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Michael Jackson’s legacy honored five years later

Heaps of flowers were piled outside the mausoleum where Michael Jackson is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Glendale Wednesday, as fans worldwide marked the fifth anniversary of the singer’s death due to an overdose of a powerful anesthetic he used to battle insomnia.

Proposed voter ID law fails

An initiative that would have required voters to show government-issued photo identification to have their ballot counted has failed to qualify for the November ballot, the Secretary of State’s Office announced this week.

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Cedars-Sinai to train Black barbers in hypertension detection

The head of Cedars-Sinai’s hypertension center will use an $8.5 million grant to help train Black barbers to check men for high blood pressure, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center announced Wednesday.

Sterling agrees to sell Clippers

Drops lawsuit against NBA

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling will sign off on the proposed $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and will drop the lawsuit he filed against the NBA alleging he was forced being forced to unload the franchise, his attorney said Wednesday.

Mayor’s ‘Great Streets’ initiative gives city needed makeovers

All 15 council district to recieve improvements

Mayor Eric Garcetti has officially announced the first 15 Los Angeles streets that will undergo a makeover under his Great Streets urban renewal program.

Appeals courts agrees to throw out Palmdale’s Nov. 5 election results

An appeals court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out the results of Palmdale’s Nov. 5 City Council election, saying it disenfranchised Latino and African American voters.

Lancaster man convicted of kidnapping, sexual assault

A man was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl who was grabbed by her ponytail while walking to school in Lancaster about a year and a half ago.

Palmdale residents fight ‘Pillowcase Rapist’ release

Christopher Hubbart admitted to raping more than 40 women

A handful of residents on Wednesday decried the proposed release of the “Pillowcase Rapist”— who admitted raping about 40 women between 1971 and 1982—in the Palmdale area.

Board of Supervisors urged to make healthcare commitment

nMore than 200 rallied for the uninsured and undocumented

More than 200 community activists this week urged the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to commit $150 million to healthcare for uninsured and undocumented residents.

Mother kills her three daughters

A mother killed her three children at a home in an unincorporated area near Carson Tuesday and was taken into custody, according to the sheriff's department.

Metro Purple Line recieves $2.1 billion in funds for extension

Train route will expand from Downtown L.A. to Beverly Hills

On Wednesday The Obama administration announced $2.1 billion in federal grant and loan agreements to help build the 3.9-mile Westside Purple Line Extension from downtown Los Angeles to Beverly Hills.

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Would you live in a house made of urine and bacteria? It's a surprisingly good idea

New bio bricks offer flame, UV, and water resistance without adding any chemicals

Peter Trimble found his formula through trial and error. A design student at the University of Edinburgh, he was aiming to produce an artistic exhibition for a module on sustainability, when he stumbled on "Dupe," a living alternative to concrete.

Man ordered to stand trial in girlfriend’s sword killing

A man who allegedly killed his girlfriend with a sword in front of her four children in Lancaster nearly six years ago was ordered Thursday to stand trial.

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Airplane diverts after windshield cracks

A Friday flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles diverted to Albuquerque

A cracked windshield was not part of traveler Jennifer Squires' flight plan when she boarded a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles on Saturday, May 3.

Fire Department on the verge of major overhaul

Outside consulting firm lays out blurprint for change

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday set into motion an overhaul of the fire department, instructing city staffers to study dividing the city into bureaus and revamping its disciplinary process, among other things. City staffers were directed pick up where a $500,000 report by PA Consulting left off.

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Supreme Court refuses to review ban on sex offenders in parks

The state Supreme Court refused Thursday to review an appellate court's ruling, striking down a ban on registered sex offenders in parks in 15 Orange County cities and similar prohibitions in 30 cities statewide.

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Astronomers discover new planet

Kepler-186f is the same size as Earth and may be habitable

Astronomers using the Jet Propulsion Laboratory-developed Kepler Space Telescope have discovered the first planet that is about the same size of Earth and orbits a star within the “habitable” zone, NASA officials announced this week.

