Teacher at elite Brentwood School accused of sexually assaulting a student

A female teacher at the elite Brentwood School has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with an underage teenage student, authorities said.

Aimee Palmitessa, 45, was taken into custody Friday by detectives and is being held at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center, said Tony Im, a spokesman…

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Laguna Beach braces for far-right rally Sunday at Main Beach

Laguna Beach is bracing for a far-right rally Sunday at Main Beach, which sparked a counter-protest against racism on Saturday.

A group of about 300 people from around Orange County gathered in Laguna Beach on Saturday as a preemptive response to the far-right rally.

That event is scheduled for…

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Soaring trash fees for L.A. condos, apartment buildings spark outrage

El Sereno resident Scott Toland is another unhappy customer of L.A.’s new refuse and recycling program.

Toland recently learned that the monthly trash bill at the 10-unit condominium complex where he lives could double — at a minimum. And that’s only if his homeowner association cuts back on regular…

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Brother of Sinaloa drug cartel leader arrested at Mexico-Arizona border

The brother of a leader of the powerful Sinaloa cartel was indicted on drug smuggling charges Friday, a day after he was arrested at the border in Nogales, Ariz., the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego said.

A grand jury indictment filed in San Diego federal court charges Alvaro Lopez Nuñez, 38,…

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Mourning family calls for probe into man’s overdose death in home of Democratic donor

The family and friends of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, who died in the West Hollywood home of a prominent Democratic donor, called this weekend for authorities to do a thorough investigation into his death.

L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell said Monday that homicide detectives will conduct a follow-up…

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‘There is no race that’s superior’: Orange County pastor denounces white nationalists during Harvest festival

A pastor on Friday night denounced white nationalists and called for a “spiritual awakening” as he kicked off an annual Christian retreat in Anaheim attended by more than 25,000 people.

“For the followers of Jesus Christ, there is no place for racial bigotry or prejudice of any kind,” Pastor Greg…

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Venice rally to celebrate diversity as nation struggles with race and politics

A march and rally are scheduled Saturday afternoon in Venice to celebrate diversity and unity following a week of nationwide conflict over racial equality.

The event is one of many taking place around the country, as activists push to broadcast often dueling messages.

The Venice march will begin…

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In new tactic, smugglers use drone to fly meth over Mexican border into San Diego, officials say

The buzz of a motor overhead at nearly 11:30 p.m. was the tip-off.

A remote-controlled drone flew over the border fence from Mexico, heading for San Ysidro, while a Border Patrol agent listened and watched. He radioed ahead to other agents to be on the lookout for the small aircraft.

Ten minutes…

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Right-wing rally planned for Laguna Beach sparks backlash, counter-demonstration against racism

A planned Sunday rally in Laguna Beach to draw attention to crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally has sparked a counter-demonstration planned for Saturday.

Saturday’s rally, led by Indivisible OC 48, Indivisible OC 46 and Together We Will Orange County, begins at 10 a.m. at Main…

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Paintball attacks have nearly tripled in past year, LAPD says

Aron Marrujo was playing in the frontyard of a friend’s house when paintballs began raining from a passing car.

His cousin tried to shield him. But Aron, 9, was hit above his right eye. The wound required nine stitches. An inch lower and he might have lost his eye.

Aron, who is mildly autistic, is…

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