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Explosion at Canoga Park home leaves one person injured


An explosion at a Canoga Park home Wednesday afternoon left one person injured, officials said.

Baldwin Park's former police chief sues city over his firing; city says he had acted inappropriately


Baldwin Park's former police chief — who was fired after just 49 days on the job — is now suing the city alleging that he was discriminated against because he is Latino and because he complained that a council member had asked him to fix a…

Essential California: A deadly earthquake rocks Mexico — and is a reminder for California


Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Sept. 20, and here’s what’s happening across California:; TOP STORIES; Deadly earthquake rocks Mexico A magnitude 7.1 earthquake shook central Mexico on…

Teen stumbles on wallet loaded with $1,500 in cash, then makes a fateful decision


When Tyler Opdyke spotted a wallet loaded with $1,500 on the driveway of a home in the Sacramento area last week, the soon-to-be college student got excited.

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California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra plans to announce a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of the state that will challenge President Trump's proposal to build a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, a project Becerra has called "medieval."Becerra is…

L.A. city attorney targets hard-partying homes in Hollywood Hills


It’s a common occurrence in the affluent Hollywood Hills: Homeowners and property managers rent out their homes to short-term guests who throw raucous events flowing with booze, loud music and hundreds of attendees.

L.A. reaches settlement with First Amendment Coalition over retaining public records


A legal battle over records tied to former Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge will be settled after the city reached an agreement on retaining city documents.


L.A. County probation officer accused of sex abuse pleads guilty to assaulting girls at juvenile hall


A Los Angeles County probation officer pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of assault after he was accused of sexually abusing several female inmates at a Santa Clarita juvenile hall, prosecutors said.

School district failed to investigate sex abuse allegations against Redlands teacher, lawsuit claims

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Four former high school students are suing the Redlands Unified School District, alleging they were sexually harassed and abused by a teacher, but were told to keep quiet when they reported his behavior to school officials.

Key hearing in Robert Durst murder case postponed until April

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A Los Angeles County judge on Wednesday delayed Robert Durst’s preliminary hearing, which means the New York real estate scion won’t know until next year whether the judge believes there’s enough evidence for him to face trial for murder.

Cal State trustees approve raises for top executives


Cal State trustees unanimously approved a salary increase for top executives at the end of a two-day meeting in which they also discussed budget shortfalls, enrollment growth and protections for immigration students.


Why some buildings crumbled and others survived the Mexico City quake: A sober lesson for California


A building that survived the last earthquake will not necessarily survive the next one.


Earthquake: 3.8 quake strikes near Wengler


A shallow magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Wednesday morning four miles from Wengler, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:10 a.m. PDT time at a depth of 10.6 miles.


Airline passengers arriving in California from Mexico City describe feeling quake from the tarmac


Passengers aboard a flight from Mexico City to San Francisco on Tuesday described what it was like to feel the country’s massive earthquake from the tarmac just as their flight was scheduled to take off.


L.A. County approves $3.9-million settlement for minor assaulted in juvenile hall


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $3.9-million settlement Tuesday in a federal civil rights lawsuit involving an assault on a minor at one of the county’s juvenile halls.


More than 200 killed as powerful 7.1 earthquake strikes central Mexico

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A powerful 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing homes and bridges across hundreds of miles, killing at least 217 people and sending thousands more fleeing into the streets screaming in a country still reeling from a…


Invasive mosquito population up 330% in Orange County; officials urge residents to take precautions


The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District alerted residents this week to a large spike in the number of invasive Aedes mosquitoes.


Ref Rodriguez, facing criminal charges, resigns as L.A. school board president

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Less than three months into his role as president of the Los Angeles Board of Education, Ref Rodriguez announced Tuesday that he would step down from that post to spare the school district the distraction of a criminal case filed against…


Cal State faculty take a stand against 'hasty' plans to loosen course requirements


Cal State faculty spoke out Tuesday about what they called “hasty” recent decisions to drop remedial classes and loosen math requirements by next fall.


