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Santa Cruz and federal agents in war of words over whether a gang sweep was really a secret immigration raid

A Northern California raid ostensibly targeting violent gang members triggered a dispute Thursday, with Santa Cruz’s police chief angrily accusing the Homeland Security Department of turning it into a secret immigration sweep. Chief Kevin Vogel accused Homeland Security officials of lying about...

Marcus Yam named 2016 POYi Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Los Angeles Times staff photographer Marcus Yam has won the premier 2016 Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the 74th annual Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition. Yam’s award-winning portfolio mainly comprised daily news assignments, such as wildfires and the presidential...

Los Angeles officials urge ICE agents to stop identifying themselves as police

Los Angeles’ top elected officials are urging federal authorities to stop the practice of immigration officers identifying themselves as “police” in their search for people living in the country illegally. Citing a practice disclosed this week in The Times, Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Atty. Mike...

ICYMI: Petition Calls For Obama To Run As Next President Of France

Plus, Homer Simpson goes to the Baseball Hall of Fame, tigers duke it out with a drone, what's the most depressing Radiohead song, and much more! [ more › ]

Confusion Remains Over Garcetti's Position On L.A. As A Sanctuary City

"We've never declared ourself a sanctuary city; I'm still not sure what one is." [ more › ]

Metro approves a $797-million security plan that reduces the power of the Sheriff's Department

For more than a decade, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been solely responsible for patrolling Metro’s vast transit network, from subway stations in downtown L.A. to solitary bus stops near San Gabriel Valley strip malls.  That will change this summer under a $797-million security...

A Brief Guide To This Year's L.A. Art Book Fair

There'll be books, guides on how to commit to resistance, musical performances, and even tattoos. [ more › ]

Alameda County sheriff's deputy dies after being struck by jail transport bus

An Alameda County sheriff’s deputy died Thursday a day after he was struck by an inmate transport bus at the Santa Rita jail, authorities said. Deputy Michael Foley was hospitalized Wednesday after suffering head injuries, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. Foley was a 29-year veteran...

How did officials so badly miscalculate the flooding that ravaged San Jose?

Thousands of residents returned to their soggy homes Thursday as San Jose officials worked to mop up the worst flooding event in the city’s recent history and pinpoint the reason why water rose so much faster than they expected.  City officials have acknowledged that they were caught off guard by...

L.A. City Councilmember Price To Direct $1 Million To Organizations Working With Immigrant Rights

Discretionary funds will be spent on CHIRLA and CARECEN to aid them in their efforts to assist immigrants. [ more › ]

Police identify murder suspect in 1997 Costa Mesa cold case

It has been exactly 20 years since the body of Sunny Adrienne Sudweeks, a 26-year-old photography student, was found on her bed inside her Costa Mesa apartment. She had been raped and strangled.  Sudweeks’ family says the Orange Coast College student’s personality shined as brightly as her name....

Gov. Jerry Brown comes out against Measure S

Gov. Jerry Brown is against a Los Angeles ballot measure that would restrict real estate development, its opponents announced Thursday. “I join with all those who say Measure S goes too far,” Brown said in a statement released by opponents of Measure S. It would impose a moratorium on buildings...

Flooded California town fights to keep its only restaurant

When Kim Troughton found her diner under 2 feet of water this week, she figured that was the end of Kim’s Country Cafe — the only restaurant in the tiny farming community of Maxwell, Calif. "Putting my own money into it is not an option, because I don't have any," the 53-year-old said. She also...

Santa Clara County seeks to block Trump's order to defund sanctuary cities

Santa Clara County asked a federal judge Thursday to block President Trump’s executive order threatening the loss of federal funds to local governments that do not assist immigration authorities. The motion, filed in federal district court, asks that a nationwide hold be placed on the order targeting...

State Bar Files Disciplinary Charges Against Ex-L.A. City Attorney For Alleged Misconduct In 1980s Murder Case

Former City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is accused of failing turn over relevant information about a witness. [ more › ]

Water released from Shasta Dam's top gates for first time in nearly two decades

For the first time in almost two decades, water was released Thursday from the topmost gates of the dam impounding Lake Shasta, California's largest reservoir, marking another milestone in what is shaping up to be the state's wettest year on record. The release lasted only 15 minutes and was only...

'Babes Ride Out': A weekend of motorcycles, sisterhood and independence

As the sun rose over the stark desert landscape dotted with tents and motorcycles, a bleary-eyed woman with toothbrush in hand stumbled along a sandy pathway at Joshua Tree Lake campground in search of a hot shower and called out, "Can you tell me what day it is?" Beginning four years ago, female...

Weekend Planner: 20 Of The Coolest Things To Do In Los Angeles

Here's what's happening this weekend in L.A. (besides the Spirit Awards and Oscars). [ more › ]

A 22-Year-Old Los Angeles DACA-Recipient Is Being Held In ICE Custody

His attorney said that he has been unable to reach his client, who has been held for more than 10 days. [ more › ]

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