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The day Alec Baldwin shot Halyna Hutchins and Joel Souza

A Los Angeles Times reconstruction of the events leading up to Hutchins’ death has uncovered new details about the shooting. As has been previously reported by The Times, the inexperience of the armorer had raised concerns from the first day on set, as did conflicts between the production managers and the camera crew. A cascade of bad decisions appeared to create a chaotic set. A set in which, against all production regulations, live bullets were not only present but several had been loaded into a prop gun.


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G-20 summit fails to bridge divides on pandemic and climate change

Despite Biden’s success at patching up disputes with allies like France and the European Union, new fissures are spreading across the globe, undermining the unity needed to resolve ongoing crises and forestall future ones.

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— How “Let’s Go Brandon” became code for insulting Joe Biden.

— Calmes: Virginia governor’s race is a sign of just how deep Trumpism goes.

Climate change could erase the Pacific islands. Who will defend them at U.N. summit?

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After months of decline, coronavirus cases plateau in California. Can we avoid a new surge?

Halloween kicked off a packed slate of fall-and-winter festivities, tempting many residents to travel and gather in numbers not seen since before the pandemic.

Combine that with cooler weather increasingly pushing activities indoors — where the risk of transmission is generally higher — and the apparent seasonality of COVID-19 itself, and there’s potential for this latest lull to be a launching point for a new influx of infections.

— Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams join growing list of vaccinated musicians testing positive for COVID-19

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Sheriff warns vaccine mandate causing ‘mass exodus’ among personnel

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva continues to rail against the county’s vaccine mandate, warning it is causing a “mass exodus” in his department and threatens public safety at a time when violent crime is on the rise.

Inside an LAPD crime briefing: Homicides, ‘hood days’ and the ‘compounding’ violence

After a decade of success in driving down violent crime like killings and shootings, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore has seen the progress fade away since last year. The latest closed-door briefing, which Moore allowed The Times to observe, offered no reprieve.

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— L.A. Affairs: I went on a date with my dead ex-boyfriend

— They stuck to their anti-vax beliefs. Now these teachers and school workers are out of jobs.


River Phoenix, who gained fame as a teenage actor in the film “Stand by Me” and became one of Hollywood’s rising young stars, collapsed and died in front of a trendy Hollywood nightclub.

Paramedics responded to a 911 call from his distraught brother, Joaquin, who reported Phoenix was suffering seizures and had lost consciousness. Phoenix arrived at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in full cardiac arrest, with no pulse or blood pressure.

Clipped from the front page of the Los Angeles Times Nov. 1, 1993. (L.A. Times archive)


Homeless veterans prepare for move onto VA grounds in West Los Angeles.

USC’s ‘Greek experience’ under fire even as fraternities gain in popularity post-pandemic.

— After private school teacher arrested, California parents in the dark: ‘Where’s the truth?’

— California Politics: Who wants to fix recall elections?

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— One dead, 13 rescued in large-scale attempt to swim around U.S.-Mexico border fence.

— Trump wants call logs, aide’s notes hidden from Jan. 6 panel.

— Potential jurors see racism behind Ahmaud Arbery’s slaying.

Paid family medical leave’s demise tough on backers in Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s home state of West Virginia.


— The making of James Wan’s ‘Malignant,’ the cult horror film of the year

— Cassandra Peterson finally drags Elvira, L.A.’s spookiest icon, out of the dark

— Essential Arts: Facebook corporate is now known as Meta and the stylized infinity symbol logo feels very Big Pharma meets “Squid Game” enforcer mask.

— Review: In ‘Keyboard Fantasies,’ legendary musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland gets his due.


— The Golden Globes want to make a comeback this year. Hollywood isn’t buying it.

— Salk Institute, Scripps Research expansions promise new San Diego life sciences boom.


— For Dodgers this coming offseason, team icons are among those in free-agent flux.

— ‘It was a classless move,’ Morningside coach says of Inglewood scoring 106 points.

— Commentary: USC coaching search: Five things we learned Saturday about potential candidates

— Commentary: Chip Kelly is nowhere close to elite, and UCLA can do much better

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— Editorial: Finally, someone has lit a fire under the VA to get homeless veterans housed.

— Granderson: In Kyle Rittenhouse’s case, vigilantism goes on trial too.


Tooleville water is contaminated with the carcinogen hexavalent chromium (chrom-6), and sometimes nitrates linked to agriculture and bacteria.

The town of Exeter is less than a mile away. It’s where many of Tooleville’s 340 residents shop and go to school. Yet, for more than 20 years, the vibrant citrus-belt community has refused to connect Tooleville to its water system.

So water had to be delivered to residents’ doors, paid for with emergency state funding passed during the California drought that ended in 2016.

A water bill signed in September was inspired largely by Tooleville’s struggle. The bill is called the “proactive water solutions bill,” and gives the state the power to mandate and fund consolidation when there is an at-risk water system.

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