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USC study finds a boost in ridership on Expo Rail Line

Researchers found about a 40 percent decrease in driving among residents living near a Metro Expo Line station. The findings coincide with reports of increased ridership on the light rail line.

What's a $15K model train look like? Pasadena's Whistle Stop has 'em

As with any other hobby, model railroading can become a little bit of an obsession. Modelers readily spend top dollar for detail and craftsmanship.

Weekend Traffic: OC releases holiday schedule for DUI checkpoints

Caltrans is set to close the 91 freeway in San Bernardino this week. We have that, DUI checkpoint locations and other closures that could affect your weekend commute