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UC regents approve controversial tuition hike

Over the din of students chanting protest slogans, the University of California regents on Thursday voted 14-7 to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years.

Evil Elf Shoothouse at Hollywood Sports Park

Location: Hollywood Sports Park, 9030 Somerset Boulevard, Bellflower, CA 90706 Link out: Click here Date: December 19, 7-10pm Description: Hollywood Sports – which offers zombie killhouses during Halloween – gets into the Christmas season with their Evil Elf Shoothouse. Show More Summary

New York girding for 3 more feet of lake-effect snow as piles amass

New York officials told residents in the Buffalo area Thursday to brace for a second round of storms that could bring up to 3 more feet of lake-effect snow that is literally burying some communities.

Alleged serial killer faces more charges in Valley shootings

A Sylmar man described by authorities as a serial killer was charged Thursday with three murders in connection with a five-day shooting rampage across the San Fernando Valley this past summer.

Want a free vegan Thanksgiving dinner? Cafe Gratitude will hook you up

Every year, Cafe Gratitude, true to its name, hosts a free Thanksgiving dinner at its Venice location. Next Thursday, the vegan restaurant will be offering a holiday dinner from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. — or until the food runs out — on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Egyptian court acquits doctor in female genital mutilation case

An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a doctor who was charged with carrying out a female genital mutilation procedure that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl last year.

Lobbyist fined but Sen. Lara denies he was influenced by debt

A state ethics panel voted Thursday to impose $5,000 in fines on Capitol lobbyist and campaign consultant Richie Ross for putting two legislators under personal obligation to him by not collecting campaign consulting fees they owed.

Seek out grower Champagnes for a holiday thrill

It just doesn't seem like the holidays without breaking out a bottle of Champagne at least once. The Grande Marques — those well-known Champagne houses such as Dom Pérignon, Taittinger, Pol Roger, Moet-Chandon, Krug and more — are always welcome. But what about showing up...

Sports car makers cater to California's need for speed

With 840 miles of coastline and a rich history of hot-rodding, California is prime territory for the kind of high-horsepower machines descending on Los Angeles this week.

L.A. Auto Show: Fiat rolls out 500X crossover

Fiat Chrysler has high hopes for the new crossover version of its Fiat 500 runabout, predicting it will boost sales in the U.S.

Jim Webb first to form presidential exploratory committee for 2016

Citing his military background and work across the aisle with Republicans, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced he has launched an exploratory committee to consider a Democratic presidential run in 2016.

NASCAR's Kasey Kahne, Hendrick Motorsports sign three-year extension

Kasey Kahne signed a three-year extension to keep racing for Hendrick Motorsports in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series through the 2018 season, the team said Thursday.

Ursula K. Le Guin on speaking truth to power at National Book Awards

On the morning after the National Book Awards, speaking by phone from a Manhattan hotel, Ursula K. Le Guin was feisty, smart and pointed — exactly as we might expect.

UC Berkeley students stage sleep-in over tuition hike; regents vote today

UC Berkeley students staged a sit-in overnight to protest a proposed tuition hike of up to 5% a year over the next five years. The controversial increase got the approval of a key UC committee on Wednesday and is expected to be approved today by the full board of regents.

L.A. Auto Show: Land Rovers, trials motorcycle tackle obstacle course

Jaguar Land Rover wasn't content to just bring its impressive new Discovery Sport line to the L.A. Auto Show, or to show off its sleek F-Type R sports car.

46-million Americans, the most in 7 years, to travel over Thanksgiving

Love having company for Thanksgiving? Good, because you'll have plenty of it. More than 46-million Americans are expected to drive or fly to their destination this year, the highest number of Thanksgiving  travelers since pre-recession 2007.

Two-car families are on the decline

Automakers face a looming reality: Families are ditching the second car.

Mike Nichols: Director dies at 83

The director of "The Graduate" and so much more has won an Oscar, an Emmy, Tonys and a Grammy.

Rapper Tiny Doo charged; his album 'promoted' shootings, D.A. says

Among the 15 suspected San Diego street-gang members charged in a string of shootings is Brandon Duncan, an aspiring rap singer.

Home fire kills 2 children while their pregnant mom is in hospital

Fire swept through a San Bernardino apartment early Thursday, killing two children whose pregnant mother was in a nearby hospital at the time.

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