A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Friday morning 18 miles from Currant, Nev., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:41 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0 miles.
According to the USGS, the epicenter was 131 miles from Spring Creek, Nev., 138 miles from Elko, Nev., and 213 miles from Carson City.
In the past 10 days, there have been no 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.
Two candidates hoping to succeed Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina faced off Thursday in Claremont, without the presumed front-runner participating.
El Monte Councilman Juventino "J" Gomez and Long Beach school police officer April Saucedo Hood fielded questions from a small audience at an assisted living facility during the event hosted by community group Active Claremont and the Claremont Chamber of Commerce.
Former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who has a substantial lead in fundraising and high-profile endorsements, didn't attend.
Los Angeles' Ethics Commission is calling for an increase in public funding available to candidates seeking city office.
The city currently provides $2 for each dollar a candidate raises in primary elections, and $4 for each dollar contributed in two-way runoffs in general elections.
On Thursday, the panel recommended the city match be increased to $6 in both primary and general elections.
"You want to allow people to talk to constituents, not just donors, and I think that increasing the match will reduce the amount of time you have to spend fundraising," said Jessica Levinson, vice president...
An FBI-LAPD fugitive task force arrested a man wanted on kidnapping charges in Minnesota who authorities believe is the same man who led police on a chase in downtown Los Angeles earlier Thursday, officials said.
Jesus Ramirez, 31, of Los Angeles, was taken into custody without incident at the Peppertree Motel in North Hollywood, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
She said Ramirez was walking out of the motel, saw authorities and tried to walk the other way, but was taken into custody. He was in the process of being booked at an LAPD station on Thursday evening.
SAN FRANCISCO -- City officials and celebrants in period dress packed old-timey John’s Grill here Thursday to remember the great 1906 earthquake -- and gasped in wonder as a dress belonging to a society woman of the day was carefully unveiled.
The annual commemoration resumes before dawn Friday -- the anniversary of the temblor and fire -- when hundreds will likely gather on Market Street at Lotta’s Fountain, a re-creation of the original landmark that served as a bulletin board for the displaced.
Survivors have for decades served as the luncheon headliners at John’s Grill,...
California and other states are largely failing to adequately educate most of the 70,000 youth locked up at any given time in juvenile detention facilities, according to a national report released Thursday.
Most youth fail to earn any course credits or complete their high school diploma or equivalency degree while in custody, the report by the Southern Education Foundation found. Yet these young inmates are highly troubled – usually struggling with drug abuse, anger and lagging academic achievement – and urgently need effective education to help them get back on track, the report...
SACRAMENTO -- The leader of the state Senate is seeking an investigation into how two sex offenders being monitored by parole agents and tracked by GPS devices were allegedly able to rape and murder four women without being detected.
The two sex offenders were wearing electronic monitoring devices and regularly reporting to police during a months-long string of slayings in Orange County. They were arrested soon after a woman’s naked body was found on a conveyor belt at a trash-sorting facility.
Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said through his spokesman that while there&...
San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies are in a standoff with a man who fled as deputies tried to approach him at a shopping center in Fontana, authorities said.
Deputies tried to make contact with the man, who is the subject of a criminal investigation, about 1:15 p.m. at Summit Plaza, said Sgt. Anthony Vega. As they approached, the man fled and a short vehicle pursuit ensued, Vega said.
The man drove to a residence in the 3700 block of American Elm Road in the community of Rosena Ranch, where he has been holed up since.
He is communicating with deputies and a SWAT team is on the...
An Arizona judge ruled Thursday that Darren Sharper was ineligible for bail on a sexual assault charge there, which could prevent the ex-NFL star’s release from L.A. County jail, where he has spent the last seven weeks.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville determined there was “proof evidence and presumption great” on the count, meaning the judge believed there was sufficient evidence to hold him without bond, district attorney spokesman Jerry Cobb said.
Granville ruled Sharper was eligible for bond on the other four counts he faces -- three drug-related and...
With a growing number of immigrants asking for asylum at the border, Department of Homeland Security officials have set new guidelines that raise the bar on who can enter the United States and formally file for protection, according to documents released Thursday.
The internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documents, which were obtained by an advocacy group called the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, pertain to what are known as "credible fear" interviews.
Asylum officers conduct the interviews when a person subjected to expedited removal, such as a someone apprehended at the...
SAN DIEGO -- An enlisted sailor has been charged in the Navy bribery case in which two officers have already been charged with helping a Singapore businessman secure lucrative contracts to service Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific region.
