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Decomposed body found near Mt. Wilson may be person missing since 2014

Skid marks on a wilderness roadway led authorities to a more gruesome find: the skeletal remains of a person who may have been missing for years. A crew from the California Department of Transportation working along Angeles Crest Highway near Mt. Wilson spotted the skid marks Tuesday and alerted...

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  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

  • Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

  • The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    The A to Z of Los Angeles pizza

    In celebration of National Pizza Day, here's a run-down of Los Angeles pizza, including go-to delivery spots, Chicago-style, New York-style, Neapolitan-style and New York-Naples hybrids. Here's where to get your gooey, cheesy, melty, crispy- and/or chewy-crusted pizza fix. 800 Degrees Neapolitan...

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  • Adam Carolla sells his La Cañada Flintridge hacienda for $3.39 million
    Adam Carolla sells his La Cañada Flintridge hacienda for $3.39 million

    Comic Adam Carolla and his wife, Lynette Paradise, have sold their home in La Cañada Flintridge for $3.39 million.

    The couple had been asking $3.495 million.

    Set behind a gated entrance, the 1920s Spanish-style hacienda features such original details as a Batchelder-tile fireplace, wood and terra...

  • La Cañada Flintridge home built for Kevin Costner asks $5.588 million
    La Cañada Flintridge home built for Kevin Costner asks $5.588 million

    A La Cañada Flintridge home built for Oscar-winning actor Kevin Costner is on the market for $5.588 million.

    Designed by San Juan Capistrano architect/builder John McInnes, the house was completed in 1989, with Costner and his first wife, Cindy, settling into the home two years later.

    The Italian...

  • La Cañada Flintridge home built for Kevin Costner asks $5.588 million
    La Cañada Flintridge home built for Kevin Costner asks $5.588 million

    A 6,754-square-foot home built for Oscar-winning actor Kevin Coster has come on the market in La Cañada Flintridge.

  • Vince Vaughn is on the trail of a buyer for his La Canada Flintridge house
    Vince Vaughn is on the trail of a buyer for his La Canada Flintridge house

    Actor Vince Vaughn, star of the HBO crime series “True Detective,” is ready to part with one of his Los Angeles-area houses. He just put his La Cañada Flintridge property on the market at $5.299 million.

    The newer Colonial-style home, built in 2000, sits behind gates on a majestic three-quarters...

  • The five best places to watch the Perseid meteor showers
    The five best places to watch the Perseid meteor showers

    The Perseids are coming, the Perseids are coming! The fireballs and shooting stars known as the Perseid meteor showers that peak in mid-August may be the best ever this year. For one thing, there will be little or no moon to ruin the light show. For another, they're best seen in the Northern Hemisphere....

  • Comic Adam Carolla puts La Cañada Flintridge hacienda on the market
    Comic Adam Carolla puts La Cañada Flintridge hacienda on the market

    Funnyman Adam Carolla and his wife, Lynette Paradise, have listed a vintage home in La Cañada Flintridge for sale at $3.495 million.

    The Spanish hacienda-style house, built in 1921, sits on a half-acre lot with mature trees. The front veranda looks out on the expansive lawn. The back yard was replaced...

  • Stretch of Angeles Crest Highway to remain closed due to roadway damage caused by rock slides
    Stretch of Angeles Crest Highway to remain closed due to roadway damage caused by rock slides

    A portion of Angeles Crest Highway will remain closed until early August due to damage to the roadway caused by this past weekend’s storms, according to the California Department of Transportation.

    An 18.3-mile stretch of the highway between Islip Saddle—about 43 miles east of La Cañada Flintridge—and...

  • Sylmar ranch owned by actor Patrick Swayze sells quietly off-market
    Sylmar ranch owned by actor Patrick Swayze sells quietly off-market

    A Sylmar spread that late actor Patrick Swayze owned with his wife Lisa Niemi has sold in an off-market deal for $2.9 million, public records show.

