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California Assembly speaker receives death threats after postponing single-payer bill

By Andrew Edwards|

California to stop suspending licenses for traffic fines

SACRAMENTO >> Californians will no longer face losing their driver’s licenses because of unpaid traffic fines starting next month. Gov. Jerry Brown said the punishment doesn’t help the state collect unpaid fines and can send ...

By Sophia Bollag The Associated Press|


  • Industrial pollution

    Odors emanate from Torrance refinery after equipment malfunction

    By Nick Green @nickgreen007 on Twitter A tripped compressor at the Torrance refinery caused the vapor recovery system to shut down, leading to warnings that industrial odors that are usually captured may be smelled by residents of the surrounding community, authorities said Wednesday. The shutdown occurred at 11:43 a.m. Tuesday, according to a hazardous materials spill report the refinery was required to file with the Governor’s Office of...


  • Dogs

    Pet of the Week: Dakini, a female Dachshund/Chihuahua mix available for adoption in Carson

    Dakini, a 3-year-old, female Dachshund/Chihuahua mix, is available for immediate adoption at the Carson Animal Shelter, 216 Victoria St., 310-523-9566. Ask for ticket No. A5073953. Last week’s pets have been adopted.


  • Court decisions

    California Supreme Court refuses to review Torrance killer’s case

    By City News Service The California Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to review the case of an Orange County engineer who was convicted of the 1979 murder of a 28-year-old Torrance nurse he had briefly dated. Douglas Gordon Bradford was sentenced in 2014 to a prison term of 26 years to life for Lynne...


  • Bomb threats

    Bomb threat at Wal-Mart in Torrance prompts evacuation

    Customers and employees at a Walmart store in Torrance were forced to evacuate Wednesday following a telephoned bomb threat that proved to be unfounded, police said. Officers responded to the store on Hawthorne Boulevard between Carson Street and Sepulveda Boulevard shortly after noon, Torrance police Sgt. Ronald Harris said. Police...

    Larry Altman

  • Legal proceedings

    Prosecutors: Judge dismissed San Pedro threat case because of insufficient evidence

    Prosecutors confirmed Wednesday that a judge dismissed the case against a man who sparked fear when he allegedly asked a passerby, “Do you want to blow up some children?” near a San Pedro preschool. Delbert Steele, 48, who spent 70 days in jail, was released from Sheriff’s Department custody after Long Beach Superior Court...


  • Local governments

    LA City Council advances Obama Boulevard proposal, calling it ‘perfect tribute’

    The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to begin the process for renaming a street in South Los Angeles after former president Barack Obama. The vote allows city engineers to begin the process for changing the name of a 3.4-mile stretch known as Rodeo Road, between Jefferson Boulevard and Arlington Avenue, to Barack Obama Boulevard. This process includes getting public input on the proposal. • RELATED STORY:

    By Elizabeth Chou @reporterliz on Twitter|

  • Hacking

    Pro-ISIS message hacked onto LA County supervisors website

    LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors website was hacked Tuesday, with someone substituting a pro-Islamic State group message for links to county information. The site at was restored Tuesday night. “No breach of data occurred and no personal information was compromised,” a county spokesman said. Before county technicians took the site offline, a message was visible in the middle of an all-black screen. Headed by...

    City News Service|

  • Wildfires

    Forest Service to increase fire danger level in Angeles National Forest to ‘very high’

    The U.S. Forest Service will bump its fire danger level in the Angeles National Forest on Friday from “high” to “very high,” after fire managers found mountain shrubs and brush had become even drier. Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the Forest Service in Arcadia, said the managers found the grasses at lower elevations had dried out, or “cured.” The drying out of those grasses, plus two recent fires on the perimeter of the more than...

    Steve Scauzillo

  • Radio

    Rodney Bingenheimer jumps to SiriusXM after KROQ lets him go

    Influential Los Angeles DJ Rodney Bingenheimer didn’t stay unemployed for long. After KROQ-FM/106.7 let him go after four decades earlier this month on Wednesday he announced on his Facebook page that he’s moving to SiriusXM starting Sunday, July 16. • Related:

    Peter Larsen

  • Local governments

    Will outrageous DWP pay hikes ignite anti-union firestorm in California?: Susan Shelley

    One day, when California is a right-to-work state, and paying dues to a union is entirely optional, someone may ask you how the voters of a state with some of the most powerful labor unions on the planet ever adopted a right-to-work law. Save a copy of this week’s newspapers to show them how our freshly re-elected city officials rushed to approve a massively generous pay raise for the already overpaid employees of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Back in...

    Susan Shelley

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