L.A. should be more selective with hotel tax breaks, some say

Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

One high-profile test case is a planned 19-story hotel and 38-story residential tower next to the 110 Freeway. The developer wants as much as $92 million in subsidies, and some say that's too much.

FBI says alleged 'family annihilator' may be in Southern California

In a fresh effort to find William Bradford Bishop Jr., missing since his family's slaying in 1976, the FBI had a sculptor create a bust showing what the fugitive might look like at 77.

California students feel UC admission squeeze

Most UC campuses take a lesser number of in-state students, even as more get in from elsewhere. Competition is fiercest at UCLA, where only 16.3% of state students got in last year.

Man gets 40 years to life in shooting at USC

Brandon Spencer is convicted of firing into a crowd at a Halloween party, wounding a member of a rival gang that had shot him a year before, and three others.

Donnelly faces state campaign-finance investigation

The state's ethics watchdog is reported to be looking into the finances of a PAC founded by Tim Donnelly, a leading GOP candidate for governor.

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