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New Report on America's Homeless Is Bleak

Things are getting worse, not better

(Newser) - The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point-in-Time count Wednesday, a... More »

Thieves Make Off With 1.8K Gallons of Vodka From LA Distillery

Company lost 90% of holiday inventory

(Newser) - Police are searching for thieves who swiped more than 1,800 gallons of vodka from a Los Angeles distillery. Investigators say the suspects sawed through dead bolts to get inside a storage room at the Fog Shots distillery, the AP reports. Company representative Art Gukasayan says the thieves made away... More »

Woman Must Pay Katy Perry for Messing With Convent Sale

Jury finds entrepreneur Dana Hollister interfered with the sale

(Newser) - A jury has found that a businesswoman must pay $5 million to singer Katy Perry and the archdiocese of Los Angeles because she intentionally interfered with the sale to Perry of a hilltop property that was once a convent, the AP reports. The jury found Friday that entrepreneur Dana Hollister... More »

They Met for the First Time on a Plane. Then They Met the FBI

Woman on Delta flight accused of performing oral sex on new friend who sat next to her

(Newser) - They met as strangers, left as members of a lurid club, and now could face felony charges for their trouble. WDIV reports that two passengers on a Delta flight Sunday from Los Angeles to Detroit—a 48-year-old woman ultimately headed to Nashville on a connecting flight, and a 28-year-old man... More »

Elon Musk Shares First Photo of Tunnel Under LA

He wasn't joking about digging a tunnel to avoid traffic

(Newser) - When Elon Musk said late last year that the "soul-destroying" Los Angeles traffic was driving him nuts and he was going to "just start digging," a lot of people thought he was joking . Then he started digging. On Monday, the tech billionaire shared a photo on Instagram... More »

Letter Drops Tantalizing Clue About a Missing Painting

The locations of 15 of Miguel Cabrera's 16 casta paintings are known

(Newser) - As far as art mysteries go, it's a good one, thanks in no small part to a very tantalizing clue. Miguel Cabrera, described by the Los Angeles Times as the "greatest" Mexican painter of the mid-18th century, famously painted a single casta: a set of what is usually... More »

Author Claims to Solve Notorious 'Black Dahlia' Murder

Killer was a sadistic accused pimp, says Piu Eatwell

(Newser) - It wasn't a doctor who tortured, killed, and carved a clown-like smile in the face of the Black Dahlia, but an accused pimp who escaped punishment as part of a police cover-up, according to a new book. After three years of scouring official documents and grand jury files, British... More »

Vegas Shooter's Brother Arrested

Police believe Bruce Paddock possesses child porn

(Newser) - One brother of the Las Vegas shooter is in police custody himself, suspected of possessing child pornography, the AP reports. Bruce Paddock, 58, was arrested Wednesday while he was awaiting surgery for spinal stenosis at a Los Angeles assisted-living facility, NBC News reports. Bruce Paddock told news outlets after the... More »

The Heat Is On for World Series Opener, Literally

It's expected to be 97 degrees when game begins in LA, the hottest World Series game ever

(Newser) - As the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros open the World Series Tuesday night at 5:08pm local time in Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles is expected to be about 97 degrees. That would be a record high for a World Series game, the New York Times reports; the current... More »

Residents Boo LAPD's New Drone Program

Locals and privacy advocates not happy about yearlong test program

(Newser) - The LAPD is about to embark on a yearlong test program with a fleet of "small Unmanned Aerial Systems," aka drones—making it the country's largest police department to use them—and some residents aren't happy about it. The Los Angeles Times reports on Tuesday's... More »

A Bang, a Drop, Then an Emergency Landing in Canada

Engine on Air France flight explodes midair; plane lands safely in Labrador

(Newser) - Air France Flight AF066 from Paris to Los Angeles on Saturday had been going smoothly, but that all changed more than five hours into the journey, when passengers heard a loud bang, then felt the plane shake and drop before cruising back up. The cause: One of the Airbus A380'... More »

LA Is Losing Its Palm Trees

Beetles, fungus killing off iconic trees

(Newser) - Invasive insects, fungus, and old age are killing off Los Angeles' iconic palm trees—and despite their fame. the city isn't planning on replacing many of them. As the city's estimated 75,000 palm trees die off, the city plans to replace them with species that consume less... More »

5 Best Cities to Be a Sports Fan

LA tops the list

(Newser) - Being a sports fan is easier in some cities than others. To figure out which cities are the absolute best for fans, 24/7 Wall St. scored all US cities with at least one professional team (NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB) on such factors as total number of teams, number of... More »

Mexico Quake Should Rattle Every Person in Los Angeles

Op-ed writer worries he's 'glimpsing my own future'

(Newser) - Residents of Los Angeles should be feeling more than empathy in the wake of Mexico City's 7.1 magnitude earthquake that left more than 200 dead Tuesday. They should also be experiencing fear, writes Mariel Garza at the Los Angeles Times . "Though of course my heart goes out... More »

Calif. Quake Shakes Up Twitter, but Not Residents Out of Bed

Social media commented on 3.6 magnitude quake near LA, which many slept through

(Newser) - A small earthquake with an epicenter just outside Los Angeles has people in Southern California talking on social media. The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.6 quake hit at about 11:20 Monday night, with an epicenter about 3.6 miles northwest of Westwood, the AP reports. The... More »

It's Officially Paris 2024, LA 2028 for Olympics

IOC 'rubber stamps' previously determined arrangement

(Newser) - This was one of those rare Olympic moments where everyone walked away a winner. Paris for 2024. Los Angeles for 2028. And the International Olympic Committee for transforming an unruly bidding process to lock down its future by choosing not one, but two Summer Olympics hosts at the same time.... More »

LA Paints Streets White to Combat Rising Temps

The paint could cool streets and parking lots 10 degrees

(Newser) - As the largest wildfire in Los Angeles history scorches the edge of a city experiencing record-breaking temperatures, LA street workers have started painting streets white as part of a larger effort to tackle warming average temps head-on. Technically, the paint is a very light gray called CoolSeal, and it could... More »

'Netflix Is a Joke' Billboards Confound Social Media

But the company behind them isn't surprising

(Newser) - Stark-white billboards with a single message—"Netflix is a joke"—written on them have been causing confusion among passers-by and on social media since popping up in Los Angeles and New York this week, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Mashable quotes some of the reactions on Twitter: "Who'... More »

As LA's Biggest Wildfire Blazes, Hundreds Flee

La Tuna wildfire near Burbank has already burned 5K acres amid 'erratic' winds

(Newser) - Houston is underwater, but Los Angeles is on fire as the largest wildfire in its history burned at least 5,000 acres and forced hundreds of people to evacuate amid scorching temperatures and unpredictable winds of up to 50mph. "The La Tuna Canyon Fire is an emergency that requires... More »

LA Scraps Columbus Day, Will Honor Someone Else

Indigenous Peoples Day will now occur on 2nd Monday of October

(Newser) - The Los Angeles City Council has voted to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day as an official holiday. Council members voted 14-1 on Wednesday to make the second Monday in October a day to commemorate indigenous, aboriginal, and native people. It will be a paid holiday for city employees.... More »

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