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Wildfires: The (long) season of living dangerously


A badly burned body has been found in a transient camp in Carlsbad – the first apparent death connected to a series of wildfires ranging in San Diego County. At least five fires continue to burn, with homes threatened and thousands of residents under mandatory evacuation orders. Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of trying to spark brush fires in Escondido and investigators …

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LAPD officers may have lied about violent ‘ambush’


When two L.A. police officers were attacked by a gunman outside the Mid-City station last year, Chief Charlie Beck called it – quote – “a blatant attempt to assassinate two of the people who protect the community.” By now the L.A. Times reports questions are being raised about whether the attack happened at all. A new report by LAPD Inspector General Alex Bustamante says …

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No DWP hikes, early 405 opening, and a business tax cut


Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his first state of the city address tonight, saying that the problems facing L.A. are not new – but, he said new solutions are needed.
“It is time for a modern mayor to help build a new city government, focused on four cornerstones: a well-run government, a strong economy, a high quality of life, and public safety,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti …

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LAPD officers pulled the plug on patrol car recorders


LAPD officers tampered with recording devices inside of patrol cars to avoid being monitored while on duty. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck learned of the tampering last summer – but the problem did not come to the attention of the L.A. Police Commission until months later. The L.A. Times says Beck chose not to investigate who was responsible but instead issued warnings against further attempts …

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Dodgers kick off home season amid off-field turmoil


The Dodgers have high hopes of reaching the World Series this year, but as they get set for their home opener today at Chavez Ravine all is not well off the field. In spite of a roster stocked with high-priced talent, most of the local chatter about the team early on has revolved around lack of access to SportsNet L.A., the club’s new cable …

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New era of standardized tests for California students


Schools statewide are rolling out new standardized tests this week – and for the first time all the tests will be taken on a computer. The new exams also reflect the switch to the new Common Core educational curriculum. They’re designed to demand deeper thinking than the old standardized tests. Instead of relying exclusively on multiple choice questions, the tests require students to come …

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Marijuana backers back away from California, for now


A national coalition that led the push for legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington has decided to hold off on a similar ballot measure in California this year. Instead, the coalition will wait until 2016 to try to qualify its initiative. Two other groups are gathering signatures in an effort to get legalization measures on this ballot this year. But neither of those …

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Mixer: More than a case of mistaken ID in Dorner-related shooting

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It’s been a year to the day since Los Angeles Police officers shot at a pickup truck in Torrance they thought belonged to fugitive and ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.
Dorner had been fired from the force, written an internet manifesto alleging a culture of discrimination and intimidation, and went on a killing spree against those he believed were behind his firing.
The pickup truck, which was …

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Officers faulted for shooting during Dorner manhunt


More than half a dozen LAPD officers who mistakenly shot at two women delivering newspapers during the manhunt for Christopher Dorner are facing discipline that could range from a slap on the wrist to dismissal. The department’s oversight panel says the officers violated LAPD policy when they collectively fired their weapons more than 100 times. One of the women was shot twice in the …

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Timeline: The legacy of Sheriff Lee Baca

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca announces his retirement during a news conference at Los Angeles County Sheriff's headquarters in Monterey Park , California January 7, 2014. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters

Today, John Scott replaces Lee Baca as sheriff of Los Angeles County. Baca served for 15 years. When he announced his retirement back in January, he said, “I don’t see myself as the future. I see myself as part of the past.” It’s a past plagued by scandals, including abuse at the county jails. We take a look at his tenure going all the …

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‘Gravity’ and ‘American Hustle’ lead Oscar hopefuls


“American Hustle” and “Gravity” cemented their Oscar frontrunner status with 10 Academy Award nominations apiece, including nods for best picture and best director. “12 Years a Slave” was also nominated in those categories, and received a total of nine nominations. There were nine films nominated for best picture this year, one short of the maximum. In addition the aforementioned trio, the nominees are “Philomena,” …

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Foes of denser, taller Hollywood cheer court ruling


A judge says a zoning blueprint for denser development in Hollywood is fatally flawed. Approved last year, the Hollywood development plan cleared the way for denser projects and taller buildings. But Superior Court Judge Allan J. Goodman says the city didn’t fully consider the environmental impacts of such development. He’s ordered the city to rescind the plan and to stop issuing new permits. A …

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Police cracking down on jaywalking in downtown LA

A downtown Los Angeles crosswalk. Photo by Cameron Parkins via Flickr/CC.

This holiday season maybe you’re thinking about going to downtown Los Angeles to shop, see a show, go ice skating.
Well, make sure you obey the walk/don’t walk signs at intersections, and don’t cross in the middle of the street. The police are cracking down on jaywalkers downtown.
KCRW’s Madeleine Brand has this story:

Here’s what it could cost you if you get a ticket for jaywalking: …

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So Cal has close encounter with a meteor


Did you see it? A meteor streaked over California, momentarily lighting up night skies from Fresno to the Mexican border. Skygazers were hoping to catch a glimpse as meteor shower known as the South Taurids made its annual flyby. But few were expecting to see the huge fireball and a flash in the southern sky that hit around 8:15. Sightings were reported as far …

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Is California falling short of long-term clean air goals?


California won’t meet long-term goals for reducing the greenhouse gases believed to be a major factor behind climate change without making major policy changes. The state wants to cut emissions to 80 percent of 1990 levels by the year 2050. A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that emissions will drop significantly by 2030, but then they’ll begin to increase because of …

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Police check on accused LAX shooter came too late


The LAPD received a warning from the family of suspected LAX shooter Paul Ciancia that apparently came just moments too late. CNN reports Ciancia sent text messages to relatives before the shooting – saying that something bad was going to happen. One family member called local police, who contacted the LAPD. Officers reportedly apparently went to Ciancia’s apartment to check on him about 45 …

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Who’s planting dry ice bombs at LAX?


Another dry ice bomb has exploded at LAX, and authorities found two more of the devices that didn’t go off. The latest explosion – the second in as many days – happened around 8 p.m. last night when a dry ice bomb detonated outside the Tom Bradley Terminal. No one was injured and the blast had only a minimal effect on airport operations. Police …

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Uninsured Californians rush to check out Obamacare


It wasn’t exactly smooth, but California officials have enrolled the state’s first customers under the landmark healthcare reform known as Obamacare. Covered California – the state’s new health exchange – recorded more than five million hits on its web site on its first day from people interested in obtaining coverage. The state’s call centers fielded more than 17,000 calls. California has more than five …

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Anaheim could be shut out by Angels name change; Woman fell from LAPD car; LAUSD iPad costs go up


Name game. First they were the California Angels. And then the Anaheim Angels. Now they are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but perhaps not for long. There’s another name change in the offing for the professional baseball team that plays in Orange County.
Arte Moreno – the Angel’s billionaire owner – took a lot of flak from local fans when he changed the …

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Leonard: Novelist who skewered Hollywood dies at 87; State can force feed striking prisoners; Tahoe dispute


Elmore Leonard. Crime novelist Elmore Leonard has died, two weeks after suffering a stroke.
Leonard published more than 40 novels and many were made into Hollywood films. Among them: “Get Shorty” and “3:10 to Yuma.” More recently, he served as executive producer of the TV drama series “Justified” on FX.
Leonard’s works were populated by schemers, con men and casual killers. He was noted for his …

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