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Los Angeles County public health officials on Sunday reported 830 new coronavirus cases and four related deaths. The lower number of fatalities reflects weekend reporting delays, officials said.
L.A. County emergency management officials are warning of potential wildfires and power outages.
Strong and dry blasts known as Diablo and Santa Ana winds are expected in California. Pacific Gas and Electric has begun cutting power.
324 U.S. citizens have vanished in Mexico since 2006. "We tell people ... if you think your loved one is in Mexico, go to Mexico," a law enforcement official says.
Offset, of the music group Migos, streamed part of the interaction on Instagram Live, which shows officers surrounding his vehicle near a Trump rally.
A San Diego County transit district is seeking to relieve the Coastal Commission and the city of Del Mar of jurisdiction over bluff projects.
Since Sen. Kamala Harris launched a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, the problems of the country she wants to help lead have inched closer to her Brentwood doorstep.
Xenophobic rhetoric and legislation from the Republican Party has pushed millions of Latinos — like Rafael and Carmela Serrano — to vote Democrat.
San Francisco shut down early in the pandemic and later limited reopening. Now the city is the first urban center in California where the risk of infection is rated as minimal.
Gale-force winds are likely to cause dangerous conditions in harbors on Catalina and Santa Cruz islands.
Across the state's 58 counties, Los Angeles County remains by far the hardest hit, with nearly 300,000 cases and 6,989 deaths.
Pacific Gas and Electric may cut power to more than 1 million people in Northern and Central California amid extreme fire weather
Early voting centers opened across Los Angeles County on Saturday and will remain open through election day
The lack of gear and preparation for her expedition has led one local search and rescue team member to question how the woman survived the ordeal.
With the surge in homicides, criminal justice reform and defunding the police could become harder to do. Just look at Fresno.
An independent review of stops conducted by LAPD officers last year found that racial disparities previously identified in a Times investigation were in part the result of failed strategies to use traffic and minor violations "as a pretext to identify or suppress more serious crimes."
Arcadia announced that 28-year veteran Capt. Roy Nakamura will officially take over as head of the police department Jan. 9
Writers Rachel Howzell Hall, Attica Locke and Ivy Pochoda talked with Times reporter James Queally for a 2020 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books event.
"Young people of all ages are fed up": Trump has awakened young voters, turned bystanders into activists and brought them to a common cause.
In 2018, Democrat T.J. Cox won the seat by fewer than 1,000 votes over Republican David Valadao. They are facing off again. California's Central Valley is a bastion for President Trump, but the congressional race in District 21 could go either way.
Parts of California face an existential threat from growing wildfires due to global warming
Very little is known about the impact of COVID-19 on women and the babies they carry.
A spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday denied that the mayor, First Lady Amy Wakeland and Garcetti's chief of staff discussed political risks associated with advisor's behavior.
Ingredients are aligning for what could be major wind events in Southern California.
L.A.'s financial crisis triggered by the coronavirus has gotten worse, with analysts warning the shortfall could reach $600 million
The 23-campus system awarded nearly 110,000 baccalaureate degrees this spring, an all-time high for the California State University, and continues to make steady progress toward its 2025 graduation goals.
Attacks on the transgender community surged 64% in 2019, with overall hate crimes in the region continuing an upward trend
Take a look at images by the late Times photojournalist Aurelio Jose Barrera, a Pulitzer Prize winner.
As an intern, Barrera shot black-and-white photos of everyday moments in overlooked Latino communities, which his team felt were covered only when crime occurred. Their project won the 1984 public service award, despite initial skepticism from The Times' editor.
We break down Proposition 19, which would provide a tax break for homeowners 55 and older and a tax hike for the children of homeowners.
Several L.A. City Council members support a push for a new law forbidding homeless people from setting up camps near the city's new bridge shelters.
"This was an unheard of amount for someone to be transporting and have in their private collection," a sheriff's spokeswoman says.
The potentially dangerous diablo winds will likely begin Sunday afternoon, peaking overnight, the weather service predicts.
"We cannot tolerate behavior outside of school that places our faculty, staff, and students at increased risk of COVID transmission or exposure," the school's principal said.
