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L.A. councilman joins calls to speed up toxic cleanup around Exide plant

Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar urged state officials Friday to accelerate the removal of toxic lead contamination surrounding a shuttered battery recycling plant in nearby Vernon, saying he was astounded that the state agency overseeing the testing and cleanup of up to 10,000 homes had not acted more swiftly.

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President's fundraisers and 'Ellen' taping bring Obamajam fears but little traffic

As President Obama swings through Southern California this week for political fundraisers and an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime TV show, motorists in Los Angeles braced for heavier-than-usual traffic that never materialized.

Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday afternoon after attending fundraisers in the Bay Area. He arrived for his taping of “Ellen” in Burbank.

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Mavericks big-wave surfing contest begins, but where are the women?

The Titans of Mavericks big-wave surfing competition is underway in Northern California, but it comes amid a debate over whether more women should be involved in the event.

Waves of up to 16 feet are expected -- big, but not as huge as the 30-foot waves sometimes seen in the area.

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Mario Woods was shot at least 21 times by San Francisco police, autopsy report says

A knife-wielding San Francisco man was struck by at least 21 bullets and was under the influence of methamphetamine when police sprayed gunfire at him in December, according to an autopsy report released Thursday.

The death of Mario Woods, 26, sparked protests from Bay Area residents after a cellphone video of the shooting went public.

Protesters have contended that race was a factor in the Dec.

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Los Angeles man traveling with Pope Francis will offer a simple gift - a shoeshine box

Noel Díaz is over the moon. On Friday he’s traveling from the Vatican to Mexico with Pope Francis on a plane that left from Rome.

Diaz is the only Los Angeles resident traveling with the pope as he flies to Mexico, which begins Friday after a stop in Cuba, where Francis will meet with the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Flu stays mild in California, but officials expect an increase in cases

More Californians are falling sick with the flu this month, but the season looks to be far less dangerous than those of past years.

As of the first week of February, 11 Californians under the age of 65 had died from the flu since the season began in October. At this time last year, there had been 25 flu deaths, and two years ago, there were 202.

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