across America Day.

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ALDI will open 45 new stores locally by year end

The big German discount supermarket chain ALDI announced plans Tuesday to open 45 stores employing

No official charge in Compton murder case

Los Angeles County prosecutors declined yesterday to immediately file any charges against a 23-year-old

Los Angeles Rams will practice in Oxnard

The Oxnard City Council late Tuesday voted 5-0 to approve an agreement for the Los Angeles Rams to use the city-owned River Ridge Fields for their spring practices.

Carson voters reject long-time politician

Jim Dear loses recall election

The 14-year political career of Carson City Clerk Jim Dear, a former mayor, appeared to be at an end

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L.A. 2024 Olympic Committee unveils logo

The committee leading Los Angeles' bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games unveiled its official logo today—a silhouette of a winged athlete—and a slogan, “Follow the Sun.”

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Jury begins hearing case against alleged ‘Grim Sleeper’

A jury began hearing opening statements at the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles, from attorneys this week in the trial of the suspected “Grim Sleeper” serial killer, who is charged with murdering nine women and a teenage girl in a crime spree stretching over more than two decades.

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Kendrick Lamar wins big at Grammy’s

Wins five awards

In a ceremony that honored a wide range of musical styles, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars walked off with the top prize of Record of the Year for “Uptown Funk” at the 58th Grammy Awards Monday, while TaylorSwift's “1989” won Album of the Year and Ed Sheeran's “Thinking Out Loud”was named Song of the Year.

Award offered for information on murder of Compton baby

COMPTON—The search for whoever shot to death a year-old girl in Compton continued today, with a $25,000 reward offered for information that that leads to an arrest and conviction for the baby's slaying.

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Cosby ex-attorney dismissed

Bill Cosby’s former attorney was dismissed today from a defamation lawsuit filed against him and the comedian by former model Janice Dickinson, who alleges she was sexually assaulted by Cosby more than 30 years ago.

MTA looks to direct football traffic to trains

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board of directors

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Gas prices continue to drop

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County dropped today for the 14th consecutive day, decreasing 1.5 cents to $2.909.

City council to consider electricity rate hikes

The typical single-family household in Los Angeles could see its monthly electricity bill go up a total of $12 over five years under proposed electricity rate hikes backed Tuesday by the Board of Water and Power Commissioners.

NFL ratings beat out President Obama’s address

CBS was the week’s most-watched network for the 12th time in the 17-week-old prime-time television season, despite NBC’s near-record viewership for its NFL coverage.

Michelle King named next LAUSD superintendent

Has long history within district

Los Angeles Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Michelle King was tapped to lead the nation’s second largest district Monday.

UCLA leads the way among college applicants

A record number of more than 119,000 potential students submitted applications to UCLA for fall, the university announced today.

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Michelle King named next LAUSD superintendent

Has long history within district

Los Angeles Unified School District Deputy Superintendent Michelle King was tapped to lead the nation’s second largest district Monday.

Beck recommends prosecution in shooting of homeless man

D.A. will have the final say

Chief Charlie Beck told the Los Angeles Police Commission this week that he does not take “lightly” his decision to recommend criminal charges for an officer who killed an unarmed homeless man in Venice.

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Cosby sues model Beverly Johnson

Accuses her of ‘fabricating’ a claim

Bill Cosby on Monday sued former supermodel Beverly Johnson, saying she defamed him by claiming he drugged and tried to have sex with her.

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Don Newcombe among first 12 on Baseball Reliquary ballot

Former Brooklyn Dodgers pitching star Don Newcombe is among 12 first-time candidates for election to the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals.

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Community leaders demand investigation into Lynwood shooting

‘No confidence’ in Sherriff Department impartiality

Black community leaders are demanding a U.S. Justice Department investigation

Mother of abandoned child found

Charged with attempted murder, child abuse

Two sheriff's deputies who rescued a newborn girl buried alive near Compton Creek w

Two suspects in San Bernardino shooting killed

Investigators sift through details to determine what happened

Crisis response experts from Los Angeles were at the disposal of San Bernardino County authorities today, as investigators examined whether international terrorism was a factor in a massacre committed by a couple who later died in a gun battle with law enforcement officers.

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Dodgers hire Dave Roberts, former outfielder, UCLA great

First minority to to manage the team

Dave Roberts, a former Dodger centerfielder and UCLA standout who spent the past five years