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Four injured as woman in stolen truck flees deputies, crashes into several cars

Four people were injured Thursday after a woman driving a stolen truck led Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on a short pursuit and crashed into several cars, authorities said. About 4:40 p.m., deputies on patrol spotted a stolen pickup in Lakewood and tried to stop the driver. The driver,...

After criticism over Montecito mudslide alerts, officials remove 'voluntary' from emergency warnings

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s officials will no longer use “voluntary” in their evacuation alerts after concerns that the warnings they pushed out before devastating mudslides ravaged Montecito last month were ineffective in getting people to leave. Many residents in neighborhoods under voluntary...

Judge declines to throw out Brett Ratner's defamation suit against woman who alleged rape

A federal judge in Hawaii on Thursday declined to throw out a defamation case filed by director Brett Ratner against a woman who accused him of rape, but said a California law against lawsuits filed to silence critics was applicable in the case. U.S. District Judge Helen Gillmor denied the motion...

L.A. City Council President: L.A. won't bid on 2026 World Cup

Los Angeles will not bid to become a host city for the 2026 World Cup because of concerns about the financial liability of staging events connected to the international soccer tournament, an aide to Los Angeles City Council president Herb Wesson said Thursday. The decision came as Los Angeles officials...

New meters in L.A.'s Grand Park will fund homeless outreach

Ringed by television cameras and photographers, Los Angeles politicians grinned and plunked coins Thursday into the bright orange meter newly installed in Grand Park. As homelessness has surged in Los Angeles, “this is a way for people to give. And it's going to be right before them when they’re...

California teen who livestreamed crash that killed her sister is sentenced to prison

A California teen who was driving drunk as she livestreamed a crash on social media that killed her younger sister was sentenced to more than six years and four months in prison on Thursday, officials said. Obdulia Sanchez, 19, pleaded guilty last month to gross vehicular manslaughter, driving...

LAPD submits three more cases of alleged sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein

The Los Angeles Police Department has submitted for review by prosecutors three cases of alleged sexual assault by film producer Harvey Weinstein. That brings to five the number of cases the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is looking into involving Weinstein. Beverly Hills police...

Butte County prosecutor wants state agency fined up to $51 billion for Oroville spillway failure

Butte County prosecutors are seeking up to $51 billion in fines and penalties against California’s water agency for damage caused to local river-based wildlife after the Oroville dam spillway failure last year, officials said. In a civil complaint filed this week, District Atty. Mike Ramsey accused...

Police investigate report of gunshots at Moreno Valley Mall

Police are investigating a report of possible gunshots heard at Moreno Valley Mall, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. “Not active shooter situation,” the department said on Twitter. The matter is being investigated by the Moreno Valley Police Department.

Search warrants served at Maywood City Hall

Authorities served a search warrant on Maywood City Hall Thursday morning. Maywood City Councilman Eduardo De La Riva said when he arrived at Maywood City Hall this morning, he was met by law enforcement officers serving search warrants at the building. In October, a scathing state audit said Maywood’s...

LAPD still searching for owner of gun that went off in Westlake classroom

A week after students were struck by gunfire at Sal Castro Middle School, Los Angeles police are still trying to determine where the gun came from. The gunfire erupted in a classroom Feb. 1, with a single bullet striking a 15-year-old boy in the temple and a 15-year-old girl in the left wrist....

Man who hid body of mother’s boyfriend in freezer for 2 years is sentenced to prison

A Ventura man who killed his mother’s boyfriend and hid the body in a freezer for two years has been sentenced to 18 years to life in prison. The Ventura County Star says Michael Bresnak’s sentencing Wednesday came after the judge denied a defense motion for a new trial. The 54-year-old was convicted...

Essential California: State moves ahead with one delta tunnel, scaling back ambitious water delivery project

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Feb. 8, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES A scaled-down tunnel State officials said they will press ahead with a smaller version of a long-planned water delivery project, initially building...

Sheriff's officials hold emergency community meeting to quell tensions after teen is shot and killed by deputies

An emergency town hall meeting called in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy ended in chaos Wednesday night as the teen’s family and residents demanded answers from Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials. Deputies shot and killed Anthony Weber during a foot chase Sunday evening....

Council demands investigation of generous pension program that doubled pay of workers who went on leave

Five Los Angeles city council members have called for investigation and reform of a program that pays aging cops and firefighters almost double at the end of their careers while allowing them to take lengthy injury leaves, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. The council members are...

Jury convicts Inglewood man of raping and forcing 11-year-old into prostitution; deadlocks on transgender woman's murder

An Inglewood man was convicted Wednesday of raping an 11-year-old girl and forcing her into prostitution in early 2015, but a jury was not able to reach a verdict on charges that he killed and robbed a 21-year-old transgender prostitute three months earlier. Robert James Spells, 33, was also accused...

Jail riot in Bakersfield involves 120 inmates and leaves four hospitalized

A riot at a Bakersfield jail involved 120 inmates and left four of them injured before authorities regained control, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday. The incident started with several disruptive inmates in the Lerdo Pre-Trial Facility’s F-Pod about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday but escalated...

How a group of scientists are using the deadly Montecito mudflow to predict future disasters

A wall of sandstone boulders, some the size of RVs, barreled through Montecito, followed by a growing tail of water, mud and debris. On its way to the ocean, the mudflow’s momentum shifted as it choked local creeks and slammed into curbs, walls and buildings. Attempting to make sense of the flow’s...

San Gabriel becomes the latest California city to withdraw from ICE collaborations

San Gabriel city leaders on Tuesday rescinded a police department agreement with immigration officials, citing doubts about the arrangement's necessity and heightened fears about deportations.

California baker can refuse to make same-sex wedding cakes, judge rules

A California bakery owner can continue to refuse to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples because it violates her Christian beliefs, a judge ruled. The decision came after a lawyer for Tastries Bakery in Bakersfield argued that owner Cathy Miller's right to free speech and free expression of...

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