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Made in America fest winds down with arrests but no major issues

The Made in America festival at Los Angeles' Grand Park came to a close Sunday night with a performance by rapper Kanye West, after a day marked by scorching heat but no major security issues.

The second day of the festival drew a slightly larger crowd than the first, with more than 37,000 tickets scanned. 

As of 9:30 p.m., police and sheriff's deputies had arrested four people Sunday on felony charges including parole violation and narcotics possession, and 10 on misdemeanor charges, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Andrew Neiman said.

An additional 35 people were cited on misdemeanor alcohol violations, and 67 were given traffic citations in the area around the festival, he said.

Dozens of people were treated on-site for medical issues, including dehydration, dizziness and heat-related issues, and four were transported to hospitals.

A final count of arrests was not available immediately at the close of the event, which ran behind schedule, ending more than half an hour after the...

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Deputies find arson suspect inside burning building in Dana Point

Orange County sheriff's officials said they caught a suspected arsonist in the act inside a burning building in Dana Point early Sunday.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of breaking glass sounds and a suspicious person at the Dana Point Arts Plaza building about 3:45 a.m., according to a statement released by the Sheriff's Department. When deputies arrived, the building was on fire, and they found Alex Espinoza, 27, of Laguna Niguel, inside holding a lighter, deputies said.

Fifty firefighters battled the two-alarm blaze for about 30 minutes before they extinguished it, sheriff's officials said. The fire caused about $400,000 in damage, but there were no injuries.

Orange County Fire Authority investigators concluded that the fire was intentionally set but did not provide further details. The investigation is ongoing.

Espinoza was arrested on charges of arson and burglary and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

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Made in America fest, Day 2: Hot weather, a few arrests

Police officials say there have been a few arrests but no major security incidents on the second day of the Made in America Music Festival in downtown Los Angeles as of Sunday evening.

Lt. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department said 34,445 tickets had been scanned as of 8 p.m. Police and sheriff's officials have made four felony and seven misdemeanor arrests, and 23 people were cited for misdemeanor alcohol violations.

Neiman said 48 people have been treated on-site, and three transported to hospitals.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Capt. Charles Stringham, the incident commander for the event at Grand Park, said Sunday afternoon that a few festival goers had been treated on-site for dizziness, dehydration and heat-related issues.

"I think it's going pretty smoothly right now," he said.

Attendance is expected to grow later in the evening. Top acts playing Sunday night include John Mayer and Kanye West.

Saturday’s show drew an estimated 34,000, who were largely...

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1 dead in 5 Freeway crash; some northbound lanes closed in Castaic

At least one person was killed Sunday afternoon in a crash on the 5 Freeway in Castaic, authorities said.

Few details were immediately available about the crash, which California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy said was reported north of Lake Hughes Road shortly before 2 p.m.

Cassidy said one person was confirmed dead, but it was unclear whether other injuries were reported.

Initial information from a CHP incident summary indicated multiple vehicles were involved.

A SigAlert was issued and two of the freeway's northbound lanes were expected to be closed for three hours, Cassidy said.

[Updated at 7:50 p.m.: All lanes have reopened. The victim was described as a white female].

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LAPD investigates fatal overnight shooting in South L.A.

Investigators are trying to piece together more information about an overnight shooting in South Los Angeles that left a man dead.

Few details were available about the shooting, which was reported about 2:40 a.m. in the 5000 block of South Western Avenue, said Los Angeles police Officer Sally Madera. The officers who responded to the scene found a man who had been shot multiple times.

Police had no suspect description and did not know if the shooting was gang-related, Madera said. 

The shooting occurred in the Vermont Square neighborhood, one of the deadliest in L.A. County over the last 12 months, according to The Times' Homicide Report. Before Sunday's shooting, the neighborhood saw 12 homicides in 12 months. Eleven of those homicides were caused by gunfire.

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Made in America festival gears up for final day

Made in America festival: Day Two.

The final day of the Budweiser-sponsored downtown music festival in Grand Park outside City Hall gets underway at noon Sunday and runs until 11 p.m.

Today’s top acts include Weezer, John Mayer and Kanye West.

Saturday’s show drew an estimated 34,000 who were largely peaceful and well-behaved, said Andy Neiman, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

Of the arrests, 23 were for misdemeanor violations mostly involving alcohol. The other six were felony arrests related to narcotics, Neiman said.

