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Redlands teacher charged with engaging in sex acts with underage student

A Redlands High School teacher has been arrested and charged with engaging in multiple sex acts with an underage female student. Kevin Patrick Kirkland, 56, of Rancho Cucamonga was arrested Tuesday in Arizona and waived extradition back to California. Kirkland is slated to appear in San Bernardino...

Woman caught on video trying to steal packages from Alhambra home is arrested, police say

A 20-year-old woman caught on video trying to steal packages from a man’s doorstep in Alhambra has been arrested, police announced Friday. Detectives identified Rianna Medina through tips and social media and found her in a Rosemead motel about 1 p.m., the department said on its Facebook page....

Space shuttle external tank, en route to L.A., plays role in sea rescue off Baja coast

For a space shuttle tank that never flew, the orange giant called ET-94 has some tales to tell. It was poked and prodded and its foam dissected during the investigation into the space shuttle Columbia disaster. It survived Hurricane Katrina at a NASA facility in New Orleans. It crossed the Panama...

L.A. bakery owners ordered to pay $15.3 million for abuse of workers on visas

The owners of the now-shuttered L’Amande French Bakery that operated in Beverly Hills and Torrance have been ordered to pay nearly $15.3 million in damages for exploiting 11 Filipino workers. U.S. District Judge Fernando Olguin on May 2 granted a default judgment to the workers, who claimed they were...

Driver runs over bicyclist in road rage argument in downtown San Francisco

An argument between a man on a bicycle in downtown San Francisco and a motorist nearly turned deadly Thursday night when the driver allegedly hit and ran over the cyclist, police said. Taj’zanae Zakira Thomas, an 18-year-old Oakland resident, was driving with two others in her car when she and...

L.A. City Council reverses decision that could have brought 250 apartments to Cahuenga Pass

The Los Angeles City Council Friday reversed a decision that could have allowed hundreds of apartments to be built along the Cahuenga Pass, to the chagrin of a local landowner seeking more than $30 million in damages from the city. Ben Forat had planned to construct roughly 250 apartments on empty...

Gov. Jerry Brown backs $2-billion plan to ease homelessness across California

Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday threw his support behind an ambitious $2-billion plan to build housing for California’s mentally ill homeless population. The governor's action comes as cities from Los Angeles to San Francisco, have seen increases in homelessness in recent years, sparked in part by rising...

Shooting of pregnant woman is 'an assault on us all'; search for ex-boyfriend continues

A manhunt is underway for a Bay Area man whom police say shot his pregnant ex-girlfriend in the head last month. The U.S. Marshals have joined the search for Ricardo Colindres, 26. The Pacifica Police Department said Colindres disappeared after trying to kidnap his ex-girlfriend at 8:10 a.m. April...

Broken fire hydrant gushes water, forcing closure of Coldwater Canyon Boulevard

A flood of water and mud forced the closure of busy Coldwater Canyon Boulevard in Studio City early Friday, after a motorist crashed into a fire hydrant, according to authorities. The vehicle struck the hydrant around 2 a.m., sending water and mud flowing down the road, said LAPD Officer Aareon...

Audit rips California's state bar for shady finances and bloated salaries

The agency charged with regulating California’s attorneys has failed to give a transparent view of its finances, while its top tier of executives have enjoyed more generous salaries than the governor and attorney general, according to a scathing state audit released Thursday. The review of the...

L.A. city attorney shuts down second pot delivery service

The Los Angeles city attorney's office on Friday announced another legal victory in its fight to stop companies from delivering marijuana. City prosecutors have shut down Speed Weed, a popular pot delivery company that served 25,000 customers across Southern California. Cosmic Mind, the company that...

World War I-era cannon stolen from veterans hall returns home

A 1-ton World War I-era cannon stolen earlier this month from a veteran’s hall has been returned to its home in the Bay Area. A Martinez man saw a news story about the stolen 105 mm cannon and realized he had purchased it for $1,200 days ago, according to the Richmond Police Department. He contacted...

3 men face felony charges in killing of endangered fish in Death Valley

Three men have been charged in a drunken rampage at a protected habitat in Death Valley National Park, where a tiny endangered fish was found dead. Trenton Sargent, 26, of Indian Springs, Nev.; Steven Schwinkendorf, 29, of Pahrump, Nev.; and Edgar Reyes, 35, of North Las Vegas were identified through...

Invasive beetles devastating old-growth oak trees in San Diego County

Invasive beetles are continuing to decimate old-growth trees across Southern California, according to state forest and fire officials who pointed out some of the damage during a grim tour of San Diego County’s backcountry. Their message hit home at Cuyamaca Rancho State Park near Julian, where...

Victims' families testify in death penalty phase of Grim Sleeper trial

Kennietha Lowe recalled how the girls would don flower-print dresses and primp their hair decades ago. She said she and her older sister, Mary, were aspiring entertainers who loved performing for their family, dancing and singing in their living room. With their cousin, the three girls emulated...

Woman fatally shot in Anaheim park

A daytime shooting in an Anaheim Hills park left a woman dead Thursday and forced police to shut down nearby schools as they searched for the gunman, who was taken into custody. The shooting was reported shortly after 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Peralta Canyon Park, said Sgt. Daron Wyatt of...

Skydiving plane with 18 on board crashes in vineyard near Lodi

A skydiving plane with 18 people on board crashed and flipped over Thursday in a Northern California vineyard, authorities said. The pilot suffered a minor injury, but none of the passengers were injured, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. The single-engine plane...

Charges dismissed against Black Lives Matter protesters who blocked L.A. freeway

Charges were dismissed Thursday against a group of demonstrators accused of blocking the 101 Freeway during a 2014 protest against the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., part of a series of Los Angeles demonstrations that drew national attention because of the high number of arrests...

Police seek charges of disturbing the peace against Chris Brown over ATV antics

Disturbing the Peace isn’t the name of R&B singer Chris Brown’s latest release. But it could be the next criminal charge he faces for doing doughnuts on an ATV in his Tarzana neighborhood. Los Angeles police are asking the city attorney to decide whether to charge Brown after an incident Wednesday...

Affidavit details case against stepfather of missing 2-year-old

The stepfather of a 2-year-old who went missing in San Diego more than a dozen years ago either injured the child on purpose or failed to seek medical help when the boy was hurt accidentally, a police detective said in a court document unsealed Thursday. In her request for an arrest warrant, a...

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