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LGBTQ college student is stabbed 20 times in an 'act of rage,' but was it a hate crime?

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They both went to high school at the elite Orange County School of the Arts, but the classmates weren’t particularly close.

California wanted to bridge the digital divide but left rural areas behind. Now that's about to change

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Over the last decade, California has made strides to close the gap between families with access to technology and online information and those without. But rural communities were left behind. A group of lawmakers last year set out to…

Kevin Spacey facing third criminal sex crime investigation by London's Met Police

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Actor Kevin Spacey is apparently the subject of a third sex crime investigation by London’s Metropolitan Police.

Unrest at state psychiatric hospital after crackdown on electronics: Patients were viewing child porn

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A crackdown on electronics at a state psychiatric hospital that houses people with histories of sexual violence has triggered “disruptive behavior” at the facility, with patients breaking windows, clogging toilets and throwing food,…

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AIDS Services Foundation rebrands, expands, leaving longtime supporters unhappy

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Laguna Beach residents Al Roberts and Ken Jillson founded AIDS Services Foundation (ASF) in 1985, eventually turning it into one of the county’s most respected HIV/AIDS nonprofit organizations. But the organization has changed its name to…

Democrats running for California governor need to stop talking about Trump and start talking about public pensions

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One thorny topic you won’t be hearing Democratic candidates for governor talking much about is California’s essential need for public pension reform.

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Earthquake: 4.1 quake strikes north of Santa Rosa, Calif.

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A shallow magnitude 4.1 earthquake was reported Wednesday evening two miles from Castle Rock Springs, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:55 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0 miles.

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Investigators are looking for 'person of interest' in Palmdale triple homicide

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Authorities on Wednesday identified a “person of interest” in last weekend’s triple homicide in Palmdale, in which a married couple and a son were found dead.

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Man suspected of sexually assaulting 14 prostitutes is charged

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A 35-year-old security guard suspected of sexually assaulting 14 women who worked as prostitutes has been charged with kidnapping and robbery after his latest victim escaped and alerted police, authorities said Wednesday.

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Landslide threatens three-story hillside home in Malibu

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An active landslide was threatening a three-story hillside home in Malibu on Wednesday, authorities said.

Three lion cubs debut at Wildlife Waystation

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Three lion cubs, born at the Wildlife Waystation on Sept. 14, made their public debut today in Lake View Terrace.

Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes southeast of San Jose

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A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Wednesday evening six miles from Coyote, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:41 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.1 miles.

North Hollywood bouncer gets jail time after punch knocks man into oncoming traffic, killing him

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A bouncer at a North Hollywood bar was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days in county jail after a man he punched fell into the street and was killed by oncoming traffic, officials said.

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Does the Hollywood sign need an electric shuttle, an aerial tram — or a second sign?

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How do you solve a problem like the Hollywood sign?

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101 Freeway remains closed as crews scramble to clear debris and mud

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A line of government officials spent Tuesday evening reassuring Santa Barbara residents that an army of workers, dump trucks and excavators was working to return their battered community to normal, though it may take some time.

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Paint companies could hand taxpayers the bill for hazardous lead paint cleanup under proposed California ballot measure

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A proposed November statewide ballot measure could allow three of the nation’s biggest paint companies to hand California taxpayers a bill for the cost of cleaning up health hazards caused by lead paint.

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Unrest breaks out at state psychiatric hospital after crackdown on electronic devices

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A California state psychiatric hospital housing mostly sexually violent predators has been locked down and visits canceled after a weekend protest over a crackdown on devices, such as flash drives, that officials say are often used to…

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Former classmate charged with murder in death of Blaze Bernstein

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Orange County prosecutors charged a former schoolmate of Ivy League college student Blaze Bernstein with murder on Wednesday.

200,000 bees die when vandals topple hives, pour gas on them

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A Prunedale, Calif., man says vandals toppled 100 beehives and killed hundreds of thousands of bees after dousing them with diesel fuel.