Of the 3,600 new coronavirus infections reported in L.A. County on Thursday, officials said roughly 2,000 were from a backlog of tests.
The woman is expected to be sentenced to 14 years and eight months, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney.
The three misdemeanor charges follow a Times investigation that uncovered years of complaints by veterinarians.
Debra McNeal was found with stab wounds and strangulation marks in the couple's Highland home in 1997. Rodney McNeal's sentence was commuted in March.
Field reports from Los Angeles police commanders at protests show that between 6% and 7% resulted in violence, destruction or serious uses of force.
The girl's father is arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after 5-year-old is accidentally shot and killed by another child, police say.
A San Bernardino police officer fatally shot a man during a struggle Thursday night outside a liquor store. Police say the man pulled a weapon.
The nonprofit Orange County Human Relations Commission's annual review cites 83 hate crimes, most of them based on race, national origin or ethnicity.
Yellow tier status allows San Francisco to reopen offices at 25% capacity as well as climbing gyms and additional personal services.
A federal lawsuit alleged that ACT discriminated against students with disabilities by flagging their scores and disability to colleges, and by excluding them from a program that allowed colleges to recruit for admissions and scholarships.
A judge is pushing the city and county of Los Angeles to clear homeless camps near freeways, but vacated an order requiring the clearance.
L.A. Unified has failed in its last two tries to pass a property tax increase to help schools. This time backers are more optimistic
Most of those surveyed would definitely or probably get a COVID-19 vaccine. But that was true of only 29% of Black respondents
If approved by California voters, Proposition 18 would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary and special elections if they turn 18 before the next general election.
A proposal to build a 2.5-mile gondola transport to Griffith Park is generating heated opposition from area residents and environmentalists
The outlaws ransacked the office before animal rescue workers chased them out.
A two-page anti-racist vision was approved by the Riverside City Council, 6 to 1, at this week's regular meeting despite some dissension.
California election law allows items with slogans at voting locations, as long as no candidate or campaign's name is displayed.
Three cases have been confirmed at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, which had defied orders from Los Angeles County public health officials and a judge to stop holding indoor services.
Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud satisfied her detractors by retiring. But she will still have an influential voice at a volatile moment in American policing as the recently elected president of the International Assn. of Police Chiefs.
California Gov. Jerry Brown is airing ads criticizing Proposition 20, calling it a "prison spending scam." The California State Sheriffs' Assn., a frequent opponent of Brown's that represents the state's 58 sheriffs, said the measure is urgently needed for public safety.
Faced with a deluge of fraudulent unemployment claims, California officials said Thursday that 350,000 of the debit cards they issued containing benefits have been frozen because of suspicious activity.
County officials have made it easier for elementary schools to reopen for their youngest students under waivers, dropping a requirement to show union support.
Authorities negotiated a hostage's release and the gunman surrendered hours after the man, who police say is linked to a double homicide, barged into a commercial building in Oakland and barricaded himself inside.
Yolo County, trying to avoid sliding back into the purple tier of California's color-coded reopening scale, issues new guidelines.
Filmmaker Tommy Oliver took his camera to protests against police brutality in Los Angeles this summer. They're set to be featured at a Smithsonian museum.
Anaheim police tipped off Costa Mesa authorities that the rowdy group of car enthusiasts was heading their way overnight.
A low pressure system is behind the cool, cloudy conditions in Southern California. Meanwhile, red flag warnings are issued in Northern California.
After San Jose officers were accused of making racist, xenophobic and misogynistic posts in a Facebook group, their value as witnesses has come under question.
Despite Francis' comments, Catholic doctrine's stance on homosexuality hasn't changed, and many say the Church still falls short.
Maybe we need a national mute button not only for televised presidential debates, but to help us cross hardened party lines and divisions and listen to and hear each other.
When the Zogg fire tore through the town of Igo on Sept. 27, it took the lives of Karin King, Kenneth Vossen, Alaina Rowe McLeod and Feyla McLeod.
