Ann Coulter vows to speak at Berkeley despite cancellation

Ann Coulter fired off an angry stream of tweets Wednesday vowing to speak as planned next week at the University of California, Berkeley after campus officials called off the event for security concerns.

“I WILL BE SPEAKING NEXT THURSDAY,” the right-wing commentator tweeted, calling the move to…

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5 things to watch for as Garcetti rolls out his budget and gives a big speech

Thursday will be a big day at Los Angeles City Hall, with Mayor Eric Garcetti delivering his yearly State of the City address and unveiling his annual budget.

Garcetti has been on a winning streak, securing reelection with 81% of the vote and helping to persuade voters to back a trio of tax hikes….

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Just say no to investing in pot, committee advises California judges

A California Supreme Court committee advised judges in the state Wednesday to stay away from pot — as in, investing in pot businesses.

Maintaining any interest in a business that involves medical or recreational marijuana is incompatible with a judge’s obligation to follow the law, the court’s…

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Former South El Monte mayor sentenced to prison in bribery scheme

The former mayor of South El Monte will spend one year and one day in federal prison for taking tens of thousands of dollars in bribes from a city contractor, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Luis Aguinaga, 49, will also serve one year of home detention, perform 3,000 hours of community service and…

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L.A. City Council candidate apologizes for video comments about Mexicans

A Los Angeles City Council candidate seeking to represent a heavily Latino district apologized Wednesday for comments he made about Mexicans in a YouTube video posted online nearly a decade ago.

Joe Bray-Ali, who is challenging City Councilman Gil Cedillo for the Council District 1 seat, appeared…

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After deadly shootings, residents say violence and sadness are all too familiar in Fresno

This is not a city where people are likely to say, “I didn’t think it could happen here.” The aftermath of a series of shootings that left four dead in the last week held familiar ritual.

Fresno’s police chief shed a tear Wednesday when he recounted talking to the family of one victim. He said…

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Another set of fossils discovered at Metro subway excavation site

For the second time in five months, construction at the Metro Purple Line extension has led to the discovery of Ice Age fossils.

Crews found what turned out to be a camel bone and a bone from a mammoth or mastodon last week while working on the subway extension at Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea…

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Feds say they didn’t deport ‘Dreamer,’ but acknowledge error on his DACA status

Federal officials acknowledged Wednesday that Juan Manuel Montes’ protected immigration status was not due to expire until 2018, correcting themselves on one point in a case that thrust the 23-year-old Mexican national into the center of a heated debate on illegal immigration.

They had said Tuesday…

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Barbara Boxer will lobby for an environmentally controversial desalination plant in Huntington Beach

A Boston-based water development company is paying former Sen. Barbara Boxer to push for approval of a proposed seawater desalination plant that has been mired for years in environmental controversy.

Boxer, a Democrat, will lobby the California Coastal Commission on behalf of Poseidon Water’s private…

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Man is fatally shot in the Leimert Park area

Police are searching for suspects in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man Wednesday in the Leimert Park area.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the shooting was reported about 2:20 p.m. near 8th Avenue and Stocker Plaza.

Police found the victim unconscious with a gunshot wound…

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