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Garcetti now faces a pivotal choice tinged with politics, race and gender: Selecting a new chief

Shortly after Charlie Beck announced he will retire as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, City Councilman Joe Buscaino declared on Twitter that it was time for a woman to take his place. Others speculated Friday about whether the department should be led by an insider or an outsider, someone...

Tom Petty died of drug overdose, coroner's office says

Rocker Tom Petty died last year from “multisystem organ failure” caused by accidental drug toxicity, the Los Angeles County Coroner said Friday. An autopsy found that Petty had several drugs in his system including fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl...

Two executives appointed to California High Speed Rail Authority

Two senior executives, including a chief operating officer, were appointed Friday at the California High Speed Rail Authority, filling vacancies that have lingered for months. The hirings aim to bolster the organization’s management following the appointment of Brian Kelly as chief executive earlier...

Santa Monica school district's conflict of interest investigation leaves questions unanswered

An investigation by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District found that a school board member voted to approve contracts with her husband’s consulting clients on at least nine separate occasions, according to a summary of the probe released Thursday night. The investigation also found that...

Stansfield Turner, the spy chief who led major CIA reform, dies at 94

Stansfield A. Turner, who served as CIA director under President Jimmy Carter and oversaw reforms at the agency after the Senate uncovered CIA surveillance aimed at American citizens, has died. He was 94. Turner died Thursday at his home in Seattle, his secretary, Pat Moynihan, confirmed to the...

Former LAPD officer at center of cadet scandal sentenced to two years for weapons charges

The former Los Angeles police officer accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old cadet last year pleaded no contest Friday to illegal weapons possession charges in San Bernardino County. Robert Cain, 31, entered the plea to manufacturing an assault weapon and possession of a “bump stock” and was...

Flu death count in California spikes

The death toll from influenza in California rose sharply on Friday, amid a brutal flu season that has spread across the nation. State health officials said that 32 people under 65 died last week of the flu, making it the deadliest week this season so far. In total, 74 people under age 65 have died...

California and Trump administration square off in latest battles over immigration

Standing near a 7-Eleven in Boyle Heights on Thursday morning, Roberto Pedraza hawked tamales and cups of champurrado, the Mexican hot drink, out of insulated jugs stationed on top of plastic crates. He knew the store chain had been a recent target of immigration raids. Federal agents last week...

Trump's border wall prototypes pass tests by military special forces

Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico indicate their imposing heights should stop border crossers, a U.S. official with direct knowledge of the rigorous assessment told the Associated Press. Military special forces based in Florida and U.S....

Charles Manson's grandson, pen pal battle over killer's remains

An attorney for the grandson of Charles Manson, who is competing with a pen pal of the late mass murderer to obtain his grandfather's remains, says the probate case should stay in Los Angeles County. Lawyer Dale Kiken, who represents Manson grandson Jason L. Freeman, filed court papers in Los Angeles...

Traffic trouble: 101 already closed by mud, now Interstate 5 could be shut by snow

The 101 Freeway has been closed for more than a week due to the Montecito mudslides. Now, California’s other main north-south route is threatened by disruption due to snow. A cold wave moving into Southern California on Friday is expected to bring only a 20% chance of rain in the Los Angeles basin....

Ex-classmate accused of killing Blaze Bernstein boasted of religious faith, conservative views

The 20-year-old Newport Beach man facing a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of former high school classmate Blaze Bernstein spoke openly on social media about his Catholic faith and conservative political views. Samuel Lincoln Woodward wrote more than a year ago on his ASKfm page that if he...

Essential California: Horrific allegations of abuse, cruelty emerge in Perris

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, Jan. 19, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES Horrific allegations A grim story gets worse. Prosecutors say the siblings who were discovered this week living captive in a Perris tract home were...

Captive children suffered years of abuse, starvation and cruelty by parents, authorities say

The siblings who were discovered this week living captive in a Perris tract home were tortured and abused by their parents for years, living in conditions that only grew more horrific over time as the family moved from Texas to California, prosecutors said Thursday. David Turpin, 56, and Louise...

Whose voices carry the most weight in our conversation about sexual harassment? (Hint: Not Matt Damon's)

Like you, I have been thinking a lot about sexual harassment, appropriate retribution and all the careers rightfully derailed by the great reckoning that is consuming so much of our public discussion right now. I have no sympathy for the tattered careers of men such as Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer,...

Viral video shows private security guard shooting pair of would-be robbers at Gardena 7-Eleven

A dramatic surveillance video that shows a private security guard shooting two teenagers who tried to rob a 7-Eleven in Gardena went viral this week. The footage, captured on a Saturday night late last month, shows two 16-year-old males in hoodies enter the store with their hands in their sweatshirt...

Top LA Times editors, newsroom guild call for 'frat boy' publisher to go

NPR reveals an alleged backstory on Ross Levinsohn that has the newsroom in a major uproar. It's especially painful for gay reporters.

From the Archives: 1962 Studebaker Lark dropped off roof

For a 1966 Mobil television commercial, a 1962 Studebaker Lark sedan was dropped from the roof of an office building at Broadway and Olympic Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles. According to Mobil, the 135-foot drop equaled a crash at 60 mph. This three-photo sequence appeared on page three of the...

When it comes to education policy, it's 'the California way' vs. Betsy DeVos

California is headed toward another standoff with the federal government — this time, over education. The U.S. Department of Education, led by Betsy DeVos, had told the state that its plan to satisfy a major education law had significant flaws. On Thursday, the California State Board of Education...

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