Petty Officer 1st Class Dan Layug, 27, was arrested Wednesday in San Diego and appeared Thursday before federal Magistrate Judge Karen Crawford, who set bail at $100,000 and required Layug to wear a GPS monitor.
The two officers, Cmdrs. Michael VannakKhemMisiewicz, 46, and Jose Luis Sanchez, 41, have pleaded not guilty. The two are accused of receiving ...
Los Angeles police said they had no active investigation into what prompted rapper Andre Johnson to sever his penis and jump from a North Hollywood apartment building early Wednesday.
Johnson, 40, raps under the moniker "Christ Bearer" as part of the duo Northstar, which was linked to the Wu-Tang Clan. He survived the fall from the building's second story, but the extent of his injuries was not known.
Officers were called to the 4100 block of Colfax Avenue about 12:45 a.m., and discovered Johnson with a self-inflicted wound to his genitalia, LAPD Sgt. William Mann said. Paramedics responded...
On a regular day exploring the streets of downtown L.A., Parth Bhakta caught an artist painting for a special someone at the corner of 7th Street and Broadway. He took this photo on March 29 with a Nikon D5200 Tokina 11-16mm wide angle lens.
Los Angeles will confront revenue deficits in each of the next three budget years, even if elected officials keep a lid on spending and secure new concessions from the workforce, the top budget analyst at City Hall warned Thursday.
In a memo to the City Council, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said lawmakers won't have the money to rebuild services cut during the recession until 2018, when a $20.9-million surplus is expected, unless new tax revenue is found or other programs are cut.
That situation could limit Mayor Eric Garcetti's ability to expand core services. Garcetti has...
After two fire trucks collided in Monterey Park on Wednesday, sending one of them crashing into a restaurant, the firefighters climbed out and immediately set about rescuing injured civilians, officials said Thursday.
The fire chiefs for the Monterey Park and Alhambra fire departments, which each had three personnel involved in the crash, praised the firefighters for overcoming their own injuries to aid the nine civilians who were hurt, one of them critically.
One Monterey Park firefighter who was also seriously injured, and who remained hospitalized Thursday, helped rescue a restaurant...
California is urging new nursing school graduates who have not already applied for a nursing license to do so using an online application instead of submitting a paper form.
The new web application is designed to speed up approvals for graduates, said Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the state's Department for Consumer Affairs.
Ever since California introduced a new computer system to manage licensing on Oct. 8, many students completing nursing degrees have faced weeks-long delaysgetting authorized to take licensing exams. Because the new system, called BreEZe, did not initially offer an...
An inmate who walked out of a downtown Los Angeles jail by impersonating another inmate and then spent three weeks on the lam pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of escape.
Christopher Lee Brown, 37, is expected to be sentenced to eight months in prison -- on top of his original sentence of four years and eight months -- when he returns to court next week, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.
And rather than serve his time in county jail as originally ordered, prosecutors said Brown would instead be sentenced to state prison.
The California Highway Patrol will use a full-size tour bus and FedEx truck Thursday afternoon to recreate the fiery collision on Interstate 5 that killed 10 people and left dozens more wounded last week.
The reenactment is part of a series of tests the CHP is conducting to determine why the FedEx truck barreled across a grassy median and hit a bus loaded with Southern California high school students en route to Humboldt State.
Both drivers died in the crash, along with three adult chaperons and five high school students.
Both vehicles had black box-like data recorders on board, but they were...
After pleading no contest to corruption charges and agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors, former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo would not be interviewed for his own probation report before he was sentenced.
Rizzo was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in state prison for the crimes in Bell.
The city administrator's attorney, James Spertus, had asked that his client be sentenced to five years in prison, saying he had cooperated with authorities.
In a probation report made public Thursday, an investigator said he had arranged for a phone interview with Rizzo but never heard back from his...
A high-speed chase through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday ended with a kidnapping suspect fleeing on foot, evading the pursuing officers.
Stretches of several downtown L.A. streets were closed Thursday afternoon as police searched for the suspect, who they said could be armed with a weapon.
The chase began when authorities tried to stop a red SUV near Cesar Chavez and Record avenues at about 12:45 p.m., but the suspect did not pull over, the LAPD said. It ended near 8th Street and Broadway, where the suspect appeared to have lost the police tail long enough to flee.
SAN FRANCISCO -- State workplace safety regulators cited the Bay Area Rapid Transit District on Thursday for three "willful serious safety violations" that resulted in two workers being struck and killed by a fast-moving train in Walnut Creek last October.
The Cal/OSHA citations carry proposed penalties totaling $210,000, though those fines are often appealed.
