Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for starting massive Da Vinci blaze in downtown L.A.

A man charged with setting a roaring blaze at a Los Angeles apartment complex that caused millions of dollars in damage, melted freeway signs and shrouded downtown in smoke, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Monday, prosecutors said.

Dawud Abdulwali — who prosecutors allege set the fire in…

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Sister of Tennessee kidnapping suspect: ‘He’s done this horrible thing’

The sister of a former Tennessee teacher accused of kidnapping his teenage student says her brother has a “long tedious road ahead of him” and will have to pay for his actions.

“He’s done this horrible thing that he has to pay for, but he’s still my brother and I love him,” Tad Cummins’ sister,…

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Search continues for missing 5-year-old after father arrested in his disappearance

The search for a 5-year-old boy who vanished from a South Pasadena park continued Monday, hours after police announced his father had been arrested in connection with his disappearance.

Officers from the South Pasadena, San Marino and Los Angeles police departments, along with the L.A. County Sheriff’s…

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The billion-dollar budget item Garcetti didn’t mention in his State of the City speech

When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti unveiled his proposed budget last week, he called a $176-million effort to battle homelessness his top priority, highlighted a $35-million plan to mend broken streets and promised $2 million to clean up graffiti.

He did not mention the expenditure that dwarfs…

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An up and down week for L.A. Unified and charter schools

New classrooms under construction at a charter school in Pacoima mark a moment of truce — even mutual respect — in a hot and cold war between charters and the Los Angeles Unified School District.

On Friday, people gathered to celebrate the innovative project at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center,…

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A proposed statue with a Chinese face sparks resistance and debate in Monterey Park

How you feel about Monterey Park’s Cascades Park fountain depends on who you are.

To some longtime residents, the multi-tiered waterfall and the Athena statue that tops it are nostalgic reminders of the city’s past, when a Greek developer named Peter Snyder decided to build Midwick View Estates

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Thousands attend final day of L.A. Times Festival of Books

Victor Rios, a sociology professor at UC Santa Barbara, believes that positive change in the criminal justice system is possible only when authority figures stop placing labels on youth from underprivileged neighborhoods and show more empathy.

“We shouldn’t label them as being ‘at risk,’ we should…

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Thousands expected for march commemorating 102nd anniversary of Armenian genocide

Tens of thousands are expected to march and rally outside the Turkish Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard on Monday to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide.

The 1.5-mile march — which drew an estimated 60,000 people last year — is scheduled to begin at noon at Pan Pacific Park…

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Pilot of World War I replica airplane killed in San Luis Obispo County crash

The pilot of a World War I replica airplane was killed when he crashed into a field in Paso Robles on Sunday morning, authorities said.

The single engine biplane is believed to have taken off from a private airstrip before crashing a few miles away in the 8300 block of Highway 46 East about 9:10…

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