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D.A. sues to remove Maywood councilman from water board seat

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed a lawsuit this week to remove Maywood City Councilman Sergio Calderon from a regional water board, claiming both offices are a conflict of interest and violate state law. Calderon, 40, is a board member of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California...

Man stabbed to death on USC campus

A 25-year-old man, possibly a faculty member, was stabbed to death on the USC campus Friday and a suspect was taken into custody, law enforcement officials said. Los Angeles firefighters responded to a call of a stabbing at 4:34 p.m. in the 3600 block of McClintock Avenue, authorities said. When...

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accidentally shoots arson suspect in the buttocks

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot an arson suspect as the man fought with deputies in front of his burning home in Paramount, authorities said Friday. When county firefighters pulled up to Rodolfo Martinez’s home Thursday afternoon, the house was engulfed in flames and Martinez...

First Times photographer at San Bernardino mass shooting recalls a mad dash with police

Because Times photographer Gina Ferazzi likes golf, she captured an important moment during last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino. The site of the bloodshed, the Inland Regional Center, is across the street from San Bernardino Golf Club, where Ferazzi has played, and which she thought...

Gunmen in Stockton bank robbery where hostage was killed plead guilty to murder

A Stockton bank robber who used a hostage as a human shield during a police pursuit pleaded guilty to murder and a host of other charges Friday, San Joaquin County prosecutors said. Jamie Ramos, who faced a death penalty trial, also pleaded guilty to carjacking and attempted murder on a peace officer...

California's largest public employee union calls off strike

California's largest public employee union on Friday canceled a planned one-day strike, averting a potentially disruptive protest that would have kept up to 95,000 state workers off the job. The Service Employees International Union Local 1000 said negotiators from the union and the state "both...

It's a retro Southern California Christmas as Santa's Village reopens

The concrete on the skating rink was barely dry, the paint on the rockclimbing wall fresh, and the pub not yet serving alcohol, but Santa’s Village in Skyforest was officially open again Friday morning for the first time in nearly 20 years. The storied Christmas-themed park located in a small forest...

Con man who concocted 'diabolical, murderous scheme' to kill federal judge sentenced to 20 years

A convicted con man who plotted to have a federal judge killed with a wood chipper and federal prosecutors and FBI agents slain in a scheme for revenge was sentenced Friday to 20 more years in prison. John Arthur Walthall, 61, a former Laguna Beach resident, was already serving a 14-year prison...

Fall snow, rains have 'satisfied the drought debt' in Northern Sierra Nevada, climatologist says

At Heavenly Ski Resort, thousands of feet up in the northern Sierra Nevada, the heavy snowfall around Lake Tahoe forced the lodge to close its small roller coaster due to poor visibility this week. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, concerns over dry conditions were quickly dispatched when...

Southern California air board appoints executive, declines to reconsider beach bonfire rules

Southern California’s air quality board formally appointed former industry consultant Wayne Nastri as executive officer Friday in a vote of confidence in the powerful agency’s new leadership. Nastri was hired as interim head of the South Coast Air Quality Management District eight months ago after...

L.A. tentatively agrees to pay $4 million in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice by LAPD officer

Attorneys for the city of Los Angeles have agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed homeless man fatally shot by an LAPD officer in Venice, court records show. Attorneys representing Brendon Glenn’s family and the city agreed to the settlement this fall and...

Cough syrup with GPS tracker helps police nab suspected pharmacy burglars

The suspects had no idea that the bottle of cough syrup perched on a shelf at a Tustin pharmacy contained something more than cough relief.  It wasn’t until the nondescript package was removed from the small Newport Avenue business by burglars that its secret ingredients went to work.  Concealed...

San Bernardino massacre memorial: Victims, responders honored with moment of silence

From the earliest hours Friday, people touched by the attack one year ago in San Bernardino began gathering to remember the victims and honor those who offered their help in a moment of terror. Several gatherings were set to take place in the city throughout the day, each one reflecting the profound...

Sherri Papini's husband describes how he learned his kidnapped wife was found alive

In an interview set to air Friday on ABC’s “20/20,” the husband of abducted Redding mother Sherri Papini described how he knew his wife had been freed after three weeks in captivity: He got a phone call from police and could hear his wife screaming in the background.  “It was my wife screaming...

Why did San Bernardino terrorists target a Christmas party? 'We never established the motive,' chief says

A year ago today, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in a terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino. Since then, federal authorities have said the couple was “self-radicalized” in part by reading radical Islamic literature online. But why did they pick...

Chilly 60 mph Santa Ana winds expected to get even stronger and howl through L.A. County

As cold Santa Ana gusts reached 60 mph by early Friday in the Los Angeles County mountains, forecasters warned this was just a preview for a more powerful wind event. Strong Santa Ana winds will howl through Los Angeles and Ventura counties on Friday and Saturday, with gusts expected to reach 80...

Companies can be held liable when workers bring home asbestos dust that sickens others, court rules

Companies may be held liable if asbestos from a job site causes someone in a worker’s home to become sick, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday. The state high court ruling allows lawsuits to go forward on behalf of people allegedly diseased by asbestos fibers brought into...

Man walking on 10 Freeway in Pomona struck and killed; all westbound lanes closed

A pedestrian on the westbound 10 Freeway in Pomona was struck and killed late Thursday, causing a closure of all westbound lanes, the CHP reported. The man, identified only as a white adult male of unknown age, was reported walking in the westbound lanes at 11:10 p.m., said Officer Elizabeth Kravig...

Man is sentenced for stabbing transgender woman to death and setting their apartment on fire

A Van Nuys man was sent to prison Thursday for fatally stabbing his live-in partner, a transgender woman, and torching their apartment. Ezekiel Jamal Dear, 27, was convicted Oct. 19 of voluntary manslaughter and arson, according to Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district...

After 3-year investigation, former Bakersfield principal again accused of killing her husband

Authorities in Bakersfield arrested a former elementary school principal Thursday evening in connection with the death of her husband in 2013, signaling a breakthrough in the years-long investigation of the brutal slaying. Leslie Jenea Chance, 49, was arrested just before 5:30 p.m. and booked on...

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