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  • Murrieta couple charged with torturing 5-year-old boy until he went into a coma

    Murrieta couple charged with torturing 5-year-old boy until he went into a coma

    A Murrieta father and his girlfriend have been charged with torturing the man’s 5-year-old son until he slipped into a coma, Riverside County prosecutors announced Thursday. The father, Benjamin Whitten, and his live-in girlfriend, Jeryn Johnson, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of torture, child...

  • Man allegedly armed with handgun is shot and killed by deputies in Watts

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a man believed to be armed with a handgun in the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts on Wednesday night. The shooting occurred around 7:17 p.m shortly after the man led deputies on a foot chase into the housing development, sheriff’s officials...

  • Essential California: Confederate monuments in California come down

    Essential California: Confederate monuments in California come down

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Aug. 17, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES They’re coming down Memorials honoring Confederate icons and history are falling like dominoes across California and the country in the aftermath...

  • Northern California pushes back as white nationalists plan rallies

    Northern California pushes back as white nationalists plan rallies

    Officials in Northern California are pushing back against planned rallies in the region this month that they say will attract white nationalists. The Bay Area, long a hotbed for political activism, has been the site of violent clashes between right-wing and left-wing protesters since President...

  • Third woman claims she was sexually assaulted by Roman Polanski when she was a teen

    Third woman claims she was sexually assaulted by Roman Polanski when she was a teen

    For years, the victim at the center of Roman Polanski’s sexual assault case has urged Los Angeles authorities to end the drawn-out legal saga, for her sake and for the sake of the movie director. But when Samantha Geimer spoke sympathetically this year about Polanski before a scrum of reporters...

  • Reserve sheriff's deputy dies during World Police and Fire Games

    Reserve sheriff's deputy dies during World Police and Fire Games

    A reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department died Friday during a mountain bike race at the World Police and Fire Games, authorities said. Jacob Castroll, 67, a reserve at the Malibu/Lost Hills station since July 2010, was found unresponsive on the Castaic bike course and taken...

  • Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee charged in LAX sexual assault case

    Former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee charged in LAX sexual assault case

    A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection agricultural specialist has been charged with sexually assaulting an employee at Los Angeles International Airport, prosecutors said. Kanwar Dhaliwal, 36, is facing three felony charges for sexual assault-related offenses in connection with the 2014 incident,...

  • Woman says ICE agent pulled gun on her in freeway road rage incident

    Woman says ICE agent pulled gun on her in freeway road rage incident

    An apparent case of road rage prompted a federal agent to point a gun at a woman as she was driving on Interstate 15 with her 2-year-old son in the back seat, the woman said. California Highway Patrol officers investigating the July 6 incident identified the man involved as a plainclothes U.S....

  • Two killed in separate shootings in Compton

    Two killed in separate shootings in Compton

    Detectives are searching for suspects after two people were killed and two more were injured in Compton shootings this week, authorities said. Around 12:16 a.m. Friday a 42-year-old man was shot and killed on the 15600 block of Visalia Avenue, said Deputy Ryan Rouzan, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s...

  • Muslim woman awarded $85,000 after her hijab was forcibly removed by Long Beach police officer

    Muslim woman awarded $85,000 after her hijab was forcibly removed by Long Beach police officer

    The city of Long Beach has agreed to pay $85,000 to settle a federal lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman whose hijab was pulled off by a male officer while she was in police custody. The settlement, approved Tuesday, concludes the legal battle undertaken by Kirsty Powell, an African American Muslim....

  • Man charged with murdering brother of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in 1981

    Man charged with murdering brother of L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in 1981

    Authorities have arrested and charged a man accused of killing the brother of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas 36 years ago in South L.A., officials said. Michael Anthony Locklin, 61, was charged last week with the 1981 murder of Michael Thomas, according to a felony complaint filed...

  • In closing arguments, Seal Beach killer's attorney blasts use of O.C. jail informant

    In closing arguments, Seal Beach killer's attorney blasts use of O.C. jail informant

    In closing arguments Thursday, attorneys for a former tugboat captain who pleaded guilty to murdering eight people at a Seal Beach salon in 2011 slammed prosecutors for what they called “incredible” deception — saying there is not enough evidence to move forward with a penalty phase to decide whether...

  • 72-year-old woman sentenced to prison for DUI crash that killed MMA fighter's toddler son

    72-year-old woman sentenced to prison for DUI crash that killed MMA fighter's toddler son

    A 72-year-old woman pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter Thursday in connection with a drunk driving crash that killed the toddler son of a mixed martial arts fighter, officials said. Donna Marie Higgins was immediately sentenced to six years in prison for smashing her car into the stroller...

  • Suspect in Pacific Palisades standoff is dead, police say

    Suspect in Pacific Palisades standoff is dead, police say

    A gunman who fired several rounds at a woman during a domestic quarrel and then traded gunfire with Los Angeles police was found dead Thursday in a sprawling home in the Pacific Palisades. The discovery of the man’s body ended an hours-long standoff in which police fired numerous rounds of tear...

  • Essential California: Meet the film academy's new president

    Essential California: Meet the film academy's new president

    Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Aug. 10, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES And the president is ... With the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a crossroads after two years of controversy and turbulence unlike...

  • Yuba City father of two gets 90 days to prepare for deportation to India

    Yuba City father of two gets 90 days to prepare for deportation to India

    The night before his periodic check-in with immigration agents last week, Baljit Singh’s wife asked him if he felt nervous. Yes, he told her. Every time. It’d been their routine every six months for years: He’d feel apprehensive, she’d always calm him down, knowing that as a husband and a father...

  • Arrest made in torture of two huskies, disappearance of third dog in Oceanside

    Arrest made in torture of two huskies, disappearance of third dog in Oceanside

    A 36-year-old Navy veteran has been arrested in Oceanside in connection with the torture of two huskies and the disappearance of another dog that police said was the victim of a violent assault. David Herbert was taken into custody Wednesday at his home, Oceanside police said. He is accused in...

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