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Former state Sen. Ron Calderon pleads guilty in federal corruption case

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon formally pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal corruption charge after he admitted to accepting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from undercover FBI agents and a hospital executive. Calderon, who represented the 30th Senate district from 2006 to 2014, appeared...

Twin fires in San Gabriel Mountains force hundreds of evacuations amid brutal conditions

The battle to contain two large wildfires burning out of control above San Gabriel Valley foothill communities became something of a smoky slog Tuesday as firefighters took on the flames in rugged canyons, evacuated residents anxiously awaited word, and the surrounding region endured a bad air...

Tool with blade confiscated from gadfly at public meeting

The Los Angeles City Council’s tortured dealings with a troupe of antagonistic gadflies took another strange turn Tuesday, as police confiscated a tool with a blade from a masked man who frequently appears at public meetings to berate council members. The incident took place during a morning meeting...

Two O.C. men convicted of conspiring to fight with Islamic State

A federal jury in Santa Ana convicted two men of conspiring to help Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, with one of the men trying to board a plane to the Middle East. Nader Elhuzayel, 25, and Muhanad Badawi, 24, both residents of Anaheim, were convicted after a two-week trial that detailed...

Border brush fire leaves pets and livestock in need of care

The Border fire raging in San Diego County is keeping firefighters engaged as it continues to burn out of control in the rugged hills near the Mexican border, but it is also keeping animal rescuers busy. Crews with the San Diego County Department of Animal Control, as well as the San Diego Humane...

L.A. County won't appeal ruling striking cross from county seal

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday not to appeal a judge's ruling that will strike a cross from the county seal. In April, a federal court judge sided with the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and a group of religious leaders and scholars of various faiths who sued...

LAPD orders officers to show 'compassion and empathy' to homeless people

Encounters with the city’s homeless population have long been among the most sensitive and legally fraught parts of being a Los Angeles police officer. Police have taken a leading role over the last decade helping clean up the streets of a rapidly gentrifying downtown L.A., resulting in historic...

Earthquake: 3.9 quake strikes near Brawley, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon two miles from Brawley, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:55 p.m. at a depth of 8.7 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was eight miles from Imperial, Calif., 11 miles from El Centro,...

L.A. school district expected to pass a $7.6-billion budget

The Los Angeles Board of Education is expected on Tuesday to pass a $7.6-billion budget that includes significantly higher spending for next year, though questions remain about how much of that money will go to the students it should. Despite the budget’s size, officials warned against expecting...

Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant recounts the creation of 'Stairway to Heaven' in copyright trial

Robert Plant, one of the most celebrated singers in rock music history, took the stand Tuesday in the copyright trial over his band Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven," recounting for the jury how the iconic song was created. Plant's story of how the song came about is an important element to the...

Man held on suspicion of brandishing a toy gun at a U.S. Marine Corps recruitment center

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies in Lancaster arrested a man accused of walking into a U.S. Marine Corps recruitment center and threatening people with a toy gun Tuesday morning. The man had walked in and out of the center in the 44500 block of Valley Central Way several times before staff...

L.A. City Council may seek bigger bond to house the homeless

Los Angeles City Council members are considering a significant boost to the size of a bond measure they say could help move tens of thousands of homeless Angelenos off the streets. The City Council voted Tuesday to advance a proposal by Councilman Mike Bonin to pursue a $1.5-billion housing bond...

Driver sentenced after pleading no contest in Christmas concert crash in which four died

A Redondo Beach woman was sentenced Tuesday after pleading no contest to driving her car into a crowd of people leaving a Christmas concert, killing four, including a 6-year-old boy. After entering her plea, Judge Laura Priver sentenced Margo Bronstein, 57, to three years and four months in custody...

Man arrested after food truck vendor is killed in gang crossfire in Santa Ana

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a food truck vendor who was fatally shot in gang crossfire in Santa Ana, police said Tuesday. Jose de Jesus Gomez Ochoa, 30, of Tustin was taken into custody Monday on suspicion of murder and parole violations, according to the Santa Ana Police...

Heat wave knocks out power to thousands of DWP customers in Los Angeles

Thousands of Los Angeles residents were left without power Tuesday as a brutal heat wave continued to bake Southern California, the Department of Water and Power said. Some 8,300 customers — including residences and businesses — scattered across the city were affected as of 8 a.m. Most would probably...

Son of ex-'Real Housewives' star suspected of attempted murder in Costa Mesa shooting

Joshua Waring, son of former "Real Housewives of Orange County" star Lauri Peterson, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in the shooting of a man in Costa Mesa early Monday, authorities said. The arrest occurred hours after the shooting, following a police chase in Santa Ana, according...

Hundreds flee homes as fires continue to rage in Azusa and Duarte

Firefighters working to stop two brush fires burning in Azusa and Duarte from combining into one massive blaze faced another day of wind and triple-digit temperatures, the National Weather Service said. The two brush fires broke out amid a blistering heat wave, forcing the evacuation of hundreds...

O.C. woman sentenced to prison in sham marriage and visa case

An Orange County woman was sentenced Monday to four months in prison for running a fraudulent marriage and visa business with her family — an enterprise that prosecutors contended netted up to $60,000 per phony marriage for mostly Indian citizens who wished to stay in the U.S. Nisha Bhargava, of...

L.A. County district attorney looks into alleged beating by staff at Sylmar juvenile hall

Los Angeles County's perennially troubled Probation Department is under scrutiny again over an alleged beating of a youth by staff at a county juvenile hall, which was captured on video. The district attorney’s Justice Integrity Division is reviewing an April 24 use-of-force incident at Barry J....

There has been some progress, but youth drug smuggling persists at the U.S.-Mexico border

There was no deep undercover operation, no long-term surveillance, no wiretaps that led authorities to Josue Lomeli and his drug-smuggling work. It was as simple and as obvious as the poorly concealed bulge in the clothes of the teenager who approached the Customs and Border Protection officer...

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