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Fights outside Westfield Culver City mall spark alarm and a social media frenzy

A series of fights staged by dozens of teenagers outside the Westfield Culver City mall Saturday evening sparked panic among patrons at the shopping center and prompted a social media frenzy, authorities said. Police received a call shortly after 5 p.m. that a man with a gun was in the crowded...

Meth ring leader sentenced to 14 years in prison

A leader of a North County methamphetamine trafficking ring has been sentenced in San Diego federal court to 14 years in prison. Gilbert Joseph Ramirez, 39, admitted to coordinating the delivery or distribution of more than 8 pounds of meth in 2014 and 2015. He was sentenced Friday. Ramirez would...

How bad will California's monster storm get? Here's what you need to know

A series of storms that some forecasters say could be the most severe in a decade is beginning to barrel down on Northern California. The epic system - known as an atmospheric river - could dump so much rain and snow that some ski runs and roads will be declared off-limits, with forecasters warning...

Woman in custody after allegedly stealing and crashing fire department ambulance

A woman allegedly stole an ambulance from outside an Arleta home while Los Angeles Fire Department personnel were inside giving medical aid and later crashed into two power poles during a police chase before being arrested early Saturday, authorities said. Desiree Delatorre, 24, was not injured...

New trash-collecting barge looks like a cross between a steamboat and a conch shell

Removing debris from Upper Newport Bay could be aided by a proposal that's been floating around City Hall for several months — a trash-collecting barge. At first glance, the so-called water wheel looks like a cross between a steamboat and a conch shell. From its proposed stationary position where...

2 shot dead, 2 wounded as gunfire erupts on Pasadena street

Two men were shot dead and two others were wounded as gunfire erupted and two men trying to flee crashed their car late Friday in Pasadena, police said.  The shooting was reported just before midnight in the 100 block of West Claremont Street, a statement from Pasadena Police said. Officers found...

California murder convict becomes first U.S. inmate to have state-funded sex reassignment surgery

A 57-year-old convicted killer serving a life sentence has become the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery, the prisoner's attorneys confirmed Friday.  California prison officials agreed in August 2015 to pay for the surgery for Shiloh Heavenly Quine, who was convicted...

Possible infant remains found buried in Riverside park

Investigators recovered the remains, possibly of an infant, late Thursday in a Riverside park after a homeless woman told them she had buried her baby there shortly after birth a year ago. The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office will examine the remains to determine if they are the woman’s...

Robert Durst murder case: Prosecutors can take early testimony from witnesses they say could die or be killed

A Los Angeles County judge on Friday cleared the way for prosecutors to begin calling witnesses next month in their murder case against New York real estate heir Robert Durst, saying that the identity of one witness would remain confidential for several more weeks because of concerns over his safety....

Search resumes for missing L.A. man after wrecked car and girlfriend's body found off PCH

Search efforts resumed Friday along Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo County for a missing North Hollywood man who, along with his girlfriend, disappeared more than a week ago on a drive to Big Sur. Aided by a California Highway Patrol helicopter and police dogs, members of the Sheriff's Underwater...

LAX beefs up security in wake of Fort Lauderdale airport mass shooting

Authorities at Los Angeles International Airport said Friday they are beefing up security in the wake of a mass shooting at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “Airport Police are deploying additional resources into our terminals and an increased presence in the Central Terminal Area,” LAX officials...

'A big mess': Mammoth prepares for a monster snowstorm

Below clear blue skies Friday, people in the snow-shrouded ski town of Mammoth Lakes were gleeful that a series of storms on the way to the eastern Sierra Nevada could bring several more feet of snow. Yet some also worried that the big, wet storm on tap for this weekend — known as an atmospheric...

How California went from drought to dangerous rain and snow

After years of dry conditions, California is getting its winter back. A series of storms over the last month have dumped feet of snow and rain in some parts of Northern California. And Southern California had its wettest December in several years. Heavier precipitation in the north of the state...

Pedestrian struck and killed by Metro Blue Line train in Compton

A Metro Blue Line train struck and killed a pedestrian in Compton on Friday morning, authorities said. The deadly incident occurred about 6:52 a.m. near El Segundo Boulevard and Alameda Street, according to Ramon Montenegro, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Transit Policing...

Standoff between CHP and speeding motorist closes I-15 north of Barstow

Authorities shut down Interstate 15 in both directions Friday because of a standoff with a speeding motorist and said it was unclear when the major travel route between Southern California and Las Vegas would be reopened. The pursuit began at 2:18 a.m. when an officer tried to stop a motorist driving...

Heroin overdoses in Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks - including teenage boy - prompt crackdown; 17 arrested

Two heroin overdoses last year in Simi Valley — where abuse of heroin and prescription drugs has gained national headlines — have prompted detectives there to focus on the source of the deadly opiate. Police uncovered a so-called heroin delivery service operating in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and...

2 dead, 1 wounded in shooting at Northern Caifornia restaurant

San Jose police say two men were killed and another man was injured Thursday in a shooting at a Mexican restaurant. Police say the shooting at La Mejor Taqueria in East San Jose was reported about 7:45 p.m. Two men were declared dead at the scene and a third was taken to a hospital. Police say...

Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Burney, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Thursday evening 17 miles from Burney, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:20 p.m. at a depth of 3.1 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 47 miles from Shasta Lake, 52 miles from Redding and 71 miles...

More than 1,200 homeless veterans living on Los Angeles streets still need housing

More than 1,200 veterans are living on Los Angeles streets, thwarting Mayor Eric Garcetti’s repeated pledges to end the city’s soaring rates of veteran homelessness, officials said Thursday. Faced with the highest number of homeless veterans of any city in the nation, Garcetti had promised to find housing...

Mountain lion kitten struck and killed on 118 Freeway

A fluffy, blue-eyed mountain lion known as P-52 was recently struck and killed by a vehicle on the 118 Freeway — the same freeway where his mother was killed last month — wildlife officials announced Thursday.  The 7-month-old kitten died a few miles away from where his mother, P-39, was hit and...

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