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Five people injured in fire at Westlake motel

A fire at a three-story motel in Westlake on Christmas night left at least five people injured, officials said.

At least seven hospitalized after rollover crash on 101 Freeway

At least seven people were taken to local hospitals after a rollover crash on the eastbound 101 Freeway in Woodland Hills, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Lakers vs. Chicago Bulls: quarter-by-quarter updates

The Lakers weren't showing much without Kobe Bryant, trailing the Chicago Bulls at halftime, 58-47, Thursday at United Center.

Costa Mesa man, 30, killed in motorcycle crash

A 30-year-old Orange County man died early Thursday morning in Costa Mesa after he ran a red light on his motorcycle and struck a sport utility vehicle, officials said.

LAPD wrongly reclassified some serious crimes as minor, Times review finds

On a July night in 2013, a customer attacked cocktail waitress Alicia Alfaro in the face with a set of car keys outside the El Recreo Room in Cypress Park.

LeBron James gets mixed reaction from Heat fans in Miami return

LeBron James got a loud and mixed reaction from Heat fans when he returned to Miami on Christmas Day with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third of five nationally televised NBA games.

Basketball: Christmas tournaments begin on Friday

If you love high school basketball, Friday is the start of the annual Christmas tournament season. There will be tournaments galore around Southern California. Hart, Chaminade, Ventura, San Dimas, Rancho Mirage, La Salle and Santa Barbara are all hosting boys' tournaments.

L.A. moviegoers say seeing 'The Interview' is standing up for freedom

A slow trickle of moviegoers gathered in West Hollywood Thursday morning to check out "The Interview," the comedy about North Korea that has wound up in the center of a real-life geopolitical imbroglio.

How to, where to photograph a starry night sky

If the heavens fascinate you (and maybe Santa brought you a new camera), you may wonder how to take a photo that captures starlight like the ones used in the time-lapse video above.

Memorial honors five homeless people who died

A list of four homeless people who died on the streets of Glendale was originally planned to be read at a memorial service, but one more name was added at the last minute because of a sudden death during the weekend.

Man dies during struggle with border agents at San Ysidro crossing

San Diego police are investigating the Christmas Eve death of a 40-year-old man during a struggle with border agents at the San Ysidro crossing.

St. Nick’s Sleigh? No Santa Ana’s Winds… Merry Insomnimas.

Silver Lake (3AM): Then up on the roof there arose such a clatter, that I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. But instead of the sleigh of Santa Claus alighting, ’twas instead the wind of Santa Ana beating a palm frond it had been fighting.

Makers of 'American Sniper' press ahead to tell a tale of war and home

Jason Hall had just turned in his first draft of a script about Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Bradley Cooper, who was producing the film and had agreed to star, was at a screening of "Silver Linings Playbook" for a group of veterans in Washington.

Peanuts comic will come to life in French TV series

Lucy van Pelt sits, as she has for decades, with her arms folded at a desk under a sign that reads "Psychiatrist Help 5¢." Snoopy, the enigmatic beagle owned by Charlie Brown, sits on a small wooden stool.

Lindbergh beacon atop L.A. City Hall shows Santa the way

The Lindbergh beacon, the revolving light atop City Hall that was turned on for the first time by President Calvin Coolidge in 1928, was lighted again Wednesday night in time for Christmas.

USC players pucker up to sea lion at San Diego Zoo

USC football captains got cozy with Cabo the Sea Lion at the San Diego Zoo on Wednesday.

Roman Polanski loses bid for dismissal of sexual assault conviction

Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski has lost his latest bid to dismiss a 1977 sexual assault conviction that spurred him to flee to Europe to avoid sentencing.

Armed robber steals two English bulldog puppies

A gunman robbed a Pico Rivera pet shop of an undetermined amount of cash Wednesday and stole two English bulldog puppies worth $2,500 each, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Overexposed In Chinatown

It’s not what it sounds like, although what it sounds like sounds fun… Nope, I was downtown the other day with a camera set to too high an exposure, on a mission to acquire a parasol. Almost every store in Chinatown around the rectangle created by Broadway and Hill / Cottage Home and Cesar Chavez […]

City brings back Costa Mesa Senior Center with Christmas party

Hundreds of senior citizens sat in the recreation room of the Costa Mesa Senior Center last week inspecting this year's holiday gifts: mugs containing candy and a $5 gift card good at various stores, including the supermarket.

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