A 2015 explosion at the Torrance refinery caused a near-disaster when debris narrowly avoided a tank of acid so toxic that it corrodes bone. Under newly strengthened provisions of a California toxic spill law, cities can require refineries to evaluate technology and identify safer alternatives.
Legal advocates are preparing to set up shop at LAX in anticipation of a new, revised EO affecting travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. January's ban, which remains held up in court, created chaos when travelers, including some green card and visa holders, were detained.
Leaders in six school districts, including South Pasadena and Manhattan Beach, say Brown's plan won't make up for extra money they have to pay for employee pensions. They also want changes to a formula that directs more money to schools with many low-income students.
Nick Melvoin, a candidate running against incumbent L.A. Unified School Board member Steve Zimmer in the March 7 election, says union "issue ads" are actually campaign ads whose cost should have been disclosed.
Gil Cedillo faces four opponents in the March 7 primary. One poses a serious challenge and has won an endorsement from the L.A. Times. Cedillo's district is home to about 250,000 residents in MacArthur Park, Koreatown, Mt. Washington and Cypress Park. Read about the race.
Older adults are living longer with multiple chronic diseases and are taking numerous medications, both of which can contribute to falling, according to the CDC. The number of people over 65 who fell and wound up in California emergency rooms surged 38 percent from 2010 to 2015.
Thirty Jewish community centers and schools across 18 states were targets of bomb threats on Monday, as well as the San Francisco office of the Anti-Defamation League. The Executive Director of the Westside JCC spoke with KPCC about how the community is dealing with the spike in anti-Semitism.
The bodies of an adult man and a female teenager remained at the site of the crash that destroyed two houses and sent debris flying down the block of single-family homes. The plane was heading from Riverside Municipal Airport to San Jose after a weekend cheerleading event at Disneyland.
The off-duty LAPD officer who fired his weapon during a confrontation with a group of teenagers outside his Anaheim home has been identified by the department as Kevin Ferguson. A KPCC analysis found off-duty officers are more likely to be charged with a crime than on-duty cops.
Twenty years ago, body armor-wearing gunmen sprayed more than 1,000 rounds of automatic gunfire at police officers — and the battle was broadcast on live TV. A responding officer, who later became a city councilman, discusses the chaos of the day and how it shaped law enforcement going forward.
Campaign mailers about an anti-development initiative have become as controversial as the measure itself. The Yes on Measure S campaign sent L.A. residents mailers designed to look like sheriff's department eviction notices. The county says they're deceptive; Measure S organizers stand by them.
Students at three high schools are taking part in the Center Theatre Group's August Wilson In-School Residency program and spending the semester studying the playwright's work, including Fences, which was adapted for the screen and nominated for four Oscars this year.
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