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Helen Hunt's SUV Almost Cleared the Intersection. Then, a Slam

'Mad About You' star appears to be OK after frightening accident in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Helen Hunt was smack in the middle of a nasty car accident this week in Los Angeles, though the Mad About You and Twister actress is said to be relatively OK. An LAPD spokesperson tells People that the accident took place in LA's Mid-City neighborhood, and TMZ has obtained... More »

NHL Team Solves Its Taylor Swift 'Curse'

LA Kings cover up banner of the star in Staples Center that fans think is causing team to lose

(Newser) - They can't shake it off, and they won't take it down, but they can cover it up. The latter is what management for the Los Angeles Kings has done, and will continue to do, during home games to deal with a banner of Taylor Swift that hangs in... More »

Warren Makes Waves With Gay Marriage Response

'Just marry one woman' line goes viral after CNN town hall

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren's performance at a CNN town hall in Los Angeles on Thursday might be summed up in two words: Oh snap. During the event focused on LGBT issues, the Massachusetts senator was asked what she'd say to a supporter who, for religious reasons, believes marriage should be... More »

Reality TV Star Gets Tased and Booked

Jersey Shore actor Ronnie Ortiz-Magro seemed fine earlier that day

(Newser) - How fast things change Ronnie Ortiz-Magro. Only hours after chilling in Beverly Hills with on-again girlfriend Jen Harley, the Jersey Shore star was arrested for allegedly chasing her with a knife—while carrying their baby girl, TMZ reports. The scene went down around 2:30am Friday at an Airbnb they'... More »

Exam Proctor Flips, Admits Accepting Bribes

Igor Dvorskiy will testify if called: 'LAT'

(Newser) - A former college exam proctor has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate with investigators in the sweeping college admissions scheme, the AP reports. Court documents filed Tuesday say Igor Dvorskiy, director of the private West Hollywood College Preparatory School, agreed to plead guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to... More »

Cop Found Her Singing in the Subway. Now She's a Viral Hit

People want to help Emily Zamourka, a homeless immigrant—but it's complicated

(Newser) - It's "like the American Idol story, but on social media." That's how a rep for a Los Angeles councilman describes the plight of Emily Zamourka, a homeless woman discovered singing in an empty subway station by an LAPD officer. Zamourka may now have a new lease... More »

Young Cancer Patients Get Awful Letter: 'I Started Crying'

Stem cells for dozens accidentally destroyed at LA medical center after freezer malfunction

(Newser) - "Insufficient" safeguards at a California medical center have led to a devastating loss for dozens of young cancer patients. KABC reports that stem cells for 56 patients were accidentally destroyed after a freezer they were stored in at Children's Hospital Los Angeles stopped working properly. A statement from... More »

Hart Undergoes Surgery After Horrific Crash

The actor/comedian left his companions pinned in the vehicle

(Newser) - Kevin Hart underwent back surgery Sunday only hours after surviving a horrific car crash in the Los Angeles area. Sources tell TMZ the actor/comedian's surgery was successful and he's expected to spend a few days in hospital. Doctors are optimistic about the 40-year-old making "a full recovery,... More »

Deputy 'Shot by Sniper' Really Wasn't: Sheriff

Deputy Angel Reinosa will likely be relieved of duty

(Newser) - A California sheriff's deputy who claimed he was shot by a sniper has 'fessed up: He really wasn't, authorities say. In a Saturday night presser, Capt. Kent Wegener of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. said Deputy Angel Reinosa's tale grew thinner when he was... More »

'Slick' Pair Found a Way to Rob Rich Celebrities: LAPD

Benjamin Ackerman and Jason Emil Yaselli could serve over 31 years each

(Newser) - If this story's true, "slick" is really the word. Police say a Beverly Hills man and a real estate agent conspired to steal from high-end homes—including celebrities Usher and Adam Lambert—and spent the money partly on credit-card debt, the Los Angeles Times reports. Benjamin Eitan Ackerman... More »

Stunning $1B Property Sells for Just $100K

But the Mountain of Beverly Hills has a sketchy financial history

(Newser) - A sprawling LA property once listed at $1 billion sold Tuesday for just $100,000—and that's not the worst of it, the Guardian reports. The so-called Mountain of Beverly Hills was repurchased by its former owner along with an estimated $200 million in debt. "This is the... More »

In-N-Out Burger Sighting: Ghislaine Maxwell?

