Milo Yiannopoulous’ far-right Berkeley event is set to occur at birthplace of 1960s free speech movement

A multi-day series of political speeches promoted by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulous at UC Berkelely next week will occur mostly outdoors instead of within two rarefied campus halls as initially planned.

The campus administration said this weekend that organizers missed the deadline to…

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SUV pulling stolen trailer leads law enforcement on a nearly two-hour chase across Southern California

An SUV driver towing a trailer that had been reported stolen led police agencies on a nearly two-hour pursuit from the Inland Empire to Los Angeles before heading back toward Pasadena and surrendering on the 210 Freeway.

The massive SUV pulling a small steel-box like trailer snaked its way across…

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A would-be mugger handed a woman a note on BART train saying guns were pointed at her, so she faked a seizure

A woman was riding a Bay Area Rapid Transit train on Friday afternoon when someone behind her handed her an ominous note.

“There are 2 guns pointed at you now,” the note read. “If you want to live hand back your wallet & phone NOW & do not turn around and be descreet. Do not turn around until after…

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Retired barber gets life in prison for murder of Newport Beach urologist

A 79-year-old retired barber was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 10 years, without the possibility of parole, for fatally shooting a urologist inside the doctor’s Newport Beach office in 2013.

An Orange County Superior Court jury on Aug. 21 found Stanwood Elkus guilty of first-degree murder…

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Costa Mesa considers adding ‘spartan’ restrooms to deal with growing homeless issues

Faced with continuing issues with the local homeless population, officials in Costa Mesa have again floated the idea of installing new public restrooms that would provide a hygienic and safe place for transients to use.

City Councilman John Stephens broached the topic during Friday’s meeting of…

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Amid hepatitis A outbreak, San Diego restaurant customers who may have been exposed are inoculated

After news that San Diego’s deadly hepatitis A outbreak may have infiltrated the food service industry, more than 200 people this weekend lined up for vaccinations as restaurants reinforced their health safety measures.

“All eyes are on San Diego,” Steve Zolezzi, president of the Food & Beverage…

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Six ‘Dreamers’ sue Trump to block repeal of DACA

Six California beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program sued the Trump administration Monday for rescinding protections for young immigrants without legal status.

In the 46-page suit filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco just after midnight, the so-called Dreamers…

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Essential California: San Diego confronts a hepatitis outbreak, in the shadow of a homeless crisis

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Sept. 18, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Hepatitis outbreak fear

Though Los Angeles has so far escaped an outbreak of hepatitis A like the one in San Diego that has killed 16 people, public…

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Will the Southland wind up holding much of the $17-billion bill for the delta water tunnels?

Some of the state’s biggest water districts are about to make their opening moves in a financial chess game that ultimately could saddle the Southland with much of the bill for re-engineering the failing heart of California’s water system.

In coming weeks, the districts are expected to decide if…

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L.A. woman who received an unenforceable plea deal asks Brown to commute her sentence

A Los Angeles woman who ended up with a life prison sentence after initially agreeing to a plea deal that promised possible parole after 7½ years has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to commute her sentence.

The case, which troubled a federal appeals court, shows what can happen if a plea agreement is not…

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