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Woman found dead in 'suspicious' Los Angeles apartment fire
LOS ANGELES - A woman was found dead in a fire-damaged apartment in the Crenshaw district today, and the cause of the fire “appears to be suspicious,” the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. The elderly woman was found in the residence around ...

Before 'Mob City': A look back at the mobsters of LA on screen
The six-part "Mob City" takes viewers back to an era of Los Angeles history when the most sinister threat to the city wasn't gridlock but mobsters. Postwar L.A. was a boom time that attracted a fair number of notorious criminal figures who left a ...

LA Cracks Down on "Addictive" E-Cigarettes
LA Cracks Down on "Addictive" E-Cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes will soon face the same regulations as tobacco products, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously decided Tuesday. By Samia Khan and Conan Nolan. | Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013 | Updated ...

Nearly 1 in 5 live in poverty in Southern California, study finds
More than 3 million people in the six-county Southern California region lived in poverty in 2012, 18% of the total population, officials said Wednesday. The figure represents a 69% increase since 1990, which is nearly three times the rate of population ...

LA cold snap: Temperatures expected to sink lower tonight
Bad news for Southern Californians who thought Wednesday night's cold was horrible. It's only going to get worse. Believe it or not, Mother Nature gave the region a gift overnight Wednesday with a light blanket of clouds and some light wind to ...

A Hypnotherapist Built a Career on Alien Abductions, and Her Experiences May ...
A Hypnotherapist Built a Career on Alien Abductions, and Her Experiences May ...

Taraji P. Henson to star in Pasadena Playhouse's 'Above the Fold'
The Pasadena Playhouse announced Thursday that Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) will star in the world premiere of “Above the Fold.” Written by former New York Times correspondent Bernard Weinraub, ...

2015 Mustang- L.A. One of Six Cities Featuring 2015 Mustang
Gayle Anderson was live in Hollywood, where the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang made its international debut. Gayle learned Los Angeles is one of six cities on four continents featuring the redesigned vehicle. Share ...

LA Gas Station's Banksy Goes on the Block
Banksy's "Flower Girl" first showed up at a gas station at La Brea and Beverly Boulevards a half decade ago. Julien's of Beverly Hills will auction the piece on Thursday, Dec. 5. (detail displayed). advertisement. Banksy's name almost never appears in ...

Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, veteran LA school trustee, dies
Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, the most veteran member of the Los Angeles Board of Education, has died, the L.A. Unified School District confirmed Thursday. The 80-year-old retired administrator was the longtime principal at Washington Preparatory High ...

Holiday markets: Remodelista, Unique LA, Renegade, Echo Park fair
Holiday markets are popping up all over town, offering shopping alternatives for holiday gifts and entertaining needs. From Santa Ana to downtown L.A., design enthusiasts can shop for handmade goods at pop-up markets. We offer a quick roundup. Feel ...

The feisty legacy of LA school board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte
Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte was for the last several years on the losing side of the Los Angeles Unified school board. Her strong alliance with United Teachers Los Angeles and her dislike of most charter schools and of various reform efforts were at ...

Court panel appears skeptical of LA ban on homeless living in cars
A federal appeals court on Thursday appeared to be leaning toward striking down a Los Angeles city ban on homeless people living in their cars or recreational vehicles on public streets and in parking lots. "It's very hard to figure out what you're ...

LA accuses two big banks of discriminatory mortgage lending
Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer on Thursday filed lawsuits alleging discriminatory lending practices against Citigroup and Wells Fargo, two of the nation's largest banks. The lawsuits, filed in U.S. federal court, allege that the banks engaged in a ...

LA cold snap: Snow, rain, heavy wind expected to hit region
The cold weather is expected to get colder when rain, heavy winds and up to six inches of snow hit Southern California beginning late Friday, forecasters say. Rain will begin falling in Ventura and Los Angeles counties late Friday and Saturday before ...

Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte dies at 80; LA school board member was a critic ...
Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte dies at 80; LA school board member was a critic ...

LA cold snap: Fast-moving winter storm expected to affect travel
A cold weather system headed toward L.A. County is expected to push snow levels down to 3,000 feet Saturday, prompting road closure alerts and warnings that travel on the Grapevine could be affected. The storm system could bring 1 to 3 inches of snow ...

Banksy mural from LA gas station sells for $209000 at auction
Banksy has proved bankable in Beverly Hills. The mysterious British street artist's "Flower Girl" mural, which he stenciled onto the wall of a Los Angeles gas station in 2008, was sold for $209,000 Thursday evening at Julien's Auctions, where it was ...

Los Angeles Tributes Planned for Nelson Mandela
A candelight vigil celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and freedom fighter, is set to be held at Leimert Park at 5 p.m. Friday. Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, made an impact on thousands when he ...

LA Now Live: Discuss union challenges to recent DWP deal
Discuss a challenge to a deal between Los Angeles and the Department of Water and Power union at 9 a.m. today with reporter David Zahniser. A coalition of Los Angeles employee unions is challenging key provisions of the labor agreement struck by ...

I-5 widening project will connect LA to Orange County in a bigger way
Motorists drive on the 5 Freeway as construction continues for the freeway expansion near the Carmenita bridge in Santa Fe Springs on Monday, November 25, 2013. (Keith Durflinger / Staff Photographer) ...

Two options for LA school board in filling Marguerite LaMotte's seat
The death this week of Los Angeles school board member Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte will have immediate pragmatic and political implications for L.A. Unified, including the challenge of how to fill her vacant seat. The veteran board member was found ...

$100 gift limit should stick for LA city officials, says panel
In the spirit of the holiday season, the Los Angeles City Council's Rules, Elections and Intergovernmental Relations Committee members on Friday voted to agree with the public and not increase the amount they receive in gifts. The proposal, an ...

Deputies Concerned About Safety At Sunday's Paul Walker Fan Tribute In ...
Deputies Concerned About Safety At Sunday's Paul Walker Fan Tribute In ...

Any budding Banksys in LA? Now's your chance.
Now that Los Angeles has lifted a ban on public art murals in some single-family neighborhoods and will allow people to erect murals on the sides of their houses, garages and fences, perhaps there is a Banksy-in-the-making out there. That certainly ...

Holiday shopping off of LA's beaten path
We love our shopping malls and big box stores, but sometimes the right place to find a holiday gift is slightly off the beaten path. What follows is a brief survey of a few such establishments: BEATRICE VALENZUELA, ECHO PARK. Four years ago, Mexico ...

Hawthorne Stabbing Victim Identified As 25-Year-Old Woman
HAWTHORNE (CBSLA.com) — Police have identified a woman stabbed to death in Hawthorne Friday morning. The Los Angeles County coroner's office identified the victim as 25-year-old Samantha Diaz. A family member who lives nearby discovered Diaz's ...

Recommendation of Dominican Republic destination surprises reader
Regarding the Readers Recommend column [Dec. 1]: I was surprised at the L.A. Times' timing and insensitivity in printing a reader's recommendation of a resort in the Dominican Republic, given that government's recent act of stripping the citizenship of ...

Nelson Mandela to be Memorialized at South LA Church
Nelson Mandela, who died at the age of 95 Thursday, will be honored at a memorial service in LA this morning at First A.M.E. Church. Thousands of people were expected to attend and pay their respects. Tena Ezzeddine reports from South LA for Today in ...

Thousands To Join LA County Social Workers' Strike
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A strike by Los Angeles County children's social workers is expanding as thousands more county workers join the picket line. A spokesman with the Service Employees International Union Local 721 said up to 10,000 Department of ...


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