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Essential California: A house of horrors in Perris

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Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Jan. 17, and here’s what’s happening across California:; TOP STORIES; On the scene When Riverside County sheriff’s deputies entered the Perris house where a…

Wednesday, Jan 17

In Perris, a house of horrors hidden in plain sight

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It was usually after midnight when Mike Clifford spotted the children from the house across the street.

Essential Politics: When a president’s physical becomes big news

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Even in an era when the discourse surrounding the presidency has been remarkable, this sentence in the White House press briefing room stands out.

Mondrian shooter was angry WeHo hotel made him get rid of his marijuana, authorities say

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A gunman fired several rounds outside the upscale Mondrian hotel in West Hollywood on Tuesday evening in a fit of rage after the hotel staff made him get rid of his marijuana, authorities said.

L.A. County sheriff's deputy charged with selling drugs and offering to protect dealers

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A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with operating a large-scale drug trafficking scheme in which he boasted that he hired other law enforcement officers to provide security to dealers and could assault people for his…

Tuesday, Jan 16

Do moon phases produce big earthquakes? Study debunks that idea

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Huge earthquakes are not significantly influenced by the moon, a new study says.

Children found shackled and malnourished in Southern California home; parents arrested

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Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, Jan. 16, and here’s what’s happening across California:; TOP STORIES; Nightmarish scene A husband and wife are in custody on suspicion of torture and child…

Temporary trailers for homeless people planned on downtown city lot

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Los Angeles city leaders are planning to house dozens of homeless people in trailers on a city-owned downtown lot as a possible model for citywide temporary shelters.

101 Freeway is expected to reopen in a week as search for mudslide victims continues

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As the search continued for more victims of the Montecito mudslides, officials said they hoped to have the 101 Freeway opened by next Monday.

Monday, Jan 15

Inmate missing from Chino prison

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Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from a Southern California prison.

Essential California: Mud, darkness and destruction turned Montecito into death trap

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Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and here’s what’s happening across California:; TOP STORIES; Deadly mudslides Montecito residents thought their community…

Is Gov. Brown's proposal for a public online community college a good idea? Some educators say no

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Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to create a statewide community college that offers only online courses seems headed for a bruising legislative brawl.

Thousands gather to mourn Montecito mudslide victims as death toll climbs to 20

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Soon after the sun set over Santa Barbara, Ann Hagan grabbed a marker and wrote a short message to the 20 strangers who died in the devastating Montecito mudslides.

Sunday, Jan 14

Mud, darkness and destruction turned Montecito into death trap

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The realization that houses might simply vanish didn’t start to set in until a 30-foot tree trunk barreled by.

For nearly 40 minutes, Hawaii thought the end was near. Why did it take so long to learn missile alert was a mistake?

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It was a nice morning on the Big Island of Hawaii as Kevin and Pamela Spitze drove to an art show in Hilo when the words popped up on Kevin’s cellphone screen: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER.”

Heat wave breaks records in Southland; Lake Forest is hottest place in U.S.

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Days after Southern California saw the first significant rain in nearly a year, the region fell back into summer-like winter with a heat wave that set new records.

Death toll in Montecito mudslide rises to 19, while 101 Freeway will remain closed indefinitely

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As the death toll in the Montecito mudslides increased to 19 on Saturday, officials announced that the 101 Freeway would remain closed indefinitely.

Saturday, Jan 13

Essential California: Remembering the victims of Montecito's mudslides

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Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Jan. 13. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend:; TOP STORIES Their stories: The 17 victims identified in the Montecito mudslides were children and…

Among mudslide victims were children and retirees, longtime residents and immigrants

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Peter Fleurat and his partner, Lalo Barajas, wanted to ride out the storm together.

Death toll from Montecito mudslide rises to 18

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The number of people killed in the Montecito mudslides increased to 18 Friday as rescuers continued searching for seven missing people.

Who they were: The victims of the Montecito mudslides

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At least 18 people were killed in the massive mudslides in Montecito. These are their names and stories.