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‘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.

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Cedars-Sinai critical in Ebola defense

Cedars-Sinai has been tapped to play a critical role in bolstering the country’s front line of defense against Ebola and other highly infectious diseases under a federal grant announced Tuesday.

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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.