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Garcetti signs law establishing franchise zones for trash collection

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law Tuesday an overhaul of the city's trash collection program for businesses and large apartment buildings. Advocates say it will keep some garbage out of landfills by increasing recycling, create jobs and reduce truck traffic.

The $6.8 Billion Question: Who Should Control School Funding?

This year's newly released LA Unified School District draft budget is the first in years that is not an exercise in how to cut programs, positions and services. It is a rare opportunity to make a renewed investment in our highest need students. Show More Summary

A college kid's cure for unemployment

I can’t make it through a day without hearing about the jobs crisis. I hear it from my father, because how could anyone majoring in international studies make it in this job market? I hear it from my accounting professor at UC San Diego,...Show More Summary

State cites 'rampant' Cudahy spending, orders $22.7 million repaid

City leaders in one of Los Angeles County’s poorest cities used city-issued credit cards for excessive travel, meals and entertainment, mismanaged state funds and had virtually no internal controls to prevent the misuse of taxpayer dollars, the state controller concluded in a scathing audit released Tuesday.

Praying homeless woman egged on sidewalk; three teens arrested

A teenage boy faces felony assault and conspiracy charges after egging a 60-year-old homeless woman who was praying on the sidewalk in Lancaster.

San Pedro Elks Lodge members survey damage from morning fire

Firefighters were still trying to determine Tuesday how much damage was caused by a fire that burned through San Pedro’s Elks Lodge, a huge building that housed decades of organization history.

The Art of Driving: Driving Art

It's not often one gets to press the pedal to the metal. So when I got the opportunity to drive a professional test course at the StubHub Center in Carson, I buckled in. The event included three courses: the technology course, the dynamic course and the performance course. Show More Summary

Sneak Peek: Season 2 of Graceland

I received an exclusive tour of Graceland last week. No, not Elvis' infamous mansion in Memphis, Tenn., but a set visit of USA Network's hit hour-long original drama series Graceland. Although the series is set in Southern California, the Graceland cast films scenes on a soundstage in Ft. Show More Summary

Why Am I Paying More Under the Affordable Care Act?

Mr. President, You don't know me. Why should you? I'm just one of those many Americans who purchased a health care plan under the Affordable Care Act -- and it's not going terribly well. I want you to know that I voted for you. Twice. Show More Summary

14 Things You Need to Know Before Driving California's Big Sur

The rugged stretch of California coastline between San Simeon and Carmel has always done its best to ward off interlopers. Even the otherwise-ambitious Spaniards gave it a miss at first. Centuries later, there was still no road through...Show More Summary

Man allegedly obsessed with girl's socks is arrested

Police sought more possible victims Tuesday after arresting a man they say has a sexual obsession with socks and has stalked Murrieta schools and other places where children gather.

Full lunar eclipse: Few selfies, but many 'blood moon' photos hit Web

They came with iPhones, iPads, digital cameras and even some film cameras -- ready to capture the "blood moon," the first full lunar eclipse of 2014.

Reported gas leak forces Alhambra High School evacuation

Alhambra High School was evacuated Tuesday morning while authorities investigated reports of a gas leak.

'Blood moon' creates lunar eclipse viewing frenzy at Griffith Park

Those who slept through the rare "blood moon" Monday night missed more than just the rare red hue, as a packed Griffith Observatory erupted into whistles, cheers and howls during the much-anticipated lunar eclipse.

Fatal bus crash: El Monte High victim mourned at school vigil

Friends and family of a teen killed last week when a FedEx truck slammed into a charter bus full of prospective college students gathered for an emotional vigil Monday night at El Monte High School.

Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Soledad, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning 17 miles from Soledad, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:43 a.m. PDT at a depth of 3.1 miles.

Massive fire engulfs Elks Lodge in San Pedro, collapses roof

The Elks Lodge in San Pedro nearly burned to the ground early Tuesday morning after a fire started sometime in the middle of the night -- the second blaze on the property this week.

Sex offenders accused of killing 4 O.C. women could face death penalty

Two homeless sex offenders accused of killing four women in Orange County could face the death penalty after being charged with m urder in the commission of rape and lying in wait, authorities said.

Stay-at-home moms: The sad truth behind those rosy media stories

The media have become fond in recent years of glamorizing stay-at-home moms as elite career women who have “opted out” of the workforce so they can put family first. Finally, the Pew Research Center has provided the reality check we’ve needed.

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