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Can racist tweets help predict hate crimes? L.A. is about to find out

Can police prevent hate crimes by monitoring racist banter on social media? Researchers will be testing this concept over the next three years in Los Angeles, marking a new frontier in efforts by law enforcement to predict and prevent crimes. During a three-year experiment, British researchers...

Man found dead with severe head trauma in Hollywood Hills home

Detectives were investigating the death of a man who was found inside a Hollywood Hills home early Friday. Police received a call about 5:17 a.m. concerning an injured man in the 6700 block of Milner Road, said Officer Drake Madison, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. The man, who...

Woman, 23, dies as car veers off 710 Freeway and overturns

A 23-year-old Cudahy woman was killed early Friday when she was ejected from a car that veered off the northbound 710 Freeway in Lynwood and crashed, the California Highway Patrol reported. The woman's name is being withheld pending notification of her next of kin. The driver of the car was identified...

L.A. River project comes with $250-million price tag

Good morning. It is Friday, Sept. 23. A Good Samaritan came to the rescue of a bear cub trapped in a dumpster in Mammoth Lakes. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES A star is born Young performers looking for a break in Hollywood may believe that winning a Young Artist...

Child at Riverside County school tests postive for leprosy

A student at a Riverside County elementary school has been found to have leprosy, public health officials said Thursday, though they emphasize that the school and community remain safe. A doctor had initially diagnosed two children from Indian Hills Elementary School in Jurupa Valley with the condition...

Fake carpooling pal doesn't fool Brea motorcycle officer

The bane of many solo drivers is the prohibition on the carpool lane. But police say one Orange County driver hatched a scheme to escape notice and travel in the fast lane: put a mannequin in the front seat and dress it in a black sweatshirt. The long-running scheme came to an embarrassing end...

Bay Area refinery shuts down operations after oil sheen is spotted in San Pablo Bay

A Phillips 66 refinery has temporarily shut down operations at a dock in Rodeo as authorities investigate a sheen of oil that appeared recently in northern San Pablo Bay, officials said Thursday. The mile-long oil sheen has not been seen in the waters since Wednesday afternoon. Officials have yet...

Fire at Vandenberg Air Force Base 70% contained; Elysian Park blaze extinguished

A wildfire burning on Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc was 70% contained Thursday, Air Force officials said. The Canyon fire has burned 12,518 acres on the South Base portion of the military facility.  There was “minimal fire activity” Wednesday night, the Air Force said in a statement. Crews...

Two women arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and torture on marijuana farm

Authorities in Northern California are investigating possible drug cartel activity after four Modesto brothers say they were kidnapped, tortured and forced to work for more than five months on an enormous, illegal marijuana farm under the threat of violence. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department...

Missing Pomona College professor found dead in Kings Canyon National Park after solo hiking trip

A Pomona College associate professor was found dead this week in Kings Canyon National Park days after he disappeared following a solo wilderness trip, officials said. A helicopter spotted the body of Alfred Kwok, 50, of Claremont on Tuesday on the upper southwest face of the rugged Deerhorn Mountain,...

Teen arrested after naming 33 students and teachers in detailed shooting plot at Hesperia school

A student was arrested this week after creating a hit list naming 33 students and teachers in a detailed mass shooting plot at Encore High School for the Arts in Hesperia, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced Wednesday. The student, who was not identified, had a list of names...

Turning shipping containers into homes for the homeless

Good morning. It is Thursday, Sept. 22. We’re loving these animated GIFs of Los Angeles. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Smog fees Air quality officials are considering an increase to the vehicle registration fee paid by Southern Californians to help pay for smog...

Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson hit with pie during scuffle at high school fundraising dinner

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was hit with a pie Wednesday night while attending a fundraising dinner at a high school, authorities said. The assailant was taken into police custody at the event, held at Sacramento Charter High School, which Johnson’s nonprofit St. Hope Public Schools began operating...

Pilot killed in Northern California U-2 spy plane crash is identified as investigation continues

The pilot who died after a U-2 spy plane crashed in Northern California was identified Wednesday as Lt. Col Ira S. Eadie, military officials said. Eadie, assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron at Beale Air Force Base, was on a training mission Tuesday with another pilot in the two-person aircraft,...

SoCal air quality regulators mulling hike in vehicle registration fees for smog reduction

Air quality regulators are considering seeking an increase in vehicle registration fees for millions of Southern California drivers to help pay for smog reduction programs. The idea, though still in preliminary stages, would be one component of a funding proposal under development by the South...

A car crash at USC leaves a student dead and a campus officer charged with manslaughter

Ambition brought Kelsey Dresser to the University of Southern California, where the aspiring therapist from Carlsbad enrolled in graduate school. But the 23-year-old student’s goal to become a mental health counselor was cut short last December, when she turned her red convertible into the university’s...

Aviation companies seek to halt their evictions from Santa Monica Municipal Airport

Two aviation companies at Santa Monica Municipal Airport asked the federal government this week to halt their pending evictions, which are part of the city’s strategy to reduce aircraft operations and eventually close the facility. Atlantic Aviation Inc. and American Flyers — private firms that...

Release of police video in fatal shooting of Sacramento homeless man sparks protest, calls for unity

A day after Sacramento authorities released video recordings of officers fatally shooting a mentally-ill homeless man, relatives of Joseph Mann said police were wrong to use lethal force. "There was nothing about his conduct that suggested he should have been shot multiple times," said the family’s attorney,...

Decades-old photo links serial killer Rodney Alcala to yet another slaying, this one in Wyoming, prosecutors say

Nearly four decades after a pregnant woman’s body was found on a Wyoming ranch, prosecutors have connected her death to one of California’s most prolific serial killers, Rodney Alcala. On Tuesday, prosecutors in Sweetwater County, Wyo., charged Alcala with the 1977 killing of Christine Ruth Thornton...

L.A. City Council members vent over distracted drivers and pedestrians

Los Angeles City Council members have a message for drivers and pedestrians more focused on sipping lattes, texting friends and reapplying mascara than on getting home safely: Knock it off.  A routine vote Wednesday on whether to accept a $500,000 grant to promote Vision Zero turned into a passionate discussion...

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