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A plan to keep rivers flowing for fish triggers another water fight

State regulators want to leave more water for fish and wildlife in the heavily tapped tributaries of the San Joaquin River, setting the stage for another bruising California water fight. The proposal to keep more water flowing in the Merced, Tuolumne and Stanislaus rivers could spread the pain...

Man wields stolen crucifixes in rampage through downtown Ventura, police say

A man went on a rampage across Ventura’s Main Street using perhaps the most unlikely of weapons Thursday, after police say he allegedly broke into the gift shop of a historic Spanish mission and attacked pedestrians with stolen crucifixes. Calls began flooding into the dispatch center about 6 a.m.,...

Great Scott! Carjacker steals DeLorean and crashes after pursuit near beach, police say

If police chases in Southern California couldn’t get any more strange, imagine this: Officers stopped a carjacker who they said stole a DeLorean, then crashed during a slow-speed pursuit near Santa Monica beach. No, this wasn’t a preview for the next “Back to the Future” flick, and Doc Brown wasn’t...

Glendale parents say Spanish-language textbook reinforces negative stereotypes

Amid parents’ concerns that a Spanish-language textbook series the Glendale school board adopted was reinforcing negative stereotypes, officials now are weighing reopening the selection process. "If it's offensive to one person, it should concern us as a board," Greg Krikorian, a memer of the board,...

Will climate change make California's droughts worse? A mountain lake offers clues

In 2000, researchers took a coring from the bed of a small, shallow lake in the Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains.  They analyzed the organic matter and chemicals in the sediments to reconstruct a climate record of the past 10,000 years. They then compared it with reconstructions of ancient ocean...

Kitchen fire causes alarming plume of smoke to rise from City National Tower in downtown L.A.

An ominous cloud of smoke that rose from the City National Tower in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday was caused by a kitchen fire, officials said.  A Twitter user shared a photo Thursday morning of smoke coming out of the building on Flower Street and said: "That doesn't look good." https://twitter.com/28Loki/status/776480736081645568...

Father, stepmother of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon found dead in Orange County home

The father and stepmother of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon were found dead Wednesday in the racer’s Orange home. Robert Gordon, 69, and his wife, Sharon Gordon, 57, were discovered at 5 p.m. in the 1400 block of North Kennymead Street, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Autopsies...

L.A. Council President Herb Wesson names himself temporary overseer of Valley district

Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson said Thursday that he has selected himself to temporarily manage the San Fernando Valley district represented until recently by Felipe Fuentes. Wesson, whose own district stretches from Koreatown to South Los Angeles, will oversee services in the northeast...

Former L.A. Coliseum executive sentenced to jail in corruption case

A former executive at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was sentenced to six months in jail Thursday for his role in what prosecutors described as a wide-ranging corruption scandal that also implicated entertainment promoters who put on raves at the storied stadium. Todd DeStefano, 43, pleaded...

Will Venice become its own city?

Good morning. It is Thursday, Sept. 15. Judges are starting to move into the new federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. You can’t miss it — the building looks like a floating cube. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Venice has morphed from a counter-culture stronghold...

He was deported 4 times. His wife is accused of helping him flee to Mexico. Now, she faces 10 years in prison

Immigration officials have deported Jose Vega-Zuniga four times, but he’s always returned, and usually landed behind bars. But a recent DUI arrest culminated in a federal conviction this summer that carried up to 20 years in prison. So, prosecutors allege, he left of his own accord. Days after...

Legal battle widens over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport

The legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport widened Tuesday when a major aviation tenant filed a federal complaint challenging the city’s effort to reduce aircraft services and eventually shut down the historic facility. Atlantic Aviation, which provides fuel, hangars and...

Interior Department signs blueprint for renewable energy development in the California desert

For decades, environmentalists have rhapsodized about the tranquil beauty of California’s deserts while battling fiercely with energy companies, the government and within their own ranks over what if any power production should occur on those sun-baked, wind-blown, geothermally active expanses...

Another kind of drought: Inmate fire crews dwindle as wildfire season grows ever longer

Already plagued by years of drought and a beetle infestation that has reduced millions of trees to kindling, California is facing yet another crisis as it enters the brunt of wildfire season: a dwindling roster of prison inmates who can battle blazes.  The gap is due largely to California’s controversial...

Oral infection outbreak appears linked to an Anaheim dental office, officials say

As if visiting the dentist wasn’t scary enough, Orange County health officials are alerting parents to an outbreak of oral infections that appear linked to a children’s dental office in Anaheim. At least one case of a Mycobacterial abscessus infection has been confirmed in a patient who visited...

Veteran CHP officer arrested in child pornography case

A veteran California Highway Patrol officer is on administrative leave after being arrested this week on suspicion of transmitting child pornography.  Placer County sheriff’s detectives arrested Patrick Francis Cooney Jr., around 4 p.m. Monday. An ongoing investigation revealed that Cooney, 54,...

Federal corrections officer kicked inmate in the head, indictment alleges

A correctional officer at a federal prison in Victorville has been charged with assaulting a prisoner and then falsifying records to cover up the attack, authorities said. Cynthia Flores, 34, was indicted by a grand jury and is expected to appear in court Wednesday afternoon on four counts of deprivation...

USC's school of social work receives $60 million, the largest donation to a school of its kind

Suzanne Dworak-Peck, an internationally recognized leader in social work and a USC alumna, has donated $60 million to the USC School of Social Work, the university announced Wednesday. The gift is the largest donation from an individual to a social work school, according to USC, and changes the...

L.A. County to require licenses for immigration consultants

Moving to crack down on scam artists, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to require immigration consultants working in unincorporated areas of the county to be licensed. The consultants, sometimes referred to as “notarios,” are not attorneys. But some offer legal services and charge high...

Father is fatally shot after mistakenly opening door for pizza delivery in Woodland Hills

A father was shot and killed late Tuesday after he opened the front door of his Woodland Hills home expecting a pizza delivery, officials said. The 37-year-old man was at home in the 4900 block of Medina Drive with his wife and young daughter at 11:50 p.m. when he answered the front door. A Los...

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