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LA County liability costs $89 million in 2012, a 7-year low

L.A. County's risk specialists told the Board of Supervisors that costs associated with litigation have dropped. But they warned it may increase due to recent issues at the sheriff's department.

High winds raise S. California fire danger

Numerous firefighters were dispatched to blazes to prevent the whipping winds from rapidly spreading them into major conflagrations.

Garcetti: Comprehensive street repairs years away

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti promised to fix the city's battered streets, but acknowledged his administration has made little progress.

DA Tony Rackauckas reacts to not guilty verdict in Kelly Thomas case

Two former Fullerton police officers were found not guilty of beating to death a mentally ill, homeless man, a jury found on Monday in Orange County Superior Court. The verdicts were read as people on both sides of the courtroom reacted with gasps and sobs.

Anaheim community workshop Tuesday on stadium negotiations with Angels

The city of Anaheim is hosting a community workshop Tuesday to talk about the on-going Angel Stadium lease negotiations with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Introducing KPCC's new Earthquake Tracker

And as part of our continuing coverage of the 20th anniversary of Northridge, we've built an Earthquake Tracker at our website. It's an interactive map that keeps a record of all seismic activity in California.

The Kelly Thomas trial comes to an end

Yesterday, a jury in Fullerton found two former Fullerton police officers not guilty of beating homeless man Kelly Thomas to death in 2011.

'Jamzilla' to close lanes on 405 on Presidents' Day weekend

Extended lane closures of the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass will be in effect Feb. 14-18 in what is being called "Jamzilla."

15 hospitalized after bus collides with big rig

15 people have been hospitalized with minor injuries after a bus rear-ended a big rig on a Central Valley freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

LA County Board of Supervisors to discuss Baca's replacement

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will convene in closed session Tuesday to discuss temporary replacements for retiring Sheriff Lee Baca.

Northridge: Despite retrofits, are homes any safer now?

Cities have encouraged homeowners to voluntarily retrofit their dwellings. But some engineers estimate that as many as half of all retrofits are not adequate.

Talks break down over solution for overcrowded prisons

Talks have broken down between state officials and attorneys representing California prison inmates in a case that went before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Orange County DA wants hearing after sex offender ban tossed out

The Orange County District Attorney will ask the Calif. Supreme Court for hearing after ruling said county's law banning sex offenders from parks and beaches was illegal.

Mom dies after fire that killed husband, children (updated)

A Los Angeles house fire that killed a man and his two children Monday has now claimed the life of the mother.

Neighbors oppose vineyard estate by Hollywood sign

People who live near the Hollywood sign are opposing a winemaker's plan to build an estate next to a vineyard he planted years ago above their homes.

The Northridge Earthquake: 20 years later

In the days leading up to Friday's 20th anniversary of the devastating 1994 Northridge Earthquake, KPCC will explore the quake's history, its effects and its legacy.