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California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris sues to shut down 2 car donation charities

The radio and TV jingles have bombarded Californians for years, urging them to donate their cars to help those in need.

Hundreds of charities now successfully solicit millions of dollars’ worth of cars — ostensibly to support groups that assist military veterans, seek to cure diseases and help the homeless, among other causes.

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L.A. County sheriff's deputy shoots, kills man in Norwalk

A man was fatally shot Tuesday evening by at least one Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy.

The shooting occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. near Pioneer Boulevard and Imperial Highway in Norwalk, said Sgt. Aura Sierra, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department.

Deputies with the Sheriff's Department's gang unit had made a pedestrian stop when two men drew guns on the deputies, sheriff's Lt.

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Labor coalition steps up battle with electric vehicle company

A coalition of labor and community groups stepped up its battle with a Chinese-owned company that manufactures electric vehicles in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, accusing the firm of breaking promises and failing to provide safe "living wage" jobs with the tens of millions of dollars the firm has received from government contracts and other public investment.

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California water conservation lagged in October, but state is still on course

During the first four months of California's emergency drought rules, people in cities and towns across the state made conservation look easy.

From June to September, urban areas routinely exceeded Gov. Jerry Brown’s call to reduce water use by 25% — sometimes by wide margins.

But during an unusually hot October, state regulators say, water savings hit a snag.

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For Giving Tuesday, five L.A.-based charities worth your dollars

Your wallet's had a workout this week.

Between Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, your holiday shopping should be done by now. (And if not, you've still got 24 days before Christmas.)

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been designated for a somewhat less materialistic cause: Giving Tuesday.

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L.A. County creates Prop. 47 task forces to help ex-offenders

Los Angeles County officials voted Tuesday to set up two task forces aimed at helping residents convicted of felonies that are now eligible for reduction to misdemeanors under California's Proposition 47.

The ballot measure passed by California voters last year reduces some drug possession and  property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

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