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Cuba Gooding Sr. Found Dead in Car

Foul play not suspected in soul singer's death

(Newser) - Tragedy for Cuba Gooding Jr.: The Oscar-winning actor's father, soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr., was found dead in his car on a Los Angeles street Thursday afternooon, NBC News reports. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ that emergency workers were unable to resuscitate the 72-year-old after he was found slumped... More »

10 US Cities With the Worst Air Pollution

Six are in California

(Newser) - Despite California’s imposing environmental laws, the state has some of the worst air pollution in the country, reports USA Today via the American Lung Association's annual State of the Air report , out Wednesday. While the report names Visala/Hanford, Calif., as having the worst overall year-round pollution, it also... More »

Top 10 Cities for Dog Attacks on Postal Workers

Los Angeles takes the top spot

(Newser) - An eye-popping 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2016, according to statistics released Thursday by the United States Postal Service . That's an increase of more than 200 since 2015. The numbers were released along with advice for pet owners—keep dogs shut in a different room... More »

Something's 'Suspicious' About LA's Olympics Facebook Page

Los Angeles Olympics campaign gets lots of likes—from Pakistan

(Newser) - More than a million Facebook users like the idea of hosting the 2024 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Many of them, oddly enough, from Pakistan. A report prepared for the AP says most of LA's likes have come in the past six weeks from far away from Southern California.... More »

Officials: Ex-City Worker Stole $3.7M From Parking Tix, Fees

Prosecutors say former Compton deputy treasurer embezzled over 6-year period

(Newser) - On any given day on the job as Compton's deputy treasurer, Salvador Galvan quietly lopped between $200 and $8,000 off the top of municipal fees he collected for the California city, prosecutors say, per the Los Angeles Times . He wasn't busted until December, after a co-worker saw... More »

Man's Murder Conviction Tossed After 32 Years in Prison

Andrew Wilson plans to fly to St. Louis immediately to visit his elderly mother

(Newser) - After 32 years behind bars, Andrew Wilson had his murder conviction thrown out Wednesday by a Los Angeles County judge. His first plan as a newly free man? Fly to St. Louis to visit his 96-year-old mother, who never doubted his innocence. Wilson, now 62, was convicted in 1986 of... More »

Sheriff Criticized for Spending $300K on New Belt Buckles

Sheriff says a well-dressed deputy is a well-respected deputy

(Newser) - Giving new meaning to "fashion police," the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is drawing criticism from its own deputies over the decision to replace their uniforms' silver-colored belt buckles for gold-colored ones. The Los Angeles Times reports the department is spending $300,000 to replace belt buckles,... More »

What LAPD Found When They Visited Richard Simmons

That he's 'perfectly fine,' they say, though some remain unconvinced

(Newser) - Tales about Richard Simmons that portray him as a weak, scared captive kept prisoner by his own housekeeper are a lot more dramatic than what the LAPD says is the real story: that he's simply living quietly at home out of the public eye. Detective Kevin Becker tells People ... More »

Body of Magician Found in Closet at the Magic Castle

Police say the death at the private magicians' club was a suicide

(Newser) - The body of a magician was found in a closet Friday night at the Magic Castle in Hollywood, the Hollywood Reporter reports. According to ABC7 , the body was identified by police as 61-year-old Daryl Easton. In a statement, the Magic Castle called Easton a "beloved illusionist." Easton had... More »

10 Worst Cities in World for Traffic Congestion

Los Angeles drivers fare the worst

(Newser) - Los Angeles is a world leader in an unwanted way: traffic congestion. In a study by analytics firm Inrix, the city topped all others in terms of how much time people spend stuck in gridlock traffic, reports USA Today . In LA, it broke down to 104 hours per person in... More »

Alanis Victim of 2nd Multimillion-Dollar Theft

Thieves made off with $2M from LA home

(Newser) - More bad luck for Alanis Morissette: Police say burglars broke into the Canadian singer's Los Angeles home and stole a safe containing $2 million in jewelry, the Los Angeles Times reports. Morissette, her husband, and their two children weren't home at the time of the Feb. 9 break-in... More »

Hundreds of Thousands Enter Drawing for Decent Job

The ILWU is hosting lottery for 2,400 part-time longshoreman gigs

(Newser) - It's Willy Wonka's golden ticket but for adults desperate for a blue-collar job in America. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is holding a drawing for 2,400 part-time jobs loading and unloading shipping containers at ports in the Los Angeles area, the Los Angeles Times reports. While... More »

Is Elon Musk Boring?

The Tesla CEO may or may not be joking about tunneling under Los Angeles

(Newser) - Say what you will about Elon Musk, he's not boring. But apparently that could change next month. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX tweeted last month about traffic in Los Angeles "driving me nuts" and said he was going to make a tunnel boring machine and "just... More »

Renowned Hair Stylist Murdered in LA

Police say Fabio Sementilli was stabbed by men who stole his Porsche

(Newser) - One of the most renowned hairstylists in Los Angeles was murdered on Monday by intruders who made their getaway in his Porsche, police say. Fabio Sementilli was stabbed several times and was found on his home's patio by his wife and daughter, CBS Los Angeles reports. Paramedics were called... More »

How a Major US Airport Has Become an Intel Jewel

LAX counterterrorism unit's capabilities could 'rival agencies of small nation-state': 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - A suicide car bombing killing dozens hasn't ever hit LA's airport, and if Anthony McGinty and Michelle Sosa have anything to do with it, it never will. In the Atlantic , Geoff Manaugh tells the story of McGinty (a Marine vet who looks like JK Simmons) and Sosa (a... More »

This Could Be the Most Expensive Home in US

It's listed for $250M

(Newser) - "No one has built homes for billionaires," developer Bruce Makowsky tells Bloomberg . Until now, apparently. According to the Hollywood Reporter , Makowsky has built and listed a $250 million mansion in Bel Air that—if it gets the asking price—would be the most expensive home ever sold in... More »

George Lucas Picks Site for His $1B Museum

The force was not with San Francisco

(Newser) - The force, it seems, was with Los Angeles. And San Francisco was left on the dark side. Star Wars creator George Lucas and his team were on the side of the City of Angels over the City by the Bay on Tuesday, choosing LA as the home of a museum... More »

For Whopping Fee, You Can Ring in the New Year Twice

PrivateFly's 12-hour flight from Sydney to LA makes it possible

(Newser) - It's that time of year again when most of us swill cheap champagne from plastic glasses and the ultra-rich board the world's fastest long-range private jet so they can ring in the New Year twice. For a measly $184,500, you and 17 of your nearest and dearest... More »

Obama Freeway Coming Soon?

Calif. state senator sure hopes so

(Newser) - Barack Obama may soon have more in common with Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln than his soon-to-be former residence. If Resolution SCR8 is passed by the California Senate and Assembly, Obama—like his aforementioned predecessors—will have a road named after him in Los Angeles, specifically a section of the... More »

Cops: Gold Flakes Thief Is Hiding Out in LA

He swiped $1.6M bucket from truck in NYC

(Newser) - New York City police say they believe the opportunistic thief who swiped an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes worth nearly $1.6 million off an armored truck in Manhattan is hiding out on the West Coast. Detectives say the man fled to Orlando, Fla., after the Sept. 29 theft before... More »

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