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Native flowers aren't the only plants in 'super-bloom' this spring — nasty weeds have also flourished

While hundreds of thousands of Southern Californians are oohing and aahing the “super bloom” of wildflowers painting the region’s fields and hillsides, at least a few folks are ughing and arghing the dark side of recent drought-busting storms: weeds. Along with scarlet monkey flowers, blue lupines...

The Silver Lake drought is over: Reservoir will be finally refilled

The drought is over in Silver Lake — at least, at its picturesque reservoir. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials announced Wednesday that the popular Silver Lake Reservoir — which has stood empty for more than a year — will be refilled starting in mid-April. The 96-acre reservoir...

Sex offender found dead after gun battle with Los Angeles sheriff's deputies faced child porn charges

A sex offender who died Monday in a shootout with Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies outside the department’s Temple City station was facing child pornography charges, officials said. Andrew Jared Lane was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department in connection with child pornography...

OCC professor who made anti-Trump comments declines Faculty of the Year award

The Orange Coast College professor who made controversial comments about now-President Trump in a video recorded by a student during class last fall has declined to accept OCC's Faculty of the Year award, according to the college. Human-sexuality professor Olga Perez Stable Cox was notified of...

Former Bay Area firefighter accused of stealing $25,000 from toy drive for poor families

A former San Bruno firefighter was arrested this week on suspicion of stealing more than $25,000 from the firefighter’s union annual toy drive for low income families, police said. Holly Kaye Nelson was taken into custody Monday on a warrant for two felony counts of grand theft, according to Lt....

Forest Service demolishes Silverado Canyon dams despite protests

Officials continued their plans Wednesday to demolish 10 dams throughout the Santa Ana mountains, starting with three along Silverado Creek. About a dozen community members protested the Orange County demolition Tuesday and Wednesday near the Maple Springs Visitor Center, authorities said. Residents...

Southern California woman sold sick puppies through fake rescue group, prosecutors say

A Southern California woman has been accused of running a fake rescue organization and selling sick puppies to unsuspecting families. Megan Ann Hoechstetter, 42, was charged Monday with 20 misdemeanor counts of keeping an animal without proper care and two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse by...

Student who allegedly threatened violence at Chino High School is arrested

A 15-year-old student was arrested Tuesday after allegedly tweeting that Chino High School “needs a good shooting” and suggesting that he would repeat the Columbine massacre, according to authorities. The teen posted two messages about 2:30 p.m. on Twitter, saying, “I am recreating Columbine!”...

Big-rig crash near Hacienda Heights forces closure of freeway interchange

A big rig jackknifed early Wednesday on a transition road between the westbound 60 and the northbound 605 freeways near Hacienda Heights, forcing the closure of the road for an undetermined amount of time, authorities said. The solo-vehicle crash near the roadway’s center divider was reported at...

L.A. County Sheriff says he opposes a state sanctuary bill out of concern for immigrants

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell says he understands the struggles of immigrants trying to make a better life in America. His parents moved to Boston from Ireland a year before he was born. His father was a laborer whose gigs included digging ditches. But McDonnell now finds himself walking...

L.A. charter school network defends its founder's 2013 income of $471,842

A Los Angeles-based charter school network on Monday defended its spending practices — speaking out for the first time since The Times published a story documenting a history of potential conflicts of interest and questionable use of public money. Leading up to the publication of the story, Celerity...

'Topsy turvy' weather brings tornado warnings, marble-sized hail and lightning to Northern California

Residents of the upper Central Valley were told to seek shelter immediately Tuesday afternoon as a turbulent weather system moved across Northern California and triggered the first tornado warnings of the year for the region, the National Weather Service said. The weather service’s offices in Sacramento...

LAPD bomb squad officer sues the city over alleged sexual harassment

LAPD supervisors refused to protect a bomb squad officer from another officer who stalked and harassed her for months, according to a lawsuit filed this week. In April 2016, the lawsuit alleges, LAPD Officer Harry Lathrop told Officer Stefanie Alcocer, a fellow bomb technician, that he had been...

OxyContin drugmaker seeks to dismiss city's lawsuit

The manufacturer of the powerful painkiller OxyContin on Tuesday asked a judge to dismiss a novel lawsuit by a city seeking to hold the company financially responsible for a raging opioid epidemic sparked by illicit trafficking. In a motion filed in federal court in Seattle, attorneys for Purdue...

Trump National Golf Club offers $10,000 reward after green at Rancho Palos Verdes is vandalized

The Trump National Golf Club has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of a group of people who carved a message into the green of the Rancho Palos Verdes course, authorities said. The group, which calls itself an “anonymous environmental activist collective,”...

LAPD says Latinos are reporting fewer sexual assaults amid a climate of fear in immigrant communities

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday that reports of sexual assault and domestic violence made by the city’s Latino residents have plummeted this year amid concerns that immigrants in the country illegally could risk deportation by interacting with police or testifying in court. Beck...

These maps show you the noisiest places to live in California

It’s probably no surprise, but some of the noisier parts of California can be found around airports and freeways. The U.S. Department of Transportation released maps this week measuring transportation-related noise. Anyone who lives near an airport can tell you it’s loud. According to the map,...

Surveillance video shows man trying to kidnap teen as she walks to school in North Hollywood

A young woman fought off a would-be kidnapper as she walked to school Monday morning in a North Hollywood neighborhood, police said. The student’s ordeal was recorded by a neighbor’s surveillance camera. The video obtained by KCBS-TV showed a man wearing a ball cap walking behind the 18-year-old,...

Man accused of stealing medical van in San Diego with patients still inside

A man who stole a medical van that was idling outside a hospital in San Diego’s Hillcrest neighborhood was arrested a short distance away while trying to ditch two patients who were still inside, police said. The driver of the American Medical Response shuttle van had stopped at Scripps Mercy Hospital...

Judge rejects new trial for 2 men convicted in 'text message' murder case

A judge has denied a request for a new trial for two men convicted of murdering a teenager over a text message, finding that the recantations of two key eyewitnesses were not credible. Vahagn Jurian and Zareh Manjikian are serving life sentences for the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Mike Yepremyan,...

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