    Fans may fondly remember the sexy actor-dancer for his standout roles in the '80s films “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost,” among others. He died six years...

  • What can you buy in the low $400,000s around Los Angeles?
    What can you buy in the low $400,000s around Los Angeles?

    Not every home in Los Angeles County goes for $1 million-plus. Here's a look at a few single-family homes around L.A. that are available in the low $400,000s. Realtor.com GLASSELL PARK: Built in the 1930s, this refreshed, two-bedroom home features restored wood floors and an updated kitchen. Address:...

  • Danny DeVito paces L.A.'s top home sales with off-market deal
    Danny DeVito paces L.A.'s top home sales with off-market deal

    A reimagined Midcentury home in Trousdale Estates, a Vaughan Trammell-designed contemporary in La Cañada Flintridge and the longtime home of Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman were among the top residential real estate sales in the greater Los Angeles area last week.

    1000 block of Ridgedale Dr., Beverly...

  • Vaughan Trammell-designed contemporary sells for $5.7 million
    Vaughan Trammell-designed contemporary sells for $5.7 million

    The Vaughan Trammell-designed home in La Cañada Flintridge sold for $5.7 million, making it one of the top residential real estate sales in the greater Los Angeles area last week.

  • Residents weigh in on Rim of the Valley expansion options at town hall
    Residents weigh in on Rim of the Valley expansion options at town hall

    Rep. Adam Schiff explains options concerning Rim of the Valley corridor.

  • Hiker, dogs lost in mountains just as another pair of hikers is found
    Hiker, dogs lost in mountains just as another pair of hikers is found

    An experienced hiker was communicating with search teams overnight after getting lost along with his dogs in the San Gabriel Mountains, authorities said.

    The 32-year-old hiker had been hiking near Islip Saddle, which is just west of Mt. Islip, when he became lost, said Lt. Andy Berg of the Los...

  • Search crews in communication with hiker lost in San Gabriel Mountains
    Search crews in communication with hiker lost in San Gabriel Mountains

    An experienced hiker was communicating with search teams overnight after getting lost along with his dogs in the San Gabriel Mountains, authorities said.

    The 32-year-old hiker had been hiking near Islip Saddle, which is just west of Mt. Islip, when he became lost, said Lt. Andy Berg of the Los...

  • UCLA hikers rescued after becoming lost in San Gabriel Mountains
    UCLA hikers rescued after becoming lost in San Gabriel Mountains

    After becoming lost amid snow drifts in the San Gabriel Mountains, members of UCLA’s hiking club had to be rescued Saturday night and Sunday morning by a Sheriff’s Department search-and-rescue crew, authorities said.

    Thirteen students were on a daylong hike around Mt. Hawkins, but eight members...

  • Home of the Day: Gilded villa in La Canada Flintridge
    Home of the Day: Gilded villa in La Canada Flintridge

    This ornate house takes its inspiration from a French Chateau. Arched double doors of wrought iron and glass open to an impressive columned foyer with statuary, a high ceiling and chandelier that hint at the opulence within. The elaborate features continue outdoors with a waterfall koi pond and...

  • Snow may not be enough for skiers
    Snow may not be enough for skiers

    Resort owners don't expect to open up this weekend despite recent weather.

  • Southern California hikers rescued from frigid mountain area
    Southern California hikers rescued from frigid mountain area

    Four hikers who were reported missing overnight near Angeles Crest Highway in La Cañada Flintridge have been found, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said Tuesday.

    The hikers were found before 8 a.m. unharmed and were airlifted out by a Sheriff’s Department helicopter and will be...

  • SoCal ski resorts: Mountain High opens today, Snow Summit up next
    SoCal ski resorts: Mountain High opens today, Snow Summit up next

    Mountain High ski resort opens Tuesday for Southern California skiers and snowboarders who want to get a jump on Thanksgiving.

    The ski resort near Wrightwood reports its snow-making machines have created a foot of new snow over the past few days. Still, the opening means one lower-mountain lift...

