Powerful California coastal panel ousts top executive

The California Coastal Commission voted 7-5 to dismiss Executive Director Charles Lester, who has held the post since 2011. The vote followed a nearly unanimous show of support for Lester from hundreds in attendance and protesting outside.

Reward suggested for homeless man who helped find OC jail escapees

A report released Wednesday recommends awarding Matthew Hay-Chapman for alerting police last month that the pair were in San Francisco. He spotted the stolen van they were using.

For the newly homeless, some help with the rent

Local authorities are investing in rapid re-housing, which provides rental assistance with newly homeless people. The idea is to get people back to self-sufficiency quickly.

Two Black Holes Merge Into One

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Science finally detects Einstein's gravitational waves

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Scientists have likened the breakthrough to the moment Galileo took up a telescope to look at the planets.

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Love giant insects? Meet the tree lobster

Green when young, and about the size of an adult human's hand when full-grown, Dryococelus australis is more commonly known as the Lord Howe Island stick insect, or the tree lobster.
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The 8-inch insect nearly went extinct when hungry rats overran its island. But Melbourne scientists found a few in 2001— now the San Diego Zoo is hatching them, too.

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Lawsuit over California high-speed rail back in court

The lawsuit claims the project can no longer keep the promises made to voters when they approved $10 billion in bonds to help pay for it.

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LAUSD's charter schools conflict escalates

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United Teachers Los Angeles could use millions of dollars from a new member-dues increase to challenge pro-charter school school board members.

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Obamajam: See the areas to avoid during the president's visit here

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The president is scheduled to attend fundraisers in Silicon Valley Thursday before flying to Los Angeles, where he'll also attend Democratic fundraisers and tape an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.