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Contract talks stalled, thousands o...

Contract talks stalled, thousands of L.A. city workers take strike vote

Angered by stalled contract negotiations, 10,000 city workers represented by the Service Employees International Union are voting on whether to strike, a move that could potentially paralyze basic city services such as garbage collection, sewer maintenance and transportation.
USC's Adoree' Jackson, JuJu Smith a...

USC's Adoree' Jackson, JuJu Smith are drawing crowds after practice

USC Coach Steve Sarkisian said this spring that the program would continue to attract top recruits by having ?young players on your roster that young kids want to emulate and be like.?
'Furious 7': Looking back as a fran...

'Furious 7': Looking back as a franchise does the same

Unless you've been holed up in an auto repair shop or, say, locked in the trunk of a turbocharged Nissan Skyline GT-R, you're probably aware that "Furious 7" is speeding toward a massive opening this weekend.
Tax returns and Obamacare: a perfec...

Tax returns and Obamacare: a perfect storm?

In my Wednesday column, I wrote that Congress keeps asking the Internal Revenue Service to do more work even as Congress cuts the IRS budget.
Feds: Menendez got $1 million in gi...

Feds: Menendez got $1 million in gifts, contributions from doctor

Sen. Robert Menendez, a powerful force on Capitol Hill and ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was charged Wednesday with receiving nearly $1 million in gifts and campaign contributions from a longtime friend and benefactor in exchange for using his Senate office to help...
What's old is new again: Brown call...

What's old is new again: Brown called for 25% water cuts in the 1970s

Gov. Jerry Brown?s order Wednesday for a 25% mandatory cut in water use, a response to the state?s devastating drought, comes almost four decades after the governor faced a similar water crisis that pitted water-rich Northern California against its thirsty southern neighbors.

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California drought: No snow found i...

California drought: No snow found in snow survey; Gov. Brown announces first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions

Snow surveyers announced Wednesday that no snow was found at measuring site -- the first time in 75 years of measurements at the Phillips snow course. tThis shatters the previous low record of 25 percent, set last year and in 1977.
Joni Mitchell found unconscious, no...

Joni Mitchell found unconscious, now in intensive care

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Joni Mitchell was in intensive care in a Los Angeles-area hospital on Tuesday, according to the Twitter account and website of the folk singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
Andrew Getty's death likely from na...

Andrew Getty's death likely from natural cause or accident

Andrew Getty, among the heirs in a family whose name is synonymous with elite American wealth, was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home of what was most likely natural causes or an accident, authorities and family members said.
Investigators say UC Davis veterina...

Investigators say UC Davis veterinary student, roommate died in murder-suicide

Investigators say a UC Davis veterinary student and her roommate died in a murder-suicide.
One-tenth of California's Central V...

One-tenth of California's Central Valley's smog from Asia, scholars say

Up to 10 percent of the smog in California's polluted San Joaquin Valley is coming from outside the state -- much of it from 6,000 miles away, in Asia, researchers in California said Tuesday.
Andrew Getty found dead; oil fortun...

Andrew Getty found dead; oil fortune heir and son of San Francisco multibillionaire

A man was found dead Tuesday in the Hollywood Hills home of oil fortune heir Andrew Getty, and the Getty family confirmed that it was the 47-year-old grandson of J. Paul Getty.

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UCLA study offers hope on emergency...

UCLA study offers hope on emergency room crowding

A new study by the University of California, Los Angeles finds emergency room visits among the state's newly insured poor are high, but decline quickly after a year.
College to pay writer $26,000 for r...

College to pay writer $26,000 for rescinded invite

A California community college has agreed to pay Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black $26,000 not to sue after the school rescinded an invitation to speak at commencement.
Transient arrested in attack on Cal...

Transient arrested in attack on California girl

A 50-year-old transient has been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a 12-year-old girl from the front yard of her Central California home and then sexually assaulting her.
California man pleads guilty in has...

California man pleads guilty in hash-oil explosion

A California man who was using butane to make hash oil from marijuana, causing an explosion that badly burned himself and a Hamilton teenager, has pleaded guilty to felony drug charges.
Kidnap gang's co-leader gets 9 life...

Kidnap gang's co-leader gets 9 life terms

The co-leader of a violent Mexican drug gang convicted of several murders was sentenced in San Diego County to nine life terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole. FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2009, file photo, Juan Francisco Estrada-Gonzalez is brought into the courtroom by San Diego Sheriff's deputies during his arraignment hearing on murder charges in San Diego Superior Court in San Diego. Estrada-Gonzalez and 16 other alleged members of a group of Mexican drug traffickers were indicted in the murders of nine people in the San Diego area. Estrada-Gonzalez was sentenced in San Diego County to nine life terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, ending the longest criminal trial in county history, lasting 15 months including jury selection.
Milestone reached in Hetch Hetchy w...

