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City set to vote on plan to raze Parker Center and build $480-million office tower

The Los Angeles City Council will consider a proposal Friday to demolish Parker Center and build a $480-million office tower for city employees — a plan opposed by preservationists fighting to save the former police building. The boxy Parker Center on Los Angeles Street served for more than five...

San Francisco man threatened to shoot Muslim woman in alleged hate crime, police say

A San Francisco man was arrested on suspicion of threatening to shoot a woman wearing a hijab because she is Muslim, police said Thursday. Joshua Ruano, 27, is being held on suspicion of making a criminal threat with a hate-crime enhancement, according to the San Francisco Police Department. The...

Man dies in crash on 101 Freeway in Newbury Park

A man was killed Thursday afternoon when his car smashed into a semi truck on the 101 Freeway in Newbury Park, authorities said. The crash snarled southbound traffic to Camarillo, delaying motorists by about two hours, according to the California Highway Patrol. Authorities were notified about...

Crowd in Downtown L.A. protests Obamacare repeal

Crowds marched through Downtown Los Angeles Thursday afternoon to protest efforts by Republican lawmakers to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. In a rally that occupied a portion of Temple Street outside of the Roybal Federal Building, speakers addressed a crowd of healthcare providers and advocates....

List of problem L.A. deputies should be sent to prosecutor, civilian panel says

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s civilian oversight commission on Thursday backed Sheriff Jim McDonnell’s attempt to send prosecutors the names of deputies found to have committed serious misconduct on the job. The county commission’s move makes it the latest group to support the sheriff in the battle...

Should video from LAPD body cameras be released after a police shooting? If so, when? Police Commission wants to know

The Los Angeles Police Commission on Thursday launched its latest effort to answer one of the biggest questions facing law enforcement today, one that has increasingly tested the LAPD and other agencies as video consistently inspires fresh scrutiny of policing: When should footage from police body...

Emmy-winning producer gets 13 years in prison for trying to kill Studio City tenant over Oscars joke

An Emmy-winning producer was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years in state prison for trying to kill a tenant who laughed after he declared he would win five Academy Awards someday, authorities said. Andre Bautista, known as Andre Bauth, was found guilty by a judge on Feb. 2 of attempted murder and...

Man detained after 4 people found dead inside Sacramento home

A man has been detained in connection with the deaths of four people whose bodies were found inside a Sacramento home Thursday morning, police said. Police received a call about 7 a.m. from a relative asking officers to check the welfare of the victims, according to Sgt. Bryce Heinlein, a spokesman...

San Fernando pastor seriously injured in attack

A San Fernando pastor was hospitalized and recovering from a broken hip and other injuries after he was allegedly beaten by a former congregant Wednesday, KTLA reported. Rudy Trujillo, the pastor of Faith Center, was assaulted Wednesday morning in the 700 block of North Maclay Avenue, San Fernando...

Napolitano says UC remains committed to Mexico regardless of Trump actions

University of California President Janet Napolitano is headed to Mexico next week to reassure leaders there that the public research university remains committed to academic collaboration — even if some of it, such as climate change research, is at risk under the Trump administration. In an interview...

34 cities and counties urge a federal judge to block Trump's 'sanctuary cities' executive order

Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Santa Monica are among the 34 cities and counties arguing that President Trump’s threat to withhold federal funds from “sanctuary jurisdictions” is unconstitutional. In an amicus brief supporting Santa Clara County’s lawsuit against Trump, they are urging a federal...

Native flowers aren't the only plants in 'super-bloom' this spring — nasty weeds have also flourished

While hundreds of thousands of Southern Californians are oohing and aahing the “super bloom” of wildflowers painting the region’s fields and hillsides, at least a few folks are ughing and arghing the dark side of recent drought-busting storms: weeds. Along with scarlet monkey flowers, blue lupines...

The Silver Lake drought is over: Reservoir will be finally refilled

The drought is over in Silver Lake — at least, at its picturesque reservoir. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials announced Wednesday that the popular Silver Lake Reservoir — which has stood empty for more than a year — will be refilled starting in mid-April. The 96-acre reservoir...

Sex offender found dead after gun battle with Los Angeles sheriff's deputies faced child porn charges

A sex offender who died Monday in a shootout with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies outside the department’s Temple City station was facing child pornography charges, officials said. Andrew Jared Lane was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department in connection with child pornography...

OCC professor who made anti-Trump comments declines Faculty of the Year award

The Orange Coast College professor who made controversial comments about now-President Trump in a video recorded by a student during class last fall has declined to accept OCC's Faculty of the Year award, according to the college. Human-sexuality professor Olga Perez Stable Cox was notified of...

Former Bay Area firefighter accused of stealing $25,000 from toy drive for poor families

A former San Bruno firefighter was arrested this week on suspicion of stealing more than $25,000 from the firefighter’s union annual toy drive for low income families, police said. Holly Kaye Nelson was taken into custody Monday on a warrant for two felony counts of grand theft, according to Lt....

Forest Service demolishes Silverado Canyon dams despite protests

Officials continued their plans Wednesday to demolish 10 dams throughout the Santa Ana mountains, starting with three along Silverado Creek. About a dozen community members protested the Orange County demolition Tuesday and Wednesday near the Maple Springs Visitor Center, authorities said. Residents...

Southern California woman sold sick puppies through fake rescue group, prosecutors say

A Southern California woman has been accused of running a fake rescue organization and selling sick puppies to unsuspecting families. Megan Ann Hoechstetter, 42, was charged Monday with 20 misdemeanor counts of keeping an animal without proper care and two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse by...

Student who allegedly threatened violence at Chino High School is arrested

A 15-year-old student was arrested Tuesday after allegedly tweeting that Chino High School “needs a good shooting” and suggesting that he would repeat the Columbine massacre, according to authorities. The teen posted two messages about 2:30 p.m. on Twitter, saying, “I am recreating Columbine!”...

Big-rig crash near Hacienda Heights forces closure of freeway interchange

A big rig jackknifed early Wednesday on a transition road between the westbound 60 and the northbound 605 freeways near Hacienda Heights, forcing the closure of the road for an undetermined amount of time, authorities said. The solo-vehicle crash near the roadway’s center divider was reported at...

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