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Cops: Disabled Teen Killed for Wearing Red Shoes

3 men charged in South LA murder

(Newser) - Three men now in custody murdered a teen with developmental disabilities in front of his mother because they didn't like the color of his shoes, according to the LAPD. Police say that on the morning of May 29, 19-year-old Tavin Price went into a smoke shop in South LA... More »

Los Angeles Raising Minimum Wage to $15

LA is the biggest city in the US to do so

(Newser) - The push for a higher minimum wage just got a major boost courtesy of Los Angeles. The city council has approved raising it to $15 an hour by 2020, reports the Los Angeles Times . Under the plan, the rate will rise from $9 to $10.50 in July 2016, then... More »

LA Sues Illegal 'Fee Machine' Wells Fargo

Employees used unlawful tactics to boost sales: lawsuit

(Newser) - The city of Los Angeles is suing Wells Fargo, claiming the California-based bank pushed employees to engage "in unfair, unlawful, and fraudulent conduct" to hit sales quotas. The suit notes bank employees opened unauthorized accounts for customers, failed to close them when asked, and applied phony fees that hurt... More »

Why LA Stage Actors Don't Want to Make Minimum Wage

They fear the closure of small theaters

(Newser) - While many low-paid workers fight for increased wages , actors in Los Angeles have become activists for the opposite cause. Many who perform in small theaters are raising their voices against their own union as it pushes for them to receive California's $9 minimum wage, the New York Times reports.... More »

Cops: No Sign of Foul Play in Getty Heir's Death

But oil heir reportedly found half-naked with blunt-force trauma

(Newser) - The death of 47-year-old oil heir Andrew Getty doesn't appear to have been the result of foul play, the Los Angeles Times reports. An LAPD spokesman says that while it's "very, very early in the investigation ... this does not appear immediately to be a criminal act."... More »

30 New Fly Species Found Buzzing in Hazy LA

Entomologists surprised at numbers in 3-year study

(Newser) - It started with a friendly wager. An LA Natural History Museum trustee bet Brian Brown, the museum's entomology curator, that the city's smog-filled nooks were no place for new insect species to be found. The first bug Brown caught proved to be previously undiscovered, inspiring the Biodiversity Science:... More »

Report: Cops Spend $22K Getting Killer to Dinner

Rene 'Boxer' Enriquez was sole speaker at LA event

(Newser) - Well, this is awkward: The LAPD allegedly shuttled a convicted killer to a pricey downtown dinner to satisfy a group of elite business executives, the LA Times reports. According to an inspector general's report, police took Rene "Boxer" Enriquez—a former Mexican Mafia leader serving two life sentences... More »

Identity of Homeless Man Shot by Cops Revealed

He was Charly Keundeu Keunang, from Cameroon

(Newser) - A homeless man shot to death by police during an LA Skid Row confrontation over the weekend was identified yesterday under his true name—not the stolen identity he had used for years. Charly Keundeu Keunang, 43, was listed as being indigent and homeless, and he died from multiple gunshot... More »

Suspect in Deadly LA Street Race Surrenders

Out-of-control Mustang killed 2 at illegal race

(Newser) - The man accused of being behind the wheel of a souped-up Ford Mustang in a deadly street-race crash last week has turned himself in, police in Los Angeles say. Two people were killed and one person was critically injured when the Mustang went out of control and plowed into a... More »

American Horror Story Actor Dies After LA Accident

Ben Woolf was clipped by vehicle's side mirror

(Newser) - Ben Woolf, an actor on American Horror Story, has died after being injured in a street accident, a spokesman says. He was 34. Woolf died yesterday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his family at his side, his publicist says. The 4-foot-4 actor was hospitalized in critical condition after he was... More »

Teen Battling 'Superbug' Was Infected Twice

2 patients at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center have died

(Newser) - Two of seven patients infected by a "superbug" at an LA hospital have died, and now an 18-year old is battling to keep from being the third. According to the AP , the teen had gone to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center late last year to undergo a procedure that... More »

LAPD: 'Maniac' Shot After Wild Car Chase

Suspect seen carjacking woman, veering through oncoming cars

(Newser) - A suspect was shot several times and arrested last night after a car chase that was wild even by Los Angeles standards. Police say that after the armed man they describe as a "maniac" was spotted driving a suspected stolen car east of downtown, he sped through traffic, sometimes... More »

Why 'Underground' Cyclists Battle Overnight

LA's nocturnal pastime becomes serious sport

(Newser) - LA's underground cycling scene has grown from a nocturnal pastime into an organized, competitive sport—with a few bumps along the way, LA Weekly reports. It started in 2004 when a small group began cycling at night for pleasure. Within two years they were a monthly, 1,000-strong horde... More »

No Charges for Power Ranger in Stabbing

Ricardo Medina killed friend in self-defense: lawyer

(Newser) - A former Power Ranger has been released from prison without being charged in the stabbing death of a friend , the New York Daily News reports. A reported fight between Ricardo Medina Jr., 36, and Joshua Sutter, 36, who was staying in Medina's apartment, ended in Sutter's death. Medina... More »

Suspects in Chase Drive Right to LAPD Headquarters

Whoops

(Newser) - It hasn't been a good week for drivers in LA leading police on high-speed chases. Early yesterday evening, one suspect led cops on a 100mph pursuit through the streets of Hollywood before unsuccessfully trying to escape on foot, the Los Angeles Times reports. Then three other suspects apparently wanted... More »

Teacher on Leave for Saying Teacher-Student Sex Is OK

Sean Kane Facebook rant: Students at sex party should've 'kept stupid mouths shut'

(Newser) - Two female teachers at West Covina's South Hills High School were arrested on suspicion of having sex with students, and not only is their co-worker, art teacher Sean Kane, upset about their arrests—he apparently thinks teacher-student sex is OK all around, the Los Angeles Times reports. Kane, a... More »

2 Tuskegee Airmen, Lifelong Friends, Die on Same Day

Clarence Huntley Jr., Joseph Shambrey were both 91 and living in LA

(Newser) - Two members of the Tuskegee Airmen—the famed all-black squadron that flew in World War II—died on the same day. The men, lifelong friends who enlisted together, were both 91. Clarence E. Huntley Jr. and Joseph Shambrey died on Jan. 5 in their Los Angeles homes, relatives said yesterday.... More »

Why LA Gangs Are Fading Away

Pacific Standard looks at surprising decline in gang activity

(Newser) - Seven years ago, Simon Tejada tried selling his house in a gang-ravaged part of Los Angeles. But the three-bedroom appraised at $350,000 only drew a $150,000 offer: "Your house is fine," said the guy making an offer. "The neighborhood's awful." Last year, however,... More »

How a Criminal Found America's First Big Sex Tape

And distributed it with money from a mobster's son

(Newser) - Remember an old sex tape, before Kim Kardashian, starring an actress and a rocker on a yacht? Well, the 1996 video that fully unveiled Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee only went public because an electrician stole it, a mobster's son funded it, and lawyers couldn't contain it, Rolling ... More »

LA's Warm Streak Ends at 375 Days

It didn't hit 60 degrees for first time in more than a year

(Newser) - It was 48-below in Daniel, Wyoming, before sunrise today, it snowed in Vegas , and the average temperature in the Lower 48 states was 14 degrees, making for the coldest December morning in 16 years, reports the Washington Post . But in the everything's-relative department, the Los Angeles Times points out... More »

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