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75-year-old woman finds childhood essay in used bookstore’s Bible

A 75-year-old woman from San Clemente, California recently made an astonishing discovery inside a used Bible she purchased from a local store: an essay she wrote as a Girl Scout in Kentucky, at the tender age of 10. Marion Shurtleff still has not figured out how the letter managed to…

L.A. councilman to turn ‘Grease’ drag racing site into river for kayaking and fishing

A river runs through it? Kayaking, fishing come to downtown Los Angeles. (via The Christian Science Monitor) City Councilman Ed Reyes stands in front of the Los Angeles River in this 2003 photo. He has spearheaded an effort to reclaim parts of the river and turn them into recreational areas.…

Firefighters still battling raging California wildfire

Firefighters deployed ground and air crews Saturday for another day battling a raging southern California wildfire that threatened 4,000 homes. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity were helping efforts against the Springs Fire, and firefighters said they had contained 30 percent of the blaze, which erupted Thursday near Malibu, 40 miles…

Lindsay Lohan violates probation by ditching rehab behind prosecutors’ backs

Troubled US actress Lindsay Lohan faces fresh legal problems after failing to check into a California rehab center for 90 days of court-ordered treatment, reports said Friday. Santa Monica City Prosecutor Terry White was quoted by local media as saying that Lohan was in violation of her probation after spending…

No damage reported after Los Angeles shaken by 4.7-magnitude earthquake

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake Monday shook buildings in Los Angeles, with US seismologists saying it was the strongest to hit the area since 2010, but there were no reports of damage or casualties. The epicenter of the quake was some 11 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of Anza, California — about 100…

Poll worker shot three times outside Los Angeles elementary school

An argument at a Los Angeles elementary schools serving as a polling location ended on Tuesday with an election worker reportedly being shot multiple times. According to KCBS, a 35-year-old poll worker was shot by a woman three times at 92nd Street Elementary School during voting for the Los Angeles…

Christopher Dorner case rekindled distrust and resentment of police

One strange, sad, but telling aspect of the recent manhunt for Christopher Dorner, the fired Los Angeles cop who pursued a fatal vendetta against the city police department, is that many African-Americans in Los Angeles and elsewhere cheered him on via Twitter and Facebook and in public online forums…  …

Singer Morrissey convinces Los Angeles venues to ban meat

British singer and ex-Smiths frontman Morrissey has persuaded the venue of an upcoming Los Angeles show to ban sales of meat by food vendors, the vegetarian activist said. The sold-out March 1 concert will be the first time the LA concert venue has agreed to go 100 percent vegetarian, a…

U.S. offers reward for killer of Chinese students

LOS ANGELES — US authorities have offered $200,000 in reward money to find whoever killed two Chinese graduate students in Los Angeles last week, after more funds were pledged Tuesday. The male and female students from the University of Southern California (USC) were shot in the early hours of last…

LA police fire 90 rounds at fleeing, unarmed teen

A Los Angeles teen was killed by a hail of police gunfire on Wednesday night after eight officers fired 90 rounds in total as he appeared to point an object at them, according to The Associated Press. Police confronted 19-year-old Abdul Arian following a car chase that was caught on…

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