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LA Celebrates New Years Day With The 125th Rose Parade
(FOX 11 / CNS) Top awards went to the City of Glendale and Dole Packaged Foods, as final preparations were underway for the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena. The Governor's Award for best depiction of life in California went to "Let's Be ...

As schools give students computers, price of LA's program stands out
The Perris Union High School District is paying $344 apiece for a Chromebook for every student. Nearby, Riverside Unified purchased a variety of devices, including the Kindle Fire and iPad Mini, for as low as $150 each. In San Diego Unified, some ...

Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect For LA Shoppers
KNX 1070′s Margaret Carrero reports starting Wednesday, the city of Los Angeles is now the largest in the U.S. to ban single-use plastic bags at major grocery stores. play pause. Plastic Bag Ban Takes Effect For LA Shoppers; Margaret Carrero. Shoppers ...

Police: Stray Bullet From Celebratory NYE Gunfire Struck Man In His Head
The unidentified victim is expected to recover after suffering head wounds from what police say was celebratory gunfire. (Photo credit: CBS). Related Tags: Bullets, Eve, Gunfire, Highland Park, Man, New Year's, Wounded. Top Features. CBSLA iPhone App ...

Thousands of L.A. City Workers Receive New Year's Pay Hike
The New Year brought a new pay increase to thousands of workers in the city of Los Angeles, officials confirmed. Street-Repairs. An employee from the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services repairs a pothole (Credit: KTLA). Starting January 1, about 13 ...

LA city employees receive last in a costly series of raises
At least 13,000 Los Angeles city employees received a 5.5% raise Wednesday, the final piece of a salary agreement that became a major financial burden during the recent economic downturn. The pay hike means a majority of workers with the Coalition of ...

New Report Finds Dialing Most Dangerous Driving Distraction
PANORAMA CITY (CBSLA.com) — Drivers have heard of the dangers of texting and driving, but a new study finds dialing and driving could be even more hazardous. In a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday, researchers ...

Gas prices in Los Angeles, Orange counties set New Year's Day record
LOS ANGELES - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose a half-cent Wednesday to a record amount for New Year's Day, $3.694, erasing the previous record of $3.655, set in 2012. Prices are typically lower in ...

Protesters arrested while trying to disrupt Tournament of Roses parade
Before the Michigan State Spartans defeated the Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl football game, the Tournament of Roses parade proceeded through the streets of Pasadena, as it usually does. This year, however, protesters attempted to disrupt the ...

City employees receive another pay raise for the new year
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for city-hall-with-palms An automatic increase built into the contract for about 13,000 City Hall workers delivered a 5.5 percent raise on January 1, "the final piece of a salary agreement that ...

Homicide suspected after woman's body found inside Wilmington motel
Los Angeles police homicide investigators continued their probe Thursday into the death of a woman whose body was found inside a Wilmington motel room. The body of 45-year-old Alicia Espinoza of Long Beach was found inside a room at Oscar's Motel, ...

Sexiest Sportswriters Of 2013 In Los Angeles
It is that time of the year to compound indignities upon indignities and highlight the sexiest sportswriters in Los Angeles. It's a short list. One does not become a sportswriter for the eye candy unless jowls, second and third chins and bloated guts ...

Body found inside car in Tujunga Wash
Authorities on Thursday were investigating how a car wound up crashed in Tujunga Wash in Studio City with a body inside, and how that person died. The car was discovered about 7:15 a.m. Thursday morning in the concrete-lined stream off the northbound ...

LAX Passengers Face Post-Holiday Travel Rush, Northeast Storm
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The holiday season may be over, but Thursday is still expected to be one of the busiest travel days at Southland airports. An estimated 200,000 passengers will pass through LAX, where streets leading up to the airport are ...

DUI Arrests Up This Year In LA County
Are people just not getting the message or what? Every year, especially around Christmas and New Year's, there are what seems to be an infinite number of news stories, public service announcements, press conferences, even scare tactics regarding the ...

