Ann Coulter says she’s unlikely to speak at Berkeley: ‘It’s a sad day for free speech’

The on-again, off-again speech by conservative pundit Ann Coulter at UC Berkeley appears to be off again.

Coulter told the New York Times in an email Wednesday that she was unlikely to do the speech because local law enforcement and the university could not guarantee her safety amid fears of violent…

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More L.A. residents fear a repeat of 1992 riots. Here’s the view from the street

For many residents in L.A. who remember the 1992 riots, the images from those six days of unrest are etched in their memory.

Smoke filled the sky, vandalism and looting were rampant and angry crowds demonstrated on street corners across the city.

In the months and years following, community leaders…

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Air Force launches test missile off Central California coast

An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was launched just after midnight Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base as part of an operational test, according to the U.S. Air Force.

The Minuteman III missile test launch occurred at 12:03 a.m. from the base northwest of Lompoc, according to Vandenberg’s…

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Man fatally shot while going door-to-door asking to paint addresses on curbs in Norwalk

A 50-year-old man was shot and killed Tuesday evening as he sought donations to paint to home addresses along curb lines in a Norwalk neighborhood, authorities said.

The man, who has not been identified, was walking along the 14400 block of Dinard Avenue at about 5:30 p.m. when he was shot several…

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Police still looking for handgun used in deadly Fresno shootings

A handgun used to fatally shoot three men last week in downtown Fresno is still missing, authorities said.

Fresno Police Lt. Mark Hudson said detectives are still searching for a man who they believe took the .357 magnum revolver left behind by accused Fresno shooter Kori Ali Muhammad after the…

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More L.A. residents believe new riots are likely, poll finds

For Nicole Cuff and her friends, the 1992 Los Angeles riots used to feel like a piece of history, told in old stories by their parents or discussed and analyzed in school.

Recently, though, it’s started to feel much more real to her — like something that could happen again in the near future.

Cuff,…

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West Covina police shoot and wound unarmed man at strip mall; officer hit by friendly fire

Police in West Covina shot and wounded an unarmed man during a confrontation at a strip mall on Tuesday morning.

The gunfire from police also struck an officer at the scene, but the officer’s bulletproof vest limited his injuries, authorities said.

Officers received a call about 9:45 a.m. of a…

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5 dead in 10 days from heroin overdoses in Sonoma County

Authorities in Northern California say five people appear to have died from heroin overdoses in the last 10 days and are warning that a particularly potent batch of the drug could be on the streets.

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Crum told the Press Democrat that the deaths of three men and…

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Woman swept up in massive cocaine bust in L.A. now faces deportation, spurring protests and anger

Dozens of people gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to protest the detention of a 54-year-old woman who now faces deportation for living in the country illegally.

Teresa Vidal-Jaime was picked up by federal authorities Monday after a massive drug bust at a Boyle Heights apartment complex…

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Coulter says she’ll speak at UC Berkeley Thursday, invited or not

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has told UC Berkeley student groups that she intends to speak on campus Thursday, leaving the full details of her controversial appearance to be decided by university police, demonstrators and counter-protestors.

On the heels of three violent clashes this year between…

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