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Ghost Ship residents' harrowing survival stories: 'Oh my God, I almost died... Oh my God all of these people died in our home.'

Carmen Brito woke up Friday night to smoke and an orange glow coming from the corner. She’d had a long day at work and happened to go to bed with her clothes on.  In the time it took her to put on her clothes and shoes, a wall that was 20 feet from where she was standing was on fire.  Brito rushed...

Death toll at Oakland warehouse fire rises to 24

The death toll from the fire that raced through an Oakland warehouse during a music concert rose to 24 as searchers continued sift through the ruin of one of the deadliest fires in modern California history. It could take another two days for the search for victims to end, frustrating frantic family...

A night of music and dance turns into a deadly inferno at Oakland warehouse

The night was young, and Seung Lee liked the vibe of the dance party just starting in an old warehouse in the Fruitvale District, so he and two friends decided to stay. But first they needed to get some drinks at the liquor store down the block. They climbed down the wood pallets that spanned a...

Some had long viewed the site of fatal Oakland blaze as a 'death trap'

The Oakland warehouse where at least nine people were killed at a late-night concert was a deadly blaze waiting to happen. People who previously lived there recalled a building that lacked fire sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets. Partygoers recalled a rabbit warren of...

A look at some of the deadliest nightclub fires

A fatal fire Friday night at a party in a converted warehouse in Oakland has claimed the lives of at least nine people. At least two dozen are still unaccounted for. Here’s look at some other nightclub and music venue fires that have exacted terrible death tolls: — October 2015: A blaze at the...

'Life is not going to be the same': Slaying of beloved USC professor leaves colleagues and friends crestfallen

When students enrolled in USC’s daunting neuroscience graduate program needed help cracking a tough project, they all went to Bosco Tjan.  It didn’t hurt that his advice often came with a free cappuccino. Mara Mather, a professor of gerontology and psychology at USC, described Tjan as an affable,...

Pair used sound of voices to get through back smoke and escape burning Oakland warehouse, witness says

People who managed to escape the Oakland warehouse that caught fire during a concert late Friday night described a horrific scene. Al Garcia, who owns a store next to the warehouse, said he talked to two people who said they were 17 and 18 years old who got out of the building. “They said that...

9 dead, others missing when fire races through Oakland warehouse during concert

At least nine people died when a fire raced through an Oakland warehouse crowded with people attending a concert, officials said. Oakland fire officials said there were other people still unaccounted for and that a search of the building was continuing. “We are up to nine known fatalities,” Oakland...

D.A. sues to remove Maywood councilman from water board seat

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed a lawsuit this week to remove Maywood City Councilman Sergio Calderon from a regional water board, claiming both offices are a conflict of interest and violate state law. Calderon, 40, is a board member of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California...

Man stabbed to death on USC campus

A 25-year-old man, possibly a faculty member, was stabbed to death on the USC campus Friday and a suspect was taken into custody, law enforcement officials said. Los Angeles firefighters responded to a call of a stabbing at 4:34 p.m. in the 3600 block of McClintock Avenue, authorities said. When...

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accidentally shoots arson suspect in the buttocks

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot an arson suspect as the man fought with deputies in front of his burning home in Paramount, authorities said Friday. When county firefighters pulled up to Rodolfo Martinez’s home Thursday afternoon, the house was engulfed in flames and Martinez...

First Times photographer at San Bernardino mass shooting recalls a mad dash with police

Because Times photographer Gina Ferazzi likes golf, she captured an important moment during last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino. The site of the bloodshed, the Inland Regional Center, is across the street from San Bernardino Golf Club, where Ferazzi has played, and which she thought...

Gunmen in Stockton bank robbery where hostage was killed plead guilty to murder

A Stockton bank robber who used a hostage as a human shield during a police pursuit pleaded guilty to murder and a host of other charges Friday, San Joaquin County prosecutors said. Jamie Ramos, who faced a death penalty trial, also pleaded guilty to carjacking and attempted murder on a peace officer...

California's largest public employee union calls off strike

California's largest public employee union on Friday canceled a planned one-day strike, averting a potentially disruptive protest that would have kept up to 95,000 state workers off the job. The Service Employees International Union Local 1000 said negotiators from the union and the state "both...

It's a retro Southern California Christmas as Santa's Village reopens

The concrete on the skating rink was barely dry, the paint on the rockclimbing wall fresh, and the pub not yet serving alcohol, but Santa’s Village in Skyforest was officially open again Friday morning for the first time in nearly 20 years. The storied Christmas-themed park located in a small forest...

Con man who concocted 'diabolical, murderous scheme' to kill federal judge sentenced to 20 years

A convicted con man who plotted to have a federal judge killed with a wood chipper and federal prosecutors and FBI agents slain in a scheme for revenge was sentenced Friday to 20 more years in prison. John Arthur Walthall, 61, a former Laguna Beach resident, was already serving a 14-year prison...

Fall snow, rains have 'satisfied the drought debt' in Northern Sierra Nevada, climatologist says

At Heavenly Ski Resort, thousands of feet up in the northern Sierra Nevada, the heavy snowfall around Lake Tahoe forced the lodge to close its small roller coaster due to poor visibility this week. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, concerns over dry conditions were quickly dispatched when...

Southern California air board appoints executive, declines to reconsider beach bonfire rules

Southern California’s air quality board formally appointed former industry consultant Wayne Nastri as executive officer Friday in a vote of confidence in the powerful agency’s new leadership. Nastri was hired as interim head of the South Coast Air Quality Management District eight months ago after...

L.A. tentatively agrees to pay $4 million in fatal shooting of homeless man in Venice by LAPD officer

Attorneys for the city of Los Angeles have agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed homeless man fatally shot by an LAPD officer in Venice, court records show. Attorneys representing Brendon Glenn’s family and the city agreed to the settlement this fall and...

Cough syrup with GPS tracker helps police nab suspected pharmacy burglars

The suspects had no idea that the bottle of cough syrup perched on a shelf at a Tustin pharmacy contained something more than cough relief.  It wasn’t until the nondescript package was removed from the small Newport Avenue business by burglars that its secret ingredients went to work.  Concealed...

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