LA trails most cities in office rental market recovery
Office vacancy rates continued to decline in most cities during the fourth quarter of 2013, prompting landlords to ask for higher rents in more than half of the country. U.S. office buildings absorbed 14.3 million square feet of empty space in the ...

Free hog dinner at Bludso's, Jeff Michaud at Animal, and a feast for the nose
Bludso's Bar & Que is having a free hog dinner Monday in honor of the BCS title game. The restaurant will serve a whole smoked pig to customers on a first-come-first-serve basis until the meat runs out. The full regular menu will also be available, as ...

Architect expected to plead guilty to causing firefighter's death
A German architect accused of improperly installing a fireplace in his Hollywood Hills mansion, leading to a firefighter's death in February 2011, is expected to plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter Friday. Firefighters and prosecutors, though, are ...

Dozens Of Southland Flights Canceled Due To Hercules
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Travelers Friday were dealing with cancellations and long delays at LAX due to winter storm Hercules, which is wreaking havoc on the East Coast. New York's John F. Kennedy Airport was shut down for several hours Friday ...

Snapchat Plans To Make More Secure Version Of Its App
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Snapchat says it plans to put out a more secure version of its application following a breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users. The disappearing-message service popular ...

Rose McGowan -- I WITNESSED a Knockout Game Attack ... In L.A.
Rose McGowan says she personally witnessed a knockout game attack in L.A. yesterday ... when a masked "evil guy" punched an unsuspecting 65-year-old man and then took off. McGowan described the incident on Twitter ... saying she was walking around ...

10 fashionable things to see, do and shop for in 2014
As we all try to get back into the swing of work after the holidays, here are 10 stylish things on my to-do list for the next few months. 1) Celebrate the dress that started it all. 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of Diane von Furstenberg's iconic wrap ...

After Los Angeles' plastic bag ban, success and confusion
Burbank resident Jerry Koren chose to go "bag less" rather than pay 10 cents for a bag at the Fresh and Easy grocery store in North Hollywood on Jan. 2, 2014. The plastic bag ban took effect in the city of Los Angeles on Jan. 1, 2014. Grocery stores ...

Men Who Allegedly Stole Wreckage From Crash That Killed Paul Walker Due In ...
Men Who Allegedly Stole Wreckage From Crash That Killed Paul Walker Due In ...

14 Things to Do in Los Angeles This Weekend
LAist gets a lot of event announcements, and we comb through them all to bring you a curated list of what's happening in LA this weekend. There are a number of film, music and art openings that piqued our interest, including Zongo Junction, Chicano ...

LA city attorney sues firm that provides cyber-gambling systems
Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer has filed a lawsuit against a national developer of gambling systems for its role in allegedly supplying L.A.-area cyber cafes. "Illegal gambling can cause significant public safety problems and preys on our most ...

Hollywood Trailblazer Remembered
If I say the name Juanita Moore, it probably wouldn't mean much to most people, except perhaps diehard movie buffs. And even then, just a handful of them. I'm hoping after reading this, many more people will have a deep appreciation for this ...

Architect reaches plea deal in LA firefighter's death
The manslaughter case against architect Gerhard Becker was novel from the start. Los Angeles prosecutors charged that Becker built a Hollywood Hills West mansion with such disregard for public safety and building codes that he should be held criminally ...

LA City Atty. Mike Feuer vows to crack down on 'patient dumping'
Nearly a decade after local hospitals were exposed abandoning homeless patients on downtown's skid row, Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer on Friday vowed to crack down on the illegal practice that still continues. In a settlement announced Friday, the ...

Professional women's basketball could be over in Los Angeles
The WNBA is frantically searching for a new owner for the Los Angeles Sparks franchise. This was certainly not the kind of New Year's goal WNBA president Laurel Richie had planned. But that's the key project that unexpectedly landed on her desk when ...


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