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Teenager turns herself in for stabbing death of pregnant mother in Venice Beach

A teenage girl has been arrested in the stabbing death of a pregnant mother during a fight in front of a Venice Beach market last month, police said. The 17-year-old, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, was arrested on suspicion of murder Friday when she turned herself over to...

Where To Get Cheap Drinks On Repeal Day

Celebrate your right to drink by doing it affordably. [ more › ]

'People want answers:' Criminal probe of Oakland fire launched as death toll hits 33

The grim search for bodies in the ruins of the Oakland warehouse fire entered its third day Monday as criminal investigators began to examine who is to blame for one of the worst fires in modern California history. Thirty-three bodies have been recovered, but officials expect the death toll to...

What are the criminal liabilities after the deadly Oakland fire?

As the death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire climbs, investigators face a daunting task: figuring out how flames swiftly raced through the building and killed so many inside.  Prosecutors face perhaps a weightier burden: assembling a potential case and deciding whether to file criminal charges...

LA Observed Notes: Good reads, Oakland tragedy, Oscar buzz and more

Our occasional offering of media, politics and place noted from assorted sources.

Oakland warehouse had hosted parties, despite safety concerns of former residents

They happen all the time, all around the country: unpermitted dance parties put on by artists, promoters and others who bypass official channels to give fans an opportunity to revel in their music. Often, there isn’t much money to be made. Those involved in the scene can play multiple roles — entrepreneur,...

Death toll in Oakland fire climbs to 33 as families, friends fear the worst

They had come together out of their love for electronic music and the underground scene that it fostered. The concert had been in the works for almost two months, billed on social media as a tour for the musicians associated with the L.A.-based label 100% Silk.   The location was secret until the...

Victims of the Oakland warehouse fire: Who they were

A fire ripped through a warehouse in Oakland on Friday night, killing more than 30 people who were there for an electronic music concert. Here are the names of people who have been confirmed dead. :: Cash Askew, 22 Cash Askew of Oakland was confirmed dead Sunday by the Alameda County Sheriff’s...

When loved ones couldn't track those missing in Oakland fire, they found answers on social media

In the desperate hours after the warehouse inferno — long before Oakland officials would release the identities of the charred bodies found inside — family and friends tried to cobble together information online. From around California, as well as across the country and abroad, they signed onto...

ICYMI: Standing Rock Activists Celebrate After Feds Halt Pipeline

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Ghost Ship residents' harrowing survival stories: 'Oh my God, I almost died... Oh my God all of these people died in our home.'

Carmen Brito woke up Friday night to smoke and an orange glow coming from the corner. She’d had a long day at work and happened to go to bed with her clothes on.  In the time it took her to put on her clothes and shoes, a wall that was 20 feet from where she was standing was on fire.  Brito rushed...

Get Ready For A Week Of Annoying 'Rogue One' Street Closures In Hollywood

May the force be with anyone trying to go anywhere near Hollywood and Vine. [ more › ]

A woman's frantic, anguished Facebook search for friend missing in Oakland fire

When Carol Crewdson heard one of her friends went dancing at the Oakland warehouse, she knew she had to spread the word. A “big Facebooker,” she began to write.“Oh my god, Sara Hoda is missing in this fire. I kept hoping that if I posted people would tell me she emerged unscathed but as more information...

USC To Play Penn State In 2017 Rose Bowl Game

USC has won more Rose Bowl games than any other school. [ more › ]

Five People Shot At A Wake In South L.A.

Police suspect the shooting may have been gang-related. [ more › ]

Death toll at Oakland warehouse fire rises to 24

The death toll from the fire that raced through an Oakland warehouse during a music concert rose to 24 as searchers continued sift through the ruin of one of the deadliest fires in modern California history. It could take another two days for the search for victims to end, frustrating frantic family...

A night of music and dance turns into a deadly inferno at Oakland warehouse

The night was young, and Seung Lee liked the vibe of the dance party just starting in an old warehouse in the Fruitvale District, so he and two friends decided to stay. But first they needed to get some drinks at the liquor store down the block. They climbed down the wood pallets that spanned a...

Some had long viewed the site of fatal Oakland blaze as a 'death trap'

The Oakland warehouse where at least nine people were killed at a late-night concert was a deadly blaze waiting to happen. People who previously lived there recalled a building that lacked fire sprinklers and had a staircase partly made of wooden pallets. Partygoers recalled a rabbit warren of...

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