35 dogs found in squalid conditions at home of bank robbery suspect

Authorities say they discovered 35 dogs — many of which were emaciated and ill — living in squalid conditions in the home of a 72-year-old man suspected in a Corona bank robbery.

Animal waste coated the soggy, decaying flooring in the home, where wooden and metal skeletons remained of what once…

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Metro agrees to buy 95 electric buses, in the first step toward an emissions-free fleet

In the first step toward a new goal of eliminating tailpipe emissions by 2030, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed Thursday to spend more than $138 million to buy 95 electric buses that will run on two Los Angeles County busways.

The purchases from New Flyer of America Inc. and BYD…

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California bullet train faces more legal hurdles from state Supreme Court ruling

U.S. law does not allow state-owned rail projects to completely bypass California’s strict environmental regulations, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in a decision that ensures further legal complications for the planned $64-billion bullet train between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The…

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Trump’s border wall prototypes in San Diego delayed until the winter

The border wall prototypes that were supposed to be built in June in San Diego have been likely delayed until winter because of complaints about the bidding process, Customs and Border Protection said Thursday.

Two companies that bid on mock-ups of the proposed border wall with Mexico, a keystone…

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Man found dead in Hollywood motel room after SWAT standoff, LAPD says

A man was found dead in a Hollywood motel room Thursday after an hours-long standoff with Los Angeles police in which gunshots were fired and several streets in the area were closed.

The man appeared to have died from a gunshot wound, but it was not clear whether that came from police or was self-inflicted,…

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Man killed Newport Beach urologist over prostate surgery, prosecutors say

As he spiraled into obsession, Stanwood Elkus increasingly traced many of his woes to what he called a botched prostate surgery at the Long Beach VA in 1992.

The Lake Elsinore man, who served briefly in the Marine Corps, blamed the operation for diminished sex drive, incontinence, erectile dysfunction,…

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Witness distances herself from strong testimony she previously gave against Durst in murder case

One of Robert Durst’s closest friends — who on the previous day gave stunning testimony placing him in Los Angeles at the time his best friend was killed — backed away from that claim under questioning Thursday in Los Angeles.

Emily Altman, who is in her third day of testimony, said Wednesday that…

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Three charged with sex trafficking operation involving 13 women, authorities say

Three people have been charged with selling five women and eight minors for commercial sex in a human trafficking operation that spanned California and crossed state lines, authorities announced Thursday.

Officials allege that San Diego native Quinton Brown, 30, and Gerald Lavell Turner, 32, of…

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Three charged with sex trafficking operation involving 13 women, authorities say

Three people have been charged with selling five women and eight minors for commercial sex in a human trafficking operation that spanned California and crossed state lines, authorities announced Thursday.

Officials allege that San Diego native Quinton Brown, 30, and Gerald Lavell Turner, 32, of…

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Kevin Michael Key, advocate who found hope and sobriety on skid row, dies at 67

His was the big booming voice on skid row, calling out across the crowded streets to a friend or fellow traveler. “Microphone Mike,” some called him.

A onetime criminal defense attorney who lost his career to a crack addiction, Kevin Michael Key found both ruin and redemption on skid row, a neighborhood…

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