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Judge denies ex-Sheriff Lee Baca's request to stay free while appealing his conviction

A federal judge has denied ex-Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s request to remain free while he appeals his conviction on charges that he obstructed an investigation into abuses in the county jail system. In a nine-page ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson found that Baca failed...

Man comes face to face with a great white shark near Santa Barbara as it chomps on his kayak

A large great white shark triggered a beach closure in Santa Barbara on Thursday after it sunk its teeth into a kayaker’s vessel. “The only thing I saw was its face in my face, clamping down and then shoving me sideways,” said Bret Z. Jackson, 40, of Los Angeles. His expletive-laced, mile-a-minute...

Lawsuit accuses O.C. priest of sexually assaulting his assistant at Irvine church

A senior Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Orange sexually assaulted and harassed a female church employee last year at a prominent Irvine parish where he was placed despite a similar prior accusation, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman. Father Alex Kim is accused by his former assistant...

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington dies at 41

Chester Bennington, lead vocalist of Linkin Park, died of an apparent suicide Thursday morning, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed. He was 41. Firefighters received a call about 8:59 a.m. regarding a cardiac arrest in the 2800 block of Via Victoria in Palos Verdes Estates, said Joey Napoli,...

Bel-Air mega-mansion developer Mohamed Hadid sentenced with community service, fines

Real estate developer Mohamed Hadid must do community service, pay fines and put forward a plan to stabilize a Bel-Air hillside after pleading no contest to criminal charges tied to a mammoth mansion in the hills of Bel-Air. It remains undecided whether Hadid will be required to secure a bond to...

Bus driver screams 'Officer down!' into radio of injured cop

After watching in terror as a man violently attacked a police officer in an El Cajon fast-food restaurant, Iesha Booker checked for a pulse on the bloody, unconscious officer and yelled into the radio on his belt. “I just grabbed it and kept screaming in there that they have an officer down, they...

Forum owners sue Inglewood over efforts to lure Clippers

The owner of the Forum, the famous Southern California concert and sports arena, has filed a claim for damages against the city of Inglewood for quietly entering into a deal to possibly build a new Los Angeles Clippers arena just down the street. The Inglewood City Council last month approved a...

USC bosses flunk the leadership test amid shocking allegations about former medical school dean

By now you probably know the details. Dr. Carmen Puliafito, a $1.1-million-a-year professor, doctor, dean and big-bucks rainmaker for the University of Southern California, left plenty of time in his busy schedule for extracurricular activities. They included drug-fueled parties with a prostitute,...

Flames destroy dozens of structures as 70,000-acre wildfire rages near Yosemite

A huge wildfire near Yosemite National Park swelled to more than 70,000 acres overnight as flames destroyed dozens of structures and forced two towns to evacuate.

Essential California: USC faces angry students over former medical school dean

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, July 20, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES USC faces angry students over ex-dean’s alleged behavior In a meeting with bewildered and at times angry students, the dean of USC’s medical school...

'An insane amount of heat' as fire near Yosemite National Park moves with frightening speed

It has destroyed 29 structures, temporarily cut off power to Yosemite National Park and threatened the historic gold-mining town of Mariposa, sending its residents fleeing. It’s sent its smoke as far away as Idaho, and it burned so hot that it created its own weather system. If the Detwiler fire,...

Police are searching for two teens reported missing in Boyle Heights

Police are searching for two teenagers who were reported missing Wednesday from the Boyle Heights area. Using a scent-sniffing bloodhound and police helicopters, authorities have been searching for the pair — identified as Jaylin Mazariegos, 15, and Adrian Gonzalez, 14 — since 3 p.m., according...

Two police officers injured in explosion during training exercise in South Gate, officials say

Two police officers were injured Wednesday in an explosion during a training exercise in South Gate, authorities said. The explosion was reported about 5:45 p.m. in the 5600 block of East Imperial Highway, said Michael Pittman, a supervising dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department....

Alleged conduct by former USC dean 'horrible and despicable,' med school head tells angry students

Addressing scores of bewildered and at times angry students, the dean of USC’s medical school said Wednesday that the university had launched multiple internal investigations into the conduct of his predecessor after The Times reported that he associated with criminals and drug abusers who told...

Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility can reopen, state says

The Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility near Porter Ranch, which closed after a massive leak forced thousands to flee their homes, can reopen at a reduced capacity, state officials said Wednesday. “This facility will be held to the most rigorous monitoring, inspection and safety requirements...

Carjacking suspect hits bus bench and two cars, drives into oncoming traffic in wild pursuit with LAPD

A suspected carjacker led police on a hair-raising pursuit through the San Fernando Valley on Wednesday afternoon, fish-tailing into a bus bench, smashing into another car and threading between vehicles at busy intersections before crashing. The chase began about 2:30 p.m. in Van Nuys and ended...

Dog airlifted from San Gabriel Mountains after suffering heat exhaustion

With temperatures reaching the low to mid-90s in Glendale last weekend, authorities conducted separate rescues for dogs that became overheated on the city’s hiking trails. The most daring rescue occurred on Sunday when a dog had to be airlifted from the San Gabriel Mountains after the chocolate...

Man dies after falling from paddleboard in Huntington Harbour

A 26-year-old man who fell off a paddleboard in Huntington Harbour died Tuesday afternoon soon after being pulled from the water, officials said. Jose Mendoza of Lakewood was stand-up paddleboarding with a relative near the 16500 block of Channel Lane at about 3:30 p.m. when he fell off the board...

Man uses spark plug to steal $400,000 in jewels in West Hollywood smash-and-grab heist

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a man who stole $400,000 worth of jewelry from a West Hollywood store in June. About 5 a.m. on June 23, the man used a spark plug to shatter the glass entry door to Gina Amir Atelier, and then ran in and ransacked...

Plan calls for L.A., Long Beach ports to go to zero-emissions technology; cost could hit $14 billion

The nation’s largest port complex will seek to slash air pollution and health risks to Southern Californians by replacing diesel trucks and cargo equipment with zero-emissions technology over the next two decades, according to a plan released Wednesday. The Long Beach and Los Angeles ports’ Clean...

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