  • La Canada Flintridge home captures Mark Liddell's focus
    La Canada Flintridge home captures Mark Liddell's focus

    Celebrity photographer and home designer Mark Liddell is ready to put a buyer in this picture. He’s redone a La Canada Flintridge house and listed it at $3.2 million

    The serial home remodeler and designer reworked a 1961 Midcentury Modern-style house creating a light-filled kitchen with a center...

  • Solar eclipse on Thursday: Seven ways to see it safely
    Solar eclipse on Thursday: Seven ways to see it safely

    A solar eclipse will sweep across most of the United States on Thursday, and you definitely want to check it out -- safely.

    A solar eclipse occurs when the moon is between Earth and the sun and blocks all or part of the solar disk. Thursday's eclipse is a partial eclipse, which means the moon will...

  • L.A. sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to sex-with-minor charge
    L.A. sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to sex-with-minor charge

    A 22-year veteran deputy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department pleaded no contest Tuesday to having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl, authorities said.

    John Augustus Rose II, 44, faces three years in prison on the charge of lewd act on a child as well as possessing matter...

  • Three best hikes in soon-to-be San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
    Three best hikes in soon-to-be San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

    The San Gabriel Mountains have been L.A.'s overlooked great outdoors -- until now. President Obama on Friday is to designate a big chunk of the city's mountain backdrop a national monument.

    While photo books abound on the Sierra and Yosemite, the San Gabes in the Angeles National Forest have received...

  • Mountain High brings rail jam (with snow!) to streets of Wrightwood
    Mountain High brings rail jam (with snow!) to streets of Wrightwood

    The forecast for Wrightwood calls for snow — about 40 tons of it. The mountain town will go directly from fall to winter on Oct. 4 when Mountain High ski resort covers the streets in white for a pre-season snowboard competition.

    Technically it's not snow but ice that's chipped and sculpted into...

  • CSUN fraternity shuts down after pledge's death during hazing
    CSUN fraternity shuts down after pledge's death during hazing

    The young men in the Angeles National Forest were dirty and exhausted.

    Piled onto sleeping bags, they looked dehydrated and lacked cellphones. About a mile down the road, one member of the group, Cal State Northridge student Armando Villa, 19, lay barefoot and blistered in a ditch.

    A hiker who...

  • L.A. County supervisor's alternate bullet-train route gaining traction
    L.A. County supervisor's alternate bullet-train route gaining traction

    To get high-speed rail from Palmdale to Burbank, planners have focused for years on two potential routes that parallel the 14 Freeway and course through the rural and growing communities of Acton, Agua Dulce and Santa Clarita — hostile territory for the bullet train project.

    Los Angeles County...

  • Brush fires erupt in Angeles National Forest, Malibu
    Brush fires erupt in Angeles National Forest, Malibu

    Firefighters were responding to a brush fire in Angeles National Forest on Thursday.

    The blaze, which has been dubbed the Shoemaker fire, had burned about 60 acres near the San Gabriel River Ranger District roughly 45 minutes after it was first reported about 1 p.m., officials said.

    The fire is...

  • Circumstances of deadly CSUN fraternity hike unclear
    Circumstances of deadly CSUN fraternity hike unclear

    Armando Villa and a group of fraternity pledge brothers set out for their hike Monday night, climbing a trail at the edge of Angeles National Forest barefoot. They left their cellphones behind, carrying only some water.

    But Tuesday, as the sun beat down on the chaparral-covered slopes, their water...

  • CSUN students shocked, saddened by hiking death of fraternity pledge
    CSUN students shocked, saddened by hiking death of fraternity pledge

    Cal State Northridge students expressed shock and sadness Thursday over the death of a 19-year-old fraternity pledge during a hike in the Angeles National Forest.

    "Oh my God, that's sad," said Joanna Amezcua, 23. "I don't think they should have gone to that extreme. It shouldn't be about that."

