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Last-minute push for California drought legislation creates friction between Feinstein and Boxer

House Republican leaders and California’s senior senator announced Monday a new attempt to pass legislation that would increase water deliveries to San Joaquin Valley agribusiness and Southern California. The 90-page proposal was added to a water infrastructure bill that Congress is expected to...

Popular Indian actress-turned-political-force Jayaram Jayalalithaa dies at 68

Jayaram Jayalalithaa, the hugely popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tamil Nadu, died Monday. She was 68. The Apollo Hospital in the southern Indian city of Chennai said Jayalalithaa died after undergoing surgery following...

The L.A. County Board Of Supervisors Now Has A Female Supermajority

As of today, four out of the board's five members are female. [ more › ]

Security Stepped Up Across Metro After Phone Call Threatening To Blow Up Universal City Station

"We have information that has led us to heighten security at Universal and stations across the system." [ more › ]

Jim Morrison's WeHo Apartment Won't Be A Landmark Because The Owner Is Selling Pieces Of It On Craigslist

Ever wanted a bag of dirt that the Doors frontman "may have walked or sat on, but definitely passed by and looked at"? [ more › ]

20 Of Our Favorite Events In Los Angeles This Week

Here are 20 cool things to do in L.A. this week. [ more › ]

Demands for answers about what Oakland city officials knew about dangers at warehouse before deadly fire

There are growing calls for a full accounting of how Oakland city officials handled safety and health issues at a warehouse where at least 36 people died in a fire amid evidence that various city agencies fielded complaints over the last two years.  “I think we have to take responsibility and certainly...

State Senator Introduces 'Fight For California' Bills To Stand Against Trump's Wall And Muslim Registry

"We're going to fight for California and for our values of democracy, freedom, and basic human decency." [ more › ]

Photos show squalid conditions inside warehouse before deadly fire

Photos from a former resident of the warehouse where more than 30 people lost their lives in a Friday evening fire show filthy, seemingly unsafe conditions. The nearly 10,000-square-foot warehouse lacked sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets, former residents say. The fire...

Jimmy Kimmel Will Host The 2017 Oscars

While he's a veteran of this hosting circuit, this will be his first time doing the Oscars. [ more › ]

Director Bernardo Bertolucci: Outrage Over Rape Scene A 'Ridiculous Misunderstanding'

In a 2007 interview, Maria Schneider says she "felt a little raped" by Marlon Brando and Bertolucci during the making of the film. [ more › ]

Two Bodies Found Near Shore In Long Beach

Investigators have yet to determine if the deaths are related. [ more › ]

Teenager turns herself in for stabbing death of pregnant mother in Venice Beach

A teenage girl has been arrested in the stabbing death of a pregnant mother during a fight in front of a Venice Beach market last month, police said. The 17-year-old, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, was arrested on suspicion of murder Friday when she turned herself over to...

Where To Get Cheap Drinks On Repeal Day

Celebrate your right to drink by doing it affordably. [ more › ]

'People want answers:' Criminal probe of Oakland fire launched as death toll hits 33

The grim search for bodies in the ruins of the Oakland warehouse fire entered its third day Monday as criminal investigators began to examine who is to blame for one of the worst fires in modern California history. Thirty-three bodies have been recovered, but officials expect the death toll to...

What are the criminal liabilities after the deadly Oakland fire?

As the death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire climbs, investigators face a daunting task: figuring out how flames swiftly raced through the building and killed so many inside.  Prosecutors face perhaps a weightier burden: assembling a potential case and deciding whether to file criminal charges...

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