Plan calls for L.A., Long Beach ports to go to zero-emissions technology; cost could hit $14 billion

The nation’s largest port complex will seek to slash air pollution and health risks to Southern Californians by replacing diesel trucks and cargo equipment with zero-emissions technology over the next two decades, according to a plan released Wednesday.

The Long Beach and Los Angeles ports’ Clean…

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Drug allegations against former USC medical school dean are probed by Medical Board of California

The Medical Board of California confirmed Wednesday that it was investigating a report in the Los Angeles Times that USC’s former medical school dean abused drugs and associated with criminals and drug users.

“The Medical Board is looking into the allegations based upon the information provided…

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Vandals target coffee shop at center of anti-gentrification protest in Boyle Heights

A small coffee shop at the center of multiple anti-gentrification protests in Boyle Heights was vandalized Wednesday, according to owners.

Footage from surveillance video at Weird Wave Coffee showed a person — clad in black clothing and a black mask — stepping out of an alley, then quickly using…

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Los Angeles man charged with attempted murder on 19 police officers following gunfight

A gunman accused of firing at Los Angeles police and wounding a search dog during a gun battle has been charged with 19 counts of attempted murder on officers as well as other charges, prosecutors said Wednesday.

Jose Rauda, 34, faces 27 additional counts of assault with a firearm on a peace officer,…

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Betty Dukes, Wal-Mart greeter who took retail giant to the U.S. Supreme Court in gender bias case, dies at 67

The Wal-Mart greeter who took the retail giant all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in the largest gender bias class-action lawsuit in U.S. history has died, a family member said Tuesday.

Betty Dukes died July 10 at her home in Antioch, Calif., said her niece, Rita Roland. Dukes was 67.

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Essential California: Where the magic goes down at Comic-Con

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, July 19, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Down at Comic-Con

Hall H in the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con International is the most important room in Hollywood. Lined with jumbo…

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Another jolt for L.A. schools as civic group seeks a role in fixing school district

The Los Angeles Unified School District, which just two months ago saw a pro-charter school majority elected to the Board of Education for the first time, is about to get another jolt.

Philanthropist and former investment banker Austin Beutner has assembled an advisory panel to work with Los Angeles…

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YouTube star from California detained by Thailand police after railway coin stunt

An American expat in Thailand who is a YouTube star with 3.29 million subscribers is in hot water for posting a video of an age-old practice among kids: flattening coins on railroad tracks.

Nathan Bartling, whose YouTube series is called “My Mate Nate,” was detained by police after a news conference…

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Former head of South Korean geoscience center convicted of laundering $1 million in bribes

The former head of South Korea’s earthquake research center was convicted this week of laundering more than $1 million in bribes from two seismological companies, including one based in Pasadena, that paid him in exchange for insider information.

After a four-day trial, a federal jury convicted…

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