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Politics

Senate rejects measure to repeal parts of Obamacare

Dealing a serious blow to President Trump's agenda, the Senate early Friday rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Obama's health care law. Unable to pass even a so-called "skinny repeal," it was unclear if Senate Republicans could advance any health bill despite seven years of promises.

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."

Local

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.

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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..."

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Transportation

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.

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SoCal, What's Good?

Donut Farm

What it is:
Few phrases are more SoCal than "organic vegan donut." But if you're skeptical, let Donut Farm make you a believer. Tucked away in an unassuming Echo Park plaza, the low-key spot has a small fan base that swears by Donut Farm's banana fritters, Candycap donuts (made from mushrooms!) and vegan latte bar.
Why it's cool:
Vegans and omnivores alike stop by for uncommon flavors like roasted red chili, matcha and a Donut Farm original dubbed "WTF" (whiskey, tangerine and fig).
You should know:
Pay careful attention to your GPS as you're heading down Sunset: the Donut Farm storefront is small and can be easy to miss. But, there's free parking once you arrive.