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Erskine Fire: 2 killed in fire identified; some residents can return home


A wildfire that quickly overwhelmed whole towns near Lake Isabella in Kern County has so far cost an estimated $7.6 million, killed two and destroyed 200 homes.

10 Freeway down to 1 lane for repaving east of Indio

The $95 million project — which is entirely state funded — will reduce the freeway to one lane in order to give it some attention due to the amount of traffic it receives.

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Rafu Shimpo, LA's oldest Japanese paper, warns of closure


The paper, founded in 1903, is in danger of shutting down by the end of the year, say publishers who blame declining subscribers and mounting costs.

Erskine Fire: 2 killed, 200 structures burned, evacuations in Central California

The fire held steady on Saturday night. It has burned 36,810 acres and destroyed 200 structures in Kern County. Crews hope to take advantage of lighter winds forecast for Sunday. High temperatures and low humidity remain a challenge.

3 killed as boat capsizes off Catalina Island

Four other people survived and were rescued but there's no immediate word on their conditions.

About 605,800 California primary election ballots still to be counted

Numbers released Friday by the Secretary of State and Los Angeles Registrar show there's still tens of thousands of ballots to be processed from the June 7 primary.

LADWP says clearer days ahead for water in Watts

Earlier this year, Watts residents saw their drinking water go cloudy. Now the LADWP says they've fixed the problem.

Clinic offers veterans alternative to VA mental health care

Hedge-fund billionaire Steven A. Cohen cut a check for $275 million to open a nationwide network of free mental health care clinics for military veterans.

How to talk to kids about natural disasters

Southern California is no stranger to earthquakes or wildfires, the latest of which has already burned dozens of homes in Kern County. These events can be scary for young kids, and tough for parents to explain.

An all-glass slide opens atop a downtown LA skyscraper

You'll be able to see as far out as 34 miles as well as to the ground below.

Planning Commission backs LA's first regulations on Airbnb

If passed by the city council, a resident's primary residence could be used as a short-term rental for a maximum of 180 days per year.

LA Metro board approves sales tax ballot measure

The Metro measure next goes to the L.A. County supervisors, who also serve on the Metro board. If approved by the supervisors as expected, the measure would be placed on the November general election ballot with a two-thirds approval required for passage.

Thousands without power in Valley Village

You can blame a crow that came into contact with a 34,500 volt circuit breaker.

Supreme Court deadlock — Obama immigration plan on hold

The Supreme Court decision blocks the Obama administration plan to extend temporary legal status to qualified immigrants and sends the case back to a Texas judge.

San Gabriel Complex: Some residents returning home; winds still a threat

Some Duarte residents were being allowed to return to their homes Wednesday, but many evacuations remain in place. Firefighters face another day of strong winds.

LA considers reducing some parking ticket fines

Parking tickets in the city of Los Angeles are more expensive than Santa Monica or West Hollywood. But would lowering fines make scofflaws more likely to park illegally?