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California school bans 66 students without measles vaccinations

Almost 70 Palm Desert High School students who haven’t been fully immunized for measles are banned from classes for the next two weeks. Meanwhile, the classmate who may have exposed them to the highly contagious virus is being allowed to return.

Lakers' Kobe Bryant undergoes successful surgery on torn rotator cuff

Kobe Bryant will be sidelined nine months after undergoing a two-hour procedure Wednesday morning to repair a torn rotator cuff, the Lakers announced.

Los Angeles Convention Center reports first profit in years

After years of running at a deficit, the Los Angeles Convention Center is reporting profits of $3.3 million for the first year that the facility has been turned over to a private operator.

Angels' David Freese signs for $6.425 million, avoiding arbitration

The Angels avoided arbitration with David Freese on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with the third baseman on a one-year, $6.425-million deal, a salary that was exactly midway between the $7.6 million Freese sought and the $5.25 million the Angels offered.

Placebo effect influenced by perceived cost, study finds

How do you convert a simple saline solution into a useful treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease? Tell them it’s a drug that costs $100 per dose. And if you want to make it even more effective, tell them it costs $1,500 inste...

Exide battery plant cited for hazardous waste violations

Exide Technologies is in trouble again with state environmental regulators who on Wednesday cited the Vernon battery recycler for eight hazardous-waste violations.

Modern humans and Neanderthals: A Mediterranean romance?

It was sealed off from humanity for 30,000 years before sewer workers accidentally shattered its high, vaulted ceiling and allowed Israeli searchers to rappel into its dark interior.

Johnny Depp details chupacabra attack in Tokyo

Other actors might simply fight off a cold. Johnny Depp, however, has apparently fought off a chupacabra.

Flier tries to board plane with dagger hidden in Eiffel Tower replica

A passenger at Oakland International Airport earlier this month tried to bring aboard a large dagger that fit snugly inside a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Most major California school districts pledge to reduce suspensions

The state's landmark school finance law has prompted most major California school districts to pledge to reduce student suspensions, hire more counselors and use positive alternatives to deal with misbehavior, according to a study released Wednesday.

California launches effort to combat use of e-cigarettes

Arguing that the rising popularity of electronic cigarettes soon will undermine California’s leadership in reducing tobacco use — and questioning the notion that the products help traditional smokers quit — state health officials on Wednesday called for tighter regulation of...

5.8 earthquake strikes off Northern California

A 5.8 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon, 25 miles from Ferndale, Calif. near Euerka, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Second arrest made in connection to stabbing death at middle school

A second teen has been arrested in connection with the death of a boy who was stabbed at an East Los Angeles middle school last week.

Suspect in Newport Beach homicide vanishes; warrant issued

A Newport Beach businessman accused of murdering his wife in their Newport Coast home and then dumping her body in a trash bin near the Mexican border has vanished, according to court records.

Cal State committee approves changes to limit 'student success fees'

A Cal State finance committee on Wednesday approved a plan to limit the use of controversial student fees -- enacted on many campuses in response to state budget cuts but criticized as a stealthy way to raise tuition.

Cal State Long Beach student infected with measles; 20 others at risk

Twenty Cal State Long Beach students were exposed to measles after they went on a field trip with an infected student during winter break, officials said.

Authorities release sketches of suspects in double homicide

Los Angeles County detectives Wednesday released sketches of two men believed to be involved in a May 2014 double killing in unincorporated Rancho Dominguez.

Andrew Sullivan to give up blogging (and get a life)

One of the last of the original politics bloggers wants out before he burns out. He also hopes to write a book.

Joe Morgenstern mourns the news about Vidiots

Feels like an impending death in the family of film lovers, says the Wall Street Journal and KCRW film critic.

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