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Family of man killed in Reagan State Building shooting downtown search for answers

It’s been two days since a California Highway Patrol officer fatally shot a man who appeared to threaten bystanders with a weapon inside the Ronald Reagan State Building, and the man’s family say they are still struggling to understand the man’s actions. CHP investigators say that for reasons that...

Pilot dies when small plane crashes in Point Reyes National Seashore park

A pilot was found dead Friday within the wreckage of a small plane that had vanished and later was discovered crashed on a rugged hillside in Point Reyes National Seashore, in Marin County, officials said. The pilot of the Cessna 172 was flying Thursday afternoon from Santa Ynez to Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma...

With Baca's 'best remaining days' at hand, judge rules he should go to prison now. Baca vows appeal

With Alzheimer’s slowly taking his mind, former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca should spend “his best remaining days” in prison and not be allowed to remain free while he appeals his conviction, a federal judge has ruled. In issuing an order for Baca to surrender to prison officials by Monday...

Six deaths linked to Bay Area heat wave

Six people died from heat-related illnesses amid a record-breaking hot spell that roasted the Bay Area over the Labor Day weekend, officials say. Those who died were seniors, mostly in their late 70s, 80s and 90s, and nearly all were found in their Bay Area homes, according to coroner’s officials...

Essential California: The 'Dreamers' loophole that helped 40,000 of them get green cards

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, Sept. 8, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES In the fine print An immigrant brought to the U.S. from Mexico at age 4, Miriam Juan was able to make a trip to Guadalajara thanks to a little-known...

Enrollment of Catholic school students in an online public school raises questions

Last spring, Katie Rivera’s daughter came home from the St. Francis Parish School in Bakersfield with some unusual paperwork. The school was pushing parents to sign their children up for a “unique pilot program” taught entirely online and run by a public school district in Los Angeles County. Each...

Bay Area highways are state's worst for animal vs. vehicle collisions

If you are a commuter, Southern California freeways are your nightmare. If you happen to be a deer, coyote or raccoon, the highways of Northern California are a lot worse. A study released Thursday by the University of California Davis identified the state highways that are the worst for collisions...

California colleges vow to press on against sexual assault despite any federal rollback in protections

California educational leaders vowed Thursday to press on with aggressive action against campus sexual assault despite any future rollback of the federal guidelines that have prompted universities to crack down on the problem. In a speech Thursday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos lambasted...

Man with swastika tattoo charged with hate crime after punching man and yelling racial slurs

A 41-year-old man with a swastika tattoo was charged with a hate crime Thursday after he allegedly beat a man in a Fullerton parking lot while yelling a racial slur at him, officials said. Tyson Theodore Mayfield became agitated when the other man — who is Filipino and Turkish — didn’t have a lighter...

Man pleads guilty to smuggling after customs officers find three king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip cans

A Monterey Park man pleaded guilty Thursday to animal smuggling after customs officers discovered three deadly king cobra snakes hidden in potato chip cans in a package shipped to his home, officials said. Rodrigo Franco, 34, admitted to smuggling more than 20 cobras — which sell on the black market...

City Council members seek to label L.A. a 'sanctuary' for immigrants

Los Angeles City Council members Herb Wesson and Gil Cedillo plan to unveil a motion Friday to declare the city a “sanctuary” for immigrants, a move that comes after city leaders resisted formally using the term despite pressure from local immigration groups. Wesson and Cedillo said they’re acting...

Man accused of hurling his pit bull off East L.A. hillside twice gets 5-year prison sentence

A man accused of tossing his pit bull mix off a hillside in an East Los Angeles neighborhood was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday, prosecutors said. Andres Spancky Raya, 21, received a two-year sentence for one felony count of animal cruelty, according to the Los Angeles County district...

Woman who used rubber band to treat dog's tumor pleads guilty to animal cruelty

A woman who used a rubber band to treat a large tumor on her Boston terrier’s jaw, leading to the dog having to be euthanized after it was found at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach, pleaded guilty Wednesday to three misdemeanor charges but won’t serve additional time in jail. Mary Kay Sodaro, 52,...

Double-homicide suspect is killed, two police officers wounded in shootout in Sacramento

A suspect in a double homicide was killed and two police officers were wounded Thursday during a gun battle on a Sacramento street, authorities said. The two veteran police officers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, said Sgt. Bryce Heinlein, a department spokesman. The suspect,...

Judge halts L.A. gang injunction against an Echo Park man who denies being in a gang

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily barred Los Angeles police and prosecutors from enforcing a gang injunction against an Echo Park man, saying she believed he would likely prove his rights were violated when he was swept up in the order. The 29-page order stems from a lawsuit filed by the...

Fowl play: Thieves use bird poop ruse to distract and pickpocket victims in Hollywood

An unexpected sprinkling of bird poop may be considered good luck in some cultures, but that wasn’t the case for two men who were intentionally splashed with the substance recently and then pickpocketed. The excremental ruse was effective enough to prompt Los Angeles police to issue an alert Wednesday...

Oakland fire captain accused of possessing child pornography

A captain in the Oakland Fire Department has been arrested on suspicion of possessing child pornography, the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday. Richard Chew, 58, was arrested Wednesday as authorities served a search warrant on his Lafayette home following an investigation...

2 Huntington Beach police officers wounded, suspect shot during report of a man with a knife

Two Huntington Beach police officers were wounded and a suspect was shot Thursday morning following a report of a man armed with a knife, authorities say. Huntington Beach police received the report at 7:08 a.m. about a man with a knife at Delaware Street and Utica Avenue, said Det. Angela Bennett,...

Underground explosion that left Hyde Park street in pieces 'felt like mini-earthquake'

Utility crews are investigating an underground explosion that ripped through a residential street in Hyde Park and left the roadway littered with chunks of concrete, asphalt and rock. The blast was reported in the 6200 block of South Brynhurst Avenue about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday and sparked confusion...

Coroner IDs man killed by CHP officer at Reagan State Building in downtown L.A.

Authorities have identified the man who was shot and killed by a California Highway Patrol officer after he appeared to threaten bystanders with a concealed a weapon at the Ronald Reagan State Building in downtown Los Angeles. Timothy Elam, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene following the shooting...

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