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Residents Boo LAPD's New Drone Program

Locals and privacy advocates not happy about yearlong test program

(Newser) - The LAPD is about to embark on a yearlong test program with a fleet of "small Unmanned Aerial Systems," aka drones—making it the country's largest police department to use them—and some residents aren't happy about it. The Los Angeles Times reports on Tuesday's... More »

A Bang, a Drop, Then an Emergency Landing in Canada

Engine on Air France flight explodes midair; plane lands safely in Labrador

(Newser) - Air France Flight AF066 from Paris to Los Angeles on Saturday had been going smoothly, but that all changed more than five hours into the journey, when passengers heard a loud bang, then felt the plane shake and drop before cruising back up. The cause: One of the Airbus A380'... More »

LA Is Losing Its Palm Trees

Beetles, fungus killing off iconic trees

(Newser) - Invasive insects, fungus, and old age are killing off Los Angeles' iconic palm trees—and despite their fame. the city isn't planning on replacing many of them. As the city's estimated 75,000 palm trees die off, the city plans to replace them with species that consume less... More »

5 Best Cities to Be a Sports Fan

LA tops the list

(Newser) - Being a sports fan is easier in some cities than others. To figure out which cities are the absolute best for fans, 24/7 Wall St. scored all US cities with at least one professional team (NFL, NBA, NHL, or MLB) on such factors as total number of teams, number of... More »

Mexico Quake Should Rattle Every Person in Los Angeles

Op-ed writer worries he's 'glimpsing my own future'

(Newser) - Residents of Los Angeles should be feeling more than empathy in the wake of Mexico City's 7.1 magnitude earthquake that left more than 200 dead Tuesday. They should also be experiencing fear, writes Mariel Garza at the Los Angeles Times . "Though of course my heart goes out... More »

LA Paints Streets White to Combat Rising Temps

The paint could cool streets and parking lots 10 degrees

(Newser) - As the largest wildfire in Los Angeles history scorches the edge of a city experiencing record-breaking temperatures, LA street workers have started painting streets white as part of a larger effort to tackle warming average temps head-on. Technically, the paint is a very light gray called CoolSeal, and it could... More »

'Netflix Is a Joke' Billboards Confound Social Media

But the company behind them isn't surprising

(Newser) - Stark-white billboards with a single message—"Netflix is a joke"—written on them have been causing confusion among passers-by and on social media since popping up in Los Angeles and New York this week, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Mashable quotes some of the reactions on Twitter: "Who'... More »

As LA's Biggest Wildfire Blazes, Hundreds Flee

La Tuna wildfire near Burbank has already burned 5K acres amid 'erratic' winds

(Newser) - Houston is underwater, but Los Angeles is on fire as the largest wildfire in its history burned at least 5,000 acres and forced hundreds of people to evacuate amid scorching temperatures and unpredictable winds of up to 50mph. "The La Tuna Canyon Fire is an emergency that requires... More »

Honest Golfer Wins Praise After Breaking Rule

Christopher Crawford's sportsmanship is talk of US Amateur

(Newser) - For the first time in five attempts, amateur golfer Christopher Crawford looked poised to qualify for the 64-player match-play tournament at the United States Amateur Championship in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Then his game went, well, downhill. While preparing for a shot, 23-year-old Crawford realized his caddie was using the... More »

This Is America's Priciest Home for Sale—by Far

Chartwell Estate has an asking price of $350M

(Newser) - With $350 million, you could buy 25 million acres in Australia and still have money left over. Or you could indulge in 10 acres in California. The Chartwell Estate, a 25,000-square-foot mansion in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, has hit the market for a whopping $350 million,... More »

Cops: Woman Raped by Man Posing as Her Uber Driver

Police believe it may not have been his first attack

(Newser) - A 40-year-old Los Angeles man has been charged with rape and kidnapping in connection with the sexual assault of a woman who believed he was her Uber driver, the Los Angeles Times reports. Police say Carlos Pichinte had decals for both Lyft and Uber on his car—despite not working... More »

Van Plows Into LA Diners, Injures 9

Driver arrested after trying to flee

(Newser) - Witnesses chased and detained a driver who tried to flee the scene on foot after a van plowed into diners outside a Los Angeles restaurant Sunday afternoon, injuring nine. Police say the driver, who was booked on suspicion of felony hit-and-run, hit people on the sidewalk after running a red... More »

Annie Lennox Has 'Potential' as Artist, per LA Radio Station

Singer posts weird letter she received telling her she has chance to be a star

(Newser) - What sweet dreams are really made of: receiving a letter from a radio station informing you that you might just have what it takes to become a big star. Of course, when the recipient of such a letter is ex-Eurythmics singer and four-time Grammy winner Annie Lennox, that kind of... More »

Cops: Wife and Lover Plotted 'Brutal Murder' of LA Hairstylist

Fabio Sementilli was found dead in January

(Newser) - The wife of a famous LA hairstylist allegedly plotted his murder with her lover, the Los Angeles Times reports. Monica Sementilli, 45, was charged with capital murder on Friday, along with boyfriend Robert Baker, 55, for the slaying of her husband, Fabio Sementilli. LA police say the pair planned the... More »

Trucker Worked 16-Hour Days for as Little as 67 Cents a Week

And there are hundreds, if not thousands, like him

(Newser) - Imagine working a 100-hour week and when payday comes around being told by your employer you owe money. That's a real possibility for hundreds—if not thousands—of truck drivers—many of them poor immigrants who don't speak English—working the ports of Los Angeles. USA Today —... More »

United's New Flight: 18 Hours, Nonstop

Route from LA to Singapore would be world's longest nonstop from US

(Newser) - The appeal of the nonstop flight is a great one, and United Airlines has just come up with the most extreme one of all for travelers in the US: an 18-hour flight from Los Angeles to Singapore, Fortune reports. The 8,700-mile flight, set to begin in October, will take... More »

LA Homeless Population Breaks 'Scary' Record

'We can't let rents double every year,' says LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

(Newser) - The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County has hit a new record based on data kept since 2007, with nearly 58,000 people without permanent shelter on a given night. The Los Angeles Times reports that the 23% spike over 2016, described as "staggering" and "scary"... More »

LeBron James' Home Vandalized With Racial Slur

N-word spray-painted on front gate of LA residence

(Newser) - A Los Angeles home owned by LeBron James was vandalized Wednesday morning, the n-word spray-painted on its front gate, according to TMZ . Los Angeles police confirmed the vandalism to USA Today , though the spokesperson didn't offer specifics on what racial slur was used. The Cleveland Cavaliers player, whose primary... More »

Alleged Killer's Mistake: He Spit on a Sidewalk

Geovanni Borjas accused of raping, killing 2 women in 2011

(Newser) - For more than five years, a killer has been on the loose in California. No longer, say police. Authorities in Los Angeles say they've arrested a man believed to have raped and killed two women, then dumped their bodies near freeways in 2011, reports the Los Angeles Times . Michelle... More »

Final Victim of 1992 LA Riots Identified

Armando Ortiz Hernandez was 18 when he died in a burned-out Pep Boys

(Newser) - After 25 years, the final unidentified body from the 1992 Los Angeles riots has a name, the Los Angeles Times reports. The body of 18-year-old Armando Ortiz Hernandez was found in a Pep Boys on May 2, 1992. According to the AP , authorities say he died of "inhalation of... More »

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