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One man drowns off the coast of La Jolla, others missing in bid to cross into U.S.


Authorities say one person has drowned and another was treated for hypothermia after an apparent bid to cross into the U.S. from Mexico by water.

California lawmakers upset that wildfire money is left out of White House's disaster aid request


Every day, Mike Thompson hears a new story about how last month’s fires in Northern California have affected people’s lives. Insurance is being denied. Tourism is down. Some companies have laid off workers.

Sunday, Nov 19


Inmate injures correctional officer at state prison in Lancaster

A correctional officer was injured during an attack by an inmate at the California State Prison in Lancaster, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Four killed in separate collisions caused by wrong-way drivers on L.A. freeways


Four people were killed in two separate wrong-way crashes early Sunday in Irwindale and Chatsworth, according to the California Highway Patrol.


Why Charles Manson's health crisis is shrouded in secrecy

Charles Manson was rushed from prison to a Bakersfield hospital this week, raising new questions about the health of the 83-year-old mass killer.


Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies at 85


Mel Tillis, the longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died.


Did actions by an LAPD officer specializing in MS-13 help a gang killer flee?

Los Angeles Times

The accusation against the Los Angeles gang cop was as strange as it was troubling.



Hidden underground bunker, tunnel with 1,000 bikes found in homeless encampment

As Orange County officials clear out homeless encampments along the Santa Ana River, they are making some unexpected discoveries.

Saturday, Nov 18


Designer Azzedine Alaia, known for clingy style, dies at 77

Tunisian-born designer Azzedine Alaia, a fashion iconoclast whose clingy styles helped define the 1980s and who dressed famous women from Hollywood to the White House, has died at age 77.


The house that sold for nearly $800,000 over asking price speaks to the inequity of California

Los Angeles Times

So my Aunt Mimi and my Aunt Marie opened the oven to take a look, and decided to lift it onto the counter for closer inspection.


Charles Manson's condition remains a mystery, but officials say he is still alive

Mass murderer Charles Manson remained alive Friday, authorities said, but details of the illness that brought him to a Bakersfield hospital remain unclear.


Satellite just launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base promises to improve weather warnings

A rocket carrying a new weather satellite was launched successfully from Vandenberg Air Force Base early Saturday, with plans to put the satellite in a polar orbit to help improve forecasting and hurricane tracking.


'Diaper bandit' led police on high-speed chase that severely injured 6-year-old girl, prosecutors say


A Los Angeles man suspected of being the so-called Diaper Bandit was charged Friday with stealing diapers from stores in the Long Beach area and leading police on a pursuit that ended with a crash that severely injured a 6-year-old child.


Cop's SUV careens onto sidewalk, killing two boys in Los Angeles County

Dropping to a knee, Luis Hernandez lit a small white candle and placed it beside a bed of flowers near the intersection where his little brothers’ lives ended the night before.

Friday, Nov 17


$6,000 gym shoes designed by Pharrell Williams stolen in Irvine

Police Friday asked for the public's help in tracking down two suspects who robbed an Irvine resident of a pair of gym shoes designed by singer Pharrell Williams that are worth at least $6,000.


Students get Thanksgiving dinners as part of anti-gang challenge


Fifteen students at Wilson Elementary School in Costa Mesa were among more than 800 who this week received a special delivery just in time for Thanksgiving.


From pot edibles to farming techniques, California sets marijuana rules

California released long-awaited rules Thursday that will govern the state’s emerging legal marijuana industry, while potentially opening the way for larger-scale cultivation that some fear could strangle small-farm growers.


13-year-old girl rescued, 39 arrested in human trafficking sting in Compton, authorities say

A human trafficking sting in Compton resulted in 39 arrests and the rescue of a 13-year-old girl, authorities said Friday.


From the Archives: 1952 flooding in Artesia


By mid-January 1952, Southern California had received 12 inches of rain — twice its normal total. Then a new storm added four inches.


His constant gunfire terrorized neighbors, but authorities could not prevent California gunman's rampage

Los Angeles Times

The screaming and gunfire coming from Kevin Neal’s blue mobile home last week was so disturbing that Jayne Barnes-Vinson called the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office to complain.

Radio DJ Helen Borgers, L.A.'s longtime voice of jazz, dies at 60

For decades Helen Borgers was a leading voice of jazz in L.A., a drive-time radio personality with a booming voice and an easy laugh.


UC regents admonish UC President Janet Napolitano for approval of interference in state audit

Los Angeles Times

University of California regents meeting on Thursday admonished UC President Janet Napolitano for agreeing to a plan that led to interference in a state audit on the operation of her office.

Thursday, Nov 16


Charles Manson hospitalized in Bakersfield; prison officials say he's still alive

Authorities confirmed Wednesday that mass murderer Charles Manson is back in a Bakersfield hospital, though the severity of his condition is unclear.


Online threats of violence against O.C. schools sparks fear, increased security

A series of online posts threatening violence against several Orange County schools has sparked fear on the campuses and prompted increased security.



From the Archives: Cree folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie gets Native Americans hired for 'The Virginian'


When popular folk singer Buffy Sainte-Marie accepted a lead role in one episode of “The Virginian,” she demanded that additional Native Americans be hired.


UC regents seek ways to expand financial support and speed graduation

University of California regents are looking at ways to make UC educations more affordable, including handing out grants for summer school and giving students multiyear financial aid commitments.


Body of man with anchor tied to his leg found in California lake

Sheriff’s deputies are investigating after the discovery of the body of a man in a lake near Lake Tahoe with a rope and anchor tied around his legs.

Tight security at O.C. schools despite arrest of student who threatened shooting on Instagram

Police are expected to maintain a stepped-up presence for the rest of the week at four Orange County schools named in an an online shooting threat, despite the arrest of a student who said the post was only a joke.