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Meningitis Kills 3 in LA County

Gay men at increased risk, medical director says

(Newser) - Three gay men in their late 20s have died from a bacterial meningitis in the Los Angeles area so far this year, with another five people having come down with the illness. Four of the cases involved gay men and three were HIV positive, the Los Angeles Times reports; two... More »

Family Can Sue: Hospital Froze Grandma Alive

Appeals court rules family's suit tied to 2010 incident can move forward

(Newser) - A judge has ruled a lawsuit tied to a bizarre 2010 death can move forward. That year, heart-attack victim Maria de Jesus Arroyo, 80, was declared dead at White Memorial Medical Center and placed in the hospital's freezer. But when her body was turned over to morticians days later,... More »

Strong Aftershock Rattles Southern California

Dozens evacuated following yesterday's quake

(Newser) - More than 100 aftershocks have followed yesterday's magnitude-5.1 earthquake in southern California, including a magnitude-4.1 rumble this afternoon. The moderate earthquake yesterday forced several dozen people in one community out of their homes after firefighters discovered foundation problems that made the buildings unsafe to enter, authorities said... More »

5.1 Quake Rattles California

No major injuries or damage reported in Los Angeles area

(Newser) - Southern California got a scare last night in the form of a magnitude-5.1 earthquake that struck near Los Angeles. No major damage or injuries were reported, though water main breaks, power outages, toppled store shelves, and shattered glass were seen throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties, reports AP and... More »

Speed Alone Killed Paul Walker: Authorities

Porsche was going as fast as 93mph immediately before crash

(Newser) - Investigators have officially confirmed what has long been suspected : Unsafe driving is solely to blame for the crash that killed Paul Walker and Roger Rodas, not a mechanical problem with the Porsche or roadway conditions. The Carrera GT was going between 80mph and 93mph when Rodas lost control and crashed... More »

American Plotted to Bomb LA Subway

Nicholas Teausant also allegedly discussed bombing daycare

(Newser) - The 20-year-old California man arrested Sunday on charges of attempting to support terrorism had allegedly plotted to blow up the LA County subway system, the Los Angeles Times reports. Nicholas Teausant talked with "brothers" on Facebook about details of the plan, including a paid FBI informant who connected with... More »

4.4 Quake Hits Los Angeles

Temblor's epicenter was 6 miles from Beverly Hills

(Newser) - A strongly felt earthquake rolled across Los Angeles this morning, with the USGS reporting that the preliminary magnitude was 4.7; that was quickly downgraded to 4.4. The epicenter was six miles from Beverly Hills and seven miles from Santa Monica, adds the LA Times . The quake was shallow,... More »

'Miraculous' Escape for Blind Man Run Over by Train

He lay flat on tracks as LA Metro train rolled over him

(Newser) - A 47-year-old blind man had what authorities are calling a miraculous escape after falling off the edge of a Los Angeles Metro platform and into the path of an oncoming train. A transport authority spokesman says the man had been using his cane to feel toward the edge of the... More »

LA's Most Destitute Pockets Reborn as 'Promise Zones'

As are parts of San Antonio, Philadelphia, Kentucky, Oklahoma

(Newser) - A large part of Los Angeles is being named a "Promise Zone" today by the White House, making the poverty-stricken areas included in the zone eligible for as much as $500 million in federal aid over the next decade. The Promise Zone touches five communities: Pico-Union, Westlake, Koreatown, East... More »

Dad: I Saw Cops Kill My Son—on Live Television

LAPD shooting followed car chase

(Newser) - An 80-year-old in Los Angeles says he witnessed the police kill his son on TV news. On Dec. 15, east LA sheriff's deputies were following a silver Corvette for reckless driving and possible DUI, officials said. LAPD officers joined in before the car crashed into another vehicle and a... More »

Teens Threw Mansion Party, Stole $250K Leopard: Cops

Police bust 16 kids in 'frenzy of looting'

(Newser) - Sixteen suspects described as "kids of means" have been arrested after a wild party in a wealthy Los Angeles suburb where a $7 million mansion was trashed and partygoers made off with a bizarre assortment of loot—including a mounted snow leopard valued at $250,000. LA County Sheriff... More »

Banksy's LA Gas Station Art Goes for $209K

Station owner removed section of wall containing piece

(Newser) - In 2008, a Los Angeles gas station owner told some street artists they could paint on his wall; now, the Banksy painting—called "Flower Girl"—has sold at auction for $209,000. The 9-foot by 8-foot image features a child with a flower basket being watched by a... More »

LA Sheriff Hired Dozens of Officers With Shady Pasts

'LA Times' offers up detailed investigation

(Newser) - Roughly four years ago, Los Angeles County's Office of Public Safety was dissolved in order to save money, with the task of patrolling parks and government buildings falling to the LA County Sheriff’s Department—which in 2010 hired about 280 applicants from the disbanded office. The Los Angeles ... More »

LA May Ban Feeding Homeless in Public

Advocates say residents trying to make a difficult problem disappear

(Newser) - For 27 years, the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition has offered free meals to LA's homeless out of the back of a truck. Now, two city council members are forwarding legislation that would shut that operation down—or at least force it to move indoors. The resolution would ban... More »

Walt Disney's Daughter Dead at 79

Diane Disney Miller famously fought for Frank Gehry-designed hall

(Newser) - Walt Disney's eldest and last surviving child, Diane Disney Miller, died yesterday at age 79 in her Napa Valley home following complications from a fall, the LA Times reports. Her childhood playground visits with her sister helped inspire Disneyland, but she may have left her biggest mark with her... More »

Pinkberry Founder Guilty in Homeless Man's Beating

Young Lee attacked Daniel Bolding with tire iron: jury

(Newser) - A co-founder of frozen-yogurt chain Pinkberry is guilty of beating a homeless man with a tire iron in 2011, a jury has found. Young Lee, 49, who will be sentenced in January, faces up to seven years in prison following a three-week trial. Panhandler Daniel Bolding reportedly showed Lee and... More »

LAX Returning to Normal After Shooting

Terminal 3 reopens

(Newser) - Operations at Los Angeles International Airport were returning to normal by this afternoon following yesterday's shooting that killed a TSA officer and closed parts of the airport. Terminal 3 has reopened, airport officials say. Thousands of fliers across the US were delayed after the attack; the prolonged shutdown at... More »

Woman's Remains Found at 2 Water Plants Near LA

Police believe they belong to a single person

(Newser) - A grim case in California: The remains of what may be a single person have been found in two separate wastewater facilities outside Los Angeles. A head and torso were discovered at a wastewater treatment plant in the city of Industry as officials checked out a blocked line yesterday; on... More »

Baggage Handler Busted in LAX Dry Ice Bombings

Cops suspect worker was angered by labor dispute

(Newser) - A baggage handler has been arrested following a police investigation into two dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport. Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee of ground handling company Servisair, was booked for possession of a destructive device near an aircraft and he is being held on $1 million bail.... More »

Things Get Weirder at LAX: More Dry Ice Bombs Found

One exploded last night

(Newser) - A dry ice bomb exploded at Los Angeles International Airport Sunday night—and yesterday, three similar bombs were found, including another one that exploded last night, the LA Times reports. The first bomb was placed in a restroom the public cannot access, and the devices found yesterday were also in... More »

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