Police Commission to rule on fatal LAPD shooting of 18-year-old during gun battle in Nickerson Gardens

The Los Angeles Police Commission is expected to decide Tuesday whether officers were justified in fatally shooting an 18-year-old during what police described as a “running gun battle” in a Watts housing project in which one officer was shot and wounded.

Richard Risher died on a sidewalk last…

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Wind-driven wildfire burning near Riverside County communities now beyond 5,000 acres

High temperatures and hot, dry winds will continue to stoke the flames of a wildfire burning in the San Jacinto Mountains south of Beaumont on Tuesday as fire authorities announce voluntary evacuations in nearby communities.

Wind gusts of up to 35 mph spread the so-called Manzanita fire over 5,000…

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Essential California: Delta tunnel project gets a huge boost

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Tuesday, June 27, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Delta tunnel project gets a huge boost

Federal fishery agencies Monday pushed forward a controversial water project that would change the way Northern…

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Cosby venue could move to California in sex abuse lawsuit 

The stage for Bill Cosby’s next legal challenge shifts to California with a hearing scheduled Tuesday to set a trial date in a lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting a teen at the Playboy Mansion more than 40 years ago.

Judy Huth accused the comedian of forcing her to perform a sex act on…

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Despite tough talk by City Hall in years past, DWP workers poised to get generous new contract

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s most powerful union went into contract negotiations late last year convinced its workers deserved more money.

For three years, the union’s 9,000 members had gone without raises, even as other city workers won pay increases.

The negotiations were done…

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L.A. now has a new tallest building. How it will fit into the fabric of the city is still open to debate

Standing at the base of the Wilshire Grand, architect David Martin shielded his eyes to take in the scope of Los Angeles’ newest and tallest skyscraper.

Eight years ago, this shimmering glass tower began its life in his sketchbook as an ink drawing and a splash of blue wash. Now, after four years…

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Earthquake: 3.9 quake strikes near Truckee, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.9 earthquake was reported Tuesday morning 11 miles from Truckee, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:09 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of -0.6 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 15 miles from Loyalton, Calif., 20 miles from…

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Suspect in California bank robberies, ‘AK-47 Bandit,’ believed under arrest in Nebraska

From jail in Nebraska, Richard Gathercole asked his mom: “Did you get all the guns out, too?”

The request tipped off federal agents to the trail of one of the country’s most sought-after bank robbers, the “AK-47 Bandit,” who is suspected of shooting and seriously wounding a Chino police officer…

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Evacuations urged as 1,200-acre fire burns at ‘critical rate’ in Riverside County

A car crash ignited a fire Monday in a remote Inland Empire canyon, and the blaze quickly spread to 1,200 acres, triggering evacuations.

At 6:15 p.m., the fire was 0% contained as it burned in the dry hills between Beaumont and San Jacinto, about 80 miles east of Los Angeles, according to the Riverside…

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