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Rapper Andre Johnson severs penis, jumps off building, but survives

  NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif - A 40-year-old rapper known as “Christ Bearer” sliced off his penis and jumped from the second-floor balcony of his North Hollywood apartment today, but survived what was believed to be a suicide attempt.

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New market opens in South L.A.

Northgate Gonzalez market is expected to provide nearly 200 jobs

A Latino market that opened in South Los Angeles Monday is providing fresh produce and nearly 200 jobs, including one for a young man hired as a bag boy who hopes to work his way up

Investigation continues in Humboldt tour bus collision

Names of all deceased released

The probe into last Thursday’s fiery bus-big rig collision on Interstate 5 was focused in Los Angeles this week, where federal investigators planned to interview witnesses and meet with the owners of the bus that carried nine of the 10 people killed in the collision.

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Mayor’s new budget proposal emphasizes ‘back-to-basics’ agenda

Proposal includes extending library hours, hiring law enforcement, and fixing city streets

Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled an $8.1 billion budget proposal this week that includes money for expanding library hours, hiring more firefighters and code enforcement officers, and fixing deteriorated city streets and sidewalks.

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Jay-Z brings new music festival to Grand Park

Two-day event is slated for Labor Day weekend

Mayor Eric Garcetti and other Los Angeles leaders took turns quoting lyrics by rapper Jay-Z Wednesday as the music star joined them outside City Hall to announce a two-day music festival to be held at downtown’s Grand Park this Labor Day weekend

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Ten killed in bus trip to Humboldt State University

Humboldt State University’s president and the California State University chancellor both offered condolences today to relatives and families of students who were killed or injured in a bus crash in Northern California, but both said they hope to continue the program of busing students to visit the college campus.

Detectives honored in soccer team molestation case

Renoir Valenti faces 150 years to life

Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives and a prosecutor were honored Wednesday for their work with victims of a soccer coach convicted of child molestation in a case involving 15 young boys and one girl.

LAPD officer’s shooting could have had more victims, reports say

Suspect reportedly unsuccessfully applied to the department

The 29-year-old man who shot a police officer in the lobby of the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division and took aim at the officer’s partner intended to shoot other people at the police complex as well, it was reported this week.

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Things to Know for your New day

A mighty quake rocks Chile. A convicted spy could go free. And Obama moves on to his next fight.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said good night, then drifted off over the darkened seas, somehow bypassing that vast spiderweb of modern technology that catches every move of worldwide aviation. Yet, high technology seems the only way of tracking down where on Earth the plane ended up.

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Landslide toll rises to 27 as searchers battle muck, standing water

wenty-two people still are missing, authorities said

Among the mounds of mud and ripped-down trees, you see an occasional appliance, a tire here and there, the twisted cables that used to be part of the telephone system. What you don't see are homes.

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Wisconsin Defeats Arizona in Overtime for Berth in Final Four

ANAHEIM, Calif., - Frank Kaminsky scored six of his 28 points in overtime and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds leading Wisconsin to a 64-63 victory over Arizona in the West Region final today at the Honda Center.

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Legacy Academy teacher arrested

Suspect alledgely had innappropriate contact with student

A 35-year-old teacher at Legacy Academy School in Valencia was arrested Thursday for allegedly having inappropriate contact with a student.

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War affects children in unforeseen ways

More than 2 million children have been separated from a parent during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars

When Melissa Seligman's husband left on his second deployment to Iraq in 2005, their 2-year-old daughter began banging her head on the floor. The Army wife tried to rock the girl, sing to her. With a newborn to care for, too, sometimes all Melissa could do was quickly slide her hand between the toddler's head and the floor.

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County Honors Olympic Luger Kate Hansen

Olympic luger Kate Hansen of La Canada was honored by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today for her participation in the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

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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.