Two inmates found dead in separate cells at Salinas Valley State Prison

Two inmates were found dead inside separate cells at a state prison in Monterey County early Saturday, officials said.

Authorities at Salinas Valley State Prison are investigating the death of Cedric J. Saunders as a homicide, saying the 22-year-old inmate serving a five-year sentence for robbery…

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For L.A. Times Festival of Books panelists, “the future is female” — and encompasses diverse viewpoints

“What does it mean to be a woman today?”

That was the question posed by a young woman to a panel of feminists at the L.A. Times Festival of Books on Saturday.

The answer, their discussion seemed to suggest, was, “It means a lot of things — and that’s OK.”

The panel, titled “The Future is Female,”…

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Los Angeles State Historic Park bridges past and present at grand opening celebration

Hundreds of people from every corner of Los Angeles County — along with the state’s top political leadership and the chief of a Los Angeles Native American tribe — celebrated Saturday morning the opening of California’s newest state park, situated on a former rail yard with a stunning view of the…

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5 arrested at Coachella, accused of stealing cellphones, cash, credit cards

Police have arrested five people in the theft of more than 40 cellphones, cash and credit cards at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the Southern California desert.

Indio police say multiple festivalgoers reported the thefts, and investigators identified two separate groups of suspects…

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Granada Hills Charter High School wins national Academic Decathlon for third year in a row

Granada Hills Charter High School has won the national 2017 Academic Decathlon for the third year in a row, officials announced Saturday.

The win marks the sixth time in the last seven years the San Fernando Valley campus has claimed the national title. This year’s competition took place Thursday…

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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books gets underway on USC campus

The 22nd annual L.A. Times Festival of Books officially got underway Saturday morning with a performance by the USC Trojan Marching Band, which got festivalgoers dancing and cheering to a rendition of Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” and, of course, “Fight On,” among others.

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Thousands gather for march through L.A. to support science in the Trump era. And they’re not alone.

Thousands of scientists, students and activists gathered Saturday morning in downtown Los Angeles for the March for Science, one of more than 500 such events being held around the world.

The march will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday in Pershing Square, after an hour of speeches to rally the crowd. Participants…

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Teen allegedly kidnapped by teacher suffered ‘severe emotional trauma,’ attorney says

A 15-year-old Tennessee student who was allegedly kidnapped by her teacher “has suffered severe emotional trauma and that her process of recovery is only just beginning,” her attorney said.

The girl is being evaluated and treated by mental health experts specializing in trauma, lawyer Jason Whatley…

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Panel concludes San Diego judge violated judicial ethics rules

A San Diego County Superior Court judge violated ethics rules when he made remarks to lawyers and litigants about their appearance and ethnicity in his first years on the bench, a special panel of judges concluded in a report released Friday.

In the 90-page report, a three-judge panel appointed…

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Navy SEAL accused of molesting girl on camera, raping a woman and hoarding a stash of child porn

A Navy SEAL stationed in San Diego filmed himself molesting a sleeping girl, raped a woman in Virginia and kept a stash of child porn on his cellphone that included footage involving an infant having sex with a dog, according to allegations unsealed in federal court in Virginia Beach, Va.

Arrested…

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