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County seeks state approval on 'millionaires tax' for homeless programs

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to pursue state legislation that would allow them to impose a "millionaires tax" to pay for housing and services for the homeless. The vote signaled resolution of a rift that opened between members of the county board's liberal majority on the issue...

Racially-charged video roils elite private school in Los Angeles

An elite Westside private school said Tuesday that it is investigating a video showing students singing the lyrics of a rap song containing profanity and offensive language about women and African Americans. The video emerged on YouTube this week as part of a campaign on change.org demanding that...

Huntington Beach man will face trial in alleged murder plot

A Huntington Beach man from a storied surfing family will face trial on charges that he tried to arrange the murder of his former sister-in-law for $12,000, an Orange County judge ruled Tuesday. Joseph Jordan Taylor, 30, could face life in prison if convicted on charges of attempted murder and...

Police aim more cameras at Bay Area freeways following string of deadly shootings

Police departments in the East Bay and the California Highway Patrol have teamed up to try and stop a wave of suspected gang shootings on Bay Area freeways that have left four dead and nearly a dozen wounded since November, authorities said. The latest shooting occurred Sunday afternoon, when authorities...

Earthquake: 3.8 quake strikes near Coalinga, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon 14 miles from Coalinga, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 3:58 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 4.3 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 21 miles from Avenal, Calif., 24 miles from...

Another bomb threat prompts closure of 3 piers at San Diego naval base

A bomb threat carved into the wall of a portable toilet at Naval Base San Diego prompted an hours-long closure of three piers Tuesday, Navy officials said. The message was spotted about 8:10 a.m. on an inside wall of a toilet on Pier 7. Ship maintenance was halted and the pier — along with Piers...

Southern California Gas Co. fined $2.25 million for pipeline safety violations

State regulators have fined Southern California Gas Co. $2.25 million for failing to promptly fix corrosion control systems used on its underground natural gas pipelines. The California Public Utilities Commission cited the utility for 45 safety violations found during inspections in the Mid-City...

Black Lives Matter activists criticize arrests of LAPD critics at Police Commission meetings

Angry over arrests at recent public meetings, a group of Black Lives Matter activists gathered outside the Los Angeles Police Department's downtown headquarters Tuesday morning, saying the arrests would not deter their calls for police reform. About two dozen activists -- most wearing signs asking,...

LAUSD assistant principal arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with student

William Webb, a popular assistant principal at the Los Angeles Unified School District’s flagship arts high school, was arrested Tuesday morning on suspicion of sexual misconduct with a student. Webb, 51, was taken into custody by LAPD Juvenile Division detectives, Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said....

Prosecutors charge woman with taking packages from Alhambra home

Authorities have charged a 20-year-old woman they say was caught on video attempting to steal packages from a man's doorstep in Alhambra, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday. Alhambra police say they identified Rianna Medina as the woman in the video, based on tips and social media posts....

Catholic Church interested in purchasing Eagle Rock mansion

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is exploring the purchase of one of the largest properties in Eagle Rock, the Chateau Emanuel, as a potential retreat and prayer center for priests. The property, which has a 6,000-square-foot main house with four bedrooms and five baths, three guest homes and waterfalls,...

Pipeline company indicted in Santa Barbara County oil spill

A pipeline company said Tuesday it has been indicted in connection with a massive oil spill last year in Santa Barbara County. Plains All American Pipeline said the company and one of its employees was indicted by a state grand jury on 46 counts related to the May 2015 spill. Both state and local...

Body of pilot recovered from plane wreckage on Mt. Wilson

The body of a pilot whose plane crashed in Mt. Wilson during the weekend was recovered Monday night, coroner’s officials said. Heavy fog had hampered recovery efforts for most of the day, but searchers finally were able to reach Thomas Christopher Bruff, 57, of San Diego and pull him from the wreckage,...

PetSmart worker arrested after dachshund dies in grooming session

A PetSmart worker in San Mateo was arrested after a 1-year-old dachshund died following a grooming session, police said Monday. Juan Zarate, 38, of San Francisco was working Sunday at the pet supply store in the 3500 block of South El Camino Real when the dog was dropped off to be groomed, according...

Feds used child porn ruse to build case against firm suspected of illegal trade with Iran

In October 2012, Idin Rafiee was getting ready to board a flight from San Diego to London when a federal agent came up beside him and told him all his electronic devices were going to be detained. Laptop, iPad, cellphone, external hard drive — all would be taken from him, the Customs and Border...

Man shot several times while repairing car in Boyle Heights

A man in his 20s was shot several times Monday night while repairing a car in Boyle Heights, authorities said. The shooting occurred about 6:15 p.m. near 5th and State streets, according to Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Lopez. The man was outside doing mechanical repairs to a car when an unknown...

1 wounded in shooting at Hollywood Hills house party

Los Angeles police are investigating a shooting that occurred over the weekend at a Hollywood Hills house party that left one person wounded. The shooting occurred Saturday about 2:30 a.m. in the 6600 block of Lakeridge Road, near the Lake Hollywood reservoir, LAPD Officer Mike Lopez said. The...

Two men are shot and killed in North Hills while out walking, police say

Two men who were out walking were killed this weekend in separate shootings just a few blocks apart in the San Fernando Valley, police said Monday. Jose Zeron, 37, was walking home about 4 a.m. Saturday in the 15500 block of Nordhoff Street when he was gunned down, according to the Los Angeles...

Two L.A. sheriff's deputies convicted of beating mentally ill inmate

A Los Angeles federal jury on Monday found two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies guilty of beating an inmate and falsifying reports to cover up the attack, the latest in a series of convictions connected to the county's jail abuse scandal. Bryan Brunsting and Jason Branum were each convicted...

Sheriff's firefighter unions spend heavily on candidate in L.A. County supervisor's race

Unions representing Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and firefighters have pumped at least $800,000 into an independent expenditure committee supporting Kathryn Barger, chief of staff to county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, in her bid to replace him. Campaign finance statements posted...

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