Milestone reached in Hetch Hetchy water upgrade

San Francisco has taken a big step toward securing its water supply with the completion of a $288 million tunnel below San Francisco Bay.

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New round of state GOP soul-searchi...

New round of state GOP soul-searching

What can parties do to reach this growing hodgepodge of the state's non-aligned voters?
Winning numbers drawn in 'Daily 3 M...

Winning numbers drawn in 'Daily 3 Midday' game

The winning numbers in Wednesday afternoon's drawing of the California Lottery's "Daily 3 Midday" game were:
Durst lawyers: FBI illegally search...

Durst lawyers: FBI illegally searched New Orleans hotel room

Attorneys for millionaire Robert Durst, who faces a California murder charge, say Durst's arrest in New Orleans on weapons charges was invalid, in part because the FBI conducted an unlawful search of his hotel room.
California districts seek to extend...

California districts seek to extend waiver of education law

Six of California's largest urban school districts have applied for a waiver freeing them from requirements of the nation's No Child Left Behind education law.
Search, social & shopping: Pinteres...

Search, social & shopping: Pinterest turns 5

In its five short years of life, Pinterest has become 'the' place where brides-to-be create wish boards of wedding china photos and do-it-yourself home renovators bookmark shiny turquoise tiles for bathrooms. It's where people share ideas and ingenuity and get creatively inspired. And it's fueled a new way of searching for items that's even stolen traffic from tech giant Google.
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AP NewsAlert

California governor orders officials to impose mandatory water restrictions for first time.

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LeBron: 'I have the right to call p...

LeBron: 'I have the right to call plays'

LeBron James says he has "freedom" to call plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the course of the game, and coach David Blatt claims that the superstar dictating the action is business as usual.
Alexander Bradley testifies at tria...

Alexander Bradley testifies at trial

Alexander Bradley, the man who sued Aaron Hernandez over being shot in the face in Florida, has taken the stand in the former New England Patriots player's murder trial.
Some McDonald's workers to get pay ...

Some McDonald's workers to get pay hikes

McDonald's says it's raising pay for workers at its company-owned U.S. restaurants, making it the latest employer to sweeten worker incentives in an improving economy.
Iran extensions underscores Pres. O...

Iran extensions underscores Pres. Obama's dilemma in talks

President Barack Obama's willingness to extend Iranian nuclear talks at least twice this week has laid bare the dilemma he faces as he pursues a high-stakes accord.
Bengals play prank on Browns

Bengals play prank on Browns

As part of a prank to commemorate April Fools' Day and to troll their in-state rival Browns, the Bengals tweeted they would have a "fresh new look for the 2015 season." The news had the Buckeye State buzzing, and may add some fun fuel to the rivalry.
Gov. Brown issues first-ever mandat...

Gov. Brown issues first-ever mandatory statewide water use reductions

With a record-low snowpack amid the state's drought, Gov. Jerry Brown directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory 25 percent reductions in water usage by California cities and towns through February 2016.

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With suffering drought still ongoin...

With suffering drought still ongoing, Gov. Jerry Brown orders mandatory water restrictions for California cities

California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered state officials Wednesday to impose mandatory water restrictions for the first time in history as the state grapples with a serious drought. Standing in dry, brown grass at a site that he said normally would be...
Just what's in summer gas blend and...

Just what's in summer gas blend and why is it more expensive at the pump?

Beginning today, the gasoline you pump into your car will be a bit different, and air-quality officials say it will help us breathe a bit easier. The summer blend is refined to have less of the volatile hydrocarbon chemicals, such as butane and...
No 'narsisstics': Music festivals b...

No 'narsisstics': Music festivals ban selfie sticks

LOS ANGELES ? You can bring your beach towels and floral headbands, but forget that selfie stick if you?re planning to go to the Coachella or Lollapalooza music festivals. The devices, which grasp cellphones to allow people to take pictures of...
Arkansas legislator drops proposal ...

Arkansas legislator drops proposal to ban California wine

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. ? A proposal to prohibit the importing of California wine has withered after an Arkansas lawmaker said he won?t continue to seek retribution over egg regulations. Republican Rep. Dan Douglas of Bentonville told House members to...
Kamala Harris clears her path to U....

Kamala Harris clears her path to U.S. Senate

CASTAIC ? When Kamala Harris, a Democrat, was the newly elected district attorney of San Francisco in 2004, she walked into a firestorm after deciding not to pursue the death penalty for a man accused in the killing of a police officer ? drawing...
Birth tourism raids spark debate ab...

Birth tourism raids spark debate about citizenship, the 14th Amendment

It didn?t take long. News of a federal raid in Irvine and other Southern California cities ignited stinging complaints against Chinese companies bringing expectant mothers to give birth on American soil.There oughta be a law, Orange County readers...
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