    ...

  • CSUN student died on fraternity-planned hiking trip, Pi Kappa Phi says
    CSUN student died on fraternity-planned hiking trip, Pi Kappa Phi says

    A Cal State Northridge student who died while hiking in the Angeles National Forest was on a fraternity-planned trip, an official with Pi Kappa Phi said Thursday.

    Armando Villa, 19, was one of several new members of Pi Kappa Phi participating in a chapter-planned activity Tuesday, said Justin Angotti,...

  • Cal State Northridge fraternity pledge dies after alleged 'hazing' hike
    Cal State Northridge fraternity pledge dies after alleged 'hazing' hike

    The family of a Cal State Northridge fraternity pledge who collapsed and eventually died after a hike in the Angeles National Forest is blaming the student’s death on hazing.

    Maria Castañeda, who identified herself as Armando Villa's aunt, told KABC TV Channel 7 that the 19-year-old had gone hiking...

  • CSUN investigates Pi Kappa Phi fraternity after student dies on hike
    CSUN investigates Pi Kappa Phi fraternity after student dies on hike

    A Cal State Northridge fraternity was ordered to "cease and desist" all activities after the death of 19-year-old student on a hiking trip in the Angeles National Forest, a school spokeswoman said Wednesday evening.

    The university has launched an administrative investigation of the incident involving...

  • Search underway for inmate who walked away from conservation camp
    Search underway for inmate who walked away from conservation camp

    Authorities were searching Monday for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from a conservation camp in the Angeles National Forest.

    Kevin M. Shann, 40, was last seen about 10:25 p.m. Sunday during a security check of his dorm at the Julius Klein Conservation Camp in Azusa, according to the...

  • Authorities search for inmate who walked away from camp in Angeles National Forest
    Authorities search for inmate who walked away from camp in Angeles National Forest

    Authorities were searching Monday for a minimum-security inmate who walked away from a conservation camp in the Angeles National Forest.

    Kevin M. Shann, 40, was last seen about 10:25 p.m. Sunday during a security check of his dorm at the Julius Klein Conservation Camp in Azusa, according to the...

  • Two men dead after car plunges 720 feet off road near Mt. Baldy
    Two men dead after car plunges 720 feet off road near Mt. Baldy

    Two men found dead Sunday morning in a car that plunged more than 700 feet off a mountain road in the Angeles National Forest have been identified, authorities said.

    The driver was identified as 22-year-old Sergio O. Partida, the passenger, 21-year-old Andrew S. Barrios, both of Ontario, the California...

  • Where to watch Amgen Tour of California finish in SoCal this weekend
    Where to watch Amgen Tour of California finish in SoCal this weekend

    Prepare to say "wow" or "wah" when almost 130 bicyclists heading for the finish line in the 2014 Amgen Tour of California roll through Southern California this weekend.

    The wow factor is watching the Tour de France-like racers clip through three final stages that begin in  Santa Clarita and Thousand...

  • Strong winds expected in Southern California starting Sunday evening
    Strong winds expected in Southern California starting Sunday evening

    Forecasters are warning of gusty winds across parts of Los Angeles and Ventura counties starting Sunday night, urging drivers to be careful of sudden crosswinds.

    The Santa Ana winds are expected to last through midday Monday, with the strongest winds buffeting people in the mountains, especially...

  • Southland braces for more rain, wind; evacuations remain in effect
    Southland braces for more rain, wind; evacuations remain in effect

    Southern California braced for more rain -- and possible tornadoes and thunderstorms -- Saturday afternoon from a powerful Pacific storm that earlier prompted evacuations in several fire-ravaged hillside communities.

    Those areas so far have managed to escape any major damage, but mandatory evacuation...

  • San Gabriel Mountain dams could get major fill-up from storm system
    San Gabriel Mountain dams could get major fill-up from storm system

    Although there is no danger the dams will be breached, officials still warn of the possibility of mudslides in fire-ravaged areas.

