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Intersections to avoid while Barack Obama is in LA (map)

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Happy motoring.

Here's what the LAPD is now saying about where to avoid going (unless you like traffic jams) while the president is in L.A. today and tomorrow.


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Today, the areas around:

  • Pico Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Glen Boulevard from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

On Thursday:

  • Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Pico Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Happy motoring.

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Whitney Houston funeral is private, music comforts the public

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Whitney Houston strikes a pose during her performance at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Monday, April 10, 2000, during taping of the "25 Years of #1 Hits: Arista Records' Anniversary Celebration."

Whitney Houston funeral details remain unchanged -- it will be a private service, planned by her family, at a church in her hometown of Newark, N.J. No public memorial has been set.

Fans finding it difficult to mourn together can be connected online, however. One AP camera will be let into the service and it will be live streaming the memorial.

Houston's hometown supporters began gathering outside the church where her funeral is planned for Saturday, and outside of the funeral home. Fans have fewer options for togetherness in Los Angeles where there is no Hollywood Walk of Fame star or obvious Whitney-related location.

Based on iTunes sales, and her reentry into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, it seems the bulk of the mourning is happening through her music.

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Man arrested at LAX in connection with death of LA firefighter (Updated)

Firefighter Funeral

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A fire truck carrying the remains of fallen Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen passes in review outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Friday, Feb 25, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

A man was being held by authorities on Wednesday in connection with the death of Los Angeles firefighter Glenn Allen.

Allen, less than two years from retirement, died last year battling a Hollywood Hills blaze when the ceiling of a three-story house under construction collapsed on him. 

In an effort to determine who was responsible for the death, authorities have been investigating the construction of the property and an architect who redesigned the house, says the L.A. Times.

According to LAPD arrest records, a man who lives at the home where the fire occurred was arrested Feb. 11 at Los Angeles International Airport on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter. It was unknown if the person detained was the man under investigation.

Officials say the weight of soaked insulation -- caused by attic flooding after plastic sprinkler pipes melted -- appears to have caused the collapse which trapped Allen. His heart had stopped and he was not breathing when rescuers reached him. 

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Slow and low that is the tempo: CA to add 500K jobs over two years

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The state's jobless rate, currently at 11.1 percent, is expected to drop to near 10 percent in the next two years with the addition of 500,000 jobs. Experts are calling the economic trend "modest growth."

The annual forecast, released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., shows an improved economic outlook based, in part, on continued budget cutting, notes the L.A. Times.

Los Angeles County seems to be moving, but it's improving at a slower pace than the state as a whole and the rest of the nation as a whole," said the principal author of the report and chief economist at the development company, Robert Kleinhenz.

California has lost 85,500 local, state and federal government jobs, and 300,000 private sector jobs since the recession began in 2007.

Standard & Poor upgraded its outlook on California on Tuesday -- according the financial rating company, the states's ability to repay its debts have jumped from "stable" to to "positive."

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Bruce Beresford-Redman, ex 'Pimp My Ride' and 'Survivor' producer, ordered to trial for wife's death

Producer's Wife Killed

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In this May 26, 2010 file photo, Bruce Beresford-Redman, the former "Survivor" producer poses for a photo at his home in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. He has been ordered by a Mexican judge to stand trial for his wife's death.

The former "Pimp My Ride" and "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman, who is accused in the 2010 death of his Westside restaurateur wife Monica Beresford-Redman, has been ordered to trial by a Mexican judge. He was arrested in 2010, and extradited to Mexico this month. The producer has said he is innocent. If convicted, he could face between 12 and 30 years in prison. A defense lawyer told the AP his client fainted when he heard the ruling.The body of Monica Beresford-Redman was found in a sewer cistern at a swank resort during a family vacation. The couple had gone there with their young children in an attempt to save their marriage after she learned her husband was cheating on her, the AP reports.

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