Deal for new city at Newhall Ranch fuels development boom transforming northern L.A. County

One of Southern California longest-running and ugliest development battles ended in a historic truce Monday when environmental groups agreed to a deal that will allow a new city of 58,000 residents to rise in the Newhall Pass area.

The pact clears perhaps the largest remaining hurdle for the Newhall…

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Death toll from West Nile climbs to 7 in L.A. County, officials say

Los Angeles County health officials warned residents Monday to protect themselves against the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus, as the number of people killed by the disease in L.A. County this year reached seven.

The department launched a campaign Monday called “It’s Not Just A Bite” to…

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Los Angeles Fire Department captain killed wife in Long Beach murder-suicide, coroner finds

A Los Angeles firefighter shot and killed his wife before taking his own life in Long Beach early Saturday morning, coroner’s officials ruled on Monday.

Wayne Havron, 53, of Long Beach was identified Monday as the gunman in a murder-suicide in the 7100 block of Island Village Drive, according to…

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Busy U.S.-Mexico border crossing reopens ahead of schedule

The busiest border crossing in the United States reopened ahead of schedule Monday after a weekend shutdown for work on a $741-million expansion project.

Traffic began flowing again just after midnight on southbound Interstate 5 and connecting freeways at the San Ysidro Port of Entry connecting…

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New video shows suspect slugging Huntington Beach officer before fatal shooting

A new bystander video of a fatal police shooting at a Huntington Beach convenience store shows the suspect approaching the officer aggressively and then throwing at least one punch before the pair begin to wrestle and the lawman resorts to lethal force.

The 96-second video, which appears to have…

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Gunman barricades himself in Rancho Palos Verdes yard after family disturbance

Members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were in a standoff with an armed man in Ranchos Palos Verdes on Monday morning, authorities said.

About 5:30 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a reported family disturbance in the 6500 block of Seacove Drive, according to Deputy Guillermina…

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Hepatitis A outbreak has San Diego commuters wary of where they sit, what they touch

Waiting in line to catch the San Diego Trolley on C Street on Friday afternoon, Wanda Hermes said she can’t help but think about the city’s ongoing hepatitis A outbreak in those moments when she’s touching the rails, seats and other surfaces that she encounters in the course of commuting to work…

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Essential California: Is Disneyland wearing out its welcome in Anaheim?

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, Sept. 25, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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Is Disneyland wearing out its welcome in Anaheim?

Over the last two decades or so, as Disney’s annual profit has soared, the company has secured subsidies,…

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L.A. set to be hot market for marijuana. But there might not be many places to smoke it

Los Angeles lawmakers are laying the groundwork for what is widely expected to be one of the hottest markets for marijuana in the country, one that could bring more than $50 million in taxes to city coffers next year.

The city is drafting rules to allow greenhouses that grow cannabis, industrial…

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