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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.

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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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

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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

Council exempts some from ammunition ban

Retired, reserve officers given a pass

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday

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San Bernardino shooting prompts LAPD to go on modified tactical alert

Federal agengies investigate

Law enforcement authorities in San Bernardino engaged in a gun battle with

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Infant found buried alive

Officials seek parents

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help

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Odds improve for L.A. to win Olympic bid

Hamburg drops out

The odds of Los Angeles being chosen as the site of the 2024 Summer Olympics

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Carol Coronado found guilty for killing her daughters

Woman Convicted of First-Degree Murder for Stabbing Three Daughters Eds: The trial's sanity phase is set to begin TOMORROW in Dept. J, Compton Courthouse, 200 W. Compton Blvd.

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Downey police Officer Ricardo Galvez murdered

Funeral services are scheduled today for Downey police Officer Ricardo Galvez, who was gunned down during an apparent botched robbery while sitting in his parked car near the Downey police station.

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USC Football Coach Clay Helton

USC's interim football coach, Clay Helton, is the team's permanent head coach, the university announced today. Helton, who served as interim coach for seven games following the firing of Steve Sarkisian, guided the Trojans to a 5-2 record and a berth into the Pac-12 Football Championship Game.

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Kobe Bryant's retirement statement

This is the text of the retirement statement, written reportedly by Kobne Bryant, as posted on the website theplayerstribune.com .

Five players with Southland ties selected for U.S. Soccer Team

Lancaster High School grad on squad

Los Angeles Galaxy forwards Alan Gordon and Gyasi Zardes were among five players with ties to Southern California who were part of the 23-player roster announced today for the U.S. men's national soccer team's first qualifying game for the 2018 World Cup.

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Consumer advocates called today for the replacement of the independent watchdog of the Department of Water and Power

Consumer advocates called today for the replacement of the independent watchdog of the Department of Water and Power, saying he has failed to properly advocate for the utility's customers.

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Police served a series of search warrants today in a Montecito Heights

Police served a series of search warrants today in a Montecito Heights neighborhood and detained at least three people for questioning as they continued investigating the deaths of two young women whose bodies were found in a park several blocks away.

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Update on Cosby

A state appeals court panel today put on hold a planned deposition of Bill Cosby and his former attorney in connection with a defamation lawsuit filed against the comedian by ex-model Janice Dickinson, one of dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault.

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Sex Assaults on Barry Alberto Medina Moore

A 33-year-old man made his first court appearance today on charges of sexually assaulting three female victims ranging in age from 14 to 22 in Santa Ana and Garden Grove. Barry Alberto Medina Moore, who's being held in lieu of $1 million bail, did not enter a plea to the charges, which involve crimes allegedly committed in 2010 and 2013.

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City Council OKs handgun storage law

Measure now awaits mayor’s signature

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to require handguns to be stored in locked containers or disabled with a trigger lock as a safeguard against the weapons falling into the hands of children.

Whole Foods to eliminate jobs

Whole Foods Market, which has more than two dozen stores in Los Angeles and Orange counties, plans to eliminate about 1,500 jobs, or about 1.6 percent of its workforce, over the next two months, the Texas-based company announced today.

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Love at first crunch: How crickets could be the future of food

Eleven years ago, a series of health concerns forced me to leave my carnivorous ways behind. Since then, I've been one of those annoying people to dine with, vacillating between being vegan and vegetarian before finally landing in the world of pescatarianism. (That's fish to you.)

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Rare, stinky corpse flower is blooming in Chicago Botanic Garden

A stinky flower named Alice is blooming

Cover your noses! A corpse flower named Alice the Amorphophallus is blooming at the Chicago Botanic Garden, and boy does it smell.

L.A. a contender to host 2024 Olympics

Los Angeles was selected by the International Olympic Committee Wednesday as one of the five final candidates to host the the 2024 Olympics.