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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 »

Key Witness in Corruption Case Dies After LA Standoff

Johannes Marliem held cops at bay for 9 hours

(Newser) - A man who killed himself during an armed Los Angeles standoff last week was an important witness in a sweeping corruption investigation in Indonesia. Johannes Marliem, 32, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Sunday. A spokesman for the Corruption... 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 »

Los Angeles Reaches Deal to Host 2028 Olympics

That leaves Paris for 2024

(Newser) - Los Angeles has reached an agreement with international Olympic leaders that will open the way for the city to host the 2028 Summer Games, the AP reports. City Council President Herb Wesson's office confirmed the deal Monday. Spokeswoman Caolinn Mejza says the pact is expected to be reviewed by... 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 »

Hadid Sisters' Dad Sentenced Over Illegal LA Mansion

Mohamed Hadid must complete 200 hours of community service

(Newser) - The father of fashion models Bella and Gigi Hadid has been fined and given community service for illegally building a gigantic mansion in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reports that real estate developer Mohamed Hadid was sentenced Thursday to 200 hours of service, fined $3,000, and ordered to... More »

Looks Like LA, Paris Will Host 2024, 2028 Olympics

If a 3-way deal with the IOC works out

(Newser) - If they can agree who goes first, Paris and Los Angeles will be awarded the 2024 and 2028 Olympics. International Olympic Committee members voted unanimously to seek a consensus three-way deal between the two bid cities and the IOC executive board, the AP reports. Talks will open with Paris widely... More »

How Hot Is It in LA? Record- Breaking Hot (and Dangerous)

'Potentially life-threatening,' says National Weather Service

(Newser) - A blistering heat wave has broken a 131-year-old record in Los Angeles. The National Weather Service reports that the temperature hit 96 degrees Saturday in downtown Los Angeles, beating a record of 95 degrees for the date set in 1886, the AP reports. Other records for the day fell at... 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 »

Suspect Livestreams Shootout With LA Cops

He yells officers are 'about to kill me'

(Newser) - A homicide suspect livestreamed on Facebook as he traded gunfire with police, eventually shooting a Los Angeles SWAT officer before a police round struck him, a law enforcement official says. Both the suspect and officer are expected to survive, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says. The official, speaking to... More »

New LA Skyscraper Soars Past Record in West

The 73-story Wilshire Grand Center opened its doors Friday

(Newser) - The tallest building west of the Mississippi River opened its doors on Friday in once-stodgy downtown Los Angeles, which is sprouting a crop of new skyscrapers. The 73-story Wilshire Grand Center has a huge spire that brings its height to 1,100 feet, topping the nearby US Bank Tower by... 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 »

Bat-Signal Will Shine in LA Thursday

In tribute to Adam West

(Newser) - The Bat-Signal will shine over Los Angeles in tribute to the late Adam West, the actor best-known for playing Batman in the campy 1960 television series, who died Friday at age 88. Mayor Eric Garcetti says the Bat-Signal will be lit at LA's City Hall at 9pm Thursday, reports... 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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