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Man badly bitten by shark while spear fishing off Pebble Beach

Authorities say a spear fisherman was badly injured Friday in a shark attack off California’s Central Coast. State fire Capt. Josh Silveira says the man and his father were several hundred yards offshore at Pebble Beach when the son was bitten in the right thigh. Silveira says the man's leg was...

Hidden San Diego website offers adventure but raises ethical questions

The first time Jessica Johnson explored the Mushroom Caves in Solana Beach she was trespassing. It was 2013, a few years after the 35-year-old elementary school art teacher first started documenting her passion for adventurous, sometimes dangerous hikes on her increasingly popular website Hidden...

Navy man's child porn investigation extends to photos possibly taken at or near his San Diego home

A Navy member has been charged with possessing a cache of child pornography and is also being investigated in connection with sexually explicit photos of young girls that appear to have been taken either near or at his San Diego home, according to a complaint filed in federal court. Petty Officer...

Newport council expected to nullify Banning Ranch approvals Tuesday

The Newport Beach City Council is expected next week to reverse several approvals for the derailed Banning Ranch development. The council will take up the court-ordered repeals when it meets Tuesday. In 2012, the council — with different members — certified an environmental impact report and approval...

LAPD chief expects more high-profile Hollywood sex crime allegations

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said he expects his department — which already is handling more than two dozen allegations of sexual misconduct by Hollywood figures — to investigate even more. “We anticipate the LAPD and other jurisdictions will receive even more high profile sex crime reports...

For families of Manson victims, 'We went from "Happy Days" to hell in one weekend'

When he was a kid, Lou Smaldino loved spending time at his grandmother’s home, rolling down the hill in the front yard with the other grandkids at her Los Feliz home. When he and his first wife got married, they lived in a small house behind his grandmother’s garage. His grandmother would bring...

Recycling all that Thanksgiving cooking oil into makeup, soap and more

Michael Carey expects about 100 gallons of used cooking oil to be taken to Orange Coast College’s Recycling Center in the days after Thanksgiving. Cooking oil, which is taken to a rendering plant from the Costa Mesa college by an Orange-based company, is then recycled for use in makeup, soap, candles,...

Rescuers unable to save 11-month-old found floating in tub after mom stepped away, authorities say

An 11-month-old boy died after being found unresponsive in the bathtub of a Compton motel, authorities said Friday. The results of the autopsy on Matthew Diaz were deferred pending additional investigation, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's website. L.A. County sheriff's detectives...

'We had thought it was destroyed.' How evidence once thought gone helped free a man after 39 years

Decades into a life prison sentence without the possibility of parole, Craig Coley continued to insist he was innocent. The former restaurant night manager had fought unsuccessfully for years to overturn a conviction for a grisly double murder that had shocked Simi Valley in 1978. But when police...

Essential California: Helping the homeless fuels debate in Malibu

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, Nov. 24, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Malibu asks whether helping homeless draws more homeless As Southern California struggles with a growing homeless problem, one flashpoint has emerged...

Housing activists raise alarm about turning over apartments for short stays

Flanked by cameras, the activists marched into the glossy lobby of the downtown building and demanded to speak to the general manager. The Olive Street building, they argued, had been approved by the city as condominiums and then turned into an “illegal hotel.” The website for Level Furnished Living...

A simple but seldom-used tactic to prevent wildfires: Turn off the power grid when winds pick up

After last month’s deadly Northern California wildfires, atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass scanned old weather forecasts, searching for clues. In two high-resolution weather models for Oct. 8, he found ample warning of the crucial ingredient for the firestorm that swept across parts of eight counties,...

As Malibu grapples with homelessness, weekly church dinners are pressured to shut down

Being homeless in Malibu is different. Chris Smith watches ducks land on the lagoon at sunset from his beach encampment, known to locals as Margaritaville. Nancy Rosenquist told the City Council of huddling behind a dumpster and listening to Lady Gaga record a song in an adjacent building. Residents...

Official count underestimates L.A.'s homeless population, study says

Each January, thousands of volunteers fan out across Los Angeles to count homeless people living in riverbeds and canyons, on street corners and in hidden encampments. The count does not purport to tap every person who experiences bouts of homelessness over a year, but rather produces a snapshot...

Generations of family and friends give thanks to South L.A. woman known for her generosity

Ola Pearl Tanner grabbed a Tupperware container filled with chopped red, green and yellow bell peppers and tossed them in the pot of turkey necks. Since 6 a.m. Wednesday, Tanner had cooked turkey, prime rib, green beans and turkey wings. The turkey necks, greens, seafood dressing and desserts —...

Two male suspects killed in collision after Orange County sheriff's deputies gave chase

Two male suspects were killed Thursday when an afternoon pursuit involving the Orange County Sheriff’s Department ended in a collision at Imperial Highway and Big Sky Lane in Anaheim, authorities said. Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded about 12:40 p.m. to a report of suspicious activity...

18-year-old killed by co-worker's jealous boyfriend, police say

A 20-year-old man is suspected of killing his girlfriend’s co-worker by chasing him in a truck and plowing into him at a 7-Eleven in Fontana, authorities said Thursday. John Nieto was jealous of Cristian Dominguez-Aguilar, 18, who occasionally received a ride home from Elisabeth Mancilla, 20, Fontana...

Thanksgiving help for the homeless: 'We haven't seen numbers like this since the Great Depression'

Thanksgiving meals will be served to thousands of homeless and near-homeless individuals today on Skid Row and in Pasadena and Canoga Park amid calls for donations and volunteers for the rest of the year. The Midnight Mission will serve Thanksgiving brunch to nearly 2,500 homeless and near-homeless...

Police helicopter crashes in Tijuana; 2 dead

A police helicopter crashed in the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Wednesday, killing at least two officers. The prosecutor’s office in Baja California state identified the dead as a police captain and the helicopter pilot. It’s not immediately clear what caused the crash. The chopper reportedly...

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