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Holy court order! Batmobile entitled to copyright protection, judges rule

Batman won't have to worry about Batmobile knockoffs after a federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that the caped crusader's vehicle is entitled to copyright protection.

Mendocino County sheriff raids Native American pot farm that tribe says is legal

An Indian tribe's plans to harvest and distribute medical marijuana in Ukiah was nipped in the bud this week when Mendocino County sheriff's deputies seized hundreds of plants at two properties, officials said Wednesday.

John Wayne Gacy investigation brings break in California cold case

An effort to identify the remains of young men murdered by serial killer John Wayne Gacy in the 1970s has led to a break in the unrelated case of a teenager found shot to death in San Francisco 36 years ago.

Skid row homeless advocate Andy Bales in wheelchair as he battles foot infection

For more than a decade, the Rev. Andy Bales has advocated for the homeless on Los Angeles' skid row, where they often are the victims of violence, patient dumping and illness.

As autumn arrives, temperatures climb, not fall, in Southern California

Potentially record-breaking heat, warm ocean waters and muggy nights. These are typically the tell-tale signs of summer.

Missing 1998 National League Championship ring mysteriously returned to sheriff's station

The large gold ring left at the front counter of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's station in Lakewood early Sunday was one of a kind.

Immigration agents allowed back in L.A. County jails, with limits

Federal immigration agents have returned to Los Angeles County jails to seek out deportable inmates under a new policy by Sheriff Jim McDonnell that has prompted criticism from immigrant advocates who say it could lead to racial profiling.

Valley fire's unfolding nightmare revealed in emergency logs

Within hours after the Valley fire ignited, the calls for help poured in: from the sick, the bedridden and those trapped by the encroaching flames.

Second 'Millionaire Matchmaker' guest charged with assaulting a woman

A man who once appeared on the Bravo TV show "Millionaire Matchmaker" - which pairs wealthy suitors with eligible companions - has been charged with abusing and threatening a woman, authorities said. It's the second guest from the show to be charged this month with abusing a woman.

Controversial DWP nonprofits to keep $11-million 'rainy day' fund

Two controversial Department of Water and Power nonprofit trusts have decided to keep more than $11 million as a "rainy day" fund, despite a city auditor's recommendation that they spend the cash before receiving any more ratepayer money.

Emmy-winning producer denies trying to kill roommate over Oscars joke

An Emmy-winning producer has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to kill his roommate with a kitchen knife, authorities said.

'Bling Ring' leader charged with soliciting rape of West Hollywood skin-care guru

One of the leaders of the "Bling Ring" burglary crew -- which drew headlines for the celebrity home burglaries and inspired a movie of the same name -- has been charged along with another man with stalking a West Hollywood skin-care guru and trying to hire a man to rape her, authorities said.

Hammerhead shark in Malibu; everyone clears out ... except surfers

Los Angeles County lifeguards were monitoring the waters off Malibu Tuesday afternoon after two fisherman briefly hooked an 8-foot hammerhead shark, officials said.

Tomato garden tax break? Backers say it would pay off in better health

Los Angeles County officials want to give tax breaks to property owners who turn vacant lots into community gardens, a bid to reduce urban blight and give more people access to fresh produce.

USC student president says frat member shouted racial epithet, threw drink at her

The president of USC's undergraduate student government - who was born in India -- reports that a fraternity member called her a racial epithet, cursed her and hurled a drink at her through a window last weekend.

One of San Bernardino County's 'worst' child sex cases ends with life sentence

A Victorville man was ordered to spend the rest of his life behind bars Tuesday for one of the worst cases of child sexual abuse a San Bernardino County prosecutor said she'd ever seen.

L.A. city workers throw their support behind proposed contract

Members of a coalition of unions that represent more than 20,000 Los Angeles city employees announced Tuesday that they had overwhelmingly voted to back a proposed contract with the city.

Woman killed, five others hurt when driver, 80, crashes into gym class

An 80-year-old driver confused by the pedals in her car crashed through a Livermore, Calif., gym Tuesday, killing a woman and injuring five others who were working out during a class, police said.

Man found dead in Lakewood riverbed had mental capacity of child, family says

A 24-year-old Norwalk man who was found shot to death in the San Gabriel River bed had the mental capacity of a child, his family said.

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