L.A. City Council candidate apologizes for video comments about Mexicans

A Los Angeles City Council candidate seeking to represent a heavily Latino district apologized Wednesday for comments he made about Mexicans in a YouTube video posted online nearly a decade ago.

Joe Bray-Ali, who is challenging City Councilman Gil Cedillo for the Council District 1 seat, appeared…

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After deadly shootings, residents say violence and sadness are all too familiar in Fresno

This is not a city where people are likely to say, “I didn’t think it could happen here.” The aftermath of a series of shootings that left four dead in the last week held familiar ritual.

Fresno’s police chief shed a tear Wednesday when he recounted talking to the family of one victim. He said…

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Another set of fossils discovered at Metro subway excavation site

For the second time in five months, construction at the Metro Purple Line extension has led to the discovery of Ice Age fossils.

Crews found what turned out to be a camel bone and a bone from a mammoth or mastodon last week while working on the subway extension at Wilshire Boulevard and La Brea…

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Feds say they didn’t deport ‘Dreamer,’ but acknowledge error on his DACA status

Federal officials acknowledged Wednesday that Juan Manuel Montes’ protected immigration status was not due to expire until 2018, correcting themselves on one point in a case that thrust the 23-year-old Mexican national into the center of a heated debate on illegal immigration.

They had said Tuesday…

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Barbara Boxer will lobby for an environmentally controversial desalination plant in Huntington Beach

A Boston-based water development company is paying former Sen. Barbara Boxer to push for approval of a proposed seawater desalination plant that has been mired for years in environmental controversy.

Boxer, a Democrat, will lobby the California Coastal Commission on behalf of Poseidon Water’s private…

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Man is fatally shot in the Leimert Park area

Police are searching for suspects in the fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man Wednesday in the Leimert Park area.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department, the shooting was reported about 2:20 p.m. near 8th Avenue and Stocker Plaza.

Police found the victim unconscious with a gunshot wound…

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Milton A. Gordon dies at 81; former Cal State Fullerton president oversaw era of increased diversity and growth

Milton A. Gordon, the former Cal State Fullerton president who fought for equitable access to higher education and transformed the campus into one of the state’s most prominent and diverse, has died after a long illness at the age of 81.

When Gordon took the helm in 1990, he was the fourth African…

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Beach, rinse, repeat: Shoreside showers flow again after governor lifts California drought emergency

Sand- and salt-caked beachgoers, rejoice: The California Department of Parks and Recreation is lifting its two-year ban on outdoor shower use at many state beaches.

In the face of a statewide drought, officials ordered that outdoor showers be shut off indefinitely at 38 California beaches — many…

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Man found dead in his car in Westlake is identified

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Wednesday released the name of a man found dead in his car a day earlier in the Westlake neighborhood.

Federico J. Dibartolo, 39, was declared dead at the scene after a police officer discovered the body in the backseat of the black Hyundai, according…

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L.A. agrees to pay $9.5 million in wrongful death case

The Los Angeles City Council agreed Wednesday to pay $9.5 million to settle a lawsuit from the parents of a teenage girl who was fatally struck by a taxicab near Dockweiler State Beach.

Two years ago, 16-year-old Naomi Larsen had left the fire pits at the beach after midnight and was crossing Vista…

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