  • Two motorcyclists who died in separate incidents are identified

    Two motorcyclists who died this week in separate incidents in Los Angeles and Orange counties have been identified.

    Coroner's officials say 47-year-old Kirk Lane of Palmdale is the motorcyclist who, according to the California Highway Patrol, died Tuesday after veering off Angeles Forest Highway...

  • Man accused of lighting mother on fire pleads not guilty

    A 26-year-old man accused of fatally burning his mother pleaded not guilty Thursday in a San Fernando courtroom to murder, torture, aggravated mayhem and other charges. Prosecutors allege Phillip Chang attacked his sleeping mother in her bedroom in August 2012 with a cigarette lighter held next...

  • Student who died in Angeles National Forest after leap is identified

    A 19-year-old from Monterey Park was identified as the college student who died after jumping from rocks into a pool of water in the Angeles National Forest during a hike Monday.

    Kevin La’s cause of death is still pending an autopsy report, said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.

    ...

  • Student's jump from rocks into water proves fatal in Angeles forest

    A college student died Monday after jumping from rocks into a pool of water in the Angeles National Forest during a recreational outing with about a dozen other students, authorities said.

    The group of 13 college students was hiking near Hermit Flats when some of them decided to jump off the rocks.

    ...

  • Man who died in Mt. Baldy car crash identified
    Man who died in Mt. Baldy car crash identified

    A car driver who was killed when his vehicle plunged 150 feet down the side on Mt. Baldy on Tuesday has been identified as a 60-year-old Pico Rivera resident.

    Dennis Sandoval was found inside a car near Mt. Baldy and Shinn roads about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz...

  • Driver killed when car plunges 150 feet off road on Mt. Baldy
    Driver killed when car plunges 150 feet off road on Mt. Baldy

    One person was killed when a car plunged 150 feet down the mountainside on Mt. Baldy in Angeles National Forest on Tuesday.

    Rescue crews were called to scene near Mt. Baldy and Shinn roads about 11:30 p.m., said Robert Diaz, a Los Angeles County Fire Department supervising dispatcher. They arrived...

  • Missing Burbank man's Lexus found off Angeles Crest Highway cliff
    Missing Burbank man's Lexus found off Angeles Crest Highway cliff

    The car belonging to the 24-year-old Burbank man reported missing nearly two months ago was found Sunday off a cliff near the Angeles Crest Highway, authorities said Monday.

    Gevork Boyadzhyan’s white Lexus sedan was located by authorities Sunday 400 feet off mile marker 65 of the highway, Lt. Brian...

  • Gobblers fire in San Bernardino mountains is fully contained
    Gobblers fire in San Bernardino mountains is fully contained

    Firefighters have fully contained a small but persistent fire in the San Bernardino National Forest that was one of many blazes sparked by lightning more than two weeks ago.

    Sparked on Aug. 19, the Gobblers fire grew to 413 acres and was driven into the Stockton Flats area after being fueled by...

  • Hiker found dead near steep ravine in Angeles National Forest

    A 56-year-old Los Angeles man was found dead near Inspiration Point in the Angeles National Forest on Sunday afternoon after another hiker passing by spotted his body in a ravine, authorities said.

    Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Air Rescue 5 unit located the man, who was...

  • Woman survives Angeles Crest crash that killed one, sparked fire
    Woman survives Angeles Crest crash that killed one, sparked fire

    A car plunged several hundred feet down a steep embankment in the Angeles National Forest early Friday, killing one person, seriously injuring another and sparking a small brush fire, officials said.

    The crash was reported about 12:15 a.m. on Glendora Ridge Road west of Mt. Baldy Road in the Angeles...

  • Supervisors vote to review tax-funded payments to rehab clinics
    Supervisors vote to review tax-funded payments to rehab clinics

    In response to a scathing report about a lack of government oversight and improper payments to taxpayer-funded rehabilitation clinics, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to review its authority over such contracts and its ability to end payments to clinics that...

