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Two men reportedly robbed and carjacked while playing Pokemon Go at Northern California park

It’s only been released for a week, but the augmented reality video game “Pokemon Go” is already causing concerns among law enforcement agencies that report seeing an uptick in calls and crimes. In the latest “Pokemon Go” attack, two men focused on the scavenger hunt-like smartphone game were robbed...

Stanford sexual-assault convict to get drug and alcohol counseling

The former Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault will be required to attend drug and alcohol counseling in addition to being randomly tested after he was caught lying about his high school habits. Internal probation department communications obtained Tuesday through a public records...

In a changing Boyle Heights, a tiny cantina favored by locals reopens to cheers

The curtain blowing over the bar door is different, the counter new and the walls freshly painted. But the clientele – working class, mostly Mexican immigrants – of the little Boyle Heights cantina remains the same.   Las Palomas looks pretty good for a place that returned from the dead. In February,...

The port that fuels L.A.'s economy and fouls its air gets a pollution-reduction team

Mayor Eric Garcetti on Tuesday announced the appointment of an advisory panel tasked with reducing air pollution from the Port of Los Angeles by expanding the use of zero-emissions technology.  The 10-member Sustainable Freight Advisory Board, made up of  representatives from industry, environmental...

Essential California: Protesters rally outside LAPD headquarters

Good morning. It is Wednesday, July 13. The newest trend in San Francisco is robots acting as security guards. But can they be trusted to keep us safe? A mother says her toddler was knocked down and run over by a robot in Palo Alto. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES...

2 Marines playing 'Pokemon Go' help nab attempted murder suspect

Javier Soch and Seth Ortega went to downtown Fullerton on Tuesday hoping to hunt monsters on the new “Pokemon Go” smartphone game. Instead, the Marine Corps veterans helped police in the Orange County city catch a man who was bothering children at a playground. Investigators later learned the man...

'Fort' used by Lunada Bay surfer gang to be demolished, city leaders say

A stone “fort” used by a group of fiercely territorial surfers in Palos Verdes Estates will be dismantled and carted away under a plan approved by the city’s elected leaders Tuesday. The council’s unanimous decision came despite strong opposition by residents, who urged their elected leaders “not...

Man who crashed a stolen LAPD car is charged with strangling boyfriend in Echo Park

A man who lost both legs after stealing and crashing a police cruiser in 2012 was charged Tuesday with slaying his boyfriend at an Echo Park home, authorities said. Nicholas James Bowling, 28, faces one count of murder for strangling Frank Murrell Rogers, 48, during a dispute Friday, according...

Orange County reaches settlement with sexual assault victims in Bustamante case

Orange County supervisors Tuesday approved a settlement agreement with two women who were victims of former public works manager Carlos Bustamante, who is serving a one-year jail sentence after pleading guilty to sex crimes last December. Officials agreed to pay $500,000 each to Lorena Martinez...

'Pokemon Go' ends abruptly for teen siblings in San Francisco after robber snatches their smartphone

Two teenagers playing “Pokemon Go” in San Francisco were robbed by a man who snatched a smartphone they were using for the game, officials said. The incident occurred Sunday and comes as police are warning Pokemon fans to be careful as they roam around cities playing the game. The teenagers, a...

22-ton whale carcass towed from near Newport coast seems to be staying at sea

After twice towing a dead humpback whale out to sea to keep it from coming ashore, Newport Beach lifeguards said Tuesday that the 22-ton floating carcass appears to be staying away. On Sunday, Newport lifeguards first saw the dead whale, named Wally by biologists who had tracked it before its death....

Marijuana business tax will be on the November ballot in L.A. County

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to place a marijuana business tax on the November ballot, with the proceeds intended to pay for homeless services. The proposal calls for a 10% levy on the gross receipts of businesses that produce or distribute marijuana and related products. It would...

Police fear fallout from Pokémon Go craze

The real world can be a dangerous place to Pokémon Go as police across Southern California are quickly discovering, with the gaming app suddenly becoming a new concern for traffic, crimes and even robberies. Pokémon Go is probably the first mobile game in which its augmented reality is leading...

Transient accused of killing older La Verne couple pleads not guilty

A transient accused of bludgeoning an older La Verne couple to death and stealing the wife’s cellphone pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Tuesday, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. Luke Fabela, 24, is charged in the deaths of Shirley Isom, 74, and Armie “Troy” Isom, 89,...

Angler turns himself in after hooking protected great white shark and posing with it

An angler surrendered to authorities Tuesday after he hooked a great white shark at Pismo Beach Pier and then posed for videos and photographs with the predator, wildlife officials said. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife had been searching for the angler, identified as Joshua Ramsey...

10 ducklings were rescued on a busy Glendale freeway - and it was live-tweeted

Ten fuzzy ducklings are now paddling somewhere in the Los Angeles River with their mother after they were rescued from a busy freeway Monday. Every moment of the ducklings’ rescue was part of livestream of tweets by the California Highway Patrol. The ducklings may have been stranded for days if...

Nation's oldest park ranger returns to work after she was beaten and robbed in her home

Two weeks after she was beaten and robbed in her Richmond, Calif., home, Betty Reid Soskin, the nation’s oldest national park ranger, returned to work Tuesday to cheers and hugs.  Soskin, 94, is a ranger at the Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, where she leads...

Driver being chased by San Diego County deputies heads directly to jail, and climbs over fence into intake area

A sheriff’s pursuit had a surprise ending when the driver stopped outside the Vista jail and climbed a fence to get in. San Diego County deputies obliged by closing a gate and arresting him. Oceanside police started the pursuit shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday, when an officer tried to pull over the...

Man who killed wife in front of kids during barbecue gets 50 years to life

A Central Valley man who shot his wife to death last year during a crowded family barbecue has been sentenced to 50 years to life in prison. The Merced Sun-Star reported a jury in June convicted Crisanto Bedolla of premeditated murder. The 61-year-old was sentenced Monday. Bedolla shot and killed...

Man planned to kill TV sports anchor in attack at his San Diego home, prosecutor says

A house painter was trying to kill CBS News 8 sports director Kyle Kraska when he ambushed the sportscaster outside his Scripps Ranch home more than a year ago, a prosecutor told a jury Monday morning. “The defendant doesn’t like it when he doesn’t get his way,” the prosecutor said, noting that...

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