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Stepfather to stand trial for murder in disappearance of San Diego toddler

A Superior Court judge ruled Friday that the stepfather of 2-year-old Jahi Turner, who disappeared more than 14 years ago, should stand trial for murder. After a weeklong hearing, Judge Charles Rogers said that prosecutors had presented enough evidence to hold Tieray Jones for a trial. Attorneys...

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  • FBI investigating mysterious disappearance of 4-year-old girl who was last seen in 2015

    FBI investigating mysterious disappearance of 4-year-old girl who was last seen in 2015

    The FBI is investigating the mysterious disappearance of a 4-year-old Oxnard girl who was last seen in 2015 and whose parents have been arrested after they refused to provide authorities with details about her whereabouts, police said. A $10,000 reward has been offered for details about Kimberly...

  • Teenager turns herself in for stabbing death of pregnant mother in Venice Beach

    Teenager turns herself in for stabbing death of pregnant mother in Venice Beach

    A teenage girl has been arrested in the stabbing death of a pregnant mother during a fight in front of a Venice Beach market last month, police said. The 17-year-old, whose name was not released because she is a juvenile, was arrested on suspicion of murder Friday when she turned herself over to...

  • Who could be held responsible for the Oakland fire

    Who could be held responsible for the Oakland fire

    As the death toll in the Oakland warehouse fire climbs, investigators face a daunting task: figuring out how flames swiftly raced through the building and killed so many inside.  Prosecutors face perhaps a weightier burden: assembling a potential case and deciding whether to file criminal charges...

  • Names of seven victims released in Oakland fire; criminal investigators on scene

    Names of seven victims released in Oakland fire; criminal investigators on scene

    Alameda County prosecutors have assigned criminal investigators to probe the fire at an Oakland warehouse that claimed at least 33 lives. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced the move as the grim search continued. As of 3 p.m., searchers had covered only about 35% of the burned building.  Schaaf...

  • When loved ones couldn't track those missing in Oakland fire, they found answers on social media

    When loved ones couldn't track those missing in Oakland fire, they found answers on social media

    In the desperate hours after the warehouse inferno — long before Oakland officials would release the identities of the charred bodies found inside — family and friends tried to cobble together information online. From around California, as well as across the country and abroad, they signed onto...

  • A night of music and dancing turns into a deadly inferno at Oakland warehouse

    A night of music and dancing turns into a deadly inferno at Oakland warehouse

    The night was young, and Seung Lee liked the vibe of the dance party just starting in an old warehouse in the Fruitvale District, so he and two friends decided to stay. But first they needed to get some drinks at the liquor store down the block. They climbed down the wood pallets that spanned a...

  • Officials fear up to 40 dead in fire during concert at Oakland warehouse

    Officials fear up to 40 dead in fire during concert at Oakland warehouse

    Authorities said Sunday they have recovered 24 victims of a deadly fire that raced through a converted warehouse crowded with people attending a Friday night concert in Oakland. Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said Saturday officials were prepared for up to 40 fatalities. He said many of...

  • Agencies were urged to address Paramount metal emissions years before air toxics scare

    Agencies were urged to address Paramount metal emissions years before air toxics scare

    The recent discovery of high levels of a cancer-causing pollutant in Paramount has alarmed residents and led authorities to crack down on dangerous emissions from two metal-processing plants. But the interventions last week by air regulators and health officials followed years of slow and sporadic...

  • Five people shot as fight escalates during wake in South Los Angeles

    Five people were shot Saturday afternoon at a wake in South Los Angeles, authorities reported. A fight broke out about 3:30 p.m. during the wake, which was held at a storefront near the intersection of West 91st Street and Western Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Sgt. Thomas Bojorquez. According...

  • A look at some of the deadliest nightclub fires

    A look at some of the deadliest nightclub fires

    A fatal fire Friday night at a party in a converted warehouse in Oakland has claimed the lives of at least nine people. At least two dozen are still unaccounted for. Here’s look at some other nightclub and music venue fires that have exacted terrible death tolls: — October 2015: A blaze at the...

  • Police use 'fake news' in gang ruse; media criticize tactics as dishonest

    Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake news release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations that  reported it as fact. Santa Maria Police...

  • 'Life is not going to be the same': Slaying of beloved USC professor leaves colleagues and friends crestfallen

    'Life is not going to be the same': Slaying of beloved USC professor leaves colleagues and friends crestfallen

    When students enrolled in USC’s daunting neuroscience graduate program needed help cracking a tough project, they all went to Bosco Tjan.  It didn’t hurt that his advice often came with a free cappuccino. Mara Mather, a professor of gerontology and psychology at USC, described Tjan as an affable,...

  • Pair used sound of voices to get through back smoke and escape burning Oakland warehouse, witness says

    Pair used sound of voices to get through back smoke and escape burning Oakland warehouse, witness says

    People who managed to escape the Oakland warehouse that caught fire during a concert late Friday night described a horrific scene. Al Garcia, who owns a store next to the warehouse, said he talked to two people who said they were 17 and 18 years old who got out of the building. “They said that...

  • USC PhD student accused of fatally stabbing professor on campus

    USC PhD student accused of fatally stabbing professor on campus

    A USC psychology professor was stabbed to death inside a campus building Friday by a 28-year-old student who was taken into custody, Los Angeles police said. Bosco Tjan, a co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center who joined the faculty in 2001, was identified as the victim by USC...

  • Police report casualties in fire at party in Oakland warehouse

    San Francisco Bay Area authorities say a fire has broken out at an Oakland warehouse where people were having a party, and police say there are casualties. Oakland Police Officer G. Plasencia said that the fire department responded about 11:30 p.m. Friday and that firefighters were still on the...

  • Sadness and signs of hope in San Bernardino

    Sadness and signs of hope in San Bernardino

    Good morning. It is Saturday, Dec. 3. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this weekend: TOP STORIES Signs of hope: The year since the terrorist attack that killed 14 people has been challenging for San Bernardino, which has seen a spike in homicides that has claimed 60 more lives. But there are...

  • San Bernardino massacre memorial: Victims, responders honored with moment of silence

    San Bernardino massacre memorial: Victims, responders honored with moment of silence

    Julie Swann-Paez got only a few words out before she began crying. “When I was asked to speak tonight my first response was no,” Swann-Paez said. But she changed her mind because she wanted to tell audience about the 14 people who died exactly a year ago in a terror attack.  Hundreds gathered Friday...

  • Suspect in slaying of 4 in L.A. caught day after name is added to FBI Ten Most Wanted list

    A fugitive Jamaican gang member suspected of killing four people in a bloody gun battle at a popular South L.A. Jamaican restaurant was captured Friday, a day after he was added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. Marlon Jones is believed to be the suspect in the shooting with rival gang members...

  • Mountain lion known as P-45 no longer faces the death penalty

    Mountain lion known as P-45 no longer faces the death penalty

    The mountain lion known as P-45 has been granted a reprieve by the owner of 10 alpacas that the big cat is suspected of killing recently.  Victoria Vaughn-Perling will work with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Park Service toward a goal of having authorities capture...

  • Man is sentenced for stabbing transgender woman to death and setting their apartment on fire

    Man is sentenced for stabbing transgender woman to death and setting their apartment on fire

    A Van Nuys man was sent to prison Thursday for fatally stabbing his live-in partner, a transgender woman, and torching their apartment. Ezekiel Jamal Dear, 27, was convicted Oct. 19 of voluntary manslaughter and arson, according to Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district...

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