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Richard Schickel, whose erudite prose and piercing critiques made him one of America’s most important film critics in an era when cinema became increasingly ingrained in the cultural consciousness, died Saturday in Los Angeles from complications after a series of strokes, his family said. He was...

Author: Jeffrey Fleishman
Posted: February 20, 2017, 1:15 am

Engineers and construction crews worked furiously to fortify the Oroville Dam’s damaged spillways and crippled power plant on Sunday as forecasters warned that more heavy rain and possible flooding throughout Northern California were on the way.

By Sunday afternoon, the California Department of...

Author: Louis Sahagun
Posted: February 19, 2017, 11:40 pm

Officials said Sunday there is a high risk of flooding in parts of already-saturated Northern California as the latest “atmospheric river” storm moves in.

The National Weather Service said the highest risk for flooding was in a large swath of the region from Monterey to Marin County on the coast,...

Author: Louis Sahagun, Sonali Kohli
Posted: February 19, 2017, 10:50 pm

Bill Croyle stood in front of an aerial photo of Lake Oroville and swept his hand across the top of the emergency spillway that was helping drain water out of the brimming reservoir.

“Solid rock. All this is rock,” Croyle, acting director of the Department of Water Resources, said with an air of...

Author: Bettina Boxall
Posted: February 19, 2017, 2:00 pm

He’s 94 years old and still clearly remembers.

Tokuji Yoshihashi remembers Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and wondering what would happen to Americans like him who looked like the enemy. He soon found out.

Exactly 75 years ago Sunday, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order...

Author: Teresa Watanabe
Posted: February 19, 2017, 1:00 pm

I watched President Trump’s news conference the other day, and I thought: He’s kind of crazy. Not crazy crazy. But you know, just weird.

He is self-absorbed, unabashed about repeating falsehoods, and rude. He doesn’t listen to questions before launching into misguided tirades. He thought a reporter...

Author: Robin Abcarian
Posted: February 19, 2017, 11:00 am

Blanca Velasquez, 31, was sloshing ankle-deep up and down flooded San Francisco Street in the small Northern California farming town of Maxwell on Saturday afternoon with an iPhone pressed to her ear, trying to find a clear signal to reach worried friends and relatives.

She, like many neighbors,...

Author: Louis Sahagun
Posted: February 19, 2017, 2:35 am

A top Obama administration executive at the U.S. Department of Transportation approved a $647-million grant for a California rail project in mid-January and less than two weeks later went to work for a Los Angeles-based contractor involved in the project, The Times has learned.

The grant provides...

Author: Ralph Vartabedian
Posted: February 19, 2017, 1:40 am

Clyde Stubblefield, a drummer for James Brown who created one of the most widely sampled drum breaks ever, died Saturday. He was 73.

His wife, Jody Hannon, told the Associated Press that Stubblefield died of kidney failure about noon at a Madison, Wis., hospital . He had been suffering from kidney...

Author: Associated Press
Posted: February 19, 2017, 12:20 am
About a hundred residents in the small town of Maxwell in Northern California were evacuated from their homes, some by boat, early Saturday morning because of major flooding after a powerful storm moved through the region. Water flooded several residential streets and roads in parts of the rural...
Author: Sonali Kohli , Louis Sahagun
Posted: February 18, 2017, 9:35 pm

Torrance firefighters are investigating the cause of a fire Saturday morning at the Torrance Refining Co. complex.

Three dozen firefighters were dispatched to the refinery about 6 a.m. after getting reports of an explosion. They extinguished the blaze within a half hour, said Torrance Fire Capt....

Author: Emily Alpert Reyes
Posted: February 18, 2017, 9:00 pm

Jack Ainsworth talks about the trips as if they happened last week, nine kids piling into the car with Mom and Dad.

Starting point: Their home in San Bernardino.

Destination: The beach.

“It was a big standard station wagon with an extra seat that folded up,” said Ainsworth. “And it was funny because...

