Los Angeles Sheriff says he's committed to more transparency

McDonnell said in a statement Thursday that he supports the disclosure of data on civilian complaints, use of force, discipline and officer involved shootings.

Officials seize alligator at Valley home — 2nd this week

The 2 ½-foot animal doesn't appear to be related to an 8-foot American Alligator seized by officers in Van Nuys on Monday.

Caltrans fields unique team of climbers to keep roads safe

The team of 250 Caltrans employees — all volunteers — scales steep slopes to remove rocks and boulders at risk of falling on motorists.

Veteran Los Angeles lifeguard dies during annual swim test

The department says that Brian Kutil died Thursday and was a 20-year veteran of the LifeguardDivision.

Los Angeles airport runway work will mean flight delays

LAX has buffer zones at the ends of runways to give planes an extra margin of safety if they overshoot takeoffs or landings, but they need work to meet federal guidelines.

Changes to the heart of black Los Angeles

Concern over changes to Leimert Park, the cultural hub of black Los Angeles has sparked mixed views from long-time residents and business owners.

Body pulled from lake at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles

Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main says the person is believed to have drowned. The body was found Thursday morning at the park just west of downtown.

2 men reach top of Yosemite's El Capitan in historic climb

Two Americans have become the first to free-climb Yosemite National Park's Dawn Wall, which has been called the hardest rock climb in the world.

Three Kings Day bread laced with synthetic pot, report says

The OC Register obtained a sample of the Three Kings bread and hired S&N Labs to test the bread. The lab found it contained “a substantial” amount of a synthetic cannabinoid.

Westbound I-10 reopens following big rig fire

Authorities have reopened westbound lanes of a major Los Angeles freeway five hours after a big-rig caught fire and singed the overpass.

West Hollywood law requires gender-neutral restroom

West Hollywood plans to require gender-neutral restrooms to, among other reasons, accommodate new ideas of gender identity.

Metro Red Line suspended due to suspicious packages

The Metro Red Line has been suspended between the Universal/Studio City and Hollywood & Vine stops due to police investigating unattended packages.

LA takes first step in merging mental health into health department

County supervisors ordered staff to figure out how to roll mental health and public health under Health Services. Mental health advocates oppose the idea.

Al Martinez, former Los Angeles Times columnist, dies at 85

Over three decades, Martinez spun personal tales of family life and work while weaving in larger issues like politics, corruption and AIDS.

Synthetic drugs: Tainted Rosca de Reyes cake part of a growing problem

What seemed like a case of food poisoning has now turned into a police investigation. Synthetic drugs present an evolving problem for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Southern California to get Santa Ana winds

The National Weather Service says the gusts should kick in by Tuesday morning, followed by an afternoon and evening lull and then a resumption of the northeast winds.