High-tech Annenberg PetSpace adoption center opens in Playa Vista

Sitting inside a pen with artificial grass at the Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, a new animal adoption center in Playa Vista, Jane Prather gave her husband a slight nod. He knew what she meant.

“We’ll adopt him,” Prather quietly told an adoption specialist kneeling next to her, referring to a 9-year-old…

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Rep. Maxine Waters speaks out on Republican health care bill at packed town hall meeting, as protesters gather outside

To illustrate why she believes everyone should have access to comprehensive health care, Rep. Maxine Waters said she and her 13 siblings never saw a physician or a dentist their entire childhood.

“I was born at home in St. Louis back in the day when it was hard for minorities to get into hospitals,”…

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Earthquake: 4.2 quake strikes near Petrolia, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 4.2 earthquake was reported Saturday afternoon two miles from Petrolia, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:22 p.m. PDT at a depth of 5.0 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 17 miles from Rio Dell, Calif., 20 miles from Ferndale,…

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Kings River flooding forces mandatory evacuations

Increasing Sierra snowmelt caused the Kings River to overflow near the Central Valley town of Kingsburg on Friday night, forcing mandatory evacuations.

Tulare County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters went door to door starting just before midnight to order residents out of about 90 homes near…

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As allegations mount, LAPD chief and cadets defend embattled youth program at graduation ceremony

Astrid Saenz has always wanted to be a police officer and is among the most decorated cadets in the Los Angeles Police Department’s signature youth program.

Saenz, 18, has been an LAPD cadet for the last three years, rising to the rank of cadet commander while volunteering her time at the Devonshire…

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Petitioners fight to save cross at desert airport in San Diego County

For 51 years, a cross at the San Diego County airport in Ocotillo Wells has stood to honor a soldier who died in the Vietnam War, but is now slated for removal because of one complaint.

An online petition to stop the removal started the weekend of May 13 and had 2,349 supporters in less than a…

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Southwest L.A. loves ‘Obama Boulevard’ proposal but wonders: ‘Why not a major street?’

Even though it runs through the heart of L.A’.s Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood, most Angelenos would be hard pressed to locate Rodeo Road on a map.

In fact, they’d probably point to its ritzy doppelganger — Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive — instead.

That may change very soon, however.

Residents…

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Man is struck and killed by Metrolink train in El Sereno

A man believed to be about 40 years old was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Friday in the Los Angeles neighborhood of El Sereno, officials said.

The man was in a nonpedestrian area less than a mile west of the Cal State L.A. station when he was hit by an eastbound train on the San Bernardino…

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New Wilshire Grand hailed as a ‘gorgeous nest’ for Los Angeles

As dusk fell on downtown Los Angeles, dozens of people gathered on the sidewalks outside the Wilshire Grand Center, watching as the hotel’s LED lights — confined to a stripe on the side of the building — glowed in an array of rainbow colors.

Koreatown resident Miky Nam brought a small folding chair…

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