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Denzel Washington being awarded at ASC Awards

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

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.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

Man arrested for attempting to aid terrorists

A 22-year-old Orange County man was sentenced today to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to help Islamic State terrorists in Syria.

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Santa Clarita fire continues to force evacuations

About 3,000 firefighting personnel were working today to extinguish the Sand Fire, which has consumed more than 33,000 acres, destroyed at least 18 homes, forced thousands of residents to evacuate and possibly claimed a life.

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Judge rejects Baca plea deal

A federal judge this week rejected a proposed plea deal between former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and prosecutors that called for the retired lawman to serve anywhere from zero to six months in prison for lying to investigators.

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Judge rejects Baca plea deal

A federal judge this week rejected a proposed plea deal between former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and prosecutors that called for the retired lawman to serve anywhere from zero to six months in prison for lying to investigators.

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Teenage pilot returns home

A teenage Compton pilot arrived home in Southern California this week, capping a flight around the nation in preparation for what he hopes will be a record-setting around-the-world trip.

Shooting Response, 6th Ld

The Los Angeles Police Department will get extra resources to make sure its officers are safe and supported following the killings of three law enforcement officers and the wounding of three others in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mayor Eric Garcetti said today.

Judge rejects Baca plea deal

A federal judge this week rejected a proposed plea deal between former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and prosecutors that called for the retired lawman to serve anywhere from zero to six months in prison for lying to investigators.

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Spread the H2Love

Metropolitan launches summer water conservation campaign

The Metropolitan Water District this week unveiled an “H2Love” campaign asking Southern Californians to embrace long-term conservation as the state’s drought enters its fifth year and Los Angeles registers record-low rainfall.

Inglewood Protest, 1st Ld

Hundreds of Black Lives Matters protesters marched in Inglewood, blocked an intersection and stopped traffic on the San Diego (405) Freeway, but dispersed after midnight with little police intervention, authorities said.

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Dallas Reaction-Snoop/Game

Rappers Snoop Dogg and The Game led a peaceful demonstration today outside a Los Angeles Police Department recruit graduation in what they called an effort to promote unity in the aftermath of the deadly shootings of police officers in Dallas.

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Young Compton pilot flies across country

Teen has plans to fly around the world, break record

A Compton teenager took off on a planned cross-country flight this week day as the first step in what he hopes will be a record-setting around-the-world adventure.

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L.A. prepared to offer summer jobs to local youth

City and county officials announced a goal this week of helping 15,000 young people get jobs this year as part of the Los Angeles Summer Youth Employment program, which is available to people 14 to 21 years of age.

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Vapors from E-cigarettes could be toxic for smokers

Many not be any safer than tobacco, research says

A UCLA study released this week suggests that e-cigarettes may not be significantly safer than tobacco cigarettes.

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LGBT organization throws support behind gun control

One of the country’s largest statewide LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) advocacy organizations recently announced its support at Los Angeles City Hall for a gun control package proposed by state lawmakers, and vowed to push for national gun legislation, following the recent mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando.