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'Jane Doe #59' was a 19-year-old from Montreal -- was she also a Manson victim?

A woman whose death was feared to be connected to the Manson family slayings was identified late last year as a Canadian teenager, but Los Angeles police detectives still have no concrete evidence linking the vicious stabbing death to the series of slayings carried out by Charles Manson and his...

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  • Tax advice for gig economy workers

    Tax advice for gig economy workers

    Filing tax returns is difficult enough for typical workers, who start with the relative simplicity of the standard W-2 form issued by their employers. But the fiscal rites of spring are even more complicated for people who work for themselves or have a business on the side that generates extra...

  • Providence Health names Erik Wexler CEO of Southern California hospitals

    Providence Health names Erik Wexler CEO of Southern California hospitals

    Erik Wexler has been named chief executive and senior vice president of Providence Health & Services, Southern California, the Catholic hospital system said Wednesday. He replaces Karl Carrier, who came out of retirement to serve as interim chief executive of Providence Southern California two...

  • Transgender asylum-seekers often mistreated in detention, study finds

    Transgender asylum-seekers often mistreated in detention, study finds

    Transgender women fleeing abuse in their home countries who seek asylum in the United States have been sexually assaulted, denied medical care and held in indefinite solitary confinement in prison-like detention facilities, according to a report released Wednesday. “In essence, many transgender...

  • Kaiser nurses end strike over contract at its L.A. Medical Center

    Nurses at Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center will go back to work Tuesday after a weeklong strike aimed at securing a contract with higher staffing levels and better pay. More than 1,000 registered nurses represented by the California Nurses Assn. have been on the picket line since...

  • The return of doctor house calls: Convenient, but at what cost?

    The return of doctor house calls: Convenient, but at what cost?

    An alert popped up on Dr. Sam Kim's smartphone: a 7-year-old with a cough. Would you be comfortable seeing this patient? Kim clicked yes and hopped in his car on a recent Saturday morning. Black bag in hand, white coat donned, he knocked on the door of a home on a tree-lined street in La Canada...

  • No one knows what's behind L.A. County's rise in mental competency cases

    No one knows what's behind L.A. County's rise in mental competency cases

    The morning calendar in Department 95 was busy, as usual. Housed in a nondescript brick building on an industrial stretch of San Fernando Road in Cypress Park, the courtroom handles mental health cases for Los Angeles County Superior Court. On a recent Thursday, the roughly 70 defendants set to...

  • Murder charges against rehab center are a first in California

    Murder charges against rehab center are a first in California

    Gary Benefield was in rough shape when a driver from the substance abuse treatment company A Better Tomorrow met him at the San Diego airport in 2010. It was the day before his 53rd birthday. The longtime smoker had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia and was tethered to an oxygen tank, which...

  • Yoko Ono hospitalized for flu symptoms, but on the mend

    Yoko Ono hospitalized for flu symptoms, but on the mend

    Yoko Ono has been hospitalized in New York City for flu-like symptoms, but her representative says the artist-singer is on the mend and should be released this weekend. Elliott Mintz told The Associated Press on Friday that Ono went to the hospital on the advice of her doctor. He said media reports...

  • One of the last abortion clinics in Louisiana: How long will it hold on?

    One of the last abortion clinics in Louisiana: How long will it hold on?

    All day, phones rang inside the tiny brick abortion clinic. Women from all over Louisiana, and from as far as Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi, called mostly with the same question: Was the center still taking appointments? The clinic’s embattled administrator, Kathaleen Pittman, eyes red from lack...

  • Orange County just launched its first clean-needle exchange

    Orange County just launched its first clean-needle exchange

    A year ago, a group of UC Irvine medical students realized that Orange County was missing what they considered an important public health service that every major city in California had access to: a clean-needle exchange program. So they decided to do something about it. The students organized...

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