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Young LAPD 'Top Shot' Under Scrutiny After Fatal Shooting

Officer Toni McBride, 23, has been sued by the family of Daniel Hernandez

(Newser) - Another fatal police shooting is getting attention, this one involving the Los Angeles Police Department. It happened on April 22, before the death of George Floyd, but it is now getting renewed interest from the Black Lives Matter movement—in part because of the officer's social media presence prior... More »

A 'Brutal Loss' for Loughlin on House Sale

'Full House' star, husband wanted $28.7M for Bel Air mansion, reportedly got just $18M

(Newser) - A Tinder co-founder has swiped right on Lori Loughlin's Bel Air mansion, but reportedly not for what she and husband Mossimo Giannulli hoped to get for it. The couple, now awaiting sentencing in the college admissions bribery scandal , originally listed the 12,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom home for $35 million, though... More »

Factory With 'Heartbreaking' Virus Count Is Shut Down

Los Angeles Apparel is closed until it complies with public health mandates

(Newser) - A Los Angeles clothing factory with four coronavirus deaths and 300 confirmed cases has been shut down, CNN reports. County health officials said Friday the Los Angeles Apparel facility had violated mandatory health orders and refused to let health inspectors inside. "The death of four dedicated garment workers is... More »

LA Slashes Police Budget

Funds earmarked for LAPD overtime will be used for youth summer jobs program

(Newser) - City leaders voted Wednesday to slash the Los Angeles Police Department budget by $150 million, reducing the number of officers to a level not seen for more than a decade amid nationwide demands to shift money away from law enforcement agencies during America's reckoning over police brutality and racial... More »

For Alex Trebek, $100K Was Just the Beginning

The 'Jeopardy!' host keeps giving to a cause he believes in

(Newser) - Alex Trebek showed his support for fighting homelessness in Los Angeles this week by handing over a dazzling $500,000 check, CNN reports. The Jeopardy! host was touring an under-construction shelter in North Hollywood on Tuesday with his wife, Jean, and son Matthew when he surprised his host with the... More »

Film Producer Steve Bing Dies in Apparent Suicide

Bing, who was also the father of Liz Hurley's son, was 55

(Newser) - Film bankroller, writer, and philanthropist Steve Bing died Monday afternoon in Los Angeles, with law enforcement sources telling TMZ he took his own life by jumping from a 27-story apartment building in Century City. He was 55. Though not a definitive link to suicide, sources tell the website that Bing,... More »

Billie Eilish Says Fan Came to Her Home 7 Times Over 2 Days

18-year-old singer gets 3-year restraining order against Prenell Rousseau, 24

(Newser) - An alleged stalker has forced Billie Eilish's hand. TMZ reports a Los Angeles County judge granted the 18-year-old pop star a three-year restraining order Thursday. It's a permanent extension of a temporary one already issued against 24-year-old Prenell Rousseau, who showed up seven times over two days last... More »

Soap Opera Has Creative Plan for Love Scenes

Actors' real-life partners will help out amid distancing requirements

(Newser) - Five days after restrictions on film and TV productions were lifted in California and Los Angeles County, The Bold and the Beautiful actors are back at work—and so are some of their real-life partners. To ensure safety standards are met on the set of the first network scripted show... More »

Silver Lining in LA: Kobe Murals Are 'Saved'

Vanessa Bryant urges followers to 'drive out hate'

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant is taking solace in the fact that murals of her late husband and daughter have been left untouched during unrest in Los Angeles . Kobe Bryant's widow shared a screenshot of a news report showing a burning building in the Fairfax district on her Instagram story on Monday,... More »

NBA Star Defends Assault: 'This Ain't No Hate Crime'

JR Smith is caught on video attacking an alleged rioter

(Newser) - An NBA star was caught on video beating up a guy who allegedly broke his car window amid LA's "I Can't Breathe" protests, TMZ reports. JR Smith can be seen kicking and punching the white male, who lies defenseless on a residential street. "Can we have... More »

Mayor Says National Guard Will Be Deployed in LA

Newsom declares state of emergency

(Newser) - The mayor of Los Angeles says National Guard troops are being sent in to the nation's second-largest city after a fourth day of violent protests Saturday saw demonstrators clash repeatedly with officers, torch police vehicles, and ransack businesses. Mayor Eric Garcetti says he asked Gov. Gavin Newsom for 500... More »

Denzel Guides Police as They Frisk Black Man

The actor is praised for stepping in to help a homeless man

(Newser) - Social media is applauding Denzel Washington for helping out a homeless man in Los Angeles—an encounter that (as people are pointing out) ended much differently than the arrest of George Floyd. Seems the Hollywood icon saw the man wandering out on La Cienega Blvd. and pulled over, then chatted... More »

LA Blast Triggers Criminal Investigation

8 firefighters remain hospitalized, 2 in critical condition

(Newser) - Police and fire investigators launched a criminal probe Sunday into the cause of an explosion at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles that sent firefighters running for their lives, the AP reports. Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's major crimes division were working with the city... More »

Indie Film Pioneer Dies Suddenly at 54

Lynn Shelton collapsed after being ill for just a week

(Newser) - An indie filmmaker known for her ad-lib style and complex female characters died Friday after falling ill only a week ago, the Daily Beast reports. Her name was Lynn Shelton. "I have some awful news," said podcaster and comedian Marc Maron, who was romantically involved with her. "... More »

Blast Injures 11 Firefighters in 'One of Worst Scenes'

LAFD was responding to blaze at hash oil manufacturer when the building exploded

(Newser) - An explosion Saturday at a hash oil manufacturer in downtown Los Angeles injured 11 firefighters who had gone inside and on the roof to try to knock down a fire and then had to run for their lives when a ball of flames shot out the building and scorched a... More »

Autopsy Looks at Kobe Pilot's System for Clues

The official report also gives cause of death for all 9 passengers

(Newser) - The pilot flying Kobe Bryant and seven others to a youth basketball tournament did not have alcohol or drugs in his system, and all nine sustained immediately fatal injuries when their helicopter slammed into a hillside outside Los Angeles in January, according to autopsies released Friday. The reports by the... More »

Musk Lists 5 More Properties for Sale

He's asking a combined $97.5M for the properties, all in California

(Newser) - Elon Musk appears to be keeping with his decision to own no home, with five more properties listed for sale. The Tesla founder is selling a 16,000-square foot mansion on 47 acres in Hillsborough, Calif., for $35 million, per the San Jose Mercury News . Musk purchased the home, featuring... More »

Ink Master Star Arrested After Crash Kills YouTuber

Daniel Silva faces murder charge in La Barrie death

(Newser) - The future is looking extremely dark for celebrity tattooist Daniel Silva, who has been arrested for murder in connection with a Sunday night car crash. Silva, 27, was allegedly speeding through a Los Angeles neighborhood in a new McLaren sports car Sunday night when he crashed into a stop sign... More »

She Rushed to Help a COVID-19 Patient. She Died 14 Days Later

Nurse's colleagues say LA hospital did not provide adequate protective gear

(Newser) - When a COVID-19 patient on her ward stopped breathing, nurse Celia Marcos rushed into his room to help the "code blue" patient without stopping to try to obtain a scarce N95 face mask. She died of the disease 14 days later in the hospital where she worked for more... More »

Girl's Quarantine Song Asks a Pressing 'Existential Question'

'I wonder what's inside your butthole' is Jolee Dunn's earnest query

(Newser) - While stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic, have you had ample opportunity to ponder the meaning of life? Or, perchance, what might be in your butthole? If you've come up short on the latter, Jolee Dunn has some possible answers for you. The 8-year-old from Los Angeles has... More »

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