The accident that killed Christopher D. Sheppard and Laurence E. Daniels came during a contentious commuter rail strike, as management was relying on a skeletal workforce. The train that struck the men was training managers as potential...
Three people, including one firefighter, remain hospitalized after two firetrucks collided in Monterey Park on Wednesday, causing one to slam into a small restaurant.
The three patients are being treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, spokeswoman Rosa Saca said Thursday. One patient, identified as a man, was listed in critical condition. The other two -- one of whom is a Monterey Park firefighter with moderate injuries, according to fire Capt. Matt Hallock -- are in stable condition.
Fifteen people, including six firefighters equally split between Alhambra and Monterey Park fire...
SAN DIEGO -- The Roman Catholic bishop of San Diego has suffered a stroke but remains "alert and in good spirits" in the hospital, the diocese announced Thursday.
Bishop Cirilo Flores suffered the stroke Wednesday afternoon while in his office at the Pastoral Center and was rushed to a hospital, the diocese said.
Flores, 65, who became bishop in September, "will be receiving treatment for a few days before his release," the diocese announced in a statement signed by Msgr. Steven Callahan, the diocese vicar general.
"With the faithful people of God let us pray for Bishop Flores' speedy and full...
Thousands of immigrants seeking protection in the United States have spent months in detention waiting for the government to determine whether they may have legitimate cases, even though regulations say they should receive a determination within 10 days, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday by the ACLU and other groups.
The lawsuit accuses the government of violating the law and says tens of millions of taxpayer dollars have been needlessly spent on detention.
Claire Nicholson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said she could not comment on pending...
A 36-year-old man who allegedly introduced himself as a “spiritual cleanser” who could help women with bad luck is on trial in Orange County on charges that he rubbed raw eggs on their bodies and raped them.
Prosecutors said Alberto Flores Ramirez also splashed ammonia on one victim’s head during a spiritual cleansing at a Santa Ana motel, causing her to become dizzy and disoriented. Ramirez is accused of then raping the woman.
Ramirez faces a potential 75-year prison sentence if convicted of rape and other sexual offenses.
The San Clemente resident is accused of attacking...
A man is being evaluated at a local hospital after falsely claiming he had a bomb in his bag at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday morning, prompting a brief evacuation in part of Terminal 7, authorities said.
The man, who was not identified, was arrested by airport police after he approached the ticketing counter about 7:40 a.m. and stated he had a bomb in his bag, according to Sgt. Belinda Nettles. After the ticketing area was partially evacuated, Los Angeles Police investigators were called in and cleared the bag at about 8:45 a.m.
LAPD officers transported the man to Harbor-UCLA...
The fire that destroyed part of the Elks Lodge in San Pedro early Tuesday was intentionally set, investigators said.
The early morning fire tore through the 33,700-square-foot lodge less than a week after a brush fire had been extinguished on the property, officials said. It was unclear if the two fires were related but investigators were not ruling it out.
At a news conference in front of the lodge on Wednesday, interim Los Angeles Fire Chief Jim Featherstone and Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, who represents the area, decried the arson.
Irwindale's city attorney said he was confused and disappointed to hear that Sriracha hot sauce creator David Tran is seriously considering moving his factory -- the source of a months-long battle over spicy odor complaints -- out of the city.
“This seems very extreme,” City Atty. Fred Galante said. “It's disappointing given that [air quality officials] have explained that there are readily available solutions.”
Tran told The Times on Wednesdaythat he was exploring his options after the Irwindale City Council voted unanimously last week to designate the factory a...
SAN DIEGO -- A woman has filed a lawsuit against former Mayor Bob Filner, alleging that he sexually harassed her at a public event at an elementary school while his police bodyguards watched.
In the lawsuit, filed this week in San Diego County Superior Court, Marilyn McGaughy alleges that she was "kissed, massaged, (and) groped" by the then-mayor, who made "repeated sexual advances and sexual comments."
Filner's police bodyguards "were present and witnessed Filner's wrongful conduct, however, they failed to stop Filner or protect McGaughy," according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Daniel...
Video shot on a cellphone moments after a firetruck careened into a Monterey Park restaurant Wednesday shows the chaotic aftermath as patrons and firefighters scrambled to get out from under the rubble.
The video, shot by an employee from inside Lu's Dumpling House off Emerson and Garfield avenues, shows the restaurant's dining area in disarray, with tables and chairs toppled over and what appears to be a person wedged between the front of the firetruck and restaurant furniture. The restaurant's mangled metal window framing dangles from the ceiling.
