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Porter Ranch residents celebrate stop of leak but remain cautious

For months, thousands of residents of Porter Ranch have been forced from their homes amid a massive gas leak that many say made them sick. On Thursday, they got their first ray of hope. Southern California Gas Co. announced it has temporarily controlled the flow of gas from a well near Porter Ranch....

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  • Video shows road rage attack on freeway near Glendale

    Video shows road rage attack on freeway near Glendale

    A road rage incident over the weekend on the 134 Freeway culminated in both cars stopping and one driver attacking the other as a witness recorded the whole thing on his camera, the California Highway Patrol said. The incident occurred about 3 p.m. Saturday and was posted on YouTube. The California...

  • Home of the Day: Walls of books and glass in Venice

    Home of the Day: Walls of books and glass in Venice

    Tucked behind a privacy wall and garden, this two-story home in Venice has a cool contemporary vibe with exposed and polished concrete, vaulted ceilings and a floating staircase. Features of note include a formal living room with a fireplace and a wall of built-in bookshelves. Sliding walls of...

  • The L.A. chocolatier that makes beautiful chocolate you can pair with booze

    The L.A. chocolatier that makes beautiful chocolate you can pair with booze

    According to Jonathan Grahm, owner of the Brentwood-based Compartés Chocolatier, "everything is better with chocolate," including alcohol. Grahm, who is making some of the most beautiful chocolate in Los Angeles, filled with farmers market finds and wrapped in packages that feature prints of everything...

  • There's a chocolate apothecary bar in Culver City with chocolate body oil

    There's a chocolate apothecary bar in Culver City with chocolate body oil

    If you've spent any time at ChocoVivo, Patricia Tsai's Culver City chocolate shop, you'll likely have eaten your fair share of chocolate. Tsai's stone-ground chocolate, which she sources from a farm in Tabasco, Mexico, comes in bars, which you can get whole or as part of a tasting menu. You can...

  • Glendora makes another move to show it supports multiple-sport athletes

    Glendora is showing it supports multiple-sport athlete with a simple move. Football Coach Jerry Lewallen has become an assistant coach with the baseball team. "There's so much specialization going on and then the reality what we hear and know and the way we grew up, you'd do multiple things. You...

  • Thief grabs 10 iPhones at South Coast Plaza store and flees

    Costa Mesa police are looking for a man they think made off with at least 10 iPhones from the Apple store in South Coast Plaza Wednesday night. The man, who police think is in his 20s, allegedly grabbed 10 to 15 iPhone 6 models that were on display and fled the Costa Mesa store at about 7:20 p.m.,...

  • Amy Yao's art of contamination: Not everything is as perfect as it seems

    Amy Yao's art of contamination: Not everything is as perfect as it seems

    Amy Yao’s curious exhibition at Various Small Fires starts in the gallery’s outdoor courtyard where a black, snail-like device sits atop an oil drum. The gallerist tells me it is a foam-maker, and would I like him to make me some foam? Of course I say yes, and the device’s drooping black tube springs...

  • The 'Seinfeld' Soup Nazi is coming to L.A., and he actually has soup for you

    The 'Seinfeld' Soup Nazi is coming to L.A., and he actually has soup for you

    "No soup for you!" It's a line fans of the show "Seinfeld" have repeated over and over again, in every imaginable situation, since "The Soup Nazi" episode aired in the '90s. And today, the Soup Nazi is in L.A., and there's plenty of soup for everyone.  Larry Thomas, the actor who played the Soup...

  • Women, divorce and art that turns shame into celebration at Gavlak gallery

    Women, divorce and art that turns shame into celebration at Gavlak gallery

    In a smart, irreverent exhibition at Gavlak gallery in Los Angeles, Amy Bessone takes us back to a time when divorce was shameful for women, so much so that it might land one’s picture in the newspaper. Bessone found and collected these images — in effect, modern-day scarlet letters — from newspaper...

  • 818 Roundup: Topping the charts and dropping the train noise

    818 Roundup: Topping the charts and dropping the train noise

    Good morning, 818. Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Temperatures for today are forecasted to reach a high of 88 and a low of 55, according to the National Weather Service. Here are your local headlines: Civic News and Politics Train 'quiet zone' picks up steam in Glendale  The 90 or so trains...

  • 90-year-old stained-glass window in Costa Mesa is damaged by vandalism

    Part of a 90-year-old stained-glass window at Costa Mesa's First United Methodist Church was shattered when a vandal threw a brick through it, church leaders said. The vandalism occurred sometime between late Monday and early Tuesday, the Rev. Amy Aitken said. The window, known informally as the...

  • Parents' Night Out being held this month

    Parents can enjoy a night out while their children play games and participate in craft projects during the city's first Parents' Night Out on Feb. 26. The city is partnering with the Laguna Beach Community & Susi Q Center to produce the event, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the center, 380 Third....

  • Sports Roundup: Flintridge Sacred Heart polo falls in league semifinals

    GIRLS’ WATER POLOHarvard-Westlake 8, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 1: The Tologs lost in the Mission League Tournament semifinals on Wednesday afternoon against the top-seeded Wolverines. FSHA is 18-9, 4-4 in league and will face Alemany in the league's third-place game at 4 p.m.GIRLS’ BASKETBALLGlendale...

  • St. Francis basketball stumbles to finish against Alemany

    Basketball: Golden Knights fall, 88-59, in Mission League final at home.

  • Southern California endures record-breaking heat for a third day

    Southern California endures record-breaking heat for a third day

    It happened again: For the third day in a row Wednesday, Los Angeles and other parts of Southern California endured record-breaking temperatures.Although the calendar says February, residents of L.A., Camarillo and Oxnard all sweated through summer-like conditions as temperatures climbed well into...

  • Book donations temporarily halted at Glendale Central Library

    Book donations temporarily halted at Glendale Central Library

    Due to renovation work that has reduced the amount of storage space at the Central Library, Friends of the Glendale Public Library announced Wednesday it’s taking a temporary break from accepting donations of used books at the Harvard Street facility. NEWSLETTER: Stay up to date with what's going...

  • Burbank Porto's earns top ranking on Yelp list

    Burbank Porto's earns top ranking on Yelp list

    Porto’s Bakery and Cafe in Burbank topped Yelp’s list of the Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S., based on an analysis of “which places were the all-time most popular and well reviewed” on the user-review website, according to the company, which published the list online Wednesday. NEWSLETTER: Stay...

  • Amtrak train plows into vehicle near Chatsworth, prompting delays

    Amtrak train plows into vehicle near Chatsworth, prompting delays

    An Amtrak train traveling northbound Wednesday near Chatsworth struck a vehicle that was on the tracks, authorities said. Train 777, which travels from San Diego to San Luis Obispo, struck the vehicle about 3:45 p.m. near the 9200 block of De Soto Avenue in the San Fernando Valley, according to...

  • Newport council reverses course, rejects wastewater rate increase

    A proposed wastewater rate increase that Newport Beach city leaders voted to support last month is on hold indefinitely. On a second reading of the ordinance Tuesday night, the City Council voted 4 to 3 to reject the proposal, which would have almost doubled wastewater rates over a five-year period....

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