Health officials declare hepatitis A outbreak in L.A. County

Los Angeles County public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak Tuesday, days after an emergency was declared in San Diego, where at least 16 people have died of the highly contagious virus.

Case numbers are still small, with only 10 people infected as part of the outbreak, said Dr….

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Lawyer for Ed Buck says councilwoman waging ‘character attack’ after OD death of his client’s houseguest

A lawyer for a wealthy Democratic donor who has become the subject of an investigation into a drug death claims that a West Hollywood official has launched a “character attack” on his client and should be investigated for ethics violations.

As Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives continue…

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Federal appeals court blocks San Francisco law requiring health warnings on soda

A federal appeals court Tuesday blocked a San Francisco ordinance that requires advertisers of sugary drinks to post health warnings, saying in a unanimous decision that it likely violates freedom of speech.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals faulted the 2015 ordinance…

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Actor James Cromwell charged for SeaWorld protest

Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell has been charged with a misdemeanor after interrupting an orca show at SeaWorld in July.

If convicted, Cromwell — who had roles in “L.A. Confidential,” “The Green Mile” and “Babe” — was accused of trespassing and could be sentenced up to 90 days in prison, fined…

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San Diego rejects televangelist’s plan for huge religious retreat in Mission Valley

Longstanding plans by San Diego televangelist Morris Cerullo to transform an aging Mission Valley hotel into a $160-million religious-themed retreat and conference center failed to win support from the San Diego City Council on Monday after some members raised concerns about the potential for increased…

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Instagram post of guns lets LAPD track down gangster on Texas’ most wanted list

One of Texas’ 10 most wanted criminal suspects was taken into custody by Los Angeles police early Tuesday after he displayed video of an arsenal of weapons on Instagram that authorities used to track him to Woodlands Hills.

Christopher Ricardo Gonzalez, 18, a Texas gang member with a lengthy history…

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Laguna Beach may clone beloved, 135-year tree to save it

The story of a 135-year-old pepper tree in front of Laguna Beach’s City Hall has taken a new twist.

The City Council last week directed staff to investigate cloning the tree, which multiple arborists have said is structurally unstable and in danger of falling.

Council members unanimously approved…

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Man removed from sex offender registry arrested on suspicion of possessing child porn, police say

A San Diego man who was removed from the state’s sex offender registry three years ago was arrested Monday after he photographed young girls in bathing suits at a Fontana birthday party and later was found to possess child pornography, police said.

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$4-million jury verdict overturned for officers who fatally shot autistic man

A California appeals court has overturned a nearly $4-million jury verdict for two Los Angeles police officers placed on desk duty for five years after fatally shooting an unarmed, autistic black man in 2010.

The three-judge panel last week tossed out a 2015 Los Angeles County Superior Court jury…

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