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VA improving benefits system just as veterans flood Los Angeles

The Department of Veterans Affairs has made major headway getting benefits to former service members quickly, officials say.

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Long Beach power vault fire causes another outage

Firefighters found smoke coming from an underground vault north of downtown Long Beach shortly before 3 p.m. on Thursday.

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VA housing vouchers fizzle in hot SoCal rental market


Since 2008, the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program has made progress in getting homeless vets off the streets. But L.A.'s falling behind.

More than 75 people reported sick after eating at SoCal Chipotle

At least 60 customers reported feeling sick after dining at a Chipotle restaurant in Simi Valley last week. Seventeen employees were also sent home after falling ill.

USC's Sarkisian apologizes for drunken speech at team rally

Before the eighth-ranked Trojans practiced Tuesday morning, Sarkisian made his first public comments about his embarrassing performance at the Salute to Troy last Saturday.

Sharapova brings 'serious' tennis event to LA in December

The two-day tournament's tentative schedule features Maria Sharapova against Madison Keys and Kei Nishikori against Jack Sock (plus a little comedy from Chelsea Handler).

Carpools are disappearing but new apps could bring them back

Fewer people are catching a ride with work buddies these days, but the new model of ridesharing could be the ticket to getting some carpools off the road.

Brush fire breaks out near Big Bear ski resort; evacuations ordered

The Summit Fire erupted near the Snow Summit Ski Resort Sunday afternoon and mandatory evacuations are in effect.

Fatal crash in Van Nuys forces closure of 405 northbound lanes

One person was killed and six people were injured in the wreck near Sherman Way.

Body of missing fisherman found in Irvine Lake

Authorities said the body of a 60-year-old man who fell from a boat while fishing in Irvine Lake Saturday evening was located by divers Sunday morning.

3,000 balls float on lake in MacArthur Park as part of art project

Volunteers are spending the weekend launching about 3,000 beach-ball like orbs into an 8-acre lake in the Los Angeles park for an art project called "Spheres of MacArthur Park."

Electrical blast in downtown LA leaves 12 buildings in dark

An electric equipment explosion shook a 19-story office building in downtown, sending two to the hospital and leaving a dozen nearby buildings without power for much of Friday.

Explosion in downtown LA high rise leaves 5 injured

Los Angeles Fire officials were investigating what might have caused an explosion in the lower floors of an office building in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night.

LAX board approves big increase in pest control spending

The plan spends $750,000 a year — a tenfold jump over the current contract — to keep pest control workers on site around the clock.

Man survives jump from bridge onto LA County highway

CHP Officer Jennifer Cassidy says the apparent suicide attempt occurred just after 6 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 10 in West Covina.

Air Force test-launches unarmed missile from California

The missile blasted off at 3:03 a.m. Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the coast northwest of Los Angeles.