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`Octomom' Pleads Not Guilty to New Count in Welfare Fraud Case

Next hearing set for April 16 in Dept. 50, Criminal Courts Building

Nadya Suleman, who gave birth to octuplets in 2009, pleaded not guilty today to the latest count against her in a welfare fraud case.

New city report urges sweeping changes in L.A. Fire Dept.

Audit prescribes improvements to management style

Management of the Los Angeles Fire Department needs to be streamlined, with the agency divided into four geographic bureaus, the “cumbersome” disciplinary process overhauled and the fire chief given a five- year employment contract, according to a consultant report released this week.

Laid off librarians limit youth access to books

Educational inequalities continue to be the result

About half of the 600 elementary and middle school libraries in the Los Angeles Unified School District are without librarians or aides, denying tens of thousands of students regular access to nearly $100 million worth of books, it was reported this week.

Obama makes it official: U.S. planning for full Afghan withdrawal

The president had not spoken to Karzai since a June 25, 2013, video conference, and the two had had no contact since a Nov. 21, 2013, letter from Washington to Kabul.

Prosecutors petition court to review ban on sex offenders

Orange County prosecutors this week filed a writ petitioning the state Supreme Court to review two appellate court rulings striking down a ban on registered sex offenders in the county’s parks and in more than a dozen of its cities.

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Shooting at USC

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A 21-year-old man was convicted Monday of four counts of attempted murder for a shooting that wounded four people outside a Halloween party on the USC campus, prompting the defendant to flip over a chair in anger and beg deputies to shoot him.

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Magic Johnson purchases the Los Angeles Sparks

Team will continue to play at the Staples Center

The Los Angeles Sparks have been purchased by an investment group led by Basketball Hall of Fame member Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter, the WNBA announced Wednesday.

Officers violated ‘use of force’ policy during Dorner manhunt

Women wounded recieve $4.2 million

Eight Los Angeles police officers violated department policy governing the use of deadly force when they opened fire on a pair of women delivering newspapers in Torrance during the manhunt for fired LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner, the city Police Commission decided Tuesday.

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Board of Supervisors appoints interim Sheriff John Scott

Baca official retirement is noon today

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday appointed Orange County Department Undersheriff John Scott as an interim replacement for retiring Sheriff Lee Baca.

Palmdale man arrested after sheriff's find bomb-making materials in his home

Detectives were looking for evidence of a different crime

A Palmdale man was arrested January 16 after sheriff's detectives conducting a probation search of his home found ingredients for making methamphetamine and bombs, a sergeant said.

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Man hallucinates and attacks Greyhound bus driver

LOS ANGELES, Calif., - A 25-year-old man from Los Angeles is facing multiple counts of felony endangerment, assault and aggravated assault after attempting to take the wheel of a Greyhound bus en route from Los Angeles to Dallas early today, causing a crash that injured two dozen people, authorities said.

Thousands line the streets for 29th Kindom Day Parade

Community leaders and celebrities march in Dr. King’s honor

Thousands of people lined streets in South Los Angeles Monday for the 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade, which featured marching bands, local dignitaries and a smattering of celebrities waving to the crowd.

City breaks ground on new light rail project

Connection is scheduled to be complete in 2019

Local and federal officials broke ground Tuesday on a light rail line project that will connect the Expo and Green lines, crossing Leimert Park, Baldwin Hills and Inglewood.

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Rep. Buck McKeon to retire

Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee will step down

Longtime Rep. Buck McKeon, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, announced Thursday that he won’t seek re-election this year and will retire at the end of his term.

The Forum is back!

Iconic arena reopens with a performance by ‘The Eagles’

The Forum, once home to the Lakers and Kings and a storied concert venue, reopened last night after undergoing a $100 million renovation, with the first of six planned performances by The Eagles.

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Arena Football League team to hold tryouts Saturday

SANTA ANA, Calif., - LA KISS will hold open tryouts Saturday at Santa Ana College, with the Arena Football League team hoping to sign five players for its inaugural training camp, coach Bob McMillen said.9

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Arrest made in Venice beating

VENICE, Calif., - Officers have arrested a man who allegedly beat another man with a folding chair during a dispute in Venice that was captured on video, authorities said today.

South L.A. left out of Promise Zones

Garcetti announces millions of dollars to combat poverty in Los Angeles

Los Angeles was chosen one of five “promise zones” that would receive millions of federal dollars aimed at combating poverty, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today from Washington, D.C.

New sentencing ordered for man who killed 14-year-old girl

Shooting was allegedly racially motivated

A state appeals court panel Wednesday ordered a new sentencing hearing for a Torrance man who acted as a lookout during a racially motivated December 2006 shooting that left a 14-year-old girl dead in the Harbor Gateway area.

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‘Imitation of Life’ co-star dies

Ocar nomination was double-edged sword for Juanita Moore

Juanita Moore, only the third African American nominated for a supporting-actress Oscar, has died in her Los Angeles home. She was 99.

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Defense in Kelly Thomas’ killing wrap up closing arguments

Rebuttal scheduled today

Attorneys for two former Fullerton officers accused in the July 2011 death of transient Kelly Thomas wrapped up their closing arguments Wednesday by claiming prosecutors did not meet their burden of proof.

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More performers announced

Stevie Wonder joins Grammy Awards lineup

Organizers of the upcoming 56th annual Grammy Awards announced today several additional performers for the telecast, including Katy Perry, Metallica and Stevie Wonder.

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Sheriff Lee Baca expected to resign

LOS ANGELES, Calif., - Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca is expected to announce today that he has decided to leave the beleaguered sheriff’s department rather than fight for a fifth term.

