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Flooding, stranded livestock and at least 4 dead as storms hit Northern California: 'They can't handle any more'

Kevin O’Neill’s phone rang about 2 a.m. Wednesday, about two hours earlier than he’d expected. The Pacheco Creek had flooded about 8 miles north of Hollister, Calif., and dozens of rural homeowners and their livestock in San Benito County were trapped. “We knew the creek was going to peak … but...

Southbound 15 Freeway in Riverside area closed after shots fired during pursuit

The southbound 15 Freeway in the Riverside area was closed late Wednesday after shots were fired during a police pursuit, officials said. As of 3 a.m. Thursday, all lanes were still closed for “police activity.” The pursuit started about 9 p.m. on the southbound side of the 15 Freeway at Indian...

Will a surf gang allow the integration of Palos Verdes Estates' waves on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Three years ago on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Christopher Taloa, an actor and former professional body boarder, tried to honor the famous civil rights leader with a paddle-out for surfers at Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates — an infamous surf break where outsiders are not welcome. Taloa, whose...

Did developer-linked donations violate campaign finance laws? State watchdog agency will investigate

A state agency that enforces campaign finance laws has launched an investigation in response to a Times report on political donations connected to the developer of a Harbor Gateway apartment project. A spokesman for the Fair Political Practices Commission said the agency opened its probe after...

Two LAPD officers who fatally shot a Boyle Heights teen didn't have their body cameras on

Two Los Angeles police officers who shot and killed a 16-year-old last year in Boyle Heights didn’t turn on their body cameras until after the shooting, according to a report made public Wednesday. Chief Charlie Beck said in his report to the Police Commission that the LAPD is investigating why...

Man fatally shot at Anaheim motel during possible kidnapping; gunman at large

A 49-year-old man was fatally shot Wednesday night at an Anaheim motel, and the suspected gunman remained at large, possibly with a kidnapped female, police said. The shooting occurred about 7:30 p.m. at the Crystal Inn in the 2100 block of West Lincoln Avenue, according to Sgt. Daron Wyatt, a...

Off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent found guilty in fatal Hemet shooting over speeding vehicle

An off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent was convicted Wednesday of fatally shooting a man during a 2014 dispute over a vehicle speeding in a Hemet neighborhood, authorities said. A Riverside County jury found John Richard Demery guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 27 year-old Adam Thomas,...

L.A. Metro launches hotline for transit riders who have been harassed

Los Angeles County transportation officials Wednesday launched a 24-hour hotline for riders who are harassed or assaulted on buses and trains. The hotline is part of a larger Metropolitan Transportation Authority effort to reduce harassment and improve perceptions of safety on L.A.’s sprawling...

Court tosses California law that barred grand juries from investigating police shootings

A California appeals court tossed out a law that banned grand juries from determining whether police officers involved in fatal shootings should face criminal charges. The 2015 law sought more transparency in shooting investigations by shifting charging decisions from closed-door grand juries to...

Ex-USC football player pleads guilty to drug trafficking, gambling scheme

A former USC football player has pleaded guilty to running an international criminal empire that included an offshore gambling operation and a drug ring that sold performance-enhancing substances to professional athletes — in addition to trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine, methamphetamine,...

Bobcat with 'severe mange' dies in Simi Valley; blood tests pending

A bobcat in Simi Valley with a severe case of the skin disease mange has died, the National Park Service said Wednesday. Bobcat 332, a 3-year-old male that Santa Monica Mountains park officials have been following since 2015, was found dead at the southern edge of the valley on Dec. 19, said park...

Rush hour nightmare: Hollywood Hills balcony collapse shuts down Laurel Canyon Boulevard

Amid stormy weather and a Wednesday afternoon rush hour, authorities were forced to close Laurel Canyon Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills after a home’s back balcony collapsed onto the road. The earth underneath the home, in the 8100 block of Gould Avenue, was saturated and gave way, sending a 9,000-pound...

L.A. Unified board unable to settle on long-term school calendar plan

Los Angeles Unified students will start school in mid-August and get three weeks off during the winter — for now.  The Board of Education signaled doubts in its thinking on the school calendar yet again Tuesday night, approving only one more year of the current schedule instead of three. In a 5-2...

Physics teacher at Catholic high school in San Pedro is arrested in child porn case

A physics teacher at a San Pedro Catholic high school was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possessing child pornography, police said. Daniel O’Connell, 32, was taken into custody during a search of his Rancho Palos Verdes home, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. O’Connell has been a...

Los Angeles Valley College pays $28,000 in bitcoin ransom to hackers

The Los Angeles Community College District paid a $28,000 ransom in bitcoin last month to hackers who took control of a campus email and computer network until a payment was made. The “malicious” cyberattack was detected at Los Angeles Valley College on Dec. 30 after a virus locked the campus’...

Sacramento man accused of killing British couple on tour boat 38 years ago

A Sacramento man has been accused of killing two British tourists on a boating excursion from Belize 38 years ago. The Sacramento Bee reports that 75-year-old Silas Duane Boston is awaiting trial for two counts of first-degree maritime murder in the 1978 killings of Christopher Farmer and Peta...

Classes canceled at Loyola High School after anonymous threat

An anonymous social media post threatening Loyola High School in Harvard Heights prompted campus officials to cancel classes Wednesday. The school was notified of the post Tuesday night. School officials said they canceled classes and on-campus activities as a precautionary measure “in collaboration...

L.A. County supervisors vote to expand sheriff's mental health teams

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has long had specially trained teams to de-escalate confrontations with people who have severe mental illness, but after two decades, the agency has struggled to deploy mental health responders at all times of day or night because of funding and staffing...

Ex-wife of fugitive Chinese official will forfeit millions of dollars worth of San Gabriel Valley property in visa fraud case

The ex-wife of China’s third-most-wanted government official will forfeit an estimated $28 million in San Gabriel Valley property after pleading guilty this week to defrauding immigration officials as part of a scheme to escape to the U.S. with stolen Chinese public funds, the U.S. Attorney’s Office...

County supervisors create office of immigration affairs at meeting marked by racial tensions

After a public hearing marked by angry clashes between supporters of President-elect Donald Trump and pro-immigrant activists, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved the creation of a new office that would help immigrants receive county assistance.  The Office of Immigrant...

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