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L.A. approves nation's toughest earthquake safety rules

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday adopted the nation's strongest earthquake safety laws, requiring that the owners of an estimated 15,000 buildings most at risk of collapse during a major quake make the structures stronger.

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High heat to bake downtown L.A. and valleys Friday before weekend cool-down

Southern California is in for a second day of possible record-breaking heat Friday, forecasters say, with temperatures expected to near triple digits from Long Beach to Los Angeles and be worse in the valleys.

In downtown L.A.

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3 O.C. beaches closed after aggressive shark rushes surfer

Three Orange County beaches remained closed Friday after a more than 10-foot shark rushed toward a surfer at Sunset Beach.

The water along Bolsa Chica State Beach, Seal Beach and Sunset Beach could reopen by 4 p.m. Friday. Meanwhile, signs have been posted warning swimmers and surfers of the shark sighting.

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Kanye West-themed frat party at UCLA sparks protests, claims of racism

Chanting “Black Bruins matter,” UCLA students crammed into Chancellor Gene Block’s office Thursday, demanding a response after some students wore blackface to a Kanye West-themed fraternity party.Holding signs reading, “Our culture is not a costume,” hundreds of students marched on campus days after the party sparked anger over its racial overtones.Jerry Kang, vice chancellor for UCLA’s Office of

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FBI finds $600,000 from armored car heist buried in backyard

FBI agents dug up the Fontana backyard of an armored-truck driver convicted of pulling off a $1-million theft, and recovered about $600,000 Wednesday.Agents assisted by Los Angeles police detectives found the pile of carefully wrapped $20 and $100 bills in a large food storage bin after excavating the yard of the suburban home in the 9300 block of Marcona Avenue, said Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman.

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Massive El Niño is now 'too big to fail,' scientist says

An El Niño that is among the strongest on record is gaining strength in the Pacific Ocean, and climate scientists say California is likely to face a wet winter.

“There’s no longer a possibility that El Niño wimps out at this point. It’s too big to fail,” said Bill Patzert, climatologist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.

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