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West Hollywood City Council aide sues city, alleging retaliation

An aide to West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran has sued the city and his boss, alleging his boss sexually harassed him and that he was wrongfully punished for being a “whistleblower.”

$8.6-billion L.A. budget to fill 350,000 potholes, trim 57,000 trees

Los Angeles lawmakers unanimously voted Thursday for a nearly $8.6-billion budget plan that would boost funding for the fire department, tree trimming and street cleaning and stash more money in reserves.

Sex offender convicted in strangulation of Oakland federal investigator

An Alameda County Superior Court jury has found a registered sex offender guilty of first-degree murder in the strangling death of 50-year-old Sandra Coke, a federal public defender investigator with whom he had fathered a child years earlier. 

Armed woman on Woodland Hills porch fires at SWAT robot, keeps deputies at bay

An elderly woman in Woodland Hills kept sheriff’s deputies at bay for the better part of Thursday morning as she sat on a chair on her mobile home porch with a gun.

Mother charged with stabbing 3-year-old son in domestic dispute

Prosecutors have charged a mother with stabbing her 3-year-old son during a domestic dispute with the child’s father.

Judge dismisses charges against owner of Rottweiler killed by Hawthorne police

A Los Angeles County judge has dismissed all remaining charges against the owner of a Rottweiler whose dog was shot and killed by Hawthorne police, an incident that was recorded by cameras and went viral, sparking a national debate about excessive force and animal cruelty.

So this sea lion pup walks into a Newport Beach bar ...

The customer in the sleek brown coat was feeling quite parched as he wandered off the beach and into a Balboa Peninsula bar last week.

Kamala Harris aide, 2 others charged in probe of phony police due in court

Three people, including an aide in state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris’ office, are due in court Thursday on charges they posed as officers in a fake Masonic Fraternal Police Department.

State chief justice says unpaid traffic fines should get day in court

Weighing in on a troubled system, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has called for an emergency rule to prevent courts from requiring drivers to pay traffic tickets before they can go to court to contest them.

Cause of California coastal oil spill could be revealed Thursday

Clues as to what caused a 24-inch oil pipeline to rupture along California's picturesque Gaviota Coast remain buried beneath tons of oil-contaminated earth, but oil company workers and federal regulators hope to begin excavating the pipe Thursday and get their first glimpse of the breach.

Earthquake: Two 3.3 quakes strike near Calipatria

Two shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquakes were reported Wednesday near Calipatria, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The first temblor occurred at 8:51 p.m. PDT; it was followed by the another quake at 10:06 p.m. Both occurred near the surface.

Earthquake: 4.0 quake strikes near Calipatria, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 4.0 earthquake was reported Wednesday evening eight miles from Calipatria, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 8:15 p.m. PST at a depth of 0 miles.

Sacramento lawmakers poised to consider making child death records secret

The California Department of Social Services has quietly drafted a bill that would gut key portions of the state’s landmark law requiring child protective services agencies to release records when a youth dies of abuse or neglect. A vote is expected as early as Thursday.

13 young great white sharks spotted off Huntington Beach

More than a dozen juvenile great white sharks were spotted Tuesday night in the waters off Sunset Beach in Huntington Beach, police said.

Cal State looks for cost savings in academics

California State University officials are studying ways to measure how much is saved from streamlining course offerings and providing more online classes and advising, as well as other academic initiatives, officials said Wednesday.

Rodriguez becomes first charter operator on L.A. school board

Ref Rodriguez on Tuesday became the first person from the charter-school movement to be elected to the Los Angeles Board of Education.

Millions in federal dollars aim to improve long-term water conservation

California is getting about $33 million in federal money for water recycling, irrigation improvements and other conservation projects in a new round of funding for water and energy efficiency projects in Western states.

Visitors worry about impact of oil spill near Santa Barbara County coast

At a rest area in Santa Barbara County along the 101 Freeway, roughly where oil spewed from a pipeline, a steady stream of travelers and residents stopped to watch the cleanup effort.

Businessman seeks initiative to overhaul 'outdated' California alimony law

For many, divorce is a difficult process fraught with emotional pain and financial battles, including lengthy legal disputes over such things as alimony.

San Francisco's luxury bus service Leap suspended by regulators

Leap, a luxury bus service geared toward commuters in the San Francisco area, has suspended operations after receiving a cease-and-desist notice from state regulators.

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