Softball coach is accused of molesting 2 girls; O.C. prosecutors are searching for more victims


A Laguna Niguel girls softball coach who serves on the board of directors of UCI’s Alumni Assn. has been accused of molesting two 10-year-old girls.

Wednesday, Sep 20

Man who killed Fox executive having an affair with his wife gets 11 years in prison

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Evan Smith's voice got louder then turned to a hiss. He clenched his jaw and glared at the man in handcuffs — a convicted drug dealer who beat his father to death and buried him in a shallow grave.

Tuesday, Sep 19

Magnitude 3.6 earthquake near Westwood jolts parts of L.A.

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A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was felt in Los Angeles on Monday night, particularly on the Westside and in the San Fernando Valley.

Essential California: A family returns to Mexico with U.S.-born children in tow


Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Sept. 19, and here’s what’s happening across California:; TOP STORIES A family returns to Mexico with U.S.-born children in tow

LAPD seeks suspect who vandalized Los Feliz Sikh temple, threatened witness


Los Angeles police have identified a suspect who wrote a pair of hateful screeds on the outside of a Sikh temple in Los Feliz and threatened to slit the throat of a witness who caught the incident on video, investigators said Monday.

Milo Yiannopoulous' far-right Berkeley event is set to occur at birthplace of 1960s free speech movement


A multi-day series of political speeches promoted by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulous at UC Berkelely next week will occur mostly outdoors instead of within two rarefied campus halls as initially planned.

Monday, Sep 18

Engineer who sold military secrets to phony Russian spy sentenced to 5 years in prison


A satellite engineer who sold military secrets to an undercover FBI agent he believed to be a Russian spy was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison.

A would-be mugger handed a woman a note on BART train saying guns were pointed at her, so she faked a seizure


A woman was riding a Bay Area Rapid Transit train on Friday afternoon when someone behind her handed her an ominous note.

Essential California: San Diego confronts a hepatitis outbreak, in the shadow of a homeless crisis


Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Sept. 18, and here’s what’s happening across California:; TOP STORIES; Hepatitis outbreak fear Though Los Angeles has so far escaped an outbreak of hepatitis A…

Two motorcyclists killed in head-on crash on Ortega Highway


Two motorcyclists were killed in a head-on collision Sunday on a winding stretch of the Ortega Highway west of Lake Elsinore, officials said.

Sunday, Sep 17

5 Freeway in Boyle Heights re-opened hours after police shooting forced closure

A stretch of the northbound 5 Freeway in Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights was shut down for more than 10 hours Sunday morning after California Highway Patrol officers shot and killed a knife-wielding pedestrian on the freeway, officials…

Homeless man beaten with skateboard in 'unprovoked' attack is placed on life support, San Diego police say


A homeless man was placed on life support after being beaten with a skateboard early Saturday in what witnesses told police appeared to be an unprovoked attack.

Swarm of bees stings several people in Monterey Park, sending at least one to hospital


A swarm of bees stung a group of shoppers and one firefighter in Monterey Park on Saturday afternoon, sending at least one person to the hospital, authorities said.

California 'sanctuary' bill gets support from law enforcement, rebuke from Trump administration


California’s new “sanctuary state” bill limiting local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents drew support Saturday from Los Angeles officials, but a stinging rebuke from the Trump Administration, whose justice…

Saturday, Sep 16

Essential California: UCLA shuts pharmacy after state finds it sent out drugs with expired, potentially dangerous ingredients


Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Sept. 16. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:; TOP STORIES; What’s happening here? A UCLA pharmacy was closed after the state found it sent out…

Federal prison bureau employee arrested in fatal shooting at L.A. bar


A U.S. Bureau of Prisons employee fatally shot a man and injured another outside a Los Angeles bar and then fled to Mexico before he was arrested, authorities said Friday.

Chefs react angrily as federal appeals court upholds California ban on foie gras

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California may once again scrape foie gras off restaurant plates, after judges ruled in favor of a ban on the delicacy made by force feeding ducks and geese.

Gunman was facing deportation when he shot popular community volunteer, police say


Federal agents were tracking a young immigrant who was facing deportation when he fatally shot a popular community volunteer during a robbery in San Francisco, authorities said Friday.