The 'New York Post' has photos

(Newser) - Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell isn't tucked away in a Massachusetts mansion after all. Instead, the New York Post says it found the woman accused in lawsuits of aiding Epstein's alleged sex trafficking ring "hiding in plain sight in the least likely place imaginable—a fast-food joint... More »

Cops: Man Killed 4 in California Rampage

Victims include suspect's father, brother

(Newser) - A 26-year-old man is in custody after a rampage spanning the San Fernando Valley that killed four people and injured at least two others, police say. Hundreds of LAPD officers were involved in the search for Gerry Dean Zaragoza, who was taken into custody Thursday afternoon, more than 12 hours... More »

TV Ghost Hunter Buys Site of Manson Murders

'When I walked through that house, I felt things'

(Newser) - The grisly history of a home in Los Angeles has turned out to be its big selling point. TMZ reports that Ghost Adventures star Zak Bagans has bought the home where Charles Manson's followers brutally murdered Leno and Rosemary LaBianca on Aug. 9, 1969, stabbing the couple dozens of... More »

Cop's Arrest Triggers DNA 'Cold Hit'

William Rodriguez, 33, faces 30 years if found guilty of two rapes

(Newser) - An LAPD officer arrested for rape is now facing a second rape accusation thanks to a nationwide DNA check, ABC 7 reports. Officer William Rodriguez, 33, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a female acquaintance at his home last November. Detectives then linked him to an unsolved 2015 rape by... More »

For Sale: Home Where Manson Family Killed 2

Site of LaBianca murders listed for $1.98M

(Newser) - One of the Los Angeles houses where followers of Charles Manson committed notorious murders in 1969 is for sale. The home in the hilly Los Feliz district is where Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were slain the night after actress Sharon Tate and four others were murdered by Manson followers in... More »

15-Year-Old Told Him She'd Been Raped. Then, This

Neil David Kimball is probably facing a 3-year sentence

(Newser) - This time, Neil David Kimball is likely going to prison. Accused of raping a teenage girl, the veteran LA detective pleaded guilty last week to lighter charges that should trigger a three-year sentence—after he skirted charges on two earlier allegations, the New York Times reports. The Ventura County district... More »

Nipsey Hussle Was Target of Secret LAPD Probe When He Died

Centering on possible gang activity at the rapper's strip mall

(Newser) - Rapper Nipsey Hussle was praised as a peacemaker who worked to reduce gang violence in South Los Angeles. But Hussle, who was shot and killed in a parking lot in March, was secretly under investigation by the LAPD at the time of his death, the New York Times reports. Sources... More »

'I Love You, Man': McCartney Plays With Ex-Beatle

'We've got a surprise for us,' says Paul McCartney

(Newser) - The Beatles had 50% of a reunion Saturday night in Los Angeles when an unexpected guest showed up at Paul McCartney's tour stop, Rolling Stone reports. "We've got a surprise for us, a surprise for you, a surprise for everyone: Ladies and gentlemen, the one and only,... More »

FBI Investigates Gangs in LA—of Deputies

'Los Angeles Times' reports on tattooed groups within the sheriff's department

(Newser) - The FBI is investigating gang-like groups in Los Angeles—and in a twist, the alleged members are sheriff's deputies. The probe focuses on tattooed groups within the LA County Sheriff's Department with names such as the Spartans, the Regulators, the Reapers, and the Banditos, reports the Los Angeles ... More »

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