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Trump's wall is big, beautiful and dumb — here's a better way to control the border

If the goal is to stop illegal immigration, I’ve got some advice for President Trump from here in California, which used to be part of Mexico and now has turned itself into a kind of sanctuary state. For starters, the promised “big, beautiful wall” along the southern border of the United States...

When will a judge decide whether Robert Durst should stand trial in his L.A. murder case?

New York real estate scion Robert Durst could learn as soon as Wednesday when a Los Angeles judge will hold a hearing to decide whether there is enough evidence for him to face trial for murder. Durst, who is charged with murdering his best friend in 2000, is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing...

Invasive mosquito population up 330% in Orange County; officials urge residents to take precautions

The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District alerted residents this week to a large spike in the number of invasive Aedes mosquitoes. Officials reported a 330% increase this year in the mosquito population across Orange County, with the largest numbers found in Santa Ana neighborhoods....

From the Archives: Martians destroy Los Angeles City Hall

Los Angeles Times staff photographer Phil Bath, using a high-speed 35-millimeter camera, was present during special effects filming for the movie "War of the Worlds." Four of these photos were published in the May 9, 1952, Los Angeles Times. An accompanying story explains: The City Hall was blasted...

Cal State faculty take a stand against 'hasty' plans to loosen course requirements

Cal State faculty spoke out Tuesday about what they called “hasty” recent decisions to drop remedial classes and loosen math requirements by next fall. In a resolution by the university system’s Academic Senate, faculty members said they hadn’t been given enough time to weigh in on what could be...

ICYMI: Words With Friends Adds 'Smize', 'Hangry', 50,000 Other Made-Up Words

Also, kids don't want to grow up, Howard Stern reads Marilyn Manson's text messages, and much more! [ more › ]

Will Laguna Beach Clone Its Prized 135-Year Old Tree? Probably Not

A Laguna Beach City official says drama over 135-year-old tree is "getting out of hand'. [ more › ]

Top L.A. County prosecutors who reported sexual harassment by boss receive $700,000 settlement

Two prosecutors in the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office will receive $700,000 to settle a lawsuit accusing their supervisor of subjecting them to regular harassment and fostering an abusive, sexually charged workplace. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the settlement...

Playboy Playmate sues actor Ryan Phillippe, accusing him of kicking, hitting and pushing her downstairs

A Playboy Playmate is suing Hollywood actor Ryan Phillippe on allegations that he kicked, hit and pushed her downstairs in an incident that has also been referred to the Los Angeles city attorney’s office for possible prosecution. Elsie Rose Hewitt filed the lawsuit against Phillippe, her former...

Boyfriend of slain reality TV star Loredana Nesci sentenced to 16 years to life

The boyfriend of Los Angeles police officer-turned-reality-TV attorney Loredana Nesci was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years to life for her murder, Los Angeles County prosecutors said. Nesci, the star of SundanceTV's "Loredana, Esq.," was killed in 2015 inside the Redondo Beach home she shared with...

LAUSD President Steps Down From Top Post Amid Criminal Charges, Will Remain On School Board

Ref Rodriguez was accused of participating in "political money laundering" by repaying donors who'd contributed to a 2015 campaign. [ more › ]

Ref Rodriguez resigns as LAUSD president amid criminal charges but remains on board

Los Angeles Board of Education President Ref Rodriguez announced Tuesday that he would step down from that post. Rodriguez said he would retain his seat on the board. Last week, Rodriguez was charged with perjury and other felonies for allegedly funneling $25,000 of his own money into his 2015 campaign...

Michelle McNamara's Book About 'The Golden State Killer' Will Be Released Nearly Two Years After Her Passing

Her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, had vowed to get the then-unfinished book published. [ more › ]

From the Archives: 1985 Mexico City Earthquake

In 2010, on the 25th anniversary of the quake, Los Angeles Times writer Daniel Hernandez wrote in a La Plaza blog post: Mexico City on Sunday marked 25 years since a powerful earthquake devastated the Mexican capital, killing thousands and sparking a grassroots civilian rescue effort that helped...

Topless carwash raises cash for deputies wounded in gun battle at Rastafarian pot farm

The tops came off, and the wallets came out. A Yuba County strip club, feeling particularly philanthropic, used its abundant assets — topless ladies — in a weekend carwash to raise money for two sheriff’s deputies who were injured in a shootout at a Rastafarian pot farm last month. The shirtless...

Health officials declare hepatitis A outbreak in L.A. County

Los Angeles County public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak Tuesday, days after an emergency was declared in San Diego, where at least 16 people have died of the highly contagious virus. Case numbers are still small in L.A County, with only 10 people infected as part of the outbreak,...

Health officials declare hepatitis A outbreak in L.A. County

While one of the country's largest hepatitis A outbreaks grows in San Diego, L.A. County officials say that cases have appeared to start spreading locally as well.

Lawyer for Ed Buck says councilwoman waging 'character attack' after OD death of his client's houseguest

A lawyer for a wealthy Democratic donor who has become the subject of an investigation into a drug death claims that a West Hollywood official has launched a “character attack” on his client and should be investigated for ethics violations. As Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives continue...

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