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Crime & Justice

​3 accused of pimping teens in LA trafficking ring

Teens 15  to 17 years old were lured into a commercial sex operation that solicited customers via online postings, according to L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. California AG Xavier Becerra called human trafficking "one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises worldwide."


Should logistics warehouses and schools be neighbors?

Fearful of the effects from truck exhaust, a group of parents in the San Bernardino community of Bloomington oppose a plan to build a warehouse within eyeshot of their children's elementary school. Numerous studies show kids who live near heavy traffic have higher incidences of health problems.

Environment & Science

Brown signs air pollution bill amid protests

"Today, we’re taking a step to take the poison out," Gov. Brown said Wednesday at the Neighborhood Youth Center in Bell Gardens, where he was signing a new air pollution control law. He then directly addressed a small crowd of protesters: "Hey hey, hey hey! Cap and trade is here to stay..."


Science camp empowers ‘invisible’ foster and homeless girls

State education data shows just half of students in foster care graduate from high school – 33 percentage points lower than the graduation rate for all California students. Lynwood Unified School District is trying to change those numbers with the help of a science camp for homeless and foster girls.


Overnight lane closures coming to 405 freeway near LAX

Work on the Crenshaw light rail line will close lanes overnight on the 405 Freeway beginning next week. While not as epic as Carmageddon, closures on one the country's busiest freeways are sure to inconvenience some drivers. See details on location, detours, dates and times.

SoCal, What's Good?

The Cactus Store

What it is:
Welcome to the world of cactuses. For a 200 square-foot shop, it's easy to get lost in the myriad cactuses of all sizes from around the world. Just don't forget to watch where you're walking!
Why it's cool:
The shop stocks all sorts of cactuses, including strange genetic mutants, small succulents and cactuses that are older than most of the folks who stop by the store just for an Instagram photo.
You should know:
The shop is small and is open for limited hours, so be prepared to wait for your turn to enter. Also, if you fall in love with a bigger cactus (and some are quite large), don't worry about fitting it in your Prius. The Cactus Store is happy to deliver your new prickly friend.