Author: Steve Lopez
Posted: February 18, 2017, 8:00 pm

When Norma McCorvey revealed on Dallas television station in 1984 that she was the “Roe” in the landmark case that led the Supreme Court to legalize abortion, she called it “my law.”

Fourteen years later, she told a U.S. Senate subcommittee that she would like nothing more than to see Roe vs. Wade...

Author: Mary Rourke, Emily Alpert Reyes
Posted: February 18, 2017, 7:30 pm

Cleanup was beginning across Southern California on Saturday after a storm that forecasters billed as the most powerful in years caused flooding on multiple freeways, triggered dramatic mudslides and downed hundreds of trees and power lines.

The storm was moving out Saturday morning after dumping...

Author: Melissa Etehad, Sonali Kohli , Michael Finnegan
Posted: February 18, 2017, 5:35 pm

The scent of black tea and rice wafts through the bare apartment the Zarour family has come to call home after fleeing Syria.

It’s been three months since they arrived in El Cajon, home to the second-largest Iraqi diaspora in the United States. Rasha Zarour wraps each grain of rice into the grape...

Author: Sarah Parvini
Posted: February 18, 2017, 11:00 am

At Oroville Dam on Friday, it was all about maintaining a delicate balance.

For days, officials have been rapidly reducing the water level of the massive reservoir after both dam spillways sustained major damage. Now they are expressing confidence that the situation was stable even as rain fell.

...
Author: Louis Sahagun
Posted: February 18, 2017, 3:20 am

Julia Guy worried that remaining a teacher might be difficult once she started a family, and staying fit already posed a challenge — so she eagerly filled out a survey seeking suggestions on how to keep teachers in the profession.

Her employer, Bright Star Schools, reviewed the results, crafted...

Author: Howard Blume
Posted: February 18, 2017, 12:35 am

California toxic waste regulators are investigating complaints about a contractor hired to test homes for lead contamination near a closed battery recycler in Vernon, including accusations that its employees made racially derogatory remarks. 

In a letter Thursday to Arcadis U.S. Inc., the Department...

Author: Tony Barboza
Posted: February 18, 2017, 12:05 am

The U.S. Department of Transportation has deferred a decision on a $647-million grant that would help Caltrain electrify a section of track between San Jose and San Francisco, a project crucial to California’s struggling high-speed rail project. 

The decision not to approve the grant by a key Friday...

Author: Ralph Vartabedian
Posted: February 17, 2017, 9:00 pm

Bob Michel, an affable Illinois congressman who served as leader of the Republican House minority for 14 years and was skilled at seeking compromise critical in getting many initiatives of two Republican presidents through Congress, died Friday. He was 93.

A former staffer of Michel, Mike Johnson,...

Author: Associated Press
Posted: February 17, 2017, 3:00 pm

What forecasters say may be the strongest storm in years could dump record-setting rain across Southern California and Los Angeles.

The storm, part of a warm “atmospheric river,” is swollen with moisture and poised to pour rain onto burn-scarred areas in local mountains and foothills.

“It’s arriving...

Author: Joseph Serna
Posted: February 17, 2017, 2:10 pm

In 1970,  it was all about the western. Actor John Wayne, the consummate cowboy, took an Oscar home for his role in "True Grit," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" earned several nominations and "Midnight Cowboy" won best picture.

The original March 25, 1970, caption reported that the process...

Author: Scott Harrison
Posted: February 17, 2017, 9:00 am

Rainwater erosion alongside the Oroville Dam’s main spillway appears to have contributed to the heavy damage that prompted a crisis, forcing more than 100,000 to be evacuated from their homes, a report reviewed by The Times showed.

A summary of the incident, prepared by state water officials four...

Author: Paige St. John, Joseph Serna
Posted: February 17, 2017, 3:30 am

Local teens may catch a few more Zs during the school week under a bill that state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) introduced this week.

Senate Bill 328 would require middle and high schools across California to start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

In his bill introduction,...