Investigators are trying to determine what prompted a rapper linked to the Wu-Tang Clan to cut off his penis and jump from a second-story apartment Wednesday in North Hollywood.
Andre Johnson, 40 -- who raps under the moniker Christ Bearer in the duo Northstar -- survived the fall. He was discovered about 12:45 a.m. with a self-inflicted wound to his genitalia, Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Mann said.
Mann said Johnson had jumped from a second-story building in the 4500 block of Colfax Avenue. Johnson was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Mann said, but the extent of his injuries was...
Residents in more than 1,000 homes who were evacuated from a Solvang neighborhood after a military ordnance was found nearby have been allowed to return home, officials announced early Thursday.
A military ordnance was found about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Solvang’s picturesque business district in the 1600 block of Copenhagen Drive, sparking the mass evacuation. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department initiated its reverse-911 system, which called between 500 and 700 homes and businesses, including hotels, in the surrounding area ordering occupants to evacuate immediately.
A major-accident team from the California Highway Patrol will investigate how two firetrucks ended up colliding Wednesday in Monterey Park, sending one of them careening into a restaurant, injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.
The injured firefighters were equally split between the two trucks, one from Monterey Park, the other from Alhambra.
Officials said at least one person was in critical condition, although they did not specify who.
Officials said they would review everything from the speed of the trucks -- which had their lights and sirens running when they collided -- to radio...
Family, friends and students of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in South Los Angeles will gather Thursday for a candlelight vigil to honor Mattison Haywood, one of the 10 victims of the bus crash in Orland.
Haywood, along with fiance Michael Myvett, was a chaperon accompanying students from Los Angeles-area high schools to Humboldt State for a college recruiting visit when their bus was hit by a FedEx truck.
In the days since the crash, victims’ relatives have been identifying their loved ones as being among those killed. The Glenn County coroner cautioned after the...
Officials said two fire trucks had their lights and sirens running when they collided Wednesday afternoon in Monterey Park, sending one careening into a restaurant.
Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell said the trucks -- one from Monterey Park, the other from Alhambra -- were responding to a house fire in south Monterey Park when they crashed at the intersection of Emerson and Garfield avenues about 3:15 p.m.
Officials now say 15 people, including six firefighters, were hurt.
One person, described as a civilian who was inside Lu's Dumpling House, was critically injured, Birrell said. One...
Investigators said it was not immediately clear what caused two fire trucks to collide Wednesday afternoon in Monterey Park, sending one careening into a Chinese restaurant and injuring at least 14 people.
It also was not known how many of the injured were patrons at Lu's Dumpling House or pedestrians, but fire officials said four firefighters suffered minor to moderate injuries. No fatalies were reported, but officials told reporters at least one person was critically injured.
The crash was reported at 3:12 p.m. at the intersection of Garfield and Emerson avenues, Monterey Park police Lt....
By Jeff Gottlieb, Corina Knoll and Christopher Goffard
Four years after he became the face of municipal greed, Robert Rizzo broke his long silence Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom and asked a judge for mercy.
The former Bell administrator was pale and baggy-eyed, and his thinning hair had turned gray. For many, there was hope he would finally reveal how he engineered a brazen scheme to boost the salaries of top officials that left the working-class city tumbling toward bankruptcy.
But in a small, halting, scratchy voice, Rizzo, 60, offered only the vaguest of apologies, and no details.
All but one of the dozens of students injured in last week’s fatal bus crash in Northern California have been released from area hospitals, officials said Wednesday.
The fiery collision between a FedEx truck and a tour bus on Interstate 5 killed 10 people, including five high school students.
More than 30 teenagers had been taken to seven hospitals in Northern California. By Wednesday afternoon, most had been treated and released. One patient who had been confined to the ICU at Enloe Medical Center in Chico was upgraded to fair condition Monday and was released by Tuesday evening, as was...
The L.A. County sheriff’s deputies who mistakenly shot two victims of a knife attack in West Hollywood, killing one, will return to active duty next week, department officials said.
The three deputies have gone through the psychological evaluation and training required after shootings in which a person is hit and have been cleared to go back on patrol, said West Hollywood station Capt. Gary Honings.
The deputies had been on leave since April 7 when they fatally shot aspiring Hollywood producer John Winkler in the chest as he and another victim ran out of an apartment, officials said.
After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location.
Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California that have offered to host the Sriracha factory. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale and decide if their communities would complain about the odors that arise during production.
Tran stressed he has not decided whether to move, but would like to explore his...
SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden Gate Park's Hippie Hill is famous for the wafting aroma of marijuana just about any day of the week. But Sunday is 4/20, and to those in the know that's code for "light up the ganja."
