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Federal immigration authorities arrest more than 160 in L.A.-area operation this week

Immigration officials said Friday that they arrested more than 160 people — most of them with criminal histories — during an operation this week across Southern California. The arrests, which officials have described as routine and not part of a crackdown promised by President Trump, have sparked...

Someone left 14 plastic tubs with cats inside them in the cold rain outside a feline sanctuary

Someone dumped 14 plastic tubs containing a multitude of cats — some of which were pregnant — outside a popular feline sanctuary in Central California early Thursday morning. Workers arrived to the Cat House on the Kings, in Parlier, Calif., and found the tubs carefully placed at the far end of...

The frantic fight to protect the nation's tallest dam as spillway rapidly erodes

Oroville Dam is the center of California’s massive water project, which sends water collected from the Sierra Nevada north of Sacramento south to cities and farms. It’s an epic engineering project that now faces a crisis. What is the problem? Flow from heavy rains has damaged the reservoir’s spillway...

San Francisco city attorney takes aim at five gun companies over alleged sale of high-capacity magazines

San Francisco City Atty. Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit Thursday against five gun suppliers, alleging they violated a state law banning the sale of high-capacity magazines by selling them in pieces and marketing them as “repair kits.” The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco County Superior Court, alleges...

When Girl Scout cookie stand is robbed at gunpoint, California police open their wallets

After a 12-year-old girl selling Girl Scout cookies outside a grocery store in Union City, Calif., was robbed at gunpoint this week, police stepped in to help and bought all of the unsold boxes. The girl and her mother were selling cookies in front of Safeway on Wednesday when a teenage boy approached...

Employee guns down manager sitting in his car in downtown Los Angeles, police say

A 50-year-old man was shot to death by one of his employees outside a downtown Los Angeles business Thursday evening, authorities said. The manager was inside his car having an argument with an employee about 5:30 p.m. in the 2000 block of Bay Street when the employee pulled out a gun and repeatedly...

Owner of 'pay-to-stay' immigration scheme at Koreatown schools pleads guilty to federal charges

The owner and operator behind a network of four Koreatown-area schools that authorities allege was actually a “pay-to-stay” immigration scheme pleaded guilty to federal charges Thursday, according to prosecutors. Three people, including owner and headmaster Hee Sun “Leonard” Shim, 53, of Beverly...

Earthquake: 3.5 quake strikes near Yucaipa

A shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported Friday morning six miles from Yucaipa, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:10 a.m. PST at a depth of 5.6 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was eight miles from Redlands and 11 miles from Lake Arrowhead....

L.A. planning commissions approve 90% of requests for changes in land use rules, Times analysis finds

The parcel at Jefferson and La Cienega boulevards might not seem like an obvious place to put an upscale 30-story residential tower. Zoned for industrial use, the West Adams intersection near the new Expo Line is surrounded by low-rise warehouses and businesses. But when a developer proposed a high-rise...

California's second largest reservoir is damaged. These water releases just made it worse

As storm runoff poured into fast rising Lake Oroville Thursday, the state resumed releases down the reservoir’s damaged spillway, creating dramatic scenes of muddy torrents gushing over the concrete chute.  The releases tore a larger hole in the spillway and jumped over the structure, creating...

Sister-in-law of San Bernardino terror attack shooter pleads guilty in marriage fraud case

The sister-in-law of one of two shooters in the San Bernardino terror attack pleaded guilty Thursday to helping arrange a sham marriage that was uncovered in the aftermath of the attack.  Tatiana Farook, 32, entered a guilty plea in federal district court in Riverside to one count of conspiracy...

Music producer Ramsay Tha Great charged with pimping and pandering

A Granada Hills music producer known as Ramsay Tha Great is facing felony charges of pimping and pandering two women in Orange County, authorities said. Brandon Christopher Ramsay, 24, pleaded not guilty Thursday to two felony counts of pimping and two felony counts of pandering by procuring, according...

Loyola Marymount University is opening a new Silicon Beach-focused Playa Vista campus

Loyola Marymount University is opening a new campus in Playa Vista, expanding its growing presence on the Westside and in Silicon Beach, school officials announced Thursday.  The Jesuit university, which in recent years has dramatically built its programs and local partnerships in film and tech,...

U.S. Air Force launches ICBM test missile off Central California coast

An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was launched Wednesday night from Vandenberg Air Force Base as part of an operational test. The Minuteman III missile launch occurred at 11:39 p.m. at the base just north of Lompoc and lit up the sky of California’s Central Coast, according to the U.S....

San Joaquin Valley continues to sink because of groundwater pumping, NASA says

California’s San Joaquin Valley continues to sink at an alarming rate because of groundwater pumping and irrigation, according to a new study by NASA.  Ground levels in some areas have dropped 1 to 2 feet in the last two years, creating deeper and wider “bowls” that continue to threaten the vital...

Worker killed by truck during mudslide cleanup on Highway 17 near Santa Cruz

A dump truck struck and killed one worker and injured a second Thursday as crews worked to clear a mudslide on Highway 17 near Santa Cruz, authorities said. The collision was reported just after noon on the highway near Vine Hill Road in Scotts Valley, the site of a significant mudslide that closed...

'There's no place else ... that we can run to': Residents of huge homeless camp are asked to clear out to make way for LAX project

When Bill Clinton was president, the operator of Los Angeles International Airport began buying up and razing Manchester Square, a cozy 1950s housing tract located under the flight path. The buyouts took care of the residents’ noise complaints but left behind an eerily suburban ghost town of lush green lawns,...

O.C. project that turns shipping containers into homeless housing is dedicated

About 300 people turned out Wednesday for the dedication of Potter’s Lane, an Orange County apartment building constructed with recycled shipping containers that will house homeless veterans. The $6.3-million project, due to open by mid-February, will be the state’s first multifamily housing made...

Man accused of throwing his dog off East L.A. hillside, twice

A man is facing animal cruelty charges after throwing his pitbull mix off a hillside in an East Los Angeles neighborhood, prosecutors said. Andres Spancky Raya, 21, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court downtown to two felony counts of animal cruelty, according to the...

Muscoy man accused of shooting two neighbors to death

A 28-year-old Muscoy man is in custody Thursday after authorities say he fatally shot two of his neighbors. Officials said that Roberto Lopez was arrested on suspicion of murder Wednesday after San Bernardino County sheriff’s detectives interviewed him about the deaths of two neighbors. Their bodies...

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