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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.

Inglewood Courthouse evacuated

Hazardous substance suspected

A hazmat scare prompted the evacuation of the Inglewood courthouse Monday.

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New family-owned grocery store chain moving into Southland

Compton location to open in March

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market will open 14 stores in the greater Los Angeles area, including a location in Compton, beginning in December and continuing into 2016, creating about 500 jobs, the company announced Tuesday.

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Judge allows civil suit against Suge Knight to move forward

A judge said in a tentative ruling that the widow of a man who died when he was run over by a pickup truck allegedly driven by Marion “Suge” Knight can move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit against the former rap music mogul while Knight’s criminal case is underway.

California schools lose millions due to absenteeism

Truancy also cost students

More than 23 percent of California elementary school students were truant in 2014-15, with at least three unexcused absences, while about 230,000 of them were chronically absent, missing more than 10 percent of the school year, according to a report released in Los Angeles today by Attorney General Kamala Harris.

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Mobility Plan

Group sue city over mobility plan

A residents’ group filed a lawsuit today challenging the city's recently adopted mobility plan aimed at adding bicycle lines and making other transportation infrastructure changes across Los Angeles over the next 20 years.

Boys stabbed to death

Three young boys were found stabbed to death and covered in blood inside an SUV in South Los Angeles Wednesday, and a man believed to be their father was taken to a hospital suffering from critical stab wounds.

Woman convicted of murdering mother of LAPD training officer

Killed her for money

A 62-year-old woman was convicted today of the financially motivated murder of her 79-year-old aunt, who was the mother of a Los Angeles Police Department training officer.

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Heat wave alert

Stay cool during hot weather

Los Angeles County's top health official declared a “heat alert” this week and warned residents of the greater Los Angeles area, including the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, not to leave older adults, children or pets unattended in un-air conditioned homes or vehicles.

UCLA player arrested

Accused of robbery

UCLA starting defensive back Ishmael Adams was in custody today following his arrest on suspicion of robbery. Adams was arrested by UCLA campus police at about 3:35 a.m. Sunday, and was booked on suspicion of robbery, according to the Sheriff's Information Bureau.

UCLA Health notifying patients about stolen laptop with personal health info

UCLA Health announced this week that 1,242 patients are being notified about the theft of a faculty member’s laptop computer containing names, medical record numbers and health information used to prepare patient treatment plans. According to UCLA, no Social Security numbers, health plan ID numbers, credit card numbers or other financial data were stored on the stolen laptop, which was password protected and was reported stolen on July 3.

Thousands of seniors among the ‘hidden poor’

Must choose between basic necessities and their health

Nearly 20 percent of adults over 65 in California live between an economic rock and hard place—unable to afford basic needs but ineligible to receive government assistance—making them the state’s “hidden poor,” according to a UCLA study released Monday.

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Here's how to calculate your heart's age

Heart disease is the leading cause of death, but often preventable

About 69 million Americans are not as young at heart as they believe they are, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.

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Guitarist granny still rocking at 76

Beverly Watkins is a 76-year-old blues guitarist

From outside Blind Willie's, a small club in Atlanta, a scorching guitar solo can be heard over a blues chord progression one evening in July.

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Is early breast cancer overtreated?

More than 60,000 women diagnosed with Ductal carcinoma in situ annually

More than 60% of all women over 40 in the United States have had a mammogram in the past two years. And 20% of mammograms detect something called ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS -- also known as Stage 0 breast cancer.

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Wiz Khalifa: I was arrested for riding a hoverboard

Rapper Wiz Khalifa is claiming his use of a "Back to the Future"-esque hoverboard got him in big trouble with customs in Los Angeles.

Police Commission cut short

Activists lash out at second meeting

Tensions flared at the Police Commission meeting Tuesday as local Black Lives Matter activists lashed out at commissioners, who took a brief recess and later cut short a public comment period due to outbursts from the audience and public speakers.

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City to settle DWP billing case

City officials have agreed to pay $44 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) of over-billing thousands of its customers for water, electricity and other utility services, attorneys announced today.