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Marriage proposal gets off to rocky start with Morro Bay cliff rescue

It was certainly a rockier marriage proposal than most. Michael Banks, 27, climbed the 600-foot Morro Rock early Thursday and asked his girlfriend, via the Facetime app, to marry him. She said yes, Morro Bay State Park ranger Dale Kinney told the San Luis Obispo Tribune, but what happened next...

Earthquake: 3.2 quake strikes near Avalon

A shallow magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Thursday evening 19 miles from Avalon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:45 p.m. at a depth of 0 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 26 miles from Dana Point, 27 miles from Laguna Beach and 27 miles from...

South L.A. students will get priority admission to Cal State Dominguez Hills

Students in South Los Angeles public high schools will soon receive priority admission to Cal State Dominguez Hills.  On Thursday, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced an agreement with the university to guarantee admission to students at Local District South high schools who meet requirements...

Some are declaring it L.A.'s craziest car chase, but it has some wild competition

No, it was not your imagination. Even veteran cops involved in police pursuits said the one Thursday across the rain-slicked streets of Los Angeles was one for the ages. It's not the human toll -- this chase ended without injuries and little actual damage to cars (though there were some close calls)....

LAPD's first 'volunteer citizen patrol' to hit San Fernando Valley streets to battle property crime

Los Angeles police on Thursday formally introduced the department's first "volunteer citizen patrol," a 15-person pilot program based in the San Fernando Valley that officials hope will eventually spread across the city. The volunteers will not carry guns and won't take enforcement action, Los...

Conservative student can sue over free speech rights, court rules

A  conservative student activist who was sanctioned for violating a prohibition on harassment can try to hold a California university liable for retaliating against him for expressing his free speech rights, a federal appeals court decided Thursday. “The First Amendment does not give a free pass...

Wild police pursuit in rain on Hollywood Boulevard brings 'donuts,' danger

A combination of rainy weather and a high-speed chase produced a bizarre image in the annals of televised pursuits: The suspect doing doughnuts on live television before recklessly driving through the heart of Tinseltown and into the Hollywood Hills. The suspects, driving in a Ford Mustang convertible...

Rain moves into Southern California and will linger through Sunday

The first of what is expected to be several days of light rain began falling in Southern California on Thursday. The wet conditions will continue through the weekend, but forecasters said this is far from the El Niño deluges that officials warned of earlier this year. Those rains never materialized,...

City attorney files suits targeting home bases for two South L.A. street gangs

In the last five years, city prosecutors say three apartment buildings in South Los Angeles have amassed a disturbing tally of arrests, shootings and killings. On Thursday, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced three nuisance abatement lawsuits asking a judge to issue an order stopping gang members from...

Man shot and stabbed woman, then texted photo of her corpse to her boyfriend, prosecutors say

A San Jose man will appear in court next week to answer to charges that he stabbed and shot his ex-girlfriend to death and then texted a photo of the corpse to her boyfriend, telling him,  "It's too late," prosecutors say. After fleeing to Mexico nearly three years ago, murder suspect Julio Pliego,...

21-year-old woman's body is found stuffed in a suitcase behind a San Diego hotel

A woman whose lifeless body was found crammed into a suitcase behind a downtown San Diego hotel Wednesday has been identified, although investigators are still trying to determine how she died, police said Thursday. The woman's name is being withheld until her family is notified, said homicide...

Charlie Sheen's sordid legal war over HIV, alleged threats and violence

The Los Angeles police criminal investigation of Charlie Sheen involved a long-running and sordid battle between the star and his ex-fiancee that has been going on for some time. LAPD officials confirmed Wednesday that Sheen was under investigation but did not provide many details. David Ring,...

How officials failed to save Gabriel Fernandez from years of abuse, and then death

The case of Gabriel Fernandez, a child who was killed after having been beaten, burned and shot with BBs, took a new twist when four social workers were charged with child abuse. Here is summary of the case: A horrific scene In May 2013, paramedics arrived at a Palmdale home to find 8-year-old...

The politics of traffic: Obama could snarl commutes, but Trump cancels his visit

President Obama will be in Los Angeles again Thursday and Friday for political fundraisers. Yes, this is a political story. But in Los Angeles, it's also a traffic story. Or at least potentially a traffic story. Will the president's visit cause an infamous "Obamajam"? It's hard to know. Some of...

Social workers charged with child abuse in case involving torture killing of Gabriel Fernandez

Four social workers have been charged with child abuse and falsifying public records in the case of the torture death of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez in 2012. In a rare criminal case filing against social workers, Los Angeles County prosecutors allege that the social workers minimized "the significance...

Two killed in South L.A. house fire

Two people were killed in a house fire that broke out in South Los Angeles on Thursday morning.  The fire at a two-story home in the 4200 block of West 62nd Street was reported around 1:40 a.m., according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert. Two people, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 50s,...

Thousands without power in Studio City after possible explosion of DWP transformer

Thousands of people in the Studio City area lost power Wednesday night, possibly from an explosion at an electrical substation, authorities said. About 8,700 customers were affected by the outage, which began about 9 p.m., said Vonda Paige, spokeswoman for the Department of Water and Power. As...

Loyola Marymount University wall with pro-immigrant slogans is defaced

A demonstration at Loyola Marymount University meant to express support for students who entered the country illegally became the site of controversy this week, after a wall that was part of a presentation was defaced.  Students at the Westside campus had planned a number of activities as part...

National Park Service offers reward in theft of historic Ahwahnee hotel sign

The National Park Service is offering a reward for information leading to the recovery of the historic Ahwahnee hotel sign, which was stolen in February amid growing outrage over the renaming of Yosemite National Park landmarks. The $1,000 reward comes more than a month after the sign disappeared...

Wildfire jumps Colorado River into California and damages resort

A wildfire that started in Arizona has jumped the Colorado River into California and triggered mandatory evacuations for campers and residents near Park Moabi, authorities said Wednesday. The fire was reported in Arizona early Wednesday and by 5:30 a.m., it had spread into the San Bernardino County...

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