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Some had long viewed the site of fatal Oakland blaze as a 'death trap'

The Oakland warehouse where at least nine people were killed at a late-night concert was a deadly blaze waiting to happen. People who previously lived there recalled a building that lacked fire sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets. Partygoers recalled a rabbit warren of...

A look at some of the deadliest nightclub fires

A fatal fire Friday night at a party in a converted warehouse in Oakland has claimed the lives of at least nine people. At least two dozen are still unaccounted for. Here’s look at some other nightclub and music venue fires that have exacted terrible death tolls: — October 2015: A blaze at the...

'Life is not going to be the same': Slaying of beloved USC professor leaves colleagues and friends crestfallen

When students enrolled in USC’s daunting neuroscience graduate program needed help cracking a tough project, they all went to Bosco Tjan.  It didn’t hurt that his advice often came with a free cappuccino. Mara Mather, a professor of gerontology and psychology at USC, described Tjan as an affable,...

ICYMI: Go Inside Doug Aitken's New Underwater Installation

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Sammy Lee, diver who became first Asian American to win Olympic medal, dies at 96

Sammy Lee, the son of Korean immigrants who overcame discrimination to become the first Asian American to win an Olympic medal and the first diver to win back-to-back gold medals in two different Olympics, has died. He was 96. Lee, a retired doctor, died in Newport Beach on Friday after suffering...

Pair used sound of voices to get through back smoke and escape burning Oakland warehouse, witness says

People who managed to escape the Oakland warehouse that caught fire during a concert late Friday night described a horrific scene. Al Garcia, who owns a store next to the warehouse, said he talked to two people who said they were 17 and 18 years old who got out of the building. “They said that...

L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar Considering A Run For Becerra's Congressional Seat

Rep. Xavier Becerra is set to vacate the seat when he's confirmed as the state's next attorney general. [ more › ]

Slain USC Professor Identified As Bosco Tjan, Student In Custody

The alleged assailant was a 28-year-old neuroscience doctoral student. [ more › ]

9 dead, others missing when fire races through Oakland warehouse during concert

At least nine people died when a fire raced through an Oakland warehouse crowded with people attending a concert, officials said. Oakland fire officials said there were other people still unaccounted for and that a search of the building was continuing. “We are up to nine known fatalities,” Oakland...

The Trump victory, the threat to California's greatest natural resource, and the new urgency for a strong Coastal Commission

All summer long, I celebrated the California coast, marking the 40-year anniversary of protections built into the Coastal Act. Now winter is coming on, and I’m scared of what could happen to the greatest 1,100-mile beach on  the planet. We have a president-elect who said he’d like to bulldoze the...

Glow and Go, The Next Big Trend in Skincare!

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TV industry pioneer Robert Bennett dies at 89

Robert “Bob” Bennett, a television industry pioneer and 31-year resident of Newport Beach, died Tuesday at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach after a long illness, according to longtime friend and business associate Paul Rich. Bennett, who was 89, had a career in television that spanned more than 50...

D.A. sues to remove Maywood councilman from water board seat

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed a lawsuit this week to remove Maywood City Councilman Sergio Calderon from a regional water board, claiming both offices are a conflict of interest and violate state law. Calderon, 40, is a board member of the Water Replenishment District of Southern California...

Man stabbed to death on USC campus

A 25-year-old man, possibly a faculty member, was stabbed to death on the USC campus Friday and a suspect was taken into custody, law enforcement officials said. Los Angeles firefighters responded to a call of a stabbing at 4:34 p.m. in the 3600 block of McClintock Avenue, authorities said. When...

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy accidentally shoots arson suspect in the buttocks

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot an arson suspect as the man fought with deputies in front of his burning home in Paramount, authorities said Friday. When county firefighters pulled up to Rodolfo Martinez’s home Thursday afternoon, the house was engulfed in flames and Martinez...

In a dark year of terrorism and record homicides, San Bernardino also showing signs of hope

Year after year the homes fell around her. Abandoned to squatters, stripped bare, gutted by fire. On her side of the block, only two of five houses remained, side-by-side, un-charred. Diane Hayes wanted to sell and move out, but couldn’t afford to. Her next-door neighbor died this year. Workers...

ICYMI: The LA Conservancy Is Suing The City Over That Frank Gehry Project

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