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Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit 

The stage for Bill Cosby's next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago. Judy Huth accused the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on...

Wilshire Grand: Embracing L.A. inside and out

Architect Chris King led the team who designed the interior of L.A. new hotel. Any detail out of place could spoil the effect.

Earthquake: 3.9 quake strikes near Truckee, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning 11 miles from Truckee, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:09 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of -0.6 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 15 miles from Loyalton, Calif., 20 miles from...

Suspect in California bank robberies, 'AK-47 Bandit,' believed under arrest in Nebraska

From jail in Nebraska, Richard Gathercole asked his mom: “Did you get all the guns out, too?” The request tipped off federal agents to the trail of one of the country’s most sought-after bank robbers, the “AK-47 Bandit,” who is suspected of shooting and seriously wounding a Chino police officer...

Evacuations urged as 1,200-acre fire burns at 'critical rate' in Riverside County

A car crash ignited a fire Monday in a remote Inland Empire canyon, and the blaze quickly spread to 1,200 acres, triggering evacuations. At 6:15 p.m., the fire was 0% contained as it burned in the dry hills between Beaumont and San Jacinto, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, according to the Riverside...

L.A. County approves $30-billion budget

Los Angeles County supervisors on Monday unanimously approved a $30.1-billion budget for the fiscal year that begins Saturday. The 2017-18 budget reflects an increase of about $200 million over the current fiscal year, as well as the addition of nearly 900 jobs. The new budget, unveiled in April...

Nearly three dozen illegal weapons found in home of LAPD officer accused of unlawful sex with teen cadet, sources say

Dozens of firearms found in the home of a Los Angeles police officer accused of having sex with a teenage cadet are illegal to own in California, three law enforcement sources said Monday. Investigators seized more than 100 firearms, including “assault rifles” and inert grenades, when they searched...

Uber driver accused of kidnapping, sexually assaulting intoxicated female passenger

A 46-year-old Uber driver with felony record has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and kidnapping after an intoxicated passenger was taken to a hotel and attacked. Los Angeles police said Monday that Alaric Spence picked up a 24-year woman who had been out drinking in downtown Los Angeles....

Family searches desperately for Orange County rapper swept away by Kern River

It’s been four days since friends and family members have seen an Orange County-based rapper who was swept away by dangerous currents in the Kern River. “We still have faith he is alive,” Erica Zambada said. Zambada last saw her soon-to-be husband, Michael Ramirez, about 5 p.m. Thursday after they...

South Pasadena man charged with murdering his 5-year-old son was about to flee, officials say

A South Pasadena man arrested on suspicion of murdering his missing 5-year-old son had been preparing to flee the country, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Monday. Investigators discovered that Aramazd Andressian had lightened the color of his hair, shaved off his beard and was making...

Fires destroy 2 buildings at 129-year-old Downey rehab center

Simultaneous fires destroyed two vacant buildings at the 129-year-old Rancho Los Amigos Rehabilitation Center campus in Downey early Monday, authorities said. Firefighters responded to a blaze on the Rancho Los Amigos south campus at 2:28 a.m. and found an abandoned two-story house near Erickson...

Desecrated Koran, pages of holy book left at Sacramento area mosques

Authorities are investigating possible hate crimes at two mosques in the Sacramento Valley during Ramadan over the weekend. The first incident was reported Friday night at the Islamic Center of Davis, where someone driving by threw pages torn from a Koran, according to the Sacramento Valley chapter...

Essential California: Don't bet against Magic Johnson turning the Lakers around

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, June 26, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES On Ball and Magic The Lakers selected UCLA star Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 pick in the draft. This comes after a swift change in leadership that left...

Trash to treasure: USC architect students build tiny portable house to raise awareness about homelessness

Jeremy Carman was driving around Boyle Heights recently when he spotted a rolled-up garage door on the side of the road. That’s it, the 25-year-old thought. The garage door would make the perfect roof for the 8-foot-tall house that he and four other USC architecture students were building over...

Muslims across Southern California mark the end of Ramadan with prayers, celebrations and food

Muslims across Southern California marked the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Sunday, breaking a month of fasting with prayers, celebrations and meals. Eid, or the “feast of the breaking of the fast,” began this weekend and is celebrated for up to three days. The festival is a chance to relax...

Sister Sam, founder of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, dead at 82

In 1977, Sister Alice Marie Quinn started what became St. Vincent Meals on Wheels with a single pot of stew served to 83 seniors in a church basement near MacArthur Park. On Friday — days after celebrating her 82nd birthday — Sister Sam, as she was known by friends, died of natural causes. As executive...

O.C. coroner botches an ID, and a family buries a stranger, not their homeless son

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is investigating why the coroner’s office misidentified a body found behind a Fountain Valley Verizon store, officials said. Authorities told the family of Frank M. Kerrigan, a 57-year-old mentally ill homeless man, that it was Kerrigan’s body that was found...

Police commissioner calls for inspector general to investigate LAPD's troubled cadet program

The president of the civilian panel that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department said he will direct the LAPD’s watchdog to review its cadet program, the latest inquiry stemming from a series of disturbing allegations involving the long-championed youth program. Matt Johnson, the head of the...

High-tech Annenberg PetSpace adoption center opens in Playa Vista

Sitting inside a pen with artificial grass at the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, a new animal adoption center in Playa Vista, Jane Prather gave her husband a slight nod. He knew what she meant. “We’ll adopt him,” Prather quietly told an adoption specialist kneeling next to her, referring to a 9-year-old...

Rep. Maxine Waters speaks out on Republican health care bill at packed town hall meeting, as protesters gather outside

To illustrate why she believes everyone should have access to comprehensive health care, Rep. Maxine Waters said she and her 13 siblings never saw a physician or a dentist their entire childhood. “I was born at home in St. Louis back in the day when it was hard for minorities to get into hospitals,”...

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