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LA kayaker escapes shark attack near Santa Barbara beach

A shark advisory remains in effect for parts of a Santa Barbara beach after a shark attacked a kayaker Thursday morning and bit into the side of his boat near Stearns Wharf. "That thing was hungry," said the kayaker, who was uninjured and able to swim to safety. "It wasn't a nudge."

Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

President Donald Trump's embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position. Sean Spicer's decision appears to be linked to the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci.
Public Safety

Judge denies Baca's request to remain free pending appeal

Former L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca asked to stay out of prison while he appeals his conviction. A judge denied the request but the decision can also be appealed. Baca, 75, is scheduled to surrender next week to begin serving his three-year prison sentence for his role in a conspiracy to block an FBI investigation into inmate abuse.


SoCal, What's Good?

The Self-Realization Fellowship

What it is:
Seated atop Mt. Washington, this secluded sanctuary was once a hotel getaway for affluent Angelenos, but has been transformed into a spiritual center for Paramahansa Yogananda.
Why it's cool:
Its peaceful public gardens are a restorative oasis with some of the best views in the city, overlooking downtown and stretching to the Pacific Ocean.
You should know:
The public gardens are closed Mondays, but open 9-5 the rest of the week. Streetside parking is easy to find near the entrance to the grounds.