Victims are mourned after racially motivated shootings in Fresno

Details began to emerge Wednesday about the three men who were shot and killed in downtown Fresno in what police say was a racially motivated hate crime.

Although authorities have yet to publicly identify those killed in Tuesday’s rampage, colleagues and family members released statements mourning…

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Rattlesnake season begins with a vengeance in Southern California

Rattlesnake season is arriving California.

On Tuesday, a 66-year-old man was flown to a trauma center after being bit on both of his index fingers outside his home in Ocotillo Wells in eastern San Diego County.

Earlier this month, a dog needed 20 stitches after being bitten by a rattlesnake in…

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‘Filled with hate, filled with anger’: Anatomy of a shooting allegedly fueled by racial animus

Fresno police said they believe a shooting rampage downtown Tuesday that left three white men dead was racially motivated.

Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the suspect, Kori Ali Muhammad, gave “very specific, detailed” information to police that led officers to believe this was a hate-motivated…

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Woman breaks into Drake’s Yolo Estate and drinks some beverages, police say

A woman is accused of breaking into rapper Drake’s home in Hidden Hills, drinking a couple of beverages and locking herself inside a room, authorities said Tuesday.

Mesha Collins, 24, was arrested on suspicion of burglary, although it appears no personal belongings were stolen from the “Hotline…

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The trees that make Southern California shady and green are dying. Fast.

The trees that shade, cool and feed people from Ventura County to the Mexican border are dying so fast that within a few years it’s possible the region will look, feel, sound and smell much less pleasant than it does now.

“We’re witnessing a transition to a post-oasis landscape in Southern California,”…

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Woman shot to death in West Hollywood residential area

Police are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a woman in a residential area of West Hollywood.

According to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, the shooting was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the 8700 block of Rosewood Avenue, near Robertson and Beverly boulevards.

The woman was pronounced…

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L.A. school board targets McTeacher’s Nights, but not all fast-food fundraisers

Fast-food restaurants got something of a reprieve from the Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday with the softening of a proposed ban on their involvement in fundraisers.

In a resolution approved by a 5-1 vote, the school board nixed McTeacher’s Nights fundraisers at McDonald’s, but removed…

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L.A. Unified narrowly backs state bills for new controls over charter schools

A divided Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday voted to endorse and push for three hotly debated state bills that seek to place new controls on charter schools.

The 4-3 vote largely reflected an ideological split over the growth and oversight of charters, issues that have dominated the most…

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Airbnb warns that L.A.’s budget could suffer from restricting short-term rentals

Airbnb is warning Los Angeles leaders that the city could face a budgetary blow if it restricts how many days Angelenos can rent out rooms or whole homes for short stays.

Such rentals are currently illegal in many residential areas of Los Angeles, according to the planning department, but the rules…

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Polar bear at SeaWorld San Diego dies after a brief, unexplained illness

SeaWorld San Diego’s 21-year-old female polar bear, Szenja, died unexpectedly Tuesday following a brief illness.

The bear had been showing signs of appetite and energy loss for about a week, but the exact nature of her illness and sudden death are still unexplained. SeaWorld will be conducting…

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