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Newborn Found Buried Alive

Two sisters hearing baby crying while taking a walk

(Newser) - Two sisters were out taking a walk in Compton, Calif., on Saturday when they heard a baby crying—or was it a cat? They weren't sure, but two deputies soon arrived and found a newborn buried alive under rubble and pieces of asphalt on a bike path by a... More »

Drive by LA's Prostitutes? Your Wife May Get a Letter

One civil liberties group isn't a fan of the motion

(Newser) - Los Angeles is considering a controversial policy to help cut down on prostitution: City Council voted this week to have the city attorney's office review a proposal to send warning letters to the owners of cars spotted in areas frequented by prostitutes, reports the Los Angeles Daily News . The... More »

More Than 130 Families Relocated Due to Gas Leak

It could take officials three more months to stop the leak

(Newser) - More than 130 families have been temporarily relocated from a Los Angeles neighborhood due to a leak at a massive natural gas storage facility that's causing a sickening stench. SoCalGas officials had received 503 inquiries as of Wednesday night from residents seeking relocation, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.... More »

Odd Twist in Story of Man Ejected Onto Freeway Sign

Richard Pananian's family had tried to protect him with lamb sacrifice days earlier

(Newser) - It was an unbelievable way to leave the Earth: thrust out of a car and into the air on a Los Angeles freeway, only to land atop a freeway sign . But the oddity of the death of Richard Pananian of Burbank didn't begin and end with that Friday morning... More »

Body Lands on Freeway Sign Following Car Accident

'I've never seen anything like this'

(Newser) - Authorities were left in disbelief after a man's body landed on top of a freeway sign following a car crash Friday morning in Los Angeles, Fox 11 reports. "I've never seen anything like this or heard anything like this," a highway patrol spokesperson tells the Los ... More »

Dog Walker Finds Bodies in Popular LA Park

Police don't know how the women died, but they may have been there for weeks

(Newser) - Police say they are on high alert after the bodies of two young women were found by a dog walker in a popular Los Angeles park. Capt. Patricia Sandoval says the LAPD has added officers on foot inside Ernest E. Debs Regional Park and in patrol cars in the area... More »

Human Leg Stolen in Los Angeles

The coroner's office is 'distressed'

(Newser) - Talk about a story with legs. News outlets are really running with it—but that's what happens when weird crimes are afoot. My News LA reports an investigation is ongoing after a human leg was stolen out of a vehicle belonging to a nonprofit that donates organs and tissue... More »

NASA to LA: Get Ready for 5.0 Quake

But JPL study is a bit controversial

(Newser) - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is out with a study predicting that Los Angeles has a 99.9% chance of experiencing an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 or greater within the next two and a half years. "There’s enough energy stored to produce about a magnitude... More »

New Report Reveals LA High School Let Porn Film There

Officials say they were 'misled' by makers of Revenge of the Petites

(Newser) - The Los Angeles school district temporarily banned production companies from filming on its properties after an investigative report from NBC Los Angeles on Thursday revealed that a pornographic movie had been shot at one of its high schools a few years ago. Revenge of the Petites was filmed at Alexander... More »

Tinder Doesn't Appreciate Billboards Linking It to STDs

Dating app wants AIDS Healthcare Foundation billboards taken down

(Newser) - Information on how to get free testing for diseases—great, right? Unless, perhaps, you're a dating app that's being linked to STDs. Tinder and Grindr aren't pleased with new AIDS Healthcare Foundation signage that's gone up around Los Angeles, showing not only where people can get... More »

Cop Talks 12-Year-Old Girl Down From Bridge

Chris Perez caught child in bear hug, pulled her to safety

(Newser) - Faced with a 12-year-old girl hanging by an arm from an 80-foot-high bridge, threatening to end her young life, a rookie cop started talking, reports CBS Los Angeles . Asking the girl if he could come closer, Officer Chris Perez says the child "was just crying and holding on;"... More »

LA Declares Homelessness a $100M 'Emergency'

City council to put serious cash toward fighting problem

(Newser) - Los Angeles says it will declare a state of emergency to deal with … homelessness. Mayor Eric Garcetti and city council made the announcement yesterday, noting $100 million will be set aside to help the 26,000 living on the city's streets, up 12% since 2013, reports the Los ... More »

Hero Teen Shot, Shields Infant Nephew

'I tried to cover the baby, and I laid over him'

(Newser) - Fourteen-year-old De Je Brewer says she's blessed after surviving two gunshot wounds sustained while trying to protect her 10-month-old nephew this week in Los Angeles, NBC Los Angeles reports. According to KABC , the straight-A student was in town for a relative's funeral. She and her nephew were in... More »

Woman Jumps From Hotel, Lands on Pedestrian

Victim suffers critical injuries

(Newser) - A man is in critical condition after a woman jumped from the 11th floor of a Los Angeles hotel this morning and landed on top of him, the Los Angeles Times reports. The victim was walking by the Crowne Plaza hotel when he was hit from above, and the woman... More »

Shade Balls to the Rescue? Hardly

If they're strictly for water conservation, they're a bad investment: Grist

(Newser) - Los Angeles' 96 million shade balls are bizarre to say the least—which is partly why the media pounced on the story of their role in conserving water, as officials had hoped, Grist included. Now, the website does a careful walk-through of just why these balls aren't so hot.... More »

LA Fighting Drought With Millions of Black Plastic Balls

They prevent evaporation, keep water clean in reservoirs

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Reservoir has now turned black, but not from any kind of pollution. Over several months, city officials have been unleashing 96 million black plastic balls into the city's 175-acre reservoir in an effort to fight the effects of California's drought. The final 20,000 were... More »

Dead Man With 1.5K Guns 'Thought He Was Alien Spy'

Mystery man left arms cache, many questions

(Newser) - The death of a Los Angeles man in his car has led police to a huge stash of firearms and an even bigger pile of strangeness. From what cops can piece together, Jeffrey Alan Lash claimed to be a spy—sometimes a hybrid human-alien spy—and just before he died... More »

Homeless Woman Faces Life Over Dropped Cop Baton

LA woman charged with assault at Skid Row shooting didn't swing or hit anyone

(Newser) - A homeless woman involved in the chaos surrounding the fatal shooting of a homeless man on LA's Skid Row has been in jail since the March incident, and yesterday Trishawn Cardessa Carey's bail was reduced from $1 million to $50,000 after a judge deemed it "way... More »

Woman Turns Tables on Bizarro Telemarketer

Things take crazy turn when Jessica Gottlieb tells 'Mark' she's recording call

(Newser) - If you ever get a call from a telemarketer named Mark from Chatsworth, you should a) probably not tell him you're recording your conversation, and b) maybe just hang up altogether. Unless you want pure YouTube gold, which is what happened when Los Angeles blogger Jessica Gottlieb reveals to... More »

Gunmen Lock Up Chris Brown's Aunt, Rob His Home

She wasn't hurt; suspects grab cash, electronics, personal stuff

(Newser) - Three armed men in masks forced their way into a Los Angeles home owned by Chris Brown, locked the R&B singer's aunt in a closet, and then ransacked the place for valuables, police said. Brown was not at the home during the robbery around 2am this morning, Officer... More »

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