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Girl, 13, accused of setting massive wildfire ordered to stand trial

A 13-year-old girl was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges of setting the fire that burned 2,000 acres and destroyed or damaged more than 40 structures in the San Marcos area of northern San Diego County earlier this year.

Julianne Hough returns to 'Dancing With the Stars' as a judge

Two-time "Dancing With the Stars" champion Julianne Hough is returning to the long-running ABC reality competition series, but breathe easier fellow dancers, she's not looking to win again. This season, she'll be a fourth judge.

63 trillion gallons of groundwater lost in drought, study finds

The ongoing drought in the western United States has caused so much loss of groundwater that the Earth, on average, has lifted up about 0.16 inches over the last 18 months, according to a new study.

Rick Perry's lawyers accuse Democrats of pushing a 'red herring'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team on Thursday stepped up its aggressive strategy to fight two felony charges against him, arguing that Democrats were floating a “red herring” by suggesting that Perry was motivated to veto funding for a Texas public integrity unit because the office was...

Missing hiker found dead in Kings Canyon park was first-year teacher

A body discovered in steep, rocky terrain in the Kings Canyon National Park area is that of a man who had been reported missing earlier this week after failing to come back from a weeklong hiking trip, authorities said.

Thursday morning news and notes

Cops, development, political moves and a giant rubber duck in the Port of LA. Plus Bob Eubanks reflects on bringing the Beatles to LA, a 1985 campaign commercial for Tom Bradley, and the Marvelettes.

America's Cup field taking shape

The 35th America's Cup is three years away, but five challengers have already launched campaigns to wrest sailing's biggest trophy from the defending champion, Oracle Team USA.

Camaro does 'doughnuts' on Golden Gate Bridge, just misses guardrail

A driver who did "doughnuts" on the Golden Gate Bridge in a Chevy Camaro over the weekend was acting “unbelievably dangerous” and “stupid,” local authorities said.

Five things to know about 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For'

Filled as they are with cold-blooded killers, femmes fatales, unlucky gamblers and crooked politicians, the mean streets of "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" are no place to get caught unawares. With the Frank Miller-Robert Rodriguez neo-noir sequel opening Friday, here's a cheat sheet on all...

Eagle Rock residents raise a stink over Glendale's landfill plans

Eagle Rock residents and local officials gathered at the base of the Scholl Canyon Landfill in Glendale on Wednesday to protest potential plans to expand and extend the life of the site.

Halloween Horror Nights 2014

Location: Universal Studios, Hollywood 100 Universal City Plaza Univeral City, CA 91608 Description: Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood launches its biggest season ever: seven weekends of terror from September 19 through November 2.

Man found shot to death in his truck at Pacoima intersection

A man was shot to death inside his truck at an intersection in Pacoima early Thursday, police said.

Man in couple's bed selfie says he got stolen iPhone at swap meet

The man identified by authorities as a person of interest in a Santa Clarita burglary after a selfie of him and his girlfriend was uploaded to the original iPhone owner's online storage cloud says it was all a misunderstanding.

Parents apologize after students arrested in alleged mass-shooting plot

The parents of two South Pasadena teens charged with plotting a mass shooting at their school apologized to the community Wednesday for their sons’ alleged behavior.

Woman beaten by CHP officer in L.A.: 'I just want justice done'

A woman who was punched repeatedly by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 10 Freeway said she wants "justice done" and for the officers to be put behind bars.

In the Wake of the Shooting Death of Ezell Ford, the Elephant Has Outgrown the Room: It's Time to Re-Imagine Law Enforcement

On August 11, at 8:10 PM two anti-gang unit officers shot an unarmed Ezell Ford in the Newton area of Los Angeles. The official police statement says they shot Ford after a struggle ensued during an "investigative stop" when Ford tried...Show More Summary

Review: Life After Beth

If your girlfriend died after you had been having problems, leaving you morose and regretful because you never got to say you were sorry, you might think the greatest good fortune would be her returning to life to give you a shot at reconciliation. Well, you might think that, but you would be wrong. Oh [...]

Zack Greinke's elbow becomes a worry for Dodgers

Their rotation already depleted, the Dodgers are pushing back Zack Greinke's next start by two days.

Johnson to join county board after losing bid for L.A. Unified post

A week after losing a close election for the Los Angeles school board, Alex Johnson will take on a different leadership role in education.

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