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Federal appeals court blocks San Francisco law requiring health warnings on soda

A federal appeals court Tuesday blocked a San Francisco ordinance that requires advertisers of sugary drinks to post health warnings, saying in a unanimous decision that it likely violates freedom of speech. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals faulted the 2015 ordinance...

LAPD Seeking Suspect Who Allegedly Vandalized Sikh Temple, Threatened Man Who Filmed Him

Authorities said that Artyom Manukyan used a razor to threaten a person who was filming him. [ more › ]

This Grassroots Group is Feeding L.A.'s Hungry, One Burrito at a Time

The Burrito Project L.A. is a do-good D.I.Y. effort to feed L.A.'s homeless. [ more › ]

Actor James Cromwell charged for SeaWorld protest

Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell has been charged with a misdemeanor after interrupting an orca show at SeaWorld in July. If convicted, Cromwell — who had roles in “L.A. Confidential,” “The Green Mile” and “Babe” — was accused of trespassing and could be sentenced up to 90 days in prison, fined...

The Fantastical World of 'Willy Wonka' is Coming to the Hollywood Bowl With... John Stamos?

"Weird Al" isn't even the weirdest thing about this "Willy Wonka" adaptation. [ more › ]

$4 Million Jury Award To LAPD Officers Who Fatally Shot Autistic Man Overturned By Appeals Court

The two Latino officers had been awarded the large verdict by a jury after alleging that they'd been discriminated against in the wake of the deadly shooting. [ more › ]

San Diego rejects televangelist's plan for huge religious retreat in Mission Valley

Longstanding plans by San Diego televangelist Morris Cerullo to transform an aging Mission Valley hotel into a $160-million religious-themed retreat and conference center failed to win support from the San Diego City Council on Monday after some members raised concerns about the potential for increased...

Instagram post of guns lets LAPD track down gangster on Texas' most wanted list

One of Texas’ 10 most wanted criminal suspects was taken into custody by Los Angeles police early Tuesday after he displayed video of an arsenal of weapons on Instagram that authorities used to track him to Woodlands Hills. Christopher Ricardo Gonzalez, 18, a Texas gang member with a lengthy history...

Laguna Beach may clone beloved, 135-year tree to save it

The story of a 135-year-old pepper tree in front of Laguna Beach’s City Hall has taken a new twist. The City Council last week directed staff to investigate cloning the tree, which multiple arborists have said is structurally unstable and in danger of falling. Council members unanimously approved...

Man removed from sex offender registry arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn, police say

A San Diego man who was removed from the state’s sex offender registry three years ago was arrested Monday after he photographed young girls in bathing suits at a Fontana birthday party and later was found to possess child pornography, police said. Police responded to a home on Boxwood Court in...

Fearing a big earthquake isn't enough. Here's how to turn anxiety into action

Fearing a big earthquake isn't enough. Here are steps to turn anxiety into positive action.

$4-million jury verdict overturned for officers who fatally shot autistic man

A California appeals court has overturned a nearly $4-million jury verdict for two Los Angeles police officers placed on desk duty for five years after fatally shooting an unarmed, autistic black man in 2010. The three-judge panel last week tossed out a 2015 Los Angeles County Superior Court jury...

Hurricanes Expose The Foundations Of Our Cities And The Limits Of Urban Sustainability

When Hurricane Harvey displaced 30,000 people in Houston and Hurricane Irma threw the lives of millions into disarray across

Essential California: A family returns to Mexico with U.S.-born children in tow

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Sept. 19, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES A family returns to Mexico with U.S.-born children in tow Faced with diminishing job prospects and a president who promised to make life harder for...

For parents who brought their children into the country illegally, there's always the worry, the fear, the guilt.

Behind closed doors, Bertha Martinez and her husband, Victor Soriano, often discussed how they would tell their oldest daughter that she was in the country illegally. “We didn’t want to hurt her,” Soriano said. Paying someone to sneak 7-year-old Brenda and 3-year-old Diana across the border in the...

Drug dealer to be sentenced for his role in 2012 beating death of Fox executive

A convicted drug dealer is expected to be sentenced Tuesday for his role in the 2012 slaying of a 20th Century Fox executive whose decomposed body was found in the desert more than two years after he disappeared. A downtown Los Angeles jury rejected prosecution arguments that John Lenzie Creech...

Cal State trustees to discuss enrollment management, budget gaps and executive compensation

Cal State faces difficult problems that don’t seem likely to disappear soon. The state covers a smaller proportion of its costs than it used to, and the number of students who want to attend keeps growing — with demand particularly high for certain popular campuses and programs. The trustees of...

From the Archives: Humphrey Bogart returns to L.A. with young bride Lauren Bacall

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall met during filming of 1944’s “To Have and Have Not.” They were married May 21, 1945, at the home of Bogart’s close friend Louis Bromfield near Lucas, Ohio. Journalists greeted the couple upon their return by train to Pasadena. This image by photographer L. Maxine...

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