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Man shot dead in Pico Rivera; multiple rounds came from sedan, police say

Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a homicide in Pico Rivera, where a man was shot dead Monday after being approached by up to four other men in a light-colored sedan, authorities said. The shooting happened around 4 p.m. in the 9500 block of Banta Road, the Sheriff’s Department...

Border wall security cost San Diego County sheriff nearly $900,000

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department incurred nearly $900,000 in added costs to provide patrols and security during the month-long construction of eight border wall prototypes by the federal government on Otay Mesa, records show. Those costs pushed the total law enforcement expenses for the...

Victims in Palmdale triple homicide include married couple and a son, officials say

Three people who were found dead inside a Palmdale house on Saturday have been identified, but there was still no information about how or why they were killed in what detectives said was a triple homicide. The victims were identified as Richard Gardner II, 78; his wife, Pepper Gardner, 56; and...

Edwin Hawkins, gospel star known for ‘Oh Happy Day,' dies at 74

Edwin Hawkins, the gospel star best known for the crossover hit “Oh Happy Day” and as a major force for contemporary inspirational music, died Monday at age 74. Hawkins died at his home in Pleasanton, Calif. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, according to publicist Bill Carpenter. Along...

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dies at 46

Dolores O'Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make the Irish rock band the Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly on Monday at a London hotel. She was 46. The singer's publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed she died in London, where she was recording, "No further details...

2-year-old girl among those still missing in Montecito mudslides; 20 confirmed dead

At least four people remain missing Monday as the grim effort to find bodies under tons of mud and debris continued in Montecito. The death toll now stands at 20, nearly a week after the most destructive mudslide in California in decades. On Sunday, searchers had found the body of the latest victim:...

Volunteers arrested for giving food to homeless people at an El Cajon park

El Cajon police arrested about a dozen people for feeding the homeless at a city park Sunday afternoon. The event was organized by a group called Break the Ban, which formed after the El Cajon City Council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance in October prohibiting the distribution of food...

Passengers on party bus beat up and robbed store clerk in Seal Beach, police say

About 50 people inside a large party bus were detained and questioned one by one, after a few of them beat up and robbed a store clerk in Seal Beach, a police sergeant said. The victim reported that while he was inside the CVS pharmacy at 921 Pacific Coast Highway, he saw several people exit the...

Racing legend Dan Gurney dies of complications from pneumonia

Dan Gurney, the first driver to win in Formula One, IndyCar and NASCAR, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia. He was 86. His wife, Evi, announced his death in a statement distributed by All American Racers Inc. “With one last smile on his handsome face, Dan drove off into the unknown just...

Mud, darkness and destruction turned Montecito into death trap

The realization that houses might simply vanish didn’t start to set in until a 30-foot tree trunk barreled by. Trina Grokenberger stared out the upstairs window of her white Colonial house Tuesday morning, as a river raged through her front yard. It was 3:58 a.m. “Dave!” she called to her husband....

Molestation charges against 98-year-old man are dropped because of his dementia

A judge has dismissed child molestation charges against a 98-year-old Southern California man with severe dementia because he may not have known what he was doing. Kenneth Collins of Laguna Woods was arrested nearly two years ago and charged with committing lewd acts with two girls, ages 10 and...

101 Freeway, overwhelmed by Montecito mudslide, to remain closed indefinitely

As authorities continue to search for those missing in the deadly Montecito mudslide disaster, officials announced that U.S. 101 would remain closed indefinitely. The 101, a key north-south route in California, was tentatively scheduled to reopen on Monday, but cleanup efforts have proved more...

The California deal: Accepting the calamity along with the splendor

Yes, we have summer and at times a bit of winter, but the cycles in California follow a different calendar. From drought to flood, from fire to mud, California bakes, burns and floats, always on the brink of calamity. We are here by the millions in defiance of reason, lured to a bountiful garden...

Keith Jackson, folksy voice of college football, dies at 89

Keith Jackson, the folksy voice of college football who for decades weaved backwoods wit through Saturday afternoon ABC broadcasts, has died. He was 89. Jackson died Friday night, according to media reports. In a 52-year broadcasting career, Jackson covered a wide-ranging array of sports for radio...

Among mudslide victims were children and retirees, longtime residents and immigrants

Peter Fleurat and his partner, Lalo Barajas, wanted to ride out the storm together. Their house on Hot Springs Road in Montecito was in a voluntary evacuation zone. The couple decided to stay home, keeping an eye on their sprawling property — especially their beloved garden and koi pond. Early...

Hope fades for those still buried by Montecito mudslide

At least 18 people have died in the Montecito mudslides and seven people were still unaccounted for Friday, as hope waned that any survivors remained amid muck, boulders and toppled trees. Rescuers continued to dig through the tangled wreckage of vehicles and homes, searching for human remains...

Montecito braced for fire, but mud was a more stealthy, deadly threat

When the Thomas fire swept down from the Los Padres National Forest and took aim at this coastal town in December, the looming disaster was impossible to miss. Powerful winds picked up, smoke shielded the sun and brought an eerie darkness to the landscape, and towers of flames could be seen in...

Suspect arrested in killing of Blaze Bernstein, the Ivy League student found dead in Orange County park

Orange County Sheriff’s detectives have made an arrest in the killing of Blaze Bernstein, the missing 19-year-old whose body was found in an Orange County park this week, officials said Friday. In announcing the arrest, investigators did not immediately identify the individual in custody. A law...

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