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Gunman Shoots Up Compton Home, Kills 1-Year-Old

Her death was likely gang-related: cops

(Newser) - A toddler who celebrated her first birthday last week saw her life cut short by a gunman who opened fire outside her family's home in Compton, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. Officials say Autumn Johnson was in her crib (though neighbors tell NBC Los Angeles she was in... More »

Human Skull in Shop Triggers Investigation

Media descends on "Omi Relekun" in Compton, Calif.

(Newser) - Authorities have found one human skull and eight containers with potentially more at a Los Angeles-area shop that sells spiritual items. Los Angeles County sheriff's Capt. Steve Katz says deputies responded to the Compton business Friday after a woman complained of animal cruelty. When investigators arrived, Katz says they... More »

Woman Says Uber Driver Broke Her Jaw on New Year's Eve

Now she's suing

(Newser) - A woman is suing Uber, claiming one of its drivers attacked her and broke her jaw during the ride home from a New Year's Eve party in Hollywood, NBC Los Angeles reports. "I took the Uber because they hold themselves in a safe and responsible way for people... More »

The NFL Is Returning to LA

Rams may be joined by Chargers or Raiders

(Newser) - The Rams are moving back to Los Angeles, maybe with company. The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders might end up staying put, although the leadership of both teams didn't come close to making that commitment Tuesday night. Or one of them could be headed to LA, too. A... More »

El Nino Forces LA to Raise Banks of River

$3.1 million of emergency funding is going toward temporary flood prevention

(Newser) - A city that's made headlines for having too little water is preparing to spend $3.1 million to deal with a potential excess of it, NBC Los Angeles reports. LA officials are worried that this year's El Nino will force the Los Angeles River to do something highly... More »

3 NFL Teams File for Relocation to LA

Chargers, Rams, Raiders all want to move

(Newser) - The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders, and St. Louis Rams filed for relocation to the Los Angeles area on Monday night, trying not to be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation's second-largest market after a 21-year absence. The Chargers want to partner with... More »

10 Most Expensive New Year's Eve Cities

New York City doesn't come in until No. 8

(Newser) - Spending New Year's Eve in New York City? You may be surprised to know it's not the most expensive place you could be. (Though even its Olive Garden is pricey .) CheapHotels.org looked at the cheapest double room available from Dec. 30 to Jan. 2 in 30... More »

There's an Environmental Disaster Happening in LA

Solution to methane gas leak is still months away

(Newser) - Erin Brockovich is calling it the worst environmental catastrophe since the 2010 BP oil spill: Methane has been leaking from a well in Los Angeles for at least two months and will continue to do so for at least two more. Southern California Gas detected the leak— seen here using... More »

LA Schools Will Reopen Wednesday

Hoax threats linked to online message board

(Newser) - Some 640,000 kids in the nation's second-largest school district won't be getting a second terror-related day off from school. Officials in the Los Angeles Unified School District say all 900 schools have been inspected following an emailed threat that has now been discredited by the FBI and... More »

Congressman: LA School Terror Threat Was a Hoax

The threat sent nearly 700K students home for the day

(Newser) - The emailed threat that closed hundreds of schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday is now being called a hoax, the Los Angeles Times reports. "The preliminary assessment is that it was a hoax or something designed to disrupt school districts in large cities," Rep.... More »

Bomb Threat Shuts Down All Schools in LA

It warned about backpacks and packages

(Newser) - Students in Los Angeles have no school today for the worst of reasons: a bomb threat. Police say the Los Angeles United School District received a "credible threat" involving backpacks and packages left at schools, reports the Los Angeles Times . "I think it’s important to take this... More »

Disturbing Allegations Against Renowned Teacher

'Your bottom will hurt for months'

(Newser) - The man Slate calls "perhaps the most decorated elementary-school teacher in the country" is facing allegations of "immoral" and "egregious" behavior—including fondling three children—in the wake of an investigation by the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Los Angeles Times reports fifth-grade teacher Rafe Esquith... More »

Charges: Sandlot Actor Attacked Man Handing Out Candy

In real life Benny 'The Jet' Rodriguez grew up to be a firefighter

(Newser) - He outran the Beast, but he might not be fast enough to escape the long arm of the law. NBC News reports Michael Vitar—who played Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez in 1993's The Sandlot —was arrested last week and charged with beating a man handing out candy... More »

Newborn Found Buried Alive

Two sisters hear baby crying while taking a walk

(Newser) - Two sisters were out taking a walk in Compton, Calif., on Friday afternoon when they heard a baby crying—or was it a cat? Evangelina McCrary and Angelica Blount weren't sure, but two deputies soon responded to their call and found a newborn buried alive under rubble and pieces... More »

Drive by LA's Prostitutes? Your Wife May Get a Letter

One civil liberties group isn't a fan of the motion

(Newser) - Los Angeles is considering a controversial policy to help cut down on prostitution: City Council voted this week to have the city attorney's office review a proposal to send warning letters to the owners of cars spotted in areas frequented by prostitutes, reports the Los Angeles Daily News . The... More »

More Than 130 Families Relocated Due to Gas Leak

It could take officials three more months to stop the leak

(Newser) - More than 130 families have been temporarily relocated from a Los Angeles neighborhood due to a leak at a massive natural gas storage facility that's causing a sickening stench. SoCalGas officials had received 503 inquiries as of Wednesday night from residents seeking relocation, the Los Angeles Daily News reported.... More »

Odd Twist in Story of Man Ejected Onto Freeway Sign

Richard Pananian's family had tried to protect him with lamb sacrifice days earlier

(Newser) - It was an unbelievable way to leave the Earth: thrust out of a car and into the air on a Los Angeles freeway, only to land atop a freeway sign . But the oddity of the death of Richard Pananian of Burbank didn't begin and end with that Friday morning... More »

Body Lands on Freeway Sign Following Car Accident

'I've never seen anything like this'

(Newser) - Authorities were left in disbelief after a man's body landed on top of a freeway sign following a car crash Friday morning in Los Angeles, Fox 11 reports. "I've never seen anything like this or heard anything like this," a highway patrol spokesperson tells the Los ... More »

Dog Walker Finds Bodies in Popular LA Park

Police don't know how the women died, but they may have been there for weeks

(Newser) - Police say they are on high alert after the bodies of two young women were found by a dog walker in a popular Los Angeles park. Capt. Patricia Sandoval says the LAPD has added officers on foot inside Ernest E. Debs Regional Park and in patrol cars in the area... More »

Human Leg Stolen in Los Angeles

The coroner's office is 'distressed'

(Newser) - Talk about a story with legs. News outlets are really running with it—but that's what happens when weird crimes are afoot. My News LA reports an investigation is ongoing after a human leg was stolen out of a vehicle belonging to a nonprofit that donates organs and tissue... More »

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