Several people were given medical attention, mostly for heat-related issues, on-site and released. No serious injuries were reported as of 11 p.m., Neiman said.

Several downtown streets and a Metro station downtown will be closed during the festival. The following streets will be closed through Monday:

•    West 1st Street between Los Angeles and Main streets
•    Main between West 2nd and West Temple streets
•    Spring Street between West 2nd...

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Coast Guard rescues five aboard sinking boat off San Diego

The Coast Guard rescued five persons Saturday night when their 30-foot boat, the PMS Escape II, was in danger of sinking 17 miles west of San Diego.

The Coast Guard station in San Diego dispatched a helicopter, cutter, and 45-foot response boat after receiving a distress call about 6 p.m.

The pleasure boat was taking on water, was listing and had no battery power for bilge pumps or other electronics, the Coast Guard said.

Four adults and a 15-year-old boy  were aboard. Another private boat, the Jawbreaker, had also heard the call and was assisting the PMS Escape II when the Coast Guard arrived.

Coast Guard personnel used a dewatering pump on the stricken vessel and determined the flood was due to a faulty fitting in the engine, the Coast Guard said. 

The boat, with the master aboard, was towed back to San Diego by the Coast Guard and then a commercial towing company. The other four persons from the boat were taken to San Diego by the Coast Guard.

Capt. Jonathan Spaner, commander of the...

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Earthquake: 3.4 quake strikes near Napa

A shallow magnitude 3.4 earthquake was reported Sunday morning four miles from Napa, Calif.,  according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 1:56 a.m. PDT at a depth of 6.2 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was seven miles from Sonoma and 50 miles from Sacramento.

In the last 10 days, there have been six earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

Read more about Southern California earthquakes.

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Motorcyclist killed in collision with bus near Hollywood Bowl

A motorcyclist died Saturday evening after colliding with a tour bus near the Hollywood Bowl, authorities said.

The motorcyclist, who was not identified, may have been racing with other riders when he crashed into the bus at about 6 p.m. along Highland Avenue, said Sgt. Stephanie Krajchir of the Los Angeles Police Department.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Krajchir said.  

No other injuries were reported.

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29 arrested at Made in America festival in downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles police, sheriff's deputies and other law enforcement officers reported arresting 29 people at the Made in America festival in downtown on Saturday.

An estimated 34,000 people attended the two-day festival debut in Grand Park outside City Hall and crowds were largely peaceful and well-behaved, said Andy Neiman, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

Of the arrests, 23 were for misdemeanor violations mostly involving alcohol. The other six were felony arrests related to narcotics, Neiman said.

Several people were given medical attention on-site and released. No serious injuries were reported as of 11 p.m., Neiman said. 

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Head of Los Angeles homeless agency announces he will retire

The head of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has announced he will retire by the end of the year, capping months of speculation about change at the agency.

Executive director Mike Arnold has directed the joint city-county agency since 2009. It oversaw distribution of $73 million in state, federal and local funds to homeless services and housing in 2010-11, the latest figures available online.

The agency was created in the 1990s in response to legal wrangling between the city and county over who was responsible for helping the very poor.

Mayor Eric Garcetti in recent months has expressed unhappiness with the agency's leadership. City Councilman Jose Huizar, who represents skid row and much of downtown L.A., proposed appointing a homeless czar to coordinate the city's efforts.  

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Made in America festival in downtown L.A. gets off to a good start

As the sun beat down on tens of thousands of concertgoers in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, organizers of the city's debut Made in America festival said the weekend event was going as planned. 

An estimated 26,000 people had entered the festival grounds in Grand Park outside City Hall by 5 p.m., according to L.A. County sheriff's Capt. Charles Stringham. He said attendance figures, which organizers predicted would reach up to 35,000 for both Saturday and Sunday's shows, were expected to grow as the evening wore on.

With temperatures peaking in the low 90s, concertgoers sought shade to dance in as rapper YG took to the stage for a high-energy set with R&B singer Jeremih. Stringham said several attendees were treated by medics on site after they fainted from heat exhaustion.

He said there had been no arrests. Asked about the clouds of pot smoke wafting above the crowd, Stringham said: "What are you going to do?"

The concert, curated by rap mogul Jay Z and promoted by Live Nation, has...

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