More than half of Metro rail delays last year were caused by mechanical problems, audit finds

More than half of the delays on the Los Angeles County passenger rail network last year were connected to problems with Metropolitan Transportation Authority train cars, a new audit has found.

Of the 2,585 reported delays on Metro trains last year, 55% were caused by malfunctions of the rolling…

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From pot edibles to farming techniques, California sets marijuana rules

California released long-awaited rules Thursday that will govern the state’s emerging legal marijuana industry, while potentially opening the way for larger-scale cultivation that some fear could strangle small-farm growers.

The thicket of emergency regulations will allow the state to begin issuing…

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13-year-old girl rescued, 39 arrested in human trafficking sting in Compton, authorities say

A human trafficking sting in Compton resulted in 39 arrests and the rescue of a 13-year-old girl, authorities said Friday.

The girl was released to the care of the Department of Children and Family Services after freeing her in the sweep conducted Wednesday by the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking…

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Essential California: The many warning signs before a gunman’s rampage

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, Nov. 17, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Could this have been stopped?

Before he killed five in a series of shootings earlier this week, Kevin Neal’s penchant for firing off guns and threatening…

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In a Boyle Heights already wary of gentrification, rumors about a mural’s fate stir concern

Over three decades, the mural at the southwest corner of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Soto Street in Boyle Heights has been a backdrop for countless bus commuters, students walking to school and shoppers.

“El Corrido de Boyle Heights” — “The Ballad of Boyle Heights” — depicts neighborhood musicians…

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One killed, four injured as two-car collision hits pedestrians in Boyle Heights

One person was killed and four others were injured in Boyle Heights late Thursday evening after a two-car crash resulted in several pedestrians being struck, authorities said.

The crash was reported about 7:30 p.m. in the 800 block of South Indiana Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department….

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These are the victims of the Rancho Tehama shooting rampage

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday released the names of the five people killed by a gunman who rampaged through Rancho Tehama on Tuesday, spraying bullets at several locations, including an elementary school.

Authorities said an additional six adults and six children — four boys and…

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L.A. County leaders make a plea to feds in push to keep funds for homeless veterans

Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decided in September to put local VA officials in charge of $264 million that had previously been set aside for specific programs to help homeless veterans.

VA officials in Washington say the directive will help the agency’s medical directors…

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Radio DJ Helen Borgers, L.A.’s longtime voice of jazz, dies at 60

For decades Helen Borgers was a leading voice of jazz in L.A., a drive-time radio personality with a booming voice and an easy laugh.

On air, Borgers explored both the legends and the up-and-comers who — with some luck and a bit of airplay — might arrive at the threshold of fame.

But her voice…

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