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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..."


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?

Make Asobi

What it is:
A person could spend hours browsing the shops of Little Tokyo's outdoor plaza. But for Japanese beauty products, head straight to Make Asobi. Countless skincare and makeup products line the walls in neatly organized rows, so finding what you're looking for — and making impulse buys — is almost too easy.
Why it's cool:
The merchandise at Make Asobi is amazing, but the attention they pay to customers is what makes the experience. Products are labeled in English and Japanese, and employees are ready to answer questions.
You should know:
Make Asobi's strong suit is skincare products. Don't leave without buying a sheet mask (or twelve).