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A power outage darkened a large portion of Los Angeles' Westside on Tuesday.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power told KPCC that 60,000 customers saw their electricity service interrupted in Venice, Westchester, Playa del Rey and surrounding areas.
The utility was restored to the majority of the affected areas within 13 minutes, however crews are responding to the 8,600 customers still without power.
Supply disruption to a main hub receiving station is being blamed for the blackout. It was unknown what caused the disruption.
LAX was affected in the short ordeal, but all power has been restored to the airport, according to the LADWP spokesperson.
L.A. Sheriff's Department
Accused teacher Mark Berndt.
Former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt, looking disheveled but confident, pleaded not guilty in court today on charges of committing lewd acts against 23 children from 2005 to 2010.
Berndt, who was a teacher for more than 30 years at Miramonte Elementary, has been jailed since his Jan. 31 arrest.
His attorney, Victor Acevedo, made three requests at the arraignment – to reduce Berndt's $23 million bail; to get a full copy of the district attorney's file on the investigation into Berndt, including all 600 photographs depicting Berndt's alleged crimes; and to ensure that Berndt is treated fairly in jail, where Acevedo alleges sheriff's deputies have called Berndt a child molester over a loud speaker.
Neighbors, led by Pastor Joyce Williams, second from left, prayed last Wednesday outside the home where a mother allegedly drowned her 1-year-old and attempted to drown her 5-year-old daughter.
A 5-year-old whose mother is charged with her attempted drowning and the drowning of her 1-year-old sister has not been been taken off life support, LAPD said this morning. Various news organizations, citing law enforcement sources, had been reporting that she was taken off life support and she was dead.
The girls' father, Jose Humberto Lopez, told ABC7 that he planned to take the girl off life support and hoped some good would come from the situation because he had decided to donate the 5-year-old's organs for transplant.
The girls' mother, Lorna Valle, 32, was charged with murder and attempted murder Friday and is being held on $1.5 million bail. She will face a second count of murder if her 5-year-old dies.
Lopez told police he found his wife trying to drown the girls in a tub when he returned home from a store Wednesday morning.
It turns out a newborn baby girl wasn't abandoned outside a Southern California gas station after all.
Long Beach police spokeswoman Lisa Massacani says investigators believe the baby's mother either called 911 herself or she gave the newborn to the woman who earlier claimed she found the baby.
An alleged passer-by first told discovered the baby around 7:30 p.m. Monday outside a USA Gas station near downtown Long Beach. The baby was taken to a hospital, where her vital signs were stable.
Police now think the baby was born several hours before the 911 call was made. Massacani says the mother also has been transported to a hospital for treatment. Massacani says the woman may face child abuse charges, but she did not elaborate.
Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols listens to a question during a news conference after a baseball spring training workout Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, in Tempe, Ariz.
The L.A. Times reports that more than 200 fans turned out to watch Pujols during his first informal workout with the Angels in Tempe, Ariz. Pujols joined the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in December after spending almost a dozen seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Along with helping to win last year’s World Series for that team, he maintained a high profile in its home city. Pujols told reporters that he plans to keep that going in Anaheim.
"You know it’s something that I don’t want to change. I did that and I’ve been doing that in the city of St. Louis and through my foundation. And that’s something that I’m going to bring to Anaheim and to this organization. So just because I’m in a different ballclub, I don't want to change the way I am," he said.
Pujols signed a $250 million contract to join the Angels, but the team has already subtracted a very small portion of that.The star says he got his first fine Monday after his phone rang in the clubhouse. Whoops.