Author: Kelly Corrigan, Joy Resmovits , Sonali Kohli
Posted: February 17, 2017, 2:00 am

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A Riverside transient who allegedly attempted to steal mail was found naked minutes later in a nearby alleyway.

Photo Credit: Riverside Police Department
Author: SEAN MYERS
Posted: February 20, 2017, 12:50 am


Several roads reopened Sunday after heavy rain subsided. Here is an updated list of road closures.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
Author: SEAN MYERS
Posted: February 20, 2017, 12:22 am


A man found dead inside a car fully submerged in storm waters on a day of widespread flooding and torrential downpour across Southern California that claimed two other lives was identified early Sunday...

Photo Credit: Jose Gonzalez
Author: HEATHER NAVARRO
Posted: February 19, 2017, 7:44 pm


A man standing next to a taco truck in Compton was shot dead and two employees working behind a table near the truck were also wounded, a sheriff's deputy said Sunday.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
Author: CITY NEWS SERVICE
Posted: February 19, 2017, 6:17 pm


Retired animator Ron Husband is one of the first African American Walt Disney Studios animators. Toni Guinyard reports for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
Posted: February 19, 2017, 6:16 pm


The sun is shining and skies are blue again in Southern California following a series of punishing storms.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
Posted: February 19, 2017, 5:54 pm


The National Hockey League included a mandatory bye week for every team this season, but is it beneficial to get an extra week of rest? We take an introspective look at team's performances after a week of rest.

Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Author: MICHAEL DUARTE
Posted: February 19, 2017, 2:08 pm


Parts of freeways across Southern California were closing due to storm flooding, causing big problems for drivers during rush hour.

Photo Credit: cariwhitmore via Instagram
Author: STAFF and WIRE SERVICES
Posted: February 19, 2017, 8:41 am


A coalition of groups and activists marched through downtown Los Angeles Saturday in protest of Trump's immigration policies, and to call on city leaders to make Los Angeles a sanctuary city, according to a statement about the event.

Photo Credit: Instagram user: @alexharrison247
Author: JESSICA RICE
Posted: February 19, 2017, 8:07 am


Three firefighters managed to safely escape before their fire engine fell down 50 feet off the side of the freeway Friday in the Inland Empire.

Photo Credit: Inland News
Author: KRISTINA BUGANTE
Posted: February 19, 2017, 7:55 am


We hear from civil rights activist, philanthropist and L.A. Sentinel Publisher Danny Bakewell, as he tells his story in his own words for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.
Posted: February 19, 2017, 7:43 am


CJ Wright, an 11-year-old musical prodigy from Upland, is playing a young Michael Jackson in the Broadway hit "Motown the Musical." John Cádiz Klemack reports for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
Posted: February 19, 2017, 7:04 am


Kristine Larson became the first black captain and is now the soon-to-be battalion chief of the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Lolita Lopez reports for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
Posted: February 19, 2017, 6:56 am


With rain, snow, slick highways, wind, and fog--not to mention chain control--the powerful storm made it challenging to get to the mountains this holiday weekend. The Bettinger family of Orange County faced an even bigger obstacle: driving up to a ski resort, their car caught fire and burned intensely. Shaken, suddenly car-less, but undeterred, they found a way to finish their trip. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.
Posted: February 19, 2017, 6:48 am


The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department found a teen's body in a remote area of the Arroyo Conejo Creek in Thousand Oaks on Saturday morning. The person was swept away by swift water during Friday's historic storms, officials said.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
Author: KATE GUARINO
Posted: February 19, 2017, 5:51 am


The UCLA Bruins avenged their late January loss when they beat the USC Trojans on Saturday night in Westwood

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Author: SHAHAN AHMED
Posted: February 19, 2017, 5:13 am


Actress Katherine Heigl's former Los Feliz home, listed at nearly $3 million, has found a potential buyer.

