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States, U.S. must boost graduation rates, Duncan says in slamming college costs

The nation's colleges are too costly and students frequently are not getting their money's worth, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Monday, emphasizing that states and the federal government must do more to ensure that students complete their degrees.

Teen Found Dead In Hotel Room, Mother Detained For Questioning

A 17-year-old boy was found shot to death in a Rosemead hotel today, and authorities have taken in his mother for questioning. [ more › ]

Pilot Killed In Fiery Plane Crash In Home's Backyard

A pilot was killed after a small plane crashed into the backyard of a Riverside home on Sunday and burst into flames. [ more › ]

String Of South L.A. Shootings Fuels Rumors Of 100 Days Of Gang Violence

South L.A. residents experienced a frightening weekend full of rash shootings, where one person died and five others were injured in separate incidents. [ more › ]

3 men found hiding in Mexico arrested in deadly South El Monte tire shop fire

Three men found hiding out in Mexico were arrested Saturday in connection with the deaths of three teens who were killed when flames ignited by a Molotov cocktail swept through a tire shop this year.

Woman Swindled Nuns Into Selling Katy Perry's Dream Convent, Archdiocese Says

The archdiocese who wants to sell a former convent to Katy Perry claims that a restaurateur took advantage of the convent's nuns to sell to her instead. [ more › ]

#100days100nights: Gang threats of violence on social media draw fear

Back in the 1980s when Skipp Townsend was an active member of the Rollin' 20s Bloods, gang threats were handled by word of mouth and gang members would use barren walls as their bulletin boards by spray painting the names of their targets or calling out people as "snitches."

Photos: Folks Wish For Rain, Sex And Love At Griffith Park Teahouse

Folks have been trekking over to the Griffith Park Teahouse to write and hang up wishes for Los Angeles on the structure's walls, asking for everything from more rain and sex to less traffic. [ more › ]  

Earthquake: 3.5 quake strikes near Point Arena

A shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported Monday morning one mile from Point Arena, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:24 a.m. PDT at a depth of 3.7 miles.

Man Stabbed And Beaten After Trying To Stop Taggers

A man was stabbed and beaten after confronting a group of taggers who were defacing a vacant business on Sunday night. [ more › ]

Video: Kanye Shows Support To Caitlyn Jenner In 'I Am Cait'

Kanye West made a surprise appearance on last night's premiere of Caitlyn Jenner's reality TV show, E!'s 'I Am Cait.' [ more › ]

Suspect shot by South Gate police after brawl with residents during home break-in

A South Gate police officer shot a gunman suspected of breaking into a home late Sunday and fighting with the residents, authorities said.

Monday news and notes: July 27

Times editors give another letter grade. CBS2/KCAL promotes Amber Lee. Key and Peele to end their Comedy Central show. More politics and media notes.

Man beaten, stabbed after trying to stop taggers defacing Anaheim business

A man was beaten and stabbed Sunday night after confronting a group of taggers who were defacing a vacant business in Anaheim, police said.

Movieland Mystery Photo

For Monday, we have a very dapper mystery guest.

Santa Cruz police search for girl, 8, after she disappears while riding her scooter

Authorities are looking for a 8-year-old girl who disappeared Sunday while riding her scooter in a Santa Cruz neighborhood.

Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: 4269 Lankershim Blvd: Evolution of an Address

Club Indigo matchbook courtesy of Mary Mallory. While some proprietorships remain in business for decades at one address, most often, occupancy at the site frequently changes due to economic and cultural cycles. Following owners usually continue in the same vein … Continue reading ?

Man suspected of killing former 'Deadliest Catch' associate producer found dead

A 24-year-old man suspected of killing a former associate producer on the Discovery Channel reality program "Deadliest Catch" has been found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

Spanish-language KMEX and KVEA lead the local Emmys

It wasn't even close. The top LA newscasts last year were all in Spanish, the judges said.

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