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  • Kings River flooding forces mandatory evacuations

    Kings River flooding forces mandatory evacuations

    A surging Sierra Nevada snowmelt caused the Kings River to overflow near the Central Valley town of Kingsburg on Friday night, forcing mandatory evacuations. Tulare County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters went door to door starting just before midnight to order residents out of about 90 homes...

  • Petitioners fight to save cross at desert airport in San Diego County

    Petitioners fight to save cross at desert airport in San Diego County

    For 51 years, a cross at the San Diego County airport in Ocotillo Wells has stood to honor a soldier who died in the Vietnam War, but is now slated for removal because of one complaint. An online petition to stop the removal started the weekend of May 13 and had 2,349 supporters in less than a...

  • Mastiff named Martha crowned world's ugliest dog

    Mastiff named Martha crowned world's ugliest dog

    A 125-pound gentle giant named Martha has been crowned the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest. The gassy Neapolitan mastiff was a favorite of the Northern California crowd from the start at the Friday night contest, often plopping down on her side on stage. She was rescued when she was nearly...

  • With millions set to lose Obamacare, DWP workers keep getting a sweeter deal

    With millions set to lose Obamacare, DWP workers keep getting a sweeter deal

    Two news items jumped out at me in the last several days. Item one: The U.S. Senate, after conducting its business behind closed doors, burped up a healthcare reform package that is likely to throw millions of people off the health insurance rolls. Item two: The Los Angeles Department of Water...

  • Man is struck and killed by Metrolink train in El Sereno

    Man is struck and killed by Metrolink train in El Sereno

    A man believed to be about 40 years old was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Friday in the Los Angeles neighborhood of El Sereno, officials said. The man was in a nonpedestrian area less than a mile west of the Cal State L.A. station when he was hit by an eastbound train on the San Bernardino...

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  • L.A. County supervisors OK $3 million to aid legal efforts for immigrants facing deportation

    L.A. County supervisors OK $3 million to aid legal efforts for immigrants facing deportation

    Disappointing some immigrant advocates, Los Angeles County officials voted Tuesday to authorize $3 million for legal assistance for immigrants facing deportation but to bar those who have violent criminal pasts. The Board of Supervisors’ vote came a day after the city’s Budget and Finance Committee...

  • It was 127 degrees in Death Valley, and miserable just about everywhere else. Here's how we coped

    It was 127 degrees in Death Valley, and miserable just about everywhere else. Here's how we coped

    In Death Valley, the heat brought even the roadrunners to a stop. They stood arched to the sky with their beaks wide open, as if in a stupor, or indignant at what the sun was up to. The landscape blurred and undulated. People moved as if they were walking through glue. When a light breeze came...

  • L.A. Unified approves more spending and layoffs

    L.A. Unified approves more spending and layoffs

    Faced with mounting costs and declining enrollment, the Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a $7.5-billion budget Tuesday that will increase spending and lay off more than 100 library aides, clerks and other support staff next school year. The layoffs represent a growing acknowledgement...

  • The DWP's biggest union is in line to get six raises by 2021

    The DWP's biggest union is in line to get six raises by 2021

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who campaigned four years ago as someone who would stand up for Department of Water and Power ratepayers, is pushing a proposal to give six raises within five years to more than 9,000 workers at the utility. The salary agreement, backed Tuesday by Garcetti’s appointees...

  • L.A. Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones

    L.A. Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones

    The Los Angeles Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones, a tool that officials say could help them track down missing hikers, gauge the risks in burning buildings and search confined spaces. A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday to allow the department to start...

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