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Longtime Fugitive May Be Hiding by Dressing as Woman

John Gentry Jr. is wanted in a 1983 double murder in Michigan

(Newser) - A suspected murderer Michigan authorities have been hunting for more than 30 years may be living in California disguised as a woman, the Los Angeles Times reports. John Gentry Jr. was 30 years old in 1983 when he was released from a Michigan prison after serving time for nearly killing... More »

Woman Falls Off Cliff Day After She Moved to California

Lorena Barrera climbed over wall, tripped on flip-flops

(Newser) - A Nevada woman who had just moved to California ended up falling off a notorious cliff on her first full day in the state, CBS News reports. The woman, identified by NBC Los Angeles as 21-year-old Lorena Barrera, was found dead at the base of the seaside cliff in Point... More »

Iconic Home From Brady Bunch Ransacked

Current resident scared apparent burglars away

(Newser) - "Here's a story / Of a seventy-something lady ..." is how the theme song would start to accompany the latest crime report out of Los Angeles. Police sources tell NBC News that the iconic Studio City home used for the sitcom's exterior shots was burglarized Wednesday night—... More »

10 Unfriendliest Cities in the US

Who knew Delaware was so mean?

(Newser) - Planning an end-of-summer vacation? Better stay away from these US cities, apparently the kinds of places where locals will give you bad directions, then steal your wallet. Condé Nast Traveler asked travelers to rate the "friendliness" of US cities for its 2015 Readers' Choice Awards and received 128,000... More »

3 Die After Attending LA Rave

9 were transported to hospitals from electronic music festival

(Newser) - Authorities say three people died after attending a weekend rave in Fontana, Calif., the AP reports. San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Jodi Miller said Monday that nine people were transported from the HARD Summer Music Festival, and three were pronounced dead at local hospitals. Two deaths occurred Saturday... More »

Los Feliz 'Murder House,' Empty for Decades, Has New Owner

It's Gloria Allred's daughter

(Newser) - After sitting empty for more than five decades, the Los Feliz ' murder house ' will soon be full of life again. The 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival—the scene of a murder-suicide—has been purchased by Lisa Bloom (the daughter of attorney Gloria Allred) and her husband Braden Pollock for... More »

Soylent CEO Charged Over 'Experimental Living Facility'

Rob Rhinehart's shipping container is hauled off an LA hilltop

(Newser) - The man behind the liquid food substitute called Soylent is in trouble with the law over a shipping container he put up on a hilltop overlooking Los Angeles, the Guardian reports. Last week, prosecutors in Montecito Heights charged Rob Rhinehart, 27, with unpermitted construction and other violations in connection with... More »

Parents Sue After Daughter Dies at LA Rave

Katie Dix went without medical treatment for a half-hour, the suit alleges

(Newser) - Katie Dix, the Cal State Channel Islands college student who died of an overdose at a rave at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds last August, allegedly went without medical attention for half an hour after collapsing. She'd suffered a cardiac arrest by the time she arrived at the Pomona... More »

Two Star Wars Fans Figured Out How to Meet John Williams

It was basically John Cusack's plan from Say Anything

(Newser) - Two musicians earned a greeting from legendary Hollywood film composer John Williams by playing his theme from Star Wars outside of his Los Angeles home, the AP reports. A video of the performance was posted on YouTube by Michael Miller, himself a longtime TV composer. The clip shows him playing... More »

Playboy Model Investigated, Banned Over Body-Shaming

Dani Mathers took a photo of a naked woman in a locker room and posted it online

(Newser) - Let this be a lesson to body-shamers everywhere. The Playboy model who took a photo of a naked woman in an LA Fitness locker room then posted it to Snapchat with the message "If I can't unsee this then you can't either" is facing a whole host... More »

Terrifying Glass Skyscraper Slide Already Facing Lawsuit

Woman says she broke her ankle riding Los Angeles' 'Skyslide'

(Newser) - Who would've thought a slide made of glass attached to the side of the tallest skyscraper on the West Coast could be dangerous? That's the claim being made in a lawsuit filed by two New Yorkers who visited Los Angeles earlier this month, My News LA reports. The... More »

'Terrifying' Glass Slide Hangs 1K Feet Above LA

And you can ride it for $33

(Newser) - Think China's glass bridge is a bit freaky? Check out this video of AP reporter Amanda Lee Myers sliding down a glass slide. Did we mention it's 1,000 feet above the ground? The 45-foot Skyslide, as it's known, connects the 69th and 70th floors of the... More »

No One Likes Left Turns, So Waze Is Getting Rid of Them

But only in one city so far

(Newser) - Waze, Google's map app, is notorious for forcing drivers to attempt uncontrolled left turns onto busy streets in an effort to get them where they're going in the shortest amount of time. “Many drivers (and especially LA drivers) know the feeling," Waze itself admits in a... More »

Woman, Toddler Die After Getting Into Burning SUV

Police don't know why the woman got into the burning car with the child

(Newser) - A woman placed a toddler in a burning SUV then climbed in, and both died in the fire, police said Friday. Deputies were called to a vehicle fire Thursday night in the unincorporated Athens area south of downtown Los Angeles and found the SUV engulfed in flames, the Los Angeles... More »

Cops: Armed Man Didn't Threaten LA Pride

Investigators don't know why Indiana man had guns, chemicals

(Newser) - Police have backtracked after initially saying James Wesley Howell wanted to do harm to Sunday's LA Pride parade—but it's still far from clear what the 20-year-old was doing thousands of miles from home with a car full of guns and chemicals used to make explosives. The AP... More »

Billionaire Heir Buys Playboy Mansion

Hugh Hefner is staying put

(Newser) - The Playboy mansion—complete with Hugh Hefner—has been snapped up by a party-loving neighbor. Daren Metropoulos, a 32-year-old billionaire heir who lives in an $18 million mansion next door to Hefner's longtime abode, is believed to be paying around $200 million for the 29-room mansion, the Guardian reports.... More »

Jurors Vote for Death Sentence for 'Grim Sleeper'

Lonnie Franklin Jr. will be formally sentenced later

(Newser) - A jury has returned a death sentence for a serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," who murdered nine women and a teenage girl over several decades in South Los Angeles, the AP reports. The verdict Monday came nearly a month after 63-year-old Lonnie Franklin Jr. was convicted... More »

Richard Simmons Hospitalized Over 'Bizarre Behavior'

Workout personality goes to Cedars-Sinai

(Newser) - Richard Simmons was hospitalized for a day over his apparently "bizarre behavior," TMZ reports. The workout guru's housekeeper called 911 on Friday when he became incoherent, sources say, and staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles evaluated him for possible dementia, stroke, or other illness. No... More »

Graphic Novelist Accused of Girlfriend's Grisly Murder

Blake Leibel allegedly tortured and mutilated the mother of his newborn daughter

(Newser) - The son of a wealthy Canadian family stands accused of a horrifying Hollywood murder. The Washington Post says 35-year-old Blake Leibel is "fascinated by evil." He moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and wrote a graphic novel about serial killers and a screenplay about a "madman on... More »

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 »

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