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Bummer: Winter storms made many Southern California beaches hazardous to your health

Heal the Bay's new beach report card shows that last winter's heavy rains quenched the drought but resulted in poor water quality at the beach.

Southern California's 'Bummer Beaches' can make you sick, report card says

Heavy rains last winter poured billions of gallons of polluted runoff into storm drains and, eventually, the ocean, significantly increasing health risks at many Southern California beaches, according to the environmental group Heal the Bay’s annual beach report card. “The reassuring news,” said...

How do you steal two police cruisers? LAPD looking for answers

Hours after two Los Angeles Police Department cruisers were stolen and then crashed in separate pursuits in South L.A., police were at a loss to explain the matter Thursday morning. Thieves stole the Los Angeles police cruisers late Wednesday night and led officers on a winding chase that ended...

Victims of shooting at San Francisco UPS facility are identified as families and co-workers mourn

The day after a gunman killed three co-workers and then himself at a United Parcel Service facility in San Francisco, the victims’ relatives, fellow employees and customers were mourning their deaths in public and in private Thursday. On Wednesday night, the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office...

Essential California: The report card on California’s battle against climate change

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, June 15, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Checking in on those greenhouse gases Here’s the latest report card on California’s battle against climate change. The state has been chipping away...

L.A. council panel backs plan for a new city holiday: Indigenous Peoples Day

A key panel of the Los Angeles City Council endorsed a plan Wednesday to take Columbus Day off the city calendar and put in its place a new Indigenous Peoples Day, despite opposition from Italian American civic leaders and some city lawmakers. The council’s Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations...

2 stolen LAPD cruisers crash during chase across L.A.; officer in 3rd cruiser also crashes, police say

Drivers stole two Los Angeles police cruisers and led officers on a winding chase Wednesday night, authorities said. The pursuit came to an end after both cruisers — yes, both — crashed and the drivers were apprehended, said Officer Tony Im, an LAPD spokesman. During the chase, an officer following...

Torrance Memorial hospital receives $32-million donation

Philanthropists Melanie and Richard Lundquist have donated $32 million to Torrance Memorial Medical Center to improve neurological, orthopedic and spinal care at the hospital. The gift announced this week brings the couple’s total contributions to the hospital to $100 million over the last 11 years....

False alarm of 'active shooter' at Air Force base in Northern California prompts brief lockdown

A mistaken report of an active shooter Wednesday at Travis Air Force base in Northern California prompted officials to put the base on lockdown. Gunshots were reported about 3:20 p.m. at the base exchange, an onsite retail outlet, according to Bobbie Textor, who works in the base’s public affairs...

School board extends Supt. King's contract in current majority's final days

Steve Zimmer is about to lose his seat on the Los Angeles school board, but he pulled off an 11th-hour political triumph by engineering a contract extension for Supt. Michelle King. The move means that the new school board, the first with a majority supported by charter school backers, will inherit...

Earthquake: 2.7 quake strikes near Avalon

A shallow magnitude 2.7 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon 18 miles from the Santa Catalina Island city of Avalon, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 3:19 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0.6 miles. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 18 miles from Newport...

Contra Costa County district attorney is charged with perjury and theft of campaign funds

The district attorney of Contra Costa County was criminally charged Wednesday with using more than $66,000 in campaign funds to pay personal bills and buy jewelry and other items. The California attorney general charged Mark Peterson with 12 counts of felony perjury and a single count of felony...

Detainees end brief hunger strike at Adelanto immigration facility, officials say

A group of immigration detainees staged a brief hunger strike this week as they sought reduced bail and improved conditions at the Adelanto Detention Facility in San Bernardino County. Eight detainees began refusing food Monday morning, immigration officials said. Two had resumed eating by Tuesday,...

Body of man found in MacArthur Park Lake

The body of a man was found in MacArthur Park Lake Wednesday morning, police said. The discovery was reported just after 10 a.m. in the 2000 block of West 7th Street, said Officer Aareon Jefferson, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers were investigating the man’s death. This...

San Francisco police urge neighborhood to 'shelter in place' following reported shooting

San Francisco police are responding to a shooting downtown and have asked people nearby to “shelter in place.” In a series of tweets that began just after 9 a.m., police said to avoid the area of 17th Street and Vermont Avenue. Police officials did not immediately say if anyone was wounded or killed....

Essential California: An ugly day for Uber, and what it says about Silicon Valley culture

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, June 14, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Uber founder takes leave Travis Kalanick, Uber’s co-founder and chief executive, will take an indefinite leave from the company after a months-long...

A dog sitter and extra legroom. A look at the latest legal drama in Durst murder case

Who should pay for the retired detective’s dog sitter? That's the question at the heart of the latest squabble in the murder case of New York real estate scion Robert Durst — a legal battle between experienced prosecutors and a heavyweight defense team. The back-and-forth, which is laid out in...

Trinity Broadcasting must pay full $2-million verdict in molestation scandal, judge rules

An Orange County judge has ruled that Trinity Broadcasting, a dominant broadcaster of Christian-oriented programming, must pay the full $2-million verdict to its founding televangelists’ granddaughter. A jury had decided June 5 that Trinity founder Jan Crouch had caused outrageous harm to her then-teenage...

L.A. Unified moves closer to a unified enrollment system

Pressed by L.A. schools Supt. Michelle King, the Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to create an enrollment system that will allow students and families to apply to just about any schools they choose at the same time, through one online application. The $24-million project...

FBI raids Sovereign Health rehab chain's sites across Southern California

Federal and state agents raided several locations Tuesday of the Southern California rehab company Sovereign Health as part of an ongoing probe, authorities said. No arrests were made when officials executed search warrants at sites in Culver City, Palm Desert, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano,...

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