Photo Credit: Jo David/Getty Images
Posted: February 19, 2017, 5:04 am


Los Angeles Clippers' center DeAndre Jordan got the NBA Slam Dunk Contest off to a hot start as he jumped over a DJ booth, complete with DJ, DJ Khaled on Saturday in New Orleans.

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
Author: MICHAEL DUARTE
Posted: February 19, 2017, 5:01 am


Donald Young sat in segregation on the railway to ride to a better life and eventually became the face of the welcome desk at Union Station. Conan Nolan reports for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
Posted: February 19, 2017, 4:53 am


One of the surviving Tuskegee Airmen Theodore Lumpkin shares his story of how he and the other Airmen helped win a war and change society. Beverly White reports for the Life Connected Special: In Celebration of Black History Month on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017.
Posted: February 19, 2017, 4:52 am


Residents and officials in Santa Clarita begin cleanup efforts following heavy rains. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2017. 

Photo Credit: KNBC-TV
Posted: February 19, 2017, 3:53 am


Duarte residents say one neighbor's invention helped them avoid more extensive damage from the heavy rains. Marin Austin reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2017. 
Posted: February 19, 2017, 3:47 am


Residents and business owners can complete an online damage assessment survey by clicking here or visiting www.211la.org and clicking on the banner for Damage Assessment Survey. Residents can also call 211 LA County by dialing 211.

Photo Credit: AP
Author: KATE GUARINO
Posted: February 19, 2017, 1:11 am


From the Great Flood of 1862 to this winter's soaking rains in Northern California, take a look back at some of the state's major floods.

Photo Credit: California Department of Water Resources
Posted: February 18, 2017, 8:32 pm


Videos shared with NBC4 News Friday show flooded streets, downed power lines and mudslides in Southern California.
Author: SEAN MYERS
Posted: February 18, 2017, 6:32 pm


Dan Buck captured this video of a flooded Moorpark Street in Studio City Friday Feb. 17, 2017.
Posted: February 18, 2017, 6:22 pm


A Friday Feb. 17, 2017 storm turned out to be one of the strongest in years in Southern California with downpours and damaging winds. NBCLA users captured these images from around the region of downed trees, flooding and more damage.

Photo Credit: Stephanie Hodgson
Posted: February 18, 2017, 5:21 pm




Photo Credit: AP
Posted: February 18, 2017, 5:16 pm


The storm follows a series of systems that knocked out drought in large swaths of California, but left many areas in danger of landslides and flooding
Posted: February 18, 2017, 6:20 am


With so much flooding on the roads, it may be tempting to try to drive through standing water. NBC4 meteorologist David Biggar explains how a small amount of water can cause big problems.
Posted: February 18, 2017, 6:09 am


As strong winds and drenching rain moved slammed into Southern California, thousands of people lost power as downed trees and debris took down power lines.
Author: KELLY WHITNEY
Posted: February 18, 2017, 5:51 am


A 55-year-old man died Friday after coming in contact with downed power lines in Sherman Oaks during a powerful storm, authorities said.
Author: WILLIAN AVILA and RYAN BOURGARD
Posted: February 18, 2017, 4:25 am


One person was found dead inside a car fully submerged in storm waters on a day of widespread flooding across Southern California, officials said.
Author: WILLIAN AVILA and RYAN BOURGARD
Posted: February 18, 2017, 4:24 am


Assist Audubon in learning more about the feathery friends that frequent our neighborhoods. How? By joining a four-day count.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock
Author: ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER
Posted: February 18, 2017, 2:26 am


D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram will represent the Los Angeles Lakers at the 2017 All-Star Rising Stars Challenge

Photo Credit: Getty Images
Author: SHAHAN AHMED
Posted: February 17, 2017, 10:06 pm


Groundwork Coffee's newest location was built off Lankershim in 1896. A renovation, and some TLC, has led to the ailing depot's transformation as a place to grab a hot beverage and bite.

Photo Credit: LA Metro
Author: ALYSIA GRAY PAINTER
Posted: February 17, 2017, 8:26 pm

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