‘This is not a place to fight:’ Under cover of dark, Confederate marker whisked out of cemetery

They came to the cemetery in the dead of night to avoid any commotion.

Four workers used a backhoe at 3 a.m. to remove a 6-foot monument that has stood in the Confederate section of Hollywood Forever Cemetery for more than 90 years.

The granite boulder commemorating Confederate veterans was taken…

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Plaque honoring Confederate president quietly removed from Horton Plaza Park in San Diego

A plaque honoring Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, was quietly removed from the park at Horton Plaza Park in downtown San Diego Wednesday morning.

The plaque, which was inlaid into the floor of the pavilion, was once a part of a larger totem to Davis, but was reduced in size and…

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First of four defendants in 2014 beating death of USC grad student sentenced to life without parole

The first of four defendants found guilty of fatally pummeling a Chinese graduate student at USC during a robbery in 2014 was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday.

Andrew Garcia, 21, was convicted in June of first-degree murder in the death of Xinran Ji, an engineering student who…

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Council panel deals setback to proposed homeless housing project in Boyle Heights

A Los Angeles City Council committee has rebuffed the city’s blue-ribbon homeless housing advocates, siding with a Boyle Heights shopping center owner who opposed a project to build 49 units for mentally ill homeless people.

In a procedure that provoked cries of bewilderment from the project’s supporters,…

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Brush fire at Camp Pendleton causes a stink in Orange County

A 60-acre brush fire burning at Camp Pendleton has caused a smoky smell to settle over Orange County communities, according to officials.

In a tweet Wednesday morning, the Orange County Fire Authority said the cause of the pervasive odor was a “vegetation fire.”

The Marine Corps base said the fire…

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L.A. set to approve officials to oversee new marijuana department

The Los Angeles City Council is expected Wednesday to back Mayor Eric Garcetti’s picks to oversee City Hall’s new Cannabis Department, a vote that comes as officials prepare for legalization of recreational marijuana in California.

Cat Packer, the former California coordinator for the Drug Policy…

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Man attempted to sexually assault woman in Van Nuys while witnesses did nothing, police say

Los Angeles police are searching for a man who tried to sexually assault a woman outside her Van Nuys apartment while people walked by and cars slowed down without intervening, authorities said.

At about 5:45 a.m. Saturday, the woman was walking to her apartment in the 14000 block of Vanowen Street…

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Essential California: NAFTA talks begin again with some thorny issues on the horizon

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Aug. 15, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Remember NAFTA?

President Trump’s “buy American” mantra has particular appeal among his blue-collar base and others who support giving preference…

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Despite costly stumbles, L.A. Unified’s 20-year construction project comes to an end with opening of Maywood campus

There was a time when Los Angeles schools were overcrowded to the bursting point and officials seemed utterly incapable of building a single school.

The nation’s second-largest school system was forced to operate many campuses year-round, which made it hard to maintain order and cleanliness, cut…

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