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Victims are mourned after racially motivated shootings in Fresno

Details began to emerge Wednesday about the three men who were shot and killed in downtown Fresno in what police say was a racially motivated hate crime. Although authorities have yet to publicly identify those killed in Tuesday’s rampage, colleagues and family members released statements mourning...

Rattlesnake season begins with a vengeance in Southern California

Rattlesnake season is arriving California. On Tuesday, a 66-year-old man was flown to a trauma center after being bit on both of his index fingers outside his home in Ocotillo Wells in eastern San Diego County. Earlier this month, a dog needed 20 stitches after being bitten by a rattlesnake in...

'Filled with hate, filled with anger': Anatomy of a shooting allegedly fueled by racial animus

Fresno police said they believe a shooting rampage downtown Tuesday that left three white men dead was racially motivated. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the suspect, Kori Ali Muhammad, gave “very specific, detailed” information to police that led officers to believe this was a hate-motivated...

Woman breaks into Drake's Yolo Estate and drinks some beverages, police say

A woman is accused of breaking into rapper Drake’s home in Hidden Hills, drinking a couple of beverages and locking herself inside a room, authorities said Tuesday. Mesha Collins, 24, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, although it appears no personal belongings were stolen from the “Hotline...

The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast.

The trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now. “We’re witnessing a transition to a post-oasis landscape in Southern California,”...

Woman shot to death in West Hollywood residential area

Police are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a woman in a residential area of West Hollywood. According to the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, the shooting was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the 8700 block of Rosewood Avenue, near Robertson and Beverly boulevards. The woman was pronounced...

L.A. school board targets McTeacher's Nights, but not all fast-food fundraisers

Fast-food restaurants got something of a reprieve from the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday with the softening of a proposed ban on their involvement in fundraisers. In a resolution approved by a 5-1 vote, the school board nixed McTeacher's Nights fundraisers at McDonald’s, but removed...

L.A. Unified narrowly backs state bills for new controls over charter schools

A divided Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday voted to endorse and push for three hotly debated state bills that seek to place new controls on charter schools. The 4-3 vote largely reflected an ideological split over the growth and oversight of charters, issues that have dominated the most...

Polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego dies after a brief, unexplained illness

SeaWorld San Diego’s 21-year-old female polar bear, Szenja, died unexpectedly Tuesday following a brief illness. The bear had been showing signs of appetite and energy loss for about a week, but the exact nature of her illness and sudden death are still unexplained. SeaWorld will be conducting...

Airbnb warns that L.A.'s budget could suffer from restricting short-term rentals

Airbnb is warning Los Angeles leaders that the city could face a budgetary blow if it restricts how many days Angelenos can rent out rooms or whole homes for short stays. Such rentals are currently illegal in many residential areas of Los Angeles, according to the planning department, but the rules...

'Dreamer,' 23, sues after he is deported by Trump administration

A 23-year-old man has sued the Trump administration over his deportation to Mexico in February, saying he has permission to live and work in the United States under an Obama-era immigration program that protects young people who were brought into the country illegally as children. If his claim...

Real estate investor fined $17,000 over excess L.A. City Council campaign donations

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission imposed a $17,000 fine Tuesday on a real estate investor who wrote checks through more than a dozen different companies to help elect Councilman Mitch O’Farrell. The checks, signed four years ago by investor Leeor Maciborski, came from limited liability companies...

Getty Center closed early after receiving bomb threat

A bomb threat phoned into the Getty Center in Brentwood caused the Los Angeles Police Department to evacuate and later close the facility Tuesday afternoon. According to LAPD spokesperson Officer Drake Madison, the bomb threat was called in shortly before 3 p.m. The bomb squad was notified but...

UCLA finance official arrested on charges of embezzling from the last college he worked for

A UCLA finance director was arrested earlier this month and charged with embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from City University of New York when he worked as a finance official there. Between 2008 and 2012, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. attorney for the southern district of New...

Afghan family detained at LAX is granted permanent residency

An Afghan family of five who was detained by immigration officials for two days at Los Angeles International Airport last month has been granted permanent residency status in the U.S., attorneys representing the family say. After interviewing the family for more than three hours Thursday, U.S....

Man charged with stealing FBI agent's gun and other gear from car trunk

A suspected gang member has been charged with stealing FBI gear — including a gun, ammunition, badge, credentials and body armor — from a special agent’s car. The March 23 indictment comes nearly a year after the equipment was stolen from the agent’s trunk as he went for a morning jog near the...

Suspect in Fresno shooting rampage spoke about racial conflict and black nationalism

The suspect in a series of shootings in downtown Fresno wrote frequently about the conflict between whites and blacks and did not seem well in recent days, according to family members. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, has been arrested after a shooting spree killed three people. Police have not provided...

Man kills 3 people in mass shooting in downtown Fresno

A man shot and killed three people in downtown Fresno Tuesday before surrendering to authorities, the Fresno Police Department said. The suspect was identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, a 39-year-old man who was wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard outside a motel on Thursday,...

Man with burn marks on hands linked to ATM explosions in L.A., Burbank, police say

Whether it’s stealing a whole ATM or taking one apart, thieves will do just about anything to crack into a machine to get to the loot. Using explosives, however, was a first for Burbank, according to police. On Tuesday, authorities said they have charged Yakov Rozenoyer with doing just that. He...

L.A. Police Commission approves new rules for LAPD officers before they fire their guns

The Los Angeles Police Commission voted Tuesday to require officers to try, whenever possible, to defuse tense encounters before firing their guns — a policy shift that marks a significant milestone in the board’s attempts to curb shootings by police. The new rules formally incorporate a decades-old...

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