It also happens to be Easter Sunday, and officials fear a repeat of last year's massive daylong party that culminated in a crowd-sourced haze at 4:20 p.m. and then sent brain-fogged crowds flocking out of the park into the Haight district and as far as Hayes Valley.
There were only a few arrests but property was damaged and streets so clogged that buses came to a near standstill....
A greater percentage of California community college students were scheduled to pass remedial math and English courses last year but fewer were finishing school or transferring, according to statistics released this week.
Nearly 48% of students who started taking community college courses in 2007 were on track to graduate or transfer, which is slightly lower than the transfer and graduation rates of students who started school in 2006, according to scorecards released by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.
College officials blamed the drop on a decrease in state funding,...
A man who dragged himself naked, burned and bound up a riverbed wash to the side of the 605 Freeway where he was discovered has died, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
Authorities said the man was found by a driver sometime before 2 p.m. Tuesday on the side of the northbound 605, north of the 60 Freeway in the City of Industry. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said the man had apparently been assaulted, then burned and left in the riverbed wash.
The man had “severe” burns on his face and body, officials said, and was partially bound when...
A third man involved in a deadly Bellflower home invasion has been convicted of murder and other charges related to what prosecutors said was a drug deal gone bad.
Hector Aguilar Arciga, 39, was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder, four counts of home invasion robbery and first-degree burglary, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
He, along with Francisco Argenis Parra, 32, and Pedro Huerta Zuniga, 44 -- also convicted of first-degree murder and robbery-related charges -- were accused of shooting 23-year-old Carlos Zaratein his Bellflower apartment during a...
A lost sea lion pup nicknamed Hoppie found at a Central Valley orchard about 100 miles from the ocean is recovering at a marine mammal center in Sausalito after its inland adventure.
The confused animal was discovered last month at Mape's Ranch near Modesto, where workers contacted wildlife officials, the Fresno Bee reported.
A volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito eventually coaxed the lost sea lion into a wire cage, where it promptly fell asleep, KTVU-TV reported. The 36-pound sea lion is undergoing treatment for open sores, center officials said.
Prosecutors are expected to charge three teens accused of egging a homeless woman while she was praying on a sidewalk in Lancaster.
The boys -- all 17 years old -- were allegedly caught in the act by a sheriff’s deputy about 1 p.m. Monday near Serra Highway and Jackson Avenue. Officials say the deputy saw one of the teens hurl an egg at the woman, hitting her in the chest. The woman complained of a little pain but declined medical treatment.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said the teens probably would be charged with assault but it wasn’t...
Rapper Jay Z's Made in America music festival is coming to downtown's Grand Park despite concern from one City Council member that the influx of thousands of people attending multiple stages with access to beer could create a "nightmare."
The rapper joined L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday to make the announcement, saying two years ago, "this was a dream."
He also called Garcetti an "incredible mayor," noting he "pulled this thing together in record time."
The Budweiser Made in America festival had drawn opposition from those worried about multiple street closures...
Sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution in connection with a massive public corruption scandal, former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo walked to his car Wednesday a defeated man.
“I should have realized the salaries were way out of whack and taken steps to bring them back in line, but it just got away from me,” Rizzo said in an brief chat with The Times.
"There’s not much I could do after a period of time.”
A former Glendale councilman who was sentenced last week to one year in jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns will instead serve the remainder of this time under home confinement.
After being sentenced, John Drayman was assigned to the Twin Towers jail facility in downtown Los Angeles. But L.A. County Sheriff's officials almost immediately cut his term by more than half, noting nonviolent and nonsexual criminals are eligible for the reduction under state prison realignment guidelines meant to reduce inmate overcrowding.
A top Centinela schools official on Tuesday said the FBI has contacted the district regarding the high salary of Supt. Jose Fernandez, who was paid $674,559 last year.
The official, newly elevated school board President Hugo M. Rojas, said he is prepared to cooperate fully with both the FBI and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
Rojas did not clarify whether the district attorney had actually contacted him or the Centinela Valley Union High School District -- he left quickly after the conclusion of the six-hour board meeting Tuesday, which took place at the Centinela...
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and rapper Jay Z are scheduled to appear outside City Hall on Wednesday for what is expected to be an announcement on a two-day music festival for Labor Day weekend in Grand Park.
The Budweiser Made in America, which advertises itself as being “curated by Jay Z,” could draw as many as 50,000 people to the heart of downtown, raising red flags for Councilman Jose Huizar, who warned that street closures and beer sales could create "a nightmare."