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Guy Tracks Down Stranger Who Saved His Life

Retired judge put poster up at LA intersection

(Newser) - "Did you call 911 last March 17?" said a sign posted at a Hollywood intersection. "You saved my life. Please call me." The sign had been placed there by Leon, a retired judge who suffered a massive heart attack while driving that day. After being told that... More »

Cops: Cold Hand Bandits Rob 23 Banks in 7 Months

Police are worried the robberies will turn violent

(Newser) - Police are hoping to find three men they say are responsible for robbing 23 Los Angeles-area banks since November before things turn violent, NBC News reports. According to CBS Los Angeles , the men have been dubbed the Cold Hand Bandits because they always walk into a bank with one hand... More »

Huge Space Shuttle Fuel Tank Squeezes Down LA Streets

It was expected to take up to 18 hours to move the tank 16 miles

(Newser) - A massive space shuttle fuel tank squeezed through the streets of Los Angeles and loomed over vehicles on a busy freeway Saturday to join the retired orbiter Endeavour on display at the California Science Center, the AP reports. The 33-ton, 154-foot-long external propellant tank began moving a few minutes after... More »

Feds Need Public Help Collecting Coyote Poop

The National Park Service wants to learn about urban coyotes

(Newser) - Don't mind searching for coyote poop, or parsing through that poop for digested food bits? Then the National Park Service (NPS) wants you. It's seeking volunteers to help find and analyze coyote excrement, called scat, across the Los Angeles area, My News LA reports. The idea is to... More »

Grim Sleeper Found Guilty of Killing 10 Women

A jury will now decide between life in prison or the death penalty

(Newser) - With a guilty verdict Thursday, the Grim Sleeper officially became one of the "most prolific and enduring serial killers" in California history, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lonnie Franklin Jr., 63, was convicted of murdering 10 women, one only 15 years old, between 1985 and 2007 in South Los... More »

Artist: I Was Attacked Over Nude Trump Painting

'I am scared for America,' says Illma Gore

(Newser) - From death threats to an alleged attack: Artist Illma Gore, whose unflattering pastel drawing of Donald Trump in the buff is hanging in a gallery in London, says a Trump supporter punched her in the face on a Los Angeles street as she walked near her home on Friday. Gore,... More »

Patton Oswalt Quotes Daughter on Wife's Death

7-year-old Alice has a few wise words

(Newser) - Comedian Patton Oswalt hasn't said much online about the sudden death of his wife , true-crime writer Michelle McNamara. But when he posted, People reports, it was a doozy: "When your mom dies you're the best memory of her," Oswalt quotes his 7-year-old daughter Alice as saying.... More »

Teen Slain 46 Years Ago Near Manson Killings Is IDed

Cops can't say whether Canadian woman was one of his victims

(Newser) - For more than 46 years, a young woman whose body was found stabbed 150 times and tangled in the brush off of LA's Mulholland Drive has been relegated to "Jane Doe" status. Now, People reports that Jane Doe No. 59 has been identified as Reet Jurvetson—born in... More »

This Billboard Has Scientologists Fuming

Couple hopes to reconnect with 'disconnected' children

(Newser) - The last words Phil Jones heard from his son were, "I never want to talk to you again." That's the Church of Scientology for you, he tells Today . "It's a cruel and vindictive organization." Both in their 60s, Phil and wife Willie were members... More »

Marilyn Monroe's Old House May Get LA Politician Recalled

The house was demolished in June to make way for a condo

(Newser) - A Los Angeles city council member may lose his job because someone tore down a house once occupied by Marilyn Monroe, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Monroe lived in the Valley Village house a few miles north of Hollywood six decades ago, when she was 17-year-old Norma Jean Dougherty.... More »

Suspects Take Selfies After Crazy LA Chase

At one point, a TMZ tour bus got involved

(Newser) - Authorities arrested two burglary suspects who led them on a long, bizarre chase Thursday in a top-down convertible through rainy Southern California that ended with the men stopping to exchange high-fives with onlookers and take selfies before being handcuffed, the AP reports. The chase began around 2pm with a report... More »

Police Investigate Charlie Sheen for Felony Threats

The accusations come from his former fiancee

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for allegedly threatening his former fiancee, Scottine Ross, the Los Angeles Times reports. She claims Sheen threatened her with violence on multiple occasions. Ross, a former porn star, previously accused Sheen of assault, false imprisonment, failing to tell her... More »

Cops: Dad Killed Gay Son to Cover Up Wife's Murder

Father now suspected of both LA murders

(Newser) - Police investigating the gruesome deaths of two members of a Los Angeles family now believe father Shehada Issa was behind both killings—and they no longer think he killed his son for being gay. Homophobia may have been one factor, investigators say, but the main reason for the shooting appears... More »

Cops: Man Leaves Baby in Car to Get a Lap Dance

He's been charged with child abuse

(Newser) - A Los Angeles man has been charged with child abuse for allegedly leaving his baby in the car while he went to a strip club, the AP reports. Authorities say 24-year-old Auwin Dargin left his 9-month-old daughter in the car for an hour last month during an afternoon visit to... More »

Slash, Axl Rose Reunite as Guns N' Roses After 23 Years

The legendary band played a surprise club show Friday in Los Angeles

(Newser) - On Friday night, 500 people were welcomed to the jungle when Slash and Axl Rose played together as Guns N' Roses for the first time in more than 20 years, AFP reports. It was—as Rolling Stone puts it—"a sight most GNR fans believed they would never witness... More »

Teen Drowns While Volunteering at Beach Cleanup

She was a valedictorian candidate and track star

(Newser) - A 17-year-old track star and valedictorian candidate drowned while volunteering at a beach cleanup in Southern California, My News LA reports. Thuy Tran, a student at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in Los Angeles, was swept away by a wave at Santa Monica Beach on Saturday and wasn't... More »

Construction Worker Who Fell 53 Stories a Suicide: Coroner

Sad update for Joseph Sabbatino, who fell from LA's Wilshire Grand tower

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled that a man who fell 53 stories to his death at the Wilshire Grand Center skyscraper construction site on St. Patrick's Day intentionally killed himself, the AP reports. The father of 36-year-old Joseph Sabbatino earlier told KABC-TV that his son struggled with... More »

Ex-Bachelor Contestant Dies in Plane Crash

She was piloting a 'motorized hang glider'

(Newser) - Erin Storm, a former contestant on The Bachelor, was killed Monday when the small plane she was piloting crashed soon after takeoff in Los Angeles, US Magazine reports. Storm, a pilot working for an aircraft training facility at the Hawthorne Municipal Airport, appeared on the popular reality show's 12th... More »

Cops: Man Lets Huge Python Loose in Sushi Restaurant

Apparently, he was upset fellow diners weren't impressed by a smaller snake

(Newser) - A 46-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly unleashed a 13-foot python on a sushi restaurant filled with diners, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to CBS Los Angeles , the man finished and paid for a $200 meal at the restaurant then took out a small snake to... More »

Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Plane Near LAX

Police are looking for its owner

(Newser) - Officials say a drone came within about 200 feet of a commercial airliner as it approached Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, the AP reports. An FAA spokesperson says the pilot of the Lufthansa A380 reported that the drone had flown closely over it when the plane was about 5,... More »

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