  • Legal dispute prompts feds to withhold $2 billion for transit
    Legal dispute prompts feds to withhold $2 billion for transit

    The federal government is withholding about $2 billion from transit agencies across California, including $268 million earmarked for bus, rail and street projects at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

    The money has been held back since December because the U.S. Department...

  • County treasurer targets contributions to school bond campaigns

    Financial underwriters who want to do business with the County of Los Angeles must agree not to give political donations to school bond campaigns under new rules adopted this month by government finance officials.

    Because Los Angeles County is by far the largest municipal bond issuer in California,...

  • Plague found in squirrel; parts of Angeles National Forest closed
    Plague found in squirrel; parts of Angeles National Forest closed

    Los Angeles County health officials confirmed this week that a trapped ground squirrel tested positive for plague, and as a precaution parts of the Angeles National Forest near Wrightwood have been closed.

    The areas closed, since 1 p.m. Wednesday, include the Twisted Arrow, Broken Blade and Pima...

  • Motorcyclist killed on Angeles Forest Highway

    A motorcyclist was killed in a crash Sunday on Angeles Forest Highway, authorities said.

    Officers responded to a 12:48 p.m. call of two motorcycle riders down at Mt. Emma Road south of Palmdale, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tatiana Sauquillo.

    A woman was pronounced dead at the scene,...

  • Reader photo: Hiking Angeles Crest Highway
    Reader photo: Hiking Angeles Crest Highway

    Joseph Voves went hiking with his dog, Abraham, along Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest on May 28. "The whole road is beautiful," Voves said, adding that there are many scenic stopping points along the drive. His dog loves it up there, too, he said. Voves used a Canon PowerShot...

  • Last delivery of new rail cars enhances safety of Metrolink fleet
    Last delivery of new rail cars enhances safety of Metrolink fleet

    Spurred by two deadly crashes since 2005, Metrolink has now replaced almost all its fleet of aging rail cars with a state-of-the-art model designed to better protect passengers and crews during crashes.

    Officials for the commuter railroad announced Tuesday that they had taken delivery this month...

  • L.A. council to ask voters to decide on creating health agency

    This post has been corrected. Please see note below for details.

    Feeling backed against a wall by petitioners from an AIDS activist group, the Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to place a measure on next year’s ballot asking whether voters want the city to create an independent health agency....

  • Probation chief wants to keep tabs on felons after jail terms end

    A top Los Angeles County lawman wants judges to issue more “split sentences” so state felons being held in local jails under prison realignment must also serve a period of probation.

    Without that, Chief of Probation Jerry Powers told county supervisors Tuesday, officials have no ability to make...

  • Metrolink commuter rail approves 5% fare increase starting July 1
    Metrolink commuter rail approves 5% fare increase starting July 1

    The board of the Metrolink commuter rail service on Friday raised fares 5% to help close a $10.2 million budget shortfall.

    The hike will be effective on July 1, but monthly pass holders can expect to pay the new fares when they buy their July passes on June 25. Students, however, will be exempt...

  • L.A. County ends contract with troubled foster care contractor
    L.A. County ends contract with troubled foster care contractor

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to cancel its decades-long relationship with a foster care contractor with a long history of financial misspending and substantiated child abuse committed by the foster parents it recruited and supervised.

    Supervisors Gloria...

  • Missing person report leads officials to fatal crash site

    Authorities say a man who was reported missing on Sunday was found dead a day later after his car was found over the side of the steep Angeles Forest Highway.

    [This post has been corrected, see below for details.]

    The man, who authorities did not identify, was found dead at the scene of the crash...

  • Crash off Angeles Forest Highway likely fatal, officials says

    The occupant of a car that went over the side of the Angeles Forest Highway at Mt. Gleason road around 8 a.m. today likely died in the crash, according an official at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station, which responded to the crash this morning. 

    Lt. Angela Shepherd said that while she didn't...

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