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Southern California Sand Fire Grows To 20,000 Acres

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More evacuations ordered as Sand Fire grows over 22,000 acres

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Fire personnel are battling the blaze, which exploded Friday afternoon. All the latest info on containment, evacuations, road closures and air quality.

Santa Monica Third Street Promenade

Santa Monica to put public art under pedestrians' feet

The city wants to celebrate the experience of walking downtown. It's asking the public for suggestions to transform two intersections into art.

Immigration Overload Courts

Backlog of pending cases at immigration courts hits record high

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More than 500,000 cases are pending in federal immigration courts, the most ever recorded. Not enough judges and more Central America migration are contributing to the backlog.

Still recovering from outage, Southwest cancels more flights

Southwest canceled more than 250 flights on Friday morning, mostly because of displaced crews and aircraft, according to a company spokesperson.

How recycling center closures affect homeless collectors

Over 300 recycling centers have closed across the state in the past year. It's a bad sign for people who collect cans and bottles to supplement their income.

Algal bloom persists in Pyramid Lake north of Los Angeles

Recent sampling for toxins showed levels high enough to keep no-swimming signs posted on the lake's beaches.

Immigration agents target released criminal detainees

Over 100 men and women were arrested this week in Southern California in an ongoing effort to deport those with criminal records.

Highland Park residents prepare for rent strike

As many as 51 Highland Park residents may stop paying rent in order to get a face-to-face meeting with their landlord who, they say, is raising the rent by $1,000.

LAPD chief and The Game call on LA to #StopTheViolence

In a new campaign launched by the Los Angeles Police Department, Chief Charlie Beck and rapper The Game have come together to ask Angelenos to stop the violence.

Metrolink delayed after suspicious package found at Pomona

Trains started moving again around 9:30 a.m. after being stopped so a bomb squad could remove a suspicious item found on the tracks.

Southwest says systems online but more flights canceled

As of early Thursday, more than 220 flights had been canceled nationwide, and the company was urging travelers to get to the airport early to make time for long lines.

More restrictions sought for visa program popular with tech firms

A San Diego County congressman wants to tighten requirements for H-1B visas that allow highly skilled foreigners to take jobs that companies say they can't fill with U.S. workers.

What change do you see in Boyle Heights?

Rents are rising in this immigrant community, where residents have long fought gentrification. Property is changing hands. New is replacing old. Tell us where you see it happening.

Immigration debate stirred anew by SoCal parents addressing GOP convention

Parents of young Southern Californians killed in encounters with unauthorized immigrants blamed illegal immigration for their deaths at the GOP convention Monday.

Brush fire burns 18 acres near 101 Freeway

A fire burning near the 101 Freeway and the Cahuenga Boulevard exit appeared to be largely under control, but firefighters were still fighting it late Tuesday afternoon.

LA County bike share program off to quick start

More than 1,600 people have purchased passes to rent the 1,000 bikes available in the downtown L.A. area.