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In Los Angeles, a 'Disaster of Epic Proportions'

Spike in homelessness tied to increasing rents, lack of affordable housing

(Newser) - Despite $619 million spent to end homelessness around Los Angeles in 2018, the situation only got worse. Over the last year, the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles, or in shelters rose 12%, to just under 59,000 in Los Angeles County, and climbed 16% to 36,... More »

Missing Woman's Car Found by Highway

Colorado's Jennifer Michelle Lorber disappeared in California

(Newser) - An intense search is on for a Colorado woman whose rented car was found on the side of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif. Jennifer Michelle Lorber, 30, was last heard from around 11pm Thursday after she flew to Los Angeles, rented a car, and drove to a motel... More »

LA County Tenant to Be Forced Out of Home at 102

Thelma Smith getting the boot because landlord's daughter needs a place to live

(Newser) - A 102-year-old woman is being evicted from her Los Angeles residence of 30 years, without relocation assistance. Thelma Smith received a notice in March saying she would have three months to vacate the home she's inhabiting on a month-to-month lease so the landlord's daughter, who is graduating from... More »

Suspects Held After Laser Beams Hit Police, TV Helicopters

Officers are seen seizing pointers

(Newser) - Several people were taken into custody Thursday night after laser beams were pointed at aircraft over south Los Angeles. KTLA reports that its Sky5 helicopter was the first aircraft to be struck, followed by a police helicopter. Red and green laser beams were originating in the area. A group that... More »

Getty Family Has Murky Ties to Gun-Filled Mansion

It took law enforcement 12 hours to pull all the guns out of the home

(Newser) - An estate located near the Playboy Mansion remains the focal point for a Southern California mystery, complete with a posh address, a chaotic interior, and a link to the Getty family. It was also what authorities are calling a "hoarder's paradise." The home that authorities raided Wednesday... More »

Huge Cache of Guns Seized in One of LA's Ritziest Areas

More than 1K firearms found in Holmby Hills mansion

(Newser) - LAPD officers and ATF agents seized enough guns to equip a small nation's military after raiding a home in one of Los Angeles' ritziest neighborhoods early Wednesday. LAPD spokesman Mike Lopez says a man was arrested after the raid in Holmby Hills, which took place after officials received a... More »

Expect Fewer Ubers on the Road Today

Drivers striking ahead of company's IPO debut

(Newser) - Uber drivers from Australia to the UK, including in at least 10 US cities, are logging off the app Wednesday to protest the company's Friday IPO offering. With Uber's expected $90 billion valuation, drivers say investors stand to get rich, while they struggle with low pay, limited benefits,... More »

She Was Murdered Just Before Her Date With Ashton Kutcher

Alleged serial killer Michael Gargiulo goes on trial in California

(Newser) - He's known as the "Hollywood Ripper" and the "Boy Next Door Killer," and he's now on trial in Los Angeles. Michael Gargiulo, 43, is accused of using his job as an air-conditioning repairman to murder two women in the LA area between 2001 and 2008... More »

One Celeb, One Month, 2 Domestic Violence Arrests: Report

Rick Schroder taken into custody again Wednesday: 'TMZ'

(Newser) - Rick Schroder has gone from TV detective to alleged serial assaulter. The actor who formerly appeared on NYPD Blue and Silver Spoons was arrested on a charge of felony domestic violence early Wednesday after police responded to a call at his Los Angeles home, according to a report from TMZ... More »

LA Colleges Quarantine After Measles Exposure

More than 900 students and staff are isolated or sent home

(Newser) - More than 900 students and staff members at two Los Angeles universities were quarantined on campus or sent home this week in one of the most sweeping efforts yet by public health authorities to contain the spread of measles in the US, where cases have reached a 25-year high. By... More »

Eric Idle Gets Mail, Then a Hazmat Response

Anthrax scare after powder came out of envelope has since been deemed a false alarm

(Newser) - Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition , nor an anthrax scare—but it was the latter that brought emergency workers to the Los Angeles residence of a Monty Python alum Monday evening. The LAPD reports the Hollywood Hills home of Eric Idle and his wife, Tania Kosevich, was evacuated after someone... More »

Nipsey Hussle's Longtime Love: 'I'm Completely Lost'

Lauren London refers to rapper as 'my protector, my soul'

(Newser) - Days after the murder of longtime boyfriend Nipsey Hussle, Lauren London is "completely lost." "I've lost my best friend, my sanctuary, my protector, my soul," the actress and model posted to Instagram on Wednesday in her first comment since the rapper's death Sunday , per... More »

South LA Residents: Hussle's Killing Wasn't Gang-Related

Police believe motive in Nipsey Hussle slaying was personal

(Newser) - Nipsey Hussle spoke openly of his youthful membership in one of Los Angeles' biggest gangs—but police don't believe that's why the 33-year-old rapper was gunned down on Sunday. Law enforcement sources tells the Los Angeles Times they believe the suspect has gang ties, but they believe the... More »

Suspect Named in Nipsey Hussle Murder

19 hurt as LA vigil turns violent

(Newser) - Los Angeles police say they have identified a man suspected of gunning down rapper Nipsey Hussle outside his clothing store Sunday. Police said late Monday that they are searching for Eric Holder, 29, who they said in a news release is suspected of fatally shooting Hussle and wounding two others... More »

MLB Fan on Life Support After Post-Game Attack

Rafael Reyna's wife says she was on phone with him when man hit him outside Dodger Stadium

(Newser) - A 47-year-old dad of four who went out to enjoy a Major League Baseball game Friday night is now on life support after a post-game altercation in a parking lot. Christel Reyna tells CBS Los Angeles she was on the phone with her husband, Rafael Reyna, sometime past midnight as... More »

Beloved LA Rapper Nipsey Hussle Shot Dead

33-year-old was killed outside store he owned

(Newser) - "Having strong enemies is a blessing," rapper Nipsey Hussle tweeted Sunday. Hours later, the 33-year-old was shot dead outside the Marathon Clothing Company store he owned in Los Angeles' Hyde Park neighborhood. Police say two other men were shot and injured in the shooting in the store's... More »

10 Priciest Cities to Call Home

It's a 3-way tie for No. 1—a first in survey's history

(Newser) - Not one, not two, but three cities have for the first time tied for the most expensive to call home in the annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey. Singapore, Paris, and Hong Kong share the distinction. Asian and European cities dominate the list of 10 cities—compiled by evaluating the cost... More »

Los Angeles Never Had a February Quite Like This

For the first time, the temperature never hit 70

(Newser) - It won't sound chilly to the people of Rapid City, South Dakota, but it does to Angelenos. For the first time since records began 132 years ago, the temperature in downtown Los Angeles never got as high as 70 degrees in all of February. Overall, it was the eighth-coldest... More »

City Hall Faces Medieval Illness

Los Angeles officials hear the patter of 'tiny feet'

(Newser) - The first clue Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson had that rats were invading City Hall, possibly carrying a potentially deadly disease, was the pitter-patter of little feet. "We had an employee or two mention they heard something in the ceiling," Wesson told the AP Thursday as... More »

Prosecutors, Attorney Clash Over Avenatti Abuse Charge

Charge won't be brought, but it's still not over

(Newser) - Los Angeles prosecutors said Friday that they have declined to charge attorney Michael Avenatti with misdemeanor domestic violence but will hold hearings on the allegations, the AP reports. Actress Mareli Miniutti got a restraining order against Avenatti in November after accusing him of dragging her by the arm across a... More »

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