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Driver who fatally ran over woman in Calabasas gets one year in jail

A Malibu horse trainer who crashed into two pedestrians in a crosswalk, killing one of them, and later denied to police that she was the driver in the collision was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail. Nicole Herschel, 36, the driver of the pickup truck in the June 2016 crash, sobbed in a Van...

UC regents admonish UC President Janet Napolitano for approval of interference in state audit

University of California regents meeting on Thursday admonished UC President Janet Napolitano for agreeing to a plan that led to interference in a state audit on the operation of her office. Her approval of a plan in which top aides would preview campus administrators’ confidential survey responses...

His constant gunfire terrorized neighbors. But authorities could not prevent gunman's rampage

The screaming and gunfire coming from Kevin Neal’s blue mobile home last week was so disturbing that Jayne Barnes-Vinson called the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office to complain. “I heard a man and a woman screaming, like fighting, and the man was shooting off rounds like an automatic gun. So I was...

San Diego gym where platform collapsed had not obtained proper permits

The obstacle course gym in Barrio Logan where a platform collapse injured dozens of children was not issued a number of required permits, including permission to build the structure that fell, according to a report released Thursday. City investigators determined that no building permits had been...

Why no children died during the Rancho Tehama school shooting

One student was shot in the Rancho Tehama school shooting, but nobody died. And that, authorities say, is stunning.

Marine MP accused of beating, choking woman who refused sex at Pendleton beach

A Marine military police officer is accused of strangling a woman at a Camp Pendleton beach after she refused to have sex with him in a firetruck. In a federal court filing obtained by the San Diego Union-Tribune this week, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service accuses Marine reserve military...

Police still on alert after new social media threat against O.C. high schools deemed not credible

Multiple Orange County schools will continue to have an increased police presence this week even after investigators deemed threats on social media of campus shootings to be not credible, authorities said. Buena Park police were alerted to a second Instagram post Wednesday after Anaheim police...

Online threats of violence against O.C. schools sparks fear, increased security

A series of online posts threatening violence against several Orange County schools has sparked fear on the campuses and prompted increased security. Authorities are investigating a new threat Thursday against two of the four Orange County schools that were previously named this week in an online...

Man accused of storming ex-wife's home and setting fire to three houses eludes police chase

Police are searching for a man who allegedly broke into his estranged wife’s home with a shotgun on Tuesday, tried to set three Inland Empire homes on fire on Wednesday, then evaded police in Santa Barbara during a car pursuit Thursday morning, authorities said. Police said the problems began Tuesday...

Essential California: Southern California's smog gets worse

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Nov. 16, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Smog problems Measured emissions have been on the decline in Southern California, but the smog has gotten worse for the second straight year. That...

Rancho Tehama gunman targeted wife, neighbor before attacking passersby at random

The shooter’s wife was nowhere to be found. In the wake of a rampage in which Kevin Janson Neal had already killed four adults and sprayed bullets into an elementary school, authorities pinged his wife’s cellphone, to no avail. They assumed something had happened to her. When detectives searched...

Officials are still searching for the source of 4 Legionnaires' cases. Disneyland cooling towers haven't been ruled out

Disneyland shut down two cooling towers contaminated with Legionella after 11 people who spent time at the park were infected with Legionnaires'. But four more people who didn't visit the park were also infected, raising questions about the outbreak's source.

From the Archives: Cree folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie gets Native Americans hired for 'The Virginian'

When popular folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie accepted a lead role in one episode of “The Virginian,” she demanded that additional Native Americans be hired. Times staff writer Hal Humphrey explained in the April 25, 1968, Los Angeles Times: Buffy Sainte-Marie, the folk singer and a sprig of a girl,...

At Tehama vigil, tears, cheers and a reminder: 'Please, please report everybody who shoots'

Tears for those who were killed or hurt, applause for the schoolteachers who saved lives and loud cheers for the strength of their small rural enclave filled the community hall here Wednesday night. But some interjected a strong message into the vigil marking Tuesday's shooting spree: Don't ignore...

Police fatally shoot driver after someone opened fire on them from his car

A man was fatally shot by Los Angeles police Wednesday afternoon after he or someone riding in his car shot at officers who were tailing them, authorities said. About 4 p.m., Van Nuys gang officers in a marked patrol car began following a sedan they believed was stolen. Soon after, one or two people...

Retired NYPD detective testifies he believes Durst responsible for missing wife's death

The retired New York police detective who led the investigation into the 1982 disappearance of Robert Durst’s wife testified Wednesday that he quickly grew suspicious of the millionaire and eventually came to believe that he killed her. “It would be hard to believe otherwise,” said Michael Struk,...

UC regents seek ways to expand financial support and speed graduation

University of California regents are looking at ways to make UC educations more affordable, including handing out grants for summer school and giving students multiyear financial aid commitments. A recent survey found that the 10-campus UC system awards the most generous freshman financial aid...

Body of man with anchor tied to his leg found in California lake

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating after the discovery of the body of a man in a lake near Lake Tahoe with a rope and anchor tied around his legs. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that the body pulled from Fallen Leaf Lake has been sent to the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office...

Tight security at O.C. schools despite arrest of student who threatened shooting on Instagram

Police are expected to maintain a stepped-up presence for the rest of the week at four Orange County schools named in an an online shooting threat, despite the arrest of a student who said the post was only a joke. A 14-year-old freshman at Western High School was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly...

Charles Manson hospitalized in Bakersfield; severity of illness unclear

Authorities confirmed Thursday that mass murderer Charles Manson is back in a Bakersfield hospital, though the severity of his condition is unclear. Kern County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Smallwood confirms that Manson is at a local hospital but could not say more. In January, Manson, 82, was rushed to...

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