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Crews make gains on California wildfires that forced evacuations, destroyed homes

Firefighters on Monday were mopping up a pair of wildfires in Southern California that briefly threatened homes in La Verne and Lucerne Valley, authorities said. Crews on Sunday afternoon stopped forward progress on the Rodeo fire in La Verne, which raced across 40 acres after starting about 3...

Teen arrested after posting live video of fatal crash on Instagram

An 18-year-old woman was arrested Friday in Central California after recording a live video of a crash that left her sister dead, her family said. Obdulia Sanchez was taken into custody on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and driving drunk in connection with the fatal crash, according to the...

Doctors and drug abuse: Why addictions can be so difficult

Rates of addiction among physicians are about the same as in the general population, but doctors face a unique set of challenges in getting treatment.

Severe, chronic flooding will devastate California coast as sea levels rise, experts say

As glaciers melt amid the heat of a warming planet, scientist predict that coastal communities in the United States could eventually experience flooding from higher tides. Conservative estimates range from an increase of about one to four feet in sea-level rise by the end of the century. Experts...

Man dies, 9-year-old girl injured in high-speed pursuit crash in Santa Ana

A man was killed and his 9-year-old daughter was injured Sunday in a high-speed police pursuit that ended in a crash in Santa Ana, authorities said. The pursuit started about 10:30 p.m. when police received a report of a man who brandished a weapon in the 1600 block of South Main Street, Santa...

John Kundla, Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships, dies at 101

Before Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, before Gregg Popovich and Larry Brown, even before Red Auerbach, there was John Kundla. Kundla, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships, died Sunday. He was 101. Son Tom Kundla said his father died at an assisted living...

Essential California: What did USC know about its former med school dean?

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, July 24, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES What they knew and when they knew The University of Southern California is taking steps to fire Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito, who served as dean of its medical...

Robert Durst to hear a longtime friend testify against him in his murder case

Robert Durst — the idiosyncratic real estate tycoon accused of murdering his best friend to silence her — is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles court Monday to hear more witnesses, including a longtime friend, testify for the prosecution. The New York millionaire is unlikely to stand trial before...

LA Observed Notes: USC+LAT, newsroom cuts, local Emmys

LA Times explains how many times it gave USC a chance to comment on a dean's secret life. Plus LAT buyouts, media people doing stuff and selected tweets.

Teenage girl arrested in fatal stabbing of 79-year-old man in Apple Valley

Authorities arrested a 16-year-old girl Sunday on suspicion of fatally stabbing an elderly man in Apple Valley, police said. On Saturday afternoon, deputies responded to an apartment in the 12700 block of Kiowa Road, where 79-year-old Willie Hunter was found dead with multiple stab wounds, according...

Customers, neighbors step up support for Boyle Heights coffee shop hit again by vandals

They welcomed their first customers just over five weeks ago, quietly offering what has become the store’s bestsellers: a cold brew and iced mocha. The owners of Weird Wave Coffee said Saturday proved to be their busiest day at the tiny shop with funky wall art on Cesar Chavez Avenue in Boyle Heights....

Five-acre brush fire threatens homes in La Verne

Firefighters were battling a five-acre brush fire that was threatening homes in La Verne on Sunday afternoon, officials said. The fire was reported around 3 p.m. near the 210 Freeway and Fruit Street, snarling traffic in both directions of the freeway, according to the Los Angeles County Fire...

Sex, joy rides and car chases: Scandal in LAPD youth cadet program sparks alarm, call for reforms

The police officer talked strategy with the young cadets as they prepared for an obstacle course competition. Should the strongest person go first? The tallest? Teamwork was important, said the officer, Ruby Aguirre. As the teenagers — addressing everyone with a “Sir” or “Ma’am” — powered across...

Massive Detwiler fire near Yosemite National Park is 40% contained

A massive wildfire burning near Yosemite National Park that forced the evacuation of thousands of residents last week is now 40% contained, officials said Sunday. The Detwiler fire erupted Monday east of Lake McClure in Mariposa County and has burned more than 75,000 acres and uprooted residents...

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