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Family Says Son Died After Lyft Driver Left Him on Freeway

23-year-old Justin Lavelle killed by hit-and-run driver Jan. 31

(Newser) - The California Highway Patrol is investigating after a 23-year-old Lyft passenger somehow ended up on a Los Angeles freeway, where he was killed by a hit-and-run driver, CBS Los Angeles reports. According to NBC Los Angeles , Justin Lavelle was taking a Lyft from West Hollywood to Long Beach early Jan.... More »

Deputy Was Shot in Head 23 Years Ago. He Died Tuesday

Steven Belanger had bullet lodged in brain since 1994 shooting

(Newser) - A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy died Tuesday, 23 years after he was shot in the head, permanently lodging a bullet in his brain, the Los Angeles Times report. In December 1994, 29-year-old deputy Steven Belanger pulled over a driver he recognized as an assault suspect. He was... More »

10 Worst Cities for Traffic

Sorry, drivers of Los Angeles

(Newser) - It's not a title that Los Angeles drivers want, but it's one that probably won't surprise them much. INRIX, a company that specializes in transportation data, calls LA the most congested city in the world for traffic in its annual report card . The results show that Los... More »

Actress' Sister Goes Missing in Los Angeles

Julia Kebbel was last seen walking her dog late Wednesday night

(Newser) - One actress put out a call for help finding her missing brother over the weekend, with sad results . Now, another actress is looking for a missing sibling. Arielle Kebbel, who's set to appear in Fifty Shades Freed, posted to Instagram on Saturday that her sister Julia Kebbel hasn't... More »

Girl to Classmate After LA School Shooting: 'I Didn't Mean To'

12-year-old girl said gun went off in her backpack by accident

(Newser) - Police believe a school shooting that injured five people near downtown Los Angeles Thursday morning was accidental—but the 12-year-girl responsible is still in custody. Police say the girl, who allegedly brought a semi-automatic handgun to Salvador Castro Middle School in her backpack, has been booked into juvenile hall on... More »

2 Teens Shot in LA School; Girl in Custody

One of the 15-year-old victims is in critical condition

(Newser) - Another school shooting is in the news, this time in Los Angeles. Police say a 15-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl were shot inside a classroom at Salvador Castro Middle School. The boy is in critical condition, and the girl is in fair condition, reports the Los Angeles Times . Police... More »

Ex-NBA Player, American Idol Contestant Die in Car Crash

Rasual Butler, wife Leah LaBelle Vladowski were driving early Wednesday in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday, the AP reports. The Range Rover crashed around 2:30am in the Studio City area and left a swath of damage along a major thoroughfare. Los Angeles police said in... More »

Mark Salling's Body Reportedly Found by Chance

He was discovered next to a creek in a wooded area of LA

(Newser) - Authorities reportedly found Mark Salling's body by chance Tuesday when they stumbled upon his car near a wooded area in the Sunland-Tujunga neighborhood of Los Angeles. TMZ reports authorities, in the area for unrelated reasons, ran the car's plates and discovered the owner had been reported missing. During... More »

New Report on America's Homeless Is Bleak

Things are getting worse, not better

(Newser) - The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point-in-Time count Wednesday, a... More »

Thieves Make Off With 1.8K Gallons of Vodka From LA Distillery

Company lost 90% of holiday inventory

(Newser) - Police are searching for thieves who swiped more than 1,800 gallons of vodka from a Los Angeles distillery. Investigators say the suspects sawed through dead bolts to get inside a storage room at the Fog Shots distillery, the AP reports. Company representative Art Gukasayan says the thieves made away... More »

Woman Must Pay Katy Perry for Messing With Convent Sale

Jury finds entrepreneur Dana Hollister interfered with the sale

(Newser) - A jury has found that a businesswoman must pay $5 million to singer Katy Perry and the archdiocese of Los Angeles because she intentionally interfered with the sale to Perry of a hilltop property that was once a convent, the AP reports. The jury found Friday that entrepreneur Dana Hollister... More »

They Met for the First Time on a Plane. Then They Met the FBI

Woman on Delta flight accused of performing oral sex on new friend who sat next to her

(Newser) - They met as strangers, left as members of a lurid club, and now could face felony charges for their trouble. WDIV reports that two passengers on a Delta flight Sunday from Los Angeles to Detroit—a 48-year-old woman ultimately headed to Nashville on a connecting flight, and a 28-year-old man... More »

Elon Musk Shares First Photo of Tunnel Under LA

He wasn't joking about digging a tunnel to avoid traffic

(Newser) - When Elon Musk said late last year that the "soul-destroying" Los Angeles traffic was driving him nuts and he was going to "just start digging," a lot of people thought he was joking . Then he started digging. On Monday, the tech billionaire shared a photo on Instagram... More »

Letter Drops Tantalizing Clue About a Missing Painting

The locations of 15 of Miguel Cabrera's 16 casta paintings are known

(Newser) - As far as art mysteries go, it's a good one, thanks in no small part to a very tantalizing clue. Miguel Cabrera, described by the Los Angeles Times as the "greatest" Mexican painter of the mid-18th century, famously painted a single casta: a set of what is usually... More »

Author Claims to Solve Notorious 'Black Dahlia' Murder

Killer was a sadistic accused pimp, says Piu Eatwell

(Newser) - It wasn't a doctor who tortured, killed, and carved a clown-like smile in the face of the Black Dahlia, but an accused pimp who escaped punishment as part of a police cover-up, according to a new book. After three years of scouring official documents and grand jury files, British... More »

Vegas Shooter's Brother Arrested

Police believe Bruce Paddock possesses child porn

(Newser) - One brother of the Las Vegas shooter is in police custody himself, suspected of possessing child pornography, the AP reports. Bruce Paddock, 58, was arrested Wednesday while he was awaiting surgery for spinal stenosis at a Los Angeles assisted-living facility, NBC News reports. Bruce Paddock told news outlets after the... More »

The Heat Is On for World Series Opener, Literally

It's expected to be 97 degrees when game begins in LA, the hottest World Series game ever

(Newser) - As the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros open the World Series Tuesday night at 5:08pm local time in Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles is expected to be about 97 degrees. That would be a record high for a World Series game, the New York Times reports; the current... More »

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 »

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