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Bakersfield police investigate suicide

Police are investigating an apparent suicide Thursday morning that local media say occurred at the home of a Bakersfield City Council member. Bakersfield police were dispatched to a home in the 8600 block of Dinard Place about 11:30 a.m. regarding an apparent suicide, officials said. When they...

Former Santa Rosa wine prodigy is arrested in bank robbery

A Santa Rosa man, who was once touted to be one of the youngest vineyard managers in California’s wine country, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of robbing a bank, police said. Kyle Cameron, 20, was taken into custody during a traffic stop in the area of River Road and Highway 101 near the Russian...

Live updates: Winter weather slams California

Live updates: Winter weather slams California Jan. 5, 2017, 2:12 p.m. A string of winter storms is expected to bring up to 20 feet of fresh snow to Mammoth Mountain in the next 10 days. The winter weather will also bring some more much-needed rain to other parts of California. Another powerful...

Double-murderer Betty Broderick is denied parole for a second time

Elisabeth “Betty” Broderick will remain in state prison, where she is serving time for the 1989 murders of her ex-husband and his new wife at their San Diego home, California’s parole board ruled late Wednesday. At the end of a daylong hearing, the two-member panel found that Broderick was not...

Former principal sues La Cañada Unified, alleging discrimination over pregnancy

A former La Cañada Unified principal has filed a sex discrimination lawsuit against the district, claiming she became subject to unfavorable treatment — including negative evaluations, demotion and reassignment — when she told officials, shortly after her 2012 hiring, that she was pregnant. In...

Suspect in killings of Long Beach mother, 4-year-old daughter will represent himself at trial

The Oklahoma man accused of gunning down a mother and daughter near their Long Beach home last summer will be allowed to represent himself at trial, where he could face the death penalty. Brandon Ivan Colbert, 22, of Tulsa, Okla., pleaded not guilty Thursday to the August slayings of 26-year-old...

Steady rainfall snarls traffic on Los Angeles County roads

Stormy weather created havoc for drivers on Los Angeles County freeways on Thursday and triggered several major roads closures. Rain-slicked roads were clogged with commuters after a big rig jackknifed on the eastbound 60 Freeway in East Los Angeles, forcing authorities to shut down five lanes....

D.A. backs man who insists he was wrongfully convicted of notorious Palmdale murder

From behind bars, Raymond Lee Jennings begged a court to throw out his murder conviction, saying he had nothing to do with the shooting death of an 18-year-old college student in a dimly lit Palmdale parking lot. Now — more than a decade after his arrest — he has a surprise ally in his request...

Killer Charles Manson's failing health reopens old wounds in cult murder saga

The long saga of Charles Manson, the cult leader whose murder spree more than four decades ago made him a subject of hate, fear, revulsion and fascination, moved to a hospital in downtown Bakersfield this week. Inside Mercy Hospital, Manson was being treated for gastrointestinal bleeding related...

San Diego bank robber reveals his identity by using ATM card during heist

If only all crimes were so easy to solve: Alvin Lee Neal robbed a downtown San Diego bank, but before he did he inserted his ATM debit card at the teller window — revealing his name and other personal information. Neal, 56, was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to three years and 10 months in...

Measure S opponents scale back claims in voter guide after being sued

Opponents of a controversial measure that would restrict L.A. real estate development have agreed to scale back some of their claims submitted for a city voter guide after being sued by the initiative’s supporters. Backers of Measure S, which would temporarily halt construction projects that require...

Next phase of the Wilshire subway receives $1.6 billion in federal funds

The second phase of the Purple Line subway, which will connect Beverly Hills and Century City to downtown Los Angeles by rail, will receive more than $1.6 billion in federal grants and loans, officials said Wednesday. The federal money, in combination with $747 million in local sales tax revenue,...

LAPD: Case of 'Hollyweed' prankster will be presented to prosecutors

Days after a Pomona artist told reporters that he altered the Hollywood sign to read “HOLLYWeeD,” Los Angeles Police detectives say they plan to submit their case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney for possible prosecution. LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado said Wednesday that investigators...

Tijuana councilman's bail is set at $300,000 in money-laundering case

Bail was set at $300,000 Tuesday for a Tijuana City Council member who is facing money-laundering charges in San Diego. Superior Court Judge David J. Danielsen rejected the prosecution’s $5-million bail request for Luis Torres Santillan, which described him as a flight risk. The councilman’s attorney argued that Torres...

Mass murderer Charles Manson seriously ill, moved to hospital, sources say

Mass murderer Charles Manson was taken from a Central Valley prison to a hospital for an undisclosed medical issue, two sources familiar with the situation said. One of the sources said Manson was seriously ill but could provide specific information. Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilatation officials...

Avalanche warnings as Sierras hit by major snowstorm; 4-5 feet expected this week

Higher elevations of Northern California were hit by heavy snowfall overnight, prompting avalanche warnings, as the region braced for a week of intense weather. The National Weather Service said it expected four to five feet of snow in some Sierra areas and encouraged drivers to avoid mountain...

Man vandalizes nearly 30 vehicles in Koreatown neighborhood, police say

A man was arrested Monday night after he vandalized 30 vehicles with a small blade in a Koreatown neighborhood, police said. William Michael Ramirez, 32, was taken into custody on suspicion of felony vandalism after he was caught in the act, said Officer Irma Mota, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles...

From immigration to short-term housing to street vendors, L.A. City Hall faces a heavy agenda

Los Angeles City Hall gets back to work this week, facing an ambitious and, in some ways, divisive agenda ahead of several key elections. The council will take up some hot-button issues tied to immigrants, the new economy and homelessness. In the shadow of all this is Mayor Eric Garcetti’s reelection...

Can a $100,000 grant revive the Triforium, L.A.'s 'weird, strange beacon'?

Through its first 41 years, the concrete tripod with the rainbow swirl  across from Los Angeles City Hall has done nothing so well as inspire  clever putdowns. The 60-foot sculpture, christened the Triforium in 1975, was soon mocked as the “Trifoolery" and "Three Wishbones in Search of a Turkey."...

Should L.A. County have a huge desalination plant? A battle looms in the South Bay

On a picturesque summer afternoon, West Basin Municipal Water District officials chose to woo regulators with a stroll by the beach in El Segundo, stopping to admire an unadulterated strip of California coastline.  "It is beautiful," said Diane Gatza, West Basin’s water resources engineer. A few...

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