Local

Crenshaw LAX Line

Dorian Merina/KPCC

Trio of construction projects to close down roads near LAX

Map

Three separate infrastructure projects will temporarily close down portions of Century Boulevard, along with 405 Freeway on- and off-ramps, through most of August.

Erskine Fire

Where to ask for help after a wildfire disaster

Audio

Dealing with the stress and chaos that comes with an unexpected wildfire can make finding help difficult. Here's a list of resources to help guide those affected.

California Power Grid Strained By Heat Wave

Flex Alert issued for California amid sweltering heat wave

California has extended its statewide alert, asking consumers to conserve energy through Thursday amid the sweltering heat wave in Southern California.

Updated 'Ajax' elevates a woman warrior to the starring role

A new play at the Greenway Court Theater bends spacetime to place the protagonist of the classic Greek tragedy alongside A.J., a female soldier in Iraq.

Sand Fire: Here's how you can still help

From transporting animals to cleaning up after the fire, here's how you can help those affected by the Sand Fire.

Sand Fire: California declares state of emergency in LA County

The announcement from the governor's office notes that the fires have burned tens of thousands of acres, threatened thousands of homes and other structures and caused evacuations.

Should LA spend $37 million on a firefighting plane?

The "Super Scooper" can dump 1600 gallons of water at a time, and swoop into reservoirs to fill back up. L.A. County must decide if it should lease or buy one.

210 Freeway in Pasadena to close again for 55 hours this weekend

Westbound lanes from Lake Avenue to Mountain Street will be fully closed at 10 p.m. Friday and will reopen Monday at 5 a.m.

Sand Fire: Most evacuations lifted as fire slows

The fire has burned about 52 square miles in just three days, but most evacuations were set to end Monday evening. The fire has destroyed at least 18 homes.

More volunteers moving 4-legged neighbors out of fire's path

As the Sand Fire rages, locals are rigging up horse trailers and evacuating animals of all stripes. Said one: "I didn't even know what an alpaca was until I came here."

Sand Fire disrupting rail service for Antelope Valley commuters

Metrolink officials expected rail service north of the Via Princessa station would be cancelled for a second day because of the Sand Fire.

Community mourns Erskine fire victims, works to cope with the aftermath

A memorial for a couple killed in the most destructive fire in California so far this year gathers together those grieving, and struggles with scant resources to recover.

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

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

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 case backlog hits record high

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.