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California court: It's legal for drivers to read cellphone maps

Drivers in California can legally read a map on their hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel, a state appeals court ruled Thursday.

LA Rain: Storm disrupts morning commute; 2nd on its way

The CHP reports there were about 111 collisions in L.A. County. Some mountain roads have already been closed and mandatory evacuation orders have been issued.

LA Rain: Billions of gallons of polluted runoff likely

Storm water runoff fouls beaches and water quality in Santa Monica and San Pedro bays, and it can harm marine life, too.

LA Rain: Storms fuel mudslide anxiety, residents and officials get ready

Beneath the Colby Fire burn area, Glendora homeowners are putting down sandbags, while in Hollywood, plastic is going down on the Oscars red carpet. Are you ready?

Woman survives drop after her car goes over canyon's edge

A 39-year old woman was rescued Wednesday after her car went over the edge of the North 241 Toll Road in Irvine and down 400 feet.

LA Rain: Full list of advisories as 2 rainstorms approach

The National Weather Service reports stormy weather and significant rainfall are expected through Saturday, with high surf and dangerous rip currents through the weekend.

Exclusive Interview: @LosAngelesRain on his plans to drench SoCal

A few months ago, Los Angeles Rain started sharing his thoughts and feelings as so many of us do these days, in 140 characters or less on twitter. For more inside the psyche of Los Angeles Rain, we're joined for an exclusive interview with the one-and-only, Los Angeles Rain.

Local school superintendent's $663K compensation sparks outrage

KCAL-TV reports a raucous crowd showed up at a special meeting of the Centinela Valley Union High School Tuesday night after a newspaper investigation exposed the scandal.

In San Diego, ardent atheists evangelize disbelief — every Saturday

Amid the religious evangelists in San Diego's Balboa Park, you'll also find a table with a banner that reads, "Relax, Hell Does Not Exist."

Fatal crash closes 3 lanes on 405 through Sepulveda Pass

Three lanes of the northbound 405 Freeway are closed because of a traffic fatality, the California Highway Patrol reports.

What a rush! California couple finds gold coins worth $10M

It's thought to be the richest cache of coins ever discovered in the U.S. Minted in the 1800s, they were stuffed into eight cans and buried on a Sierra Nevada ridge.

Oscars 2014: 5 places to watch the awards show

Whether you're a connoisseur of cinema or a red carpet gawker, here's a list of local parties, restaurants and bars where you can watch Sunday's showing of the 86th Academy Awards.

Asiana Flight 214: Airline penalized $500K over crash

The fine announced by the U.S. Department of Transportation was a first: No airline has broken U.S. laws requiring prompt, generous assistance to the families of crash victims.

SoCal storms raise concern of mudslides — how to prepare

The National Weather Service warns that a pair of storms hitting mid-week and lasting through the weekend could cause mudslides in burn areas.

Native plant gardens can bring habitat, city rebates to replaced lawns

Theodore Payne Foundation is a nursery and non-profit up in the foothills of Sun Valley — about 20 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles — dedicated to promoting California's native plants. As you might imagine, business has been booming lately.

Biden gives a public nod to California's high-speed rail project

Vice President Joe Biden, an admitted "train guy," told new "Late Night" host Seth Meyers that Gov. Jerry Brown was "leading the country in having high-speed rail."