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As allegations mount, LAPD chief and cadets defend embattled youth program at graduation ceremony

Astrid Saenz has always wanted to be a police officer and is among the most decorated cadets in the Los Angeles Police Department’s signature youth program. Saenz, 18, has been an LAPD cadet for the last three years, rising to the rank of cadet commander while volunteering her time at the Devonshire...

Petitioners fight to save cross at desert airport in San Diego County

For 51 years, a cross at the San Diego County airport in Ocotillo Wells has stood to honor a soldier who died in the Vietnam War, but is now slated for removal because of one complaint. An online petition to stop the removal started the weekend of May 13 and had 2,349 supporters in less than a...

Mastiff named Martha crowned world's ugliest dog

A 125-pound gentle giant named Martha has been crowned the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. The gassy Neapolitan mastiff was a favorite of the Northern California crowd from the start at the Friday night contest, often plopping down on her side on stage. She was rescued when she was nearly...

With millions set to lose Obamacare, DWP workers keep getting a sweeter deal

Two news items jumped out at me in the last several days. Item one: The U.S. Senate, after conducting its business behind closed doors, burped up a healthcare reform package that is likely to throw millions of people off the health insurance rolls. Item two: The Los Angeles Department of Water...

Southwest L.A. loves 'Obama Boulevard' proposal but wonders: 'Why not a major street?'

Even though it runs through the heart of L.A’.s Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood, most Angelenos would be hard pressed to locate Rodeo Road on a map. In fact, they’d probably point to its ritzy doppelganger — Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive — instead. That may change very soon, however. Residents...

Former Manson Family Member Patricia Krenwinkel Denied Parole For The 14th Time

Krenwinkel is the longest-serving female inmate in California’s correctional system. [ more › ]

Man is struck and killed by Metrolink train in El Sereno

A man believed to be about 40 years old was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Friday in the Los Angeles neighborhood of El Sereno, officials said. The man was in a nonpedestrian area less than a mile west of the Cal State L.A. station when he was hit by an eastbound train on the San Bernardino...

New Wilshire Grand hailed as a 'gorgeous nest' for Los Angeles

As dusk fell on downtown Los Angeles, dozens of people gathered on the sidewalks outside the Wilshire Grand Center, watching as the hotel’s LED lights — confined to a stripe on the side of the building — glowed in an array of rainbow colors. Koreatown resident Miky Nam brought a small folding chair...

Appeals court throws out some criminal charges for Angela Spaccia, a top official in the Bell corruption scandal

A state appeals court on Friday reversed five of 11 counts against a former Bell official after concluding that the jury received improper instructions in the municipal corruption case. Angela Spaccia was convicted in 2013 of pilfering millions from the treasury of a tiny working-class town. As...

Twice-convicted O.C. killer will receive new trial in latest fallout from jailhouse snitch scandal

A man convicted in the 1998 killing of a pregnant woman will receive a new trial after an appellate court concluded that the Orange County district attorney’s office failed to disclose pertinent information about a jailhouse informant, the latest fallout from a years-long controversy embroiling...

Father of South Pasadena boy missing for two months is arrested on suspicion of murder

The father of a 5-year-old boy from South Pasadena who mysteriously disappeared more than two months ago was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said. The arrest comes after an extensive search for the boy that reached from his home town to Santa Barbara...

UPS shooter targeted employees and used stolen assault pistol to kill 3 coworkers, police says

A United Parcel Service driver who killed three coworkers before taking his own life at their San Francisco package facility last week, used a stolen assault-style pistol in the attack and targeted specific employees, police said Friday. Investigators still don’t know what drove gunman Jimmy Lam...

'This is what happens when you lose control': Man who videotaped car-kicking motorcyclist speaks out

Some blame the biker for kicking the car and provoking the driver; others blame the “cager” behind the wheel for swerving into the biker at freeway speed. As California Highway Patrol investigators search for a motorcyclist who kicked a sedan and then throttled away as an explosive, chain-reaction...

Containment on San Bernardino Mountains wildfire jumps to 65% as Highway 18 reopens

Containment on a wildfire in the San Bernardino Mountains jumped to 65% Friday morning as several days of relatively benign weather with high temperatures and light wind allowed crews to surrounded the blaze on three sides. The Holcomb fire has burned across 1,562 acres of steep mountain slopes...

Argument between roommates in Hollywood Hills West ends in deadly officer-involved shooting

One man is dead and a police investigation is underway after up to nine Los Angeles police officers fired on a tenant armed with a gun inside his Hollywood Hills West apartment, officials said. Witness video broadcast by local media recorded dozens of gunshots thundering through the neighborhood...

ICYMI: How Skateboarding Legend Brian Anderson Came Out

Plus, predicting the next Flint disaster, Art Deco in Mumbai, monogamy vs. non-monogamy, and much more! [ more › ]

ICE Locks Down Immigrant Detention Facility After Interfaith Group Holds Prayer Circle

Families who were already inside the facility visiting detained relatives were also forced to leave. [ more › ]

What's the Turkey Testicle Festival like? Welcome to this Dunlap, Calif., tradition

The Turkey Testicle Festival is the biggest social event in this stretch of Sierra foothills. Its only competition is the yearly rodeo just down the road or the American Legion Hall dances. “And they don’t really come close,” said Mike Collins, who went to Dunlap’s first turkey party the year he...

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