Coronavirus has especially harmed students with disabilities, according to a majority of parent survey responses
At first, columnist Sandy Banks was offended after a man yelled at her to put on a mask, but getting to know him, she came to understand his point of view.
Two years ago, Democrat Gil Cisneros was a political newcomer. Now an incumbent, he's again facing Republican Young Kim in a rematch of the 2018 race.
The number of claims dwarfs filings against Catholic archdioceses in similar bankruptcy cases, plaintiffs' attorneys say.
Juan Rayford and Dupree Glass were sentenced to life for a shooting they say they did not commit. Sixteen years later, they are walking free.
Two customers on the outdoor patio. $6 in a tip jar labeled 'For College'. Few masks in sight. This is the reality of Huntington Beach service workers during the pandemic.
The earthquake was reported at 2:19 a.m., 32 miles from Barstow.
A magnitude 3.2 earthquake was reported Wednesday at 11:10 p.m., about 21 miles from Bakersfield.
State propositions don't have to be complicated: George Skelton shares his voting recommendations.
An outside law firm will investigate sexual harassment allegations involving Rick Jacobs, a longtime political advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Despite the dismissals, the bulk of the case will go forward against the head of La Luz del Mundo church accused of sexually assaulting teenage congregants.
The changes — expected this week — will allow family entertainment centers to open outdoors; eliminate a requirement that customers at wineries and breweries have to make reservations; and remove the food requirement for wineries.
The decision is a victory for GOP officials who have insisted their ballot collection campaign is following California election law.
After almost 25 years, a suspect in the killing and sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl from Boyle Heights has been identified, authorities say
San Quentin prison must reduce its inmate population by at least 1,000, a California appeals court rules in a case filed after a COVID-19 outbreak.
Stephanie Ching, 36, pleads guilty to desecrating human remains and acting as an accessory after the fact in the death of her 73-year-old father.
The National Transportation Safety Board finds the fire that killed 34 on the Conception was burning for at least 30 minutes before anyone reacted.
Two boys — 13 and 15 — were among a group who allegedly confronted Trump supporters and assaulted at least two people, authorities said.
All personal care services — including massage and tattoo parlors — will now be allowed to resume modified indoor operations statewide.
Experts warn of pandemic fatigue and complacency with the approaching holidays, which have the potential to be super-spreading events.
A Caltrans contractor was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while setting up a lane closure on the 110 Freeway in downtown L.A., the CHP said.
For years, homes that have been converted into shared living spaces have been considered part of the solution to homelessness. They face a crackdown from the Los Angeles Fire Department in what the operators of the homes say is unfair harassment.
The story behind Proposition 22 is one of a political feud — Uber and Lyft clashing with labor unions and Democratic lawmakers — layered on top of a struggle to understand the changing nature of work.
L.A. City Council race is now a proxy fight between establishment and leftist Democrats, with figures such as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton weighing in.
Social supports are scarce for 269,000 homeless students in California, UCLA report finds.
More men have come forward to say they were harassed by Rick Jacobs, who has taken leave from his role as an advisor to Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The Pomona Police Department has announced the retirement of K-9 Officer Sarge, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois. Sarge will live with his trainer, Cpl. Joe Hernandez.
A Los Angeles judge sentenced Luiz Fuentes to 78 years to life in prison.
"I do not want this to be a distraction. Therefore, I will take a leave from ... my volunteer political work with the mayor," Jacobs said in a statement.
The Los Angeles Police Commission ruled that the fatal police shooting of Alex Flores Jr. was justified, though they disapproved of the tactics used in the lead-up to the shooting.
Supporters of a coming ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products in California asked the state attorney general on Tuesday to investigate complaints that people gathering signatures for a referendum to overturn the law have misrepresented the petitions.
A deadly fire engulfed the Conception dive boat because its owner failed to have effective oversight of the vessel and did not operate a required roving patrol that could have detected the fire earlier and saved lives, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
California health officials will devote additional resources to curb coronavirus transmission rates in Riverside, L.A. and San Bernardino counties.
If a ballot can't be preserved, officials will work to alert voters who need to resubmit their votes using the contact information printed on the mail-in envelope.
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