Mayor’s Fund releases 2016 spending report

A nonprofit created by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to fund local civic programs slowed fundraising efforts in its third year and sped up spending, according to tax records set to be filed Friday with the federal government.

The Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles raised $3.4 million and spent $8 million…

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Earthquake: 3.5 quake strikes off Redwood Coast

A shallow magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported Thursday evening nine miles from Capetown, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 10:47 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 11.2 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 23 miles from Fortuna, 32 miles from Eureka…

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Nearly 100 firefighters and a water-dropping helicopter tackle brush fire near Occidental College

Nealry a hundred Los Angeles firefighters, along with a water-dropping helicopter, swarmed a brush fire late Thursday in the hilly terrain above Occidental College in Eagle Rock.

The blaze began shortly after 10 p.m. off North Campus Road and quickly consumed five acres, according to Los Angeles…

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Two men to stand trial in Oakland’s fatal Ghost Shop warehouse fire

Two California men will go to trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of 36 partygoers in the worst building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade, a judge ruled Thursday.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Horner cited testimony describing Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse…

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9th Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski to be investigated after sexual misconduct allegations

The chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asked for an investigation Thursday into allegations of sexual misconduct against Judge Alex Kozinski.

In a statement emailed to reporters, 9th Circuit Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas said he was acting “to ensure confidence” in the impartiality…

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L.A. Fire Department used drones for the first time during Skirball fire

The Los Angeles Fire Department dispatched drones for the first time while battling a wildfire this month as firefighters took on the Skirball fire in Bel-Air.

Fire officials demonstrated the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles for reporters on Thursday, sending two drones buzzing near blackened…

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L.A. County animal control confirms investigation into death of 29 horses in Creek fire

Animal care officials confirmed Thursday that they are investigating the death of 29 horses at a Sylmar ranch during the fast-moving Creek fire last week.

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control issued a lengthy statement last week in which they shared their officers’ efforts…

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New DNA evidence leads to arrest in 1980 slaying of 14-year-old babysitter

It’s been almost four decades since 14-year-old Suzanne Bombardier was abducted and killed while babysitting, and ever since then the identity of her killer has remained a mystery.

Or at least that was the case until this week, when Antioch police said new DNA evidence has led to the arrest of…

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San Bernardino daycare evacuated after man holds gun to his head nearby; suspect in custody

A man is in custody, after holding a gun to his head and prompting a lockdown at a nearby learning center in San Bernardino on Thursday.

The incident began about 8:30 a.m., said Jodi Miller, a public information officer with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. It was not the department’s…

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Swastikas painted at synagogue in Woodland Hills

Swastikas and other graffiti were found on Temple Aliyah in Woodland Hills earlier this week, and authorities are investigating the actions as a hate crime, it was reported Thursday.

The vandalism, which also included the writing of a gang name and a profane drawing, occurred between late Sunday…

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