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Oil company begins clearing Whittier nature preserve
The city of Whittier and a Santa Barbara oil company prompted outrage Thursday as they began clearing trees and brush from a nature preserve that was bought with Los Angeles County tax dollars to protect it from development. Whittier purchased the land ...

Cardinal Mahony relieved of duties over handling of abuse
In a move unprecedented in the American Catholic Church, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced Thursday that he had relieved his predecessor, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, of all public duties over his mishandling of clergy sex abuse of children ...

New and upcoming concerts
Associated Press file Laugh it up with comedian Sinbad tonight at 9 at The Canyon in Agoura Hills. Memphis Red & the Funk Stank Nasty Band will open the show. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or ...

Robbery Pursuit Crash Leaves One Suspect Dead, Two Injured
(CNS) One person was killed this morning when an SUV carrying armed robbery suspects fleeing police collided with another vehicle on the Golden State (5) Freeway in the Lincoln Heights section of Los Angeles, authorities said. The California Highway ...

Dirk Nowitzki's Health Will Determine How Rest of Season Goes for Mavericks
It was announced early this morning that Dirk Nowitzki will not suit up against Phoenix tonight. The 34-year old power forward strained his right adductor muscle against Portland earlier this week and was unable to go on Thursday in the Mavs' narrow ...

Priests' ecclesiastical missteps treated more sternly than abuse
The archdiocese of Los Angeles learned in the late 1970s that one of its priests had sexually assaulted a 16-year-old boy so violently that he was left bleeding and "in a state of shock." The priest said he was too drunk to remember what happened and ...

Villaraigosa seeks to squelch Cabinet rumors
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Friday that he plans to stay mayor until the end of his term June 30, an announcement aimed at ending talk of him taking a post as President Obama's secretary of Transportation. "I have said many times that I ...

AQMD votes to increase environmental oversight of Los Angeles, Long Beach ...
AQMD votes to increase environmental oversight of Los Angeles, Long Beach ...

Lakers Tame Timberwolves After Another Vintage "Kobe Johnson" Performance
Lakers Tame Timberwolves After Another Vintage "Kobe Johnson" Performance. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol led a balanced attack for the Los Angeles Lakers en route to a 111-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. By Shahan Ahmed. | Friday, Feb 1 ...

Top contenders share strong ties to Jewish community
Eric Garcetti jokingly refers to himself as a "kosher burrito." Wendy Greuel's mother accurately predicted that she would "marry a nice Jewish boy." And Jan Perry frequently talks about how her conversion to Judaism affects her worldview. The field ...

Gov. Jerry Brown pardons 128 people in 2012
SACRAMENTO — A former deputy Los Angeles city attorney, convicted of soliciting sexual favors from an 18-year-old defendant in exchange for promising to help her avoid jail time, was among 128 people pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown last year. In 1990 ...

AME church denies minister's plea
The judicial body of the African Methodist Episcopal church has denied the petition of the Rev. John J. Hunter, former leader of First AME in Los Angeles, to return to the helm of the storied black church. Hunter, who was abruptly moved from First AME ...

UCLA Drug Trial Hopes to Keep Early Alzheimer's at Bay
Rosemary Navarro's family has a long history of Alzheimer's. After learning she had early onset Alzheimer's triggered by a newly discovered gene, Navarro began participating in a drug trial that hopes to stave off the disease. Dr. Bruce Hensel reports ...

DGA: Another big night for Affleck's 'Argo'?
FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 file photo, actor Ben Affleck poses backstage with the award for best cast in a motion picture for "Argo" at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. A best-picture win at ...

Stories of Holocaust survivors retold by holograms
In this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies, computer scientist David Traum, left, interacts with Holocaust survivor, Pinchas Gutter, seen on a "Virtual Survivor Visualization," at ...

Kobe Bryant's Recent Magic Johnson-Like Play Is Special
Covering the Lakers' Big Three of Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. Lakers. Kobe Bryant's Recent Magic Johnson-Like Play Is Special. The "Magic Mamba" is Kobe Bryant's most recent nickname, but his transformation from scorer to all around ...

A mountain of lawsuits weighs heavily on Bell
It just might be easier to build a courthouse in Bell. As six former city leaders stand trial on corruption charges, the small Los Angeles County city is facing a mountain of legal challenges, any one of which could bankrupt the town. And federal ...

Frank Ocean Says He Won't Pursue Charges Against Chris Brown Over Alleged ...
Frank Ocean Says He Won't Pursue Charges Against Chris Brown Over Alleged ...

Affleck's 'Argo' wins Directors Guild top honor
Ben Affleck arrives at the 65th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards at the Ray Dolby Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP). Ben Affleck speaks holding his award for outstanding directorial ...

Altadena Junction: Sheriff cuts squeezing unincorporated areas, Walmart ...
Altadena Junction: Sheriff cuts squeezing unincorporated areas, Walmart ...

Four Years After Baby Killed on Super Bowl Sunday, Neighborhood Gets a ...
Four Years After Baby Killed on Super Bowl Sunday, Neighborhood Gets a ...

High-Tech Cargo Airship Being Built in California
A giant aircraft being built inside a hangar near Los Angeles looks like a blimp, but its designers say it's a whole lot more: It just might be the future of air travel. The futuristic flying machine, called the Aeroscraft, may one day carry troops and ...

UFC 156 POSTFIGHT Aldo: “I can't rate [Edgar] as my toughest opponent, but he ...
UFC 156 POSTFIGHT Aldo: “I can't rate [Edgar] as my toughest opponent, but he ...

LA Parishioners Hearing From Archbishop Jose Gomez Through Statement
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Catholics in Los Angeles will hear an apology from Archbishop Jose Gomez as they attend mass on Sunday morning. At St. Charles Catholic Church in the 10800 block of Moorpark, the official apology previously posted on ...

Turkey pledges support for Syrian opposition - Los Angeles Local News ...
Turkey pledges support for Syrian opposition - Los Angeles Local News ...

Greuel is in good position in mayor's race
Wendy Greuel's success in winning support of key city employee unions has enabled her to jump ahead of rivals in TV advertising in the Los Angeles mayor's race and left her chief opponent, Eric Garcetti, scrambling to slow her momentum. With voting by ...

LA-area priests try to make sense of a tumultuous week
Msgr. Robert J. Gallagher stood before parishioners at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Sunday, searching for the right words to reassure them after a tumultuous week that saw the release of previously secret personnel files on priests who molested ...

Suspected child molester left LA archdiocese for LA schools
A former priest and suspected child molester left employment with the Los Angeles archdiocese to work for the L.A. Unified School District, officials confirmed Sunday. The former clergyman, Joseph Pina, did not work with children in his school district ...

Report finds LAX operators ignored requirements to disperse air traffic
A report prepared for Los Angeles County's top administrator claims the operators of LAX have virtually ignored legal requirements to reduce effects on the environment by dispersing growth in commercial flights to other airports in the region. A 2006 ...

LA's first Hebrew-language charter school raises questions
When Lashon Academy opens its doors this fall, its students will be taught to read and write in both English and Hebrew — a first for a public school in Los Angeles. But the approval of the charter school last month has raised concerns that it and ...


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