Paying a big legal settlement is sometimes a better alternative than going to trial – especially when trial means the release of lots of potentially damning details.
That appears to be what the Boy Scouts of America was thinking when it settled a lawsuit filed by a man who was abused by a Scout volunteer eight years ago, when he was 13-years-old.
The settlement came three …
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An endangered Sierra Nevada red fox has been spotted in Yosemite for the first time in nearly 100 years.
The rare and elusive animal was captured twice on motion-sensitive cameras that were placed in the national park’s remote high-country by the Yosemite Conservancy– once this month and once last month.
Park officials say that only about 50 Sierra Nevada red foxes survive in the wild. The …
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Batgirl took a beating, and now Mr. Incredible is going to jail.
A Hollywood Boulevard superhero smackdown that was captured on video and became a YouTube hit has resulted in a battery conviction for 35-year-old man. It’s also led to fresh concerns that a proliferation of costumed, tip-seeking characters is getting out of hand in the epicenter of L.A. tourism.
Muhammet Bilik – who was dressed …
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Uncle Sam paid out more than $3 billion to Californians to subsidize their health insurance under Obamacare last year.
That money went to about 80,000 households – with an average annual subsidy of about $5,200, according to Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange.
Folks getting subsidies paid about $1.1 billion in healthcare premiums themselves. That means that for every dollar they spent, the government spent …
Citing a “cascade of reform,” the Humane Society has once again named California the most animal-friendly state in the country.
It’s the sixth straight year California has held that title. Oregon placed second and Illinois was third.
The Humane Society says California has passed more laws to combat animal cruelty than any other state. Those include a law that took effect this month requiring that egg-laying …
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Hedge fund billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer says he won’t run for Barbara Boxer’s Senate seat in 2016. That could make things a little easier for state Attorney General Kamala Harris, the one Democrat so far to commit to the race.
Steyer – a Bay Area businessman and climate change activist – says he seriously considered making a run for the Senate. But Steyer …
Newport Beach residents enjoy the highest quality of life in California – and people who live in Watts are on the other end of the scale, with the worst quality of life.
That’s among the findings of a new report that looks at income, life expectancy and educational attainment and scores neighborhoods throughout the Golden State.
The study by the nonprofit Social Sciences Research Council says …
Updated: Jan. 20 3:29 pm
Dozens of California community colleges have been selected to be among the first in the state to offer four-year degrees.
The bachelor degree programs are slated to begin in the fall of 2017 – and they’re designed to help close an education gap that some believe could threaten the Golden State’s economic future.
Thirty-four of the state’s 112 community colleges applied to the …
L.A. baseball fans could be in for another blue bummer this year.
Far from being resolved in the offseason, the dispute that’s kept Dodgers games out of about 70 percent of the region’s homes has become increasingly tangled.
Dodgers Chairman Mark Walter says there have been no new negotiations to end the pricing tiff between Time Warner Cable and other TV providers. Time Warner owns the …
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The United States, Mexico and Canada negotiated the groundbreaking hemispheric trade agreement known as NAFTA 20 years ago. Now, a controversial and long-delayed part of that pact looks like it’s finally ready to be enacted – and it will have an impact on California drivers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration – a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation – will soon make a …
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Looking for someplace new to live in the New Year?
If so, you might be interested in a certain famous property in Toluca Lake The house that Bob and Dolores Hope lived in for decades is back on the market – and at a reduced price.
Granted, the Hope house isn’t for everyone. The eight bedroom, 5.2-acre estate is listed for $23 million. But hey, that’s …
So far, seven sheriff’s officials have been convicted of obstructing an FBI investigation into inmate beatings and corruption inside the huge L.A. jail system. None of those officials held high-ranking positions, however. And critics of the investigation say low-ranking officers and deputies are taking the blame for problems that stemmed from larger management failures.
But the probe isn’t over. The L.A. Times reports that at …
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Endangered California condors are some of the most closely monitored creatures in the history of the animal kingdom.
Tens of millions of dollars and monumental human effort has gone into bringing the giant vultures back from the brink of extinction.
So it came as a huge surprise when biologists discovered that a pair of condors in the Big Sur flock sneaked off and mated – producing …
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Have you been keeping tabs on those two climbers trying to make it to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park?
Well, things are going pretty well for one of the men – but not so hot for the other.
Kevin Jorgeson, a 30-year-old from Santa Rosa, California, and Tommy Caldwell, a 36-year-old from Colorado, started their ascent nearly two weeks ago. They’re trying …
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Managers and directors of a controversial Vernon battery recycling plant are the target of a new lawsuit that says they they’re directly responsible for sickening children who live nearby.
The suit was filed by three law firms against Exide Technologies officials on behalf of more than 60 children. Another suit is expected to be filed on behalf of adults who live near the plant.
The suit …
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Will permanently shutting the southbound Barham Boulevard onramp to the 101 Freeway to make way for muggles actually improve traffic in the Cahuenga Pass?
That’s what NBC/Universal says – but Studio City and Hollywood residents aren’t buying it.
Opposition from neighbors is building to Caltrans’ plan to eliminate the Barham onramp to accommodate a $1.6 billion expansion of Universal Studios – The Wizarding World of Harry …
The debate over how best to provide a quality education to students learning English shows no signs of cooling down in California.
In the first review of its kind, the state has identified about 350,000 students who have attended California schools for seven years or more and who still cannot speak English fluently.
Among those students, about 90,000 are classified as “long-term English learners,” because they’ve …
You can cross the San Diego Chargers off the list of NFL teams that might be moving to L.A. next year.
The Chargers have announced they’ll be staying put in 2015.
The Chargers, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders are all operating on a year-to-year stadium leases. And that’s led to a lot of speculation that one – or possibly two of those teams – could …
Mayor Eric Garcetti and a team of advisers will be in the Bay Area today – trying to convince the U.S. Olympic Organizing Committee that L.A.’s the place for the 2024 Summer Games.
The L.A. bid faces competition from three other U.S. cities: San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. After hearing proposals from all four today, the USOC will make its decision later this month …
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More California kindergartners got their immunization shots before starting school this year than last year, reversing a decade-long trend. The number of parents who filed “personal belief” forms exempting their kids from getting vaccinated dropped 20 percent this school year.
The Sacramento Bee reports the decline corresponds to the introduction of a new form that requires parents to get a doctor’s signature that acknowledges they’ve …