L.A. Unified approves more spending and layoffs

Faced with mounting costs and declining enrollment, the Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a $7.5-billion budget Tuesday that will increase spending and lay off more than 100 library aides, clerks and other support staff next school year.

The layoffs represent a growing acknowledgement…

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L.A. County supervisors OK $3 million to aid legal efforts for immigrants facing deportation

Disappointing some immigrant advocates, Los Angeles County officials voted Tuesday to authorize $3 million for legal assistance for immigrants facing deportation but to bar those who have violent criminal pasts.

The Board of Supervisors’ vote came a day after the city’s Budget and Finance Committee…

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It was 127 degrees in Death Valley, and miserable just about everywhere else. Here’s how we coped.

In Death Valley, the heat brought even the roadrunners to a stop. They stood arched to the sky with their beaks wide open, as if in a stupor, or indignant at what the sun was up to.

The landscape blurred and undulated. People moved as if they were walking through glue. When a light breeze came…

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L.A. Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones

The Los Angeles Fire Department could soon seek federal permission to fly drones, a tool that officials say could help them track down missing hikers, gauge the risks in burning buildings and search confined spaces.

A Los Angeles City Council committee voted Tuesday to allow the department to start…

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Report details death, panic in Ghost Ship warehouse fire

Voices screamed out, “Fire!” Suddenly, the lights went out and it got harder to breathe. Many of the 36 people killed in the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland huddled together in the dark, and that’s where they died of smoke inhalation.

Some of the young partygoers were found wrapped together…

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Smell of ‘something dead’ leads authorities to truck filled with hundreds of animals

The smell of “something dead’ lingered around an old moving truck found parked in Fresno on a recent boiling hot day, officials said.

The odor was enough to prompt a resident to notify local authorities.

When animal control officers arrived about 3 p.m. Friday, they “found a horrific situation:”…

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Police investigate apparent murder-suicide in Lancaster

Detectives are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Lancaster in which authorities said a man shot his wife and then himself early Monday.

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office identified the woman as Jamie Lynn Matthews, 35, of Lancaster. The office is not identifying the man publicly…

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The DWP’s biggest union is in line to get six raises by 2021

More than 9,000 workers at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power would receive six raises within five years under a proposed salary agreement endorsed Tuesday by Mayor Eric Garcetti’s appointees at the DWP.

The agreement, backed by Garcetti and the DWP’s largest employee union, would provide…

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If this isn’t the worst job to have in triple-digit heat, it’s at least No. 2

For Mike Darby, hard work for an honest day’s pay means servicing Death Valley’s septic systems when they reach capacity.

At 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, the needle on a nearby vintage thermometer was pushing 113 degrees as he wrapped up a job at a gas station that is a popular pit stop for many of the…

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Body found near brush fire in Granada Hills

A person was found dead Tuesday morning near the site of a brush fire in a Granada Hills neighborhood, fire officials said.

It is unclear how the person died, or why the person was near the fire, said Capt. Erik Scott, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The brush fire was reported…

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