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Fighter arrested

Lost control of car, booked for DUI

Mixed martial artist Tito Ortiz was arrested today on suspicion of driving drunk following a non-injury crash on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway in the West Los Angeles area, the California Highway Patrol reported.

First homicide of 2014

Victim was shot while riding a bike

A 46-year-old man on a bicycle was fatally wounded in South Los Angeles Sunday morning, a homicide lieutenant said.

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Producers Awards

The producers of 10 films were nominated today for the Producers Guild of America’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for motion pictures, an honor that traditionally leads to best-picture honors on Oscar night.

SAG bleacher auction begins

100 seats available for red carpet

Would-be stargazers can begin bidding tonight for seats along the red carpet at the 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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Michigan State wins Rose Bowl

Goes ahead on fourth-quarter touchdown pass

Connor Cook threw a tie-breaking, 25-yard touchdown pass to Tony Lippett with 13 minutes, 22 seconds to play to give Michigan State a 24-20 victory over Stanford Wednesday in the 100th Rose Bowl Game.

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Out with plastic bags, in with paper

Not all bags banned; free reusable ones offered

One of the biggest new laws to go into effect in the city of Los Angeles as the new year starts is a ban on single-use plastic bags.

Sheriff deputies disciplined

Violated rules, report says

CNS—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has identified 15 cases in which employees who got jobs during a controversial mass hiring in 2010 went on to be disciplined for violating department rules, according to a new sheriff department report cited today.

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Electrical outage resolved

Power restored to most customers

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., — Power was restored today to nearly all Southern California Edison (SCE) customers in El Segundo whose electrical service was interrupted when a suspected drunk driver slammed a car into a light pole early on New Year's Day, authorities said.

Man Charged With Murdering Girlfriend

COMPTON, Calif., - A 22-year-old man was charged today with murdering his girlfriend, whose body was found buried in a Compton backyard.

Man Charged in Stepfather's Stabbing Death

COMPTON, Calif, - A 22-year-old man who allegedly stabbed his stepfather to death on Christmas Day was charged today with murder.

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Madea’s Christmas remains in top 10

The Hobbits comes in at number one

“Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas” at $8.4 million, was one of the 10 most popular movies in the U.S. and Canada this weekend. The film opened Dec. 14.

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Police seek help in weekend shooting in Willowbrook

A number of people were killed or injured this weekend in South and West Los Angeles. Here are the details: Authorities released the name of a man fatally stabbed in Jefferson Park late Friday.

Palmdale recruiting volunteer administrative hearing officers

The city of Palmdale is currently accepting applications for Volunteer Administrative Hearing Officers.

Numerous arrests made in weekend sobriety checkpoints

Checks increase safety, save money

Sobriety checkpoints by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in Lancaster, Carson and Norwalk Saturday night through early Monday screened thousands of motorists and yielded 10 DUI-related arrests, a sheriff’s captain said.

Man pleads not guilty to child’s beating

Charged with murder, assault

A Palmdale man pleaded not guilty this week to charges stemming from the beating death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter.

Two wanted Palmdale men remain at large

Sheriff’s call for public’s help in tracking them down

Sheriff’s detectives at the Palmdale station asked for the public’s help finding two wanted men this week.

Private foster care more dangerous

Children killed and abused; costs higher

California's private foster family system, which was developed beginning 27 years ago in the belief that it would be superior to foster care overseen by officialdom, has become more expensive and more dangerous than the government-run homes it has largely replaced, it was reported today.

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Jan Perry confirmed as new agency head

City Council approves her for economic development post

The Los Angeles City Council today unanimously confirmed former councilwoman Jan Perry as head of the newly created Economic and Workforce Development Department.

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Christmas party turns into brawl

Kappa annual holiday event marred by fighting

Police spent almost an hour quelling a brawl that erupted at the Radisson hotel near Los Angeles International Airport early this morning, a sergeant said.

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Mega Millions jackpot soaring

Lottery fever was sweeping the Southland today, with the jackpot for the multi-state Mega Millions game soaring to $636 million.

L.A. ups reward in killing of 7 year old

Shooting may be gang-related

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday voted unanimously to increase the reward from $50,000 to $75,000 for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the Dec. 2 killing of 7-year-old Taalib Pecantte.

Seven social workers arrested during strike

Hundreds gather outside Board of Supervisors meeting

Seven county social workers were arrested Tuesday as hundreds of striking workers protested today outside the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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FBI investigates inmate abuse in LA County Jail

  LOS ANGELES, Calif., - A federal investigation into alleged abuses inside Los Angeles County jails came to a head today with arrests of Sheriff’s Department officials and an anticipated announcement of charges against current and former Sheriff’s Department employees.

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Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte dies at 80

Served on school board since 2003

Los Angeles Unified School District board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte has died, a district spokeswoman said today. She was 80.

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Fast food workers demand higher wages

LOS ANGELES, Calif.,- Some fast-food workers in the Los Angeles area are expected to walk off the job Thursday as part of their continuing effort to increase their wages to $15 an hour and to form a union.

Senate youth program names top picks

Students recieve scholarship money and a trip to the Capitol

A Yorba Linda student was selected to represent California in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s 52nd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program, the state Department of Education announced this week.

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Shonda Rhimes honored by Director’s Guild of America

Recognized for putting women and minorities in key roles

Producing partners Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers, best known for “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Scandal,” will receive a diversity award from the Directors Guild of America for their efforts to provide directing job opportunities for women and minorities.