In Perris, a house of horrors hidden in plain sight

It was usually after midnight when Mike Clifford spotted the children from the house across the street.

Some nights, he’d see about six children — none of whom looked older than 15 — getting into a passenger van with their father and wonder where they could possibly be going at such an hour. Other…

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As Montecito cleanup continues, a search for where to dump thousands of tons of mud

For days, crews have filled dozens of dump trucks with tangled metal, tire tread, mud and tree branches they cleared from the mudslide wreckage in Montecito.

This week they discarded at least 3,500 tons — or about 7 million pounds — of the muck at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, where it will be…

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South L.A. commission backs stiff new rules for oil site near USC

A South Los Angeles commission upheld city demands Tuesday night to stiffen rules for an oil production site that sits next to homes, overriding objections from the company that runs the Jefferson Boulevard facility.

“We all can appreciate the importance of oil and gas … but I don’t think it should…

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Gunfire erupts outside upscale WeHo hotel

Authorities were investigating a shooting Tuesday evening outside an upscale West Hollywood hotel on the Sunset Strip.

The gunfire erupted about 8:25 p.m. outside the Mondrian Los Angeles Hotel. No injuries were reported, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Yocum.

The gunman fled in…

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L.A. Unified approves a plan to reveal more information about local schools

If you are a parent considering one of two special academic programs at Hamilton High School in Palms, you face something of a challenge: The Los Angeles school district provides no data to the public that allows for a direct comparison — even though it has this data.

On Tuesday, the Board of Education…

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Man is charged in the stabbing death of Pico-Union house fire victim

Police on Tuesday announced murder charges in a suspicious fire that led to the discovery last week of a 33-year-old transgender woman who had been stabbed to death, and sought the public’s help in piecing together a motive for the crime.

Kevyn Ramirez, 29, of Los Angeles was charged with murder…

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Renegade Animation celebrates 25 years, plans original content

Originally based in a Burbank garage converted into an art studio, Renegade Animation, now based in Glendale, celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, a feat its founders said is due to “tenacity.”

In 1992, cartoon animator Darell Van Citters and producer Ashley Postelwaite drafted a six-month…

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For Perris couple arrested after kids found chained, home-schooling kept spotlight away

Days after law enforcement authorities found a dozen siblings locked up in a foul-smelling, dark home in Riverside County, the discovery is focusing new scrutiny on California’s loose home-schooling regulations and raising questions about whether they contributed to the children’s prolonged neglect.

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Surfer rescued as large swells hit Northern California coast

A surfer was rescued in Northern California after losing his board and becoming trapped in an alcove against a rocky cliff where he was pounded by waves.

Surfer Gavin Carpenter says he was on a cliff in Santa Cruz on Monday getting ready to jump in the water when a huge swell dragged him into the…

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Maywood officials celebrate revenue potential as recreational pot shop opens

Outside of Maywood’s first recreational marijuana dispensary, people stood in a long line that snaked along the building and into a parking lot, where it found the perfect prescription for a raging case of the munchies.

Free tacos.

The taco truck was just part of the fanfare to celebrate the opening…

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