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3-month-old baby shot in face in Compton

A 3-month-old baby was shot in the face Tuesday night in Compton, and the suspected gunmen were seen fleeing the area. Several shots were reported near Holly Avenue and San Marcus Street shortly before 7 p.m., said Los Angeles County sheriff's Sgt. Ulysses Cruz. Deputies responded to the scene...

Teens as young as 14 rescued from sexual exploitation during Super Bowl, FBI says

Seven teenagers, some as young as 14 years old, were rescued from forced prostitution in the San Francisco Bay Area during Super Bowl week, authorities announced Tuesday. Some of the victims had previously been reported missing by their parents, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said. They ranged...

Police investigate man's body found in Boyle Heights

Los Angeles police were investigating the circumstances of a man's body found Tuesday afternoon in Boyle Heights. Officers and the Los Angeles Fire Department were called to the 2000 block of East 1st Street about 4:15 p.m., said LAPD Officer Matthew Ludwig. A preliminary investigation indicated...

About 20% of BART trains have working cameras -- the rest are decoys

Officials with Bay Area Rapid Transit say only about 20% of BART commuter trains have working surveillance cameras. The San Francisco Chronicle reports BART detailed exactly how many of its train cameras work in response to a public records request that newspapers filed last month. BART said Tuesday...

Body found floating near Newport Pier; cause of death uncertain

Lifeguards in Orange County made a grim discovery Tuesday in the ocean near Newport Pier. Huntington Beach lifeguards encountered a body floating in the ocean near the pier in Newport Beach, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Mark Stichter said. The lifeguards recovered the body and...

LAPD chief: 16-year-old fatally shot by police had sawed-off shotgun, stolen car

A 16-year-old shot and killed by Los Angeles police over the weekend was driving a stolen vehicle and carrying a sawed-off shotgun, Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday. Beck said officers with the LAPD's Hollenbeck Division spotted the vehicle in Boyle Heights on Saturday night, hours after it had...

$500 million in federal funds earmarked for L.A., Orange County transit projects

The Obama administration has earmarked $500 million for transit projects in Los Angeles and Orange County in the proposed federal budget for next fiscal year, local transportation officials said Tuesday. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority could receive up to $125 million...

2 sheriff's deputies in jail abuse case won't be retried on excessive force charges

Federal prosecutors Tuesday struck a deal with two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies that allows the men to avoid a second trial on charges they used excessive force on a jail inmate. Joey Aguiar and Mariano Ramirez were accused of unjustly beating the handcuffed inmate and then lying about...

Rent hike means San Francisco nuns may lose home, soup kitchen

Nuns who serve this city’s homeless population are in danger of getting kicked out of their home after a rent hike of more than 50%, another example of the struggle to balance soaring living costs in a booming economy. The sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen said...

Family of Venice homeless man fatally shot by LAPD files wrongful death lawsuits

The family of an unarmed homeless man fatally shot by a Los Angeles police officer in Venice Beach last year filed wrongful death lawsuits Tuesday in connection with the killing, attorneys for the family announced. The move came weeks after LAPD Chief Charlie Beck publicly said he had recommended...

Law requiring sex offenders to be identified on their passports is challenged

A civil rights group has filed a suit challenging a law that will require sex offenders to be identified on their passports. President Obama signed the International Megan's Law bill, passed by Congress last week, on Monday. The organization California Reform Sex Offender Laws filed the suit in...

L.A. firefighter injured battling flames at metal fabricating business downtown

A Los Angeles city firefighter was injured Tuesday morning after falling while battling a massive fire in a metal fabricating facility in downtown L.A., officials said. It is unclear how the firefighter was injured, or the extent of injuries, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire...

Northern California man accused of setting girlfriend on fire

A Northern California man is accused of pouring gasoline on his girlfriend and setting her on fire during an argument, authorities said. Late Thursday, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a woman screaming in the community of Cameron Park, about 30 miles east of Sacramento....

Record-breaking heat in February? Expect temperatures to hit 89 in L.A.

In case there were any doubts this February was shaping up to be a hot one, forecasters said Los Angeles would hit 89 degrees again Tuesday, just one day after temperatures shattered local records. The old record high for Feb. 8 in Los Angeles was 87 degrees, which was measured at LAX in 2006,...

Death of inmate in Lancaster prison investigated as homicide

The death of a 39-year-old inmate at a Lancaster prison is being investigated as a homicide, state officials said Monday. Rashell Clarke was found unresponsive Saturday in his cell in State Prison-Los Angeles County, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Staff...

Gas station canopy collapses in Torrance; at least 1 person injured

The canopy at a South Bay gas station collapsed Monday afternoon, trapping vehicles that were parked next to the pumps.  The awning at the Chevron station in the 3900 block of Artesia Boulevard fell about 3 p.m., Torrance fire Capt. Seve Deuel said. Two workers were atop the canopy’s roof, surveying...

Boyle Heights haunted by gunfire, explosive crash and a pregnant woman's cries for help

Juicho Ortiz was enjoying a warm, quiet Sunday on the porch of his Boyle Heights home when he and a friend looked up the hill and spotted a white car barreling toward them. “It was coming down fast and swerving on the wrong side of the street,” the 59-year-old recalled. The men wanted to bolt,...

Activists call on L.A. City Council to stop arresting homeless people for being homeless

Skid row activists called on the city of Los Angeles on Monday to stop arresting homeless people for keeping tents and other belongings on sidewalks, and asked that enforcement money be directed instead toward building housing. On the eve of what could be adoption of the most comprehensive homelessness...

Uber driver arrested on suspicion of DUI after Super Bowl

An Uber driver on his way to pick up passengers after the Super Bowl was arrested in Simi Valley on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said. Robert Wing, 46, was arrested about 2 a.m. Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Simi Valley...

L.A. Sheriffs jail escape update

A suspected killer who has been on the lam since being mistakenly freed from jail in Los Angeles has been caught in Boulder City, Nevada, Sheriff's Department officials announced Monday. Steven Wright was arrested at a hotel Monday morning before noon, the sheriff's department said in a statement....

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