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Teen Slain 46 Years Ago Near Manson Killings Is IDed

Cops can't say whether Canadian woman was one of his victims

(Newser) - For more than 46 years, a young woman whose body was found stabbed 150 times and tangled in the brush off of LA's Mulholland Drive has been relegated to "Jane Doe" status. Now, People reports that Jane Doe No. 59 has been identified as Reet Jurvetson—born in... More »

This Billboard Has Scientologists Fuming

Couple hopes to reconnect with 'disconnected' children

(Newser) - The last words Phil Jones heard from his son were, "I never want to talk to you again." That's the Church of Scientology for you, he tells Today . "It's a cruel and vindictive organization." Both in their 60s, Phil and wife Willie were members... More »

Marilyn Monroe's Old House May Get LA Politician Recalled

The house was demolished in June to make way for a condo

(Newser) - A Los Angeles city council member may lose his job because someone tore down a house once occupied by Marilyn Monroe, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Monroe lived in the Valley Village house a few miles north of Hollywood six decades ago, when she was 17-year-old Norma Jean Dougherty.... More »

Suspects Take Selfies After Crazy LA Chase

At one point, a TMZ tour bus got involved

(Newser) - Authorities arrested two burglary suspects who led them on a long, bizarre chase Thursday in a top-down convertible through rainy Southern California that ended with the men stopping to exchange high-fives with onlookers and take selfies before being handcuffed, the AP reports. The chase began around 2pm with a report... More »

Police Investigate Charlie Sheen for Felony Threats

The accusations come from his former fiancee

(Newser) - Charlie Sheen is being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for allegedly threatening his former fiancee, Scottine Ross, the Los Angeles Times reports. She claims Sheen threatened her with violence on multiple occasions. Ross, a former porn star, previously accused Sheen of assault, false imprisonment, failing to tell her... More »

Cops: Dad Killed Gay Son to Cover Up Wife's Murder

Father now suspected of both LA murders

(Newser) - Police investigating the gruesome deaths of two members of a Los Angeles family now believe father Shehada Issa was behind both killings—and they no longer think he killed his son for being gay. Homophobia may have been one factor, investigators say, but the main reason for the shooting appears... More »

Cops: Man Leaves Baby in Car to Get a Lap Dance

He's been charged with child abuse

(Newser) - A Los Angeles man has been charged with child abuse for allegedly leaving his baby in the car while he went to a strip club, the AP reports. Authorities say 24-year-old Auwin Dargin left his 9-month-old daughter in the car for an hour last month during an afternoon visit to... More »

Slash, Axl Rose Reunite as Guns N' Roses After 23 Years

The legendary band played a surprise club show Friday in Los Angeles

(Newser) - On Friday night, 500 people were welcomed to the jungle when Slash and Axl Rose played together as Guns N' Roses for the first time in more than 20 years, AFP reports. It was—as Rolling Stone puts it—"a sight most GNR fans believed they would never witness... More »

Teen Drowns While Volunteering at Beach Cleanup

She was a valedictorian candidate and track star

(Newser) - A 17-year-old track star and valedictorian candidate drowned while volunteering at a beach cleanup in Southern California, My News LA reports. Thuy Tran, a student at Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in Los Angeles, was swept away by a wave at Santa Monica Beach on Saturday and wasn't... More »

Construction Worker Who Fell 53 Stories a Suicide: Coroner

Sad update for Joseph Sabbatino, who fell from LA's Wilshire Grand tower

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled that a man who fell 53 stories to his death at the Wilshire Grand Center skyscraper construction site on St. Patrick's Day intentionally killed himself, the AP reports. The father of 36-year-old Joseph Sabbatino earlier told KABC-TV that his son struggled with... More »

Ex-Bachelor Contestant Dies in Plane Crash

She was piloting a 'motorized hang glider'

(Newser) - Erin Storm, a former contestant on The Bachelor, was killed Monday when the small plane she was piloting crashed soon after takeoff in Los Angeles, US Magazine reports. Storm, a pilot working for an aircraft training facility at the Hawthorne Municipal Airport, appeared on the popular reality show's 12th... More »

Cops: Man Lets Huge Python Loose in Sushi Restaurant

Apparently, he was upset fellow diners weren't impressed by a smaller snake

(Newser) - A 46-year-old man was arrested Sunday night after he allegedly unleashed a 13-foot python on a sushi restaurant filled with diners, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to CBS Los Angeles , the man finished and paid for a $200 meal at the restaurant then took out a small snake to... More »

Drone Comes Within 200 Feet of Plane Near LAX

Police are looking for its owner

(Newser) - Officials say a drone came within about 200 feet of a commercial airliner as it approached Los Angeles International Airport on Friday, the AP reports. An FAA spokesperson says the pilot of the Lufthansa A380 reported that the drone had flown closely over it when the plane was about 5,... More »

Springsteen Writes Awesome Tardy Note for 9-Year-Old

'Xabi has been out very late rocking & rolling'

(Newser) - Scott Glovsky has been singing Bruce Springsteen songs to his son Xabi since the boy's birth, so of course, he took the 9-year-old to the Boss's concert in LA Tuesday night, despite the fact that it was a school night. During the show, Xabi held up a sign... More »

Electrician Falls 800 Feet From LA Skyscraper, Lands on Car

It was his second day on the job

(Newser) - An electrician working on what will soon be the tallest building on the West Coast fell 800 feet to his death Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles, landing on a passing car, the AP reports. The tragedy occurred at the under-construction Wilshire Grand hotel at "one of the busiest times... More »

LA Will Pay Up to $30M to Help Gang Members

The city was sued for enforcing curfews on suspected gang members

(Newser) - Los Angeles will have to pay up to $30 million to provide gang members with job training, tattoo removal, and more after settling a class-action lawsuit this week, the Los Angeles Times reports. The city was sued in 2011 for enforcing curfews—part of the city's widespread gang injunctions—... More »

The 10 Worst US Cities for Traffic

LA takes the top spot, followed by Washington

(Newser) - There's a good reason to feel better about your commute—unless you live in one of these 10 US cities. Car services company INRIX is out with a list of the worst US cities for traffic, based on how many hours the average commuter spent in the car in... More »

Airline Passengers Brawl Over Loud Music

Punches were thrown and hair was pulled

(Newser) - Let's be honest, those moments after a plane lands but before it reaches its gate are always a powder keg thanks to cooped-up flyers anxious for freedom. On Wednesday, that powder keg finally exploded with two drunk, music-loving women playing the part of the match, the Los Angeles Times... More »

Male Employees Sue Hooters for Sexual Harassment

The lawsuit is a laundry list of simulated sex, offensive names, and bad touching

(Newser) - It might not be shocking to read that two Hooters employees are suing the company for sexual harassment. But what if we told you the two employees were men? A lawyer for PJ Cagnina and Scott Peterson tells CBS Los Angeles his clients were subjected to years of "repeated,... More »

Not for the Faint of Heart: Glass Slide 1K Feet Over LA

It runs from 70th to 69th floor of what's for now the coast's tallest building

(Newser) - If you're afraid of heights, stop reading. As of June 25, the city of Los Angeles will boast a most unique attraction: a glass slide that hangs 1,000 feet above it, attached to the side of what has been the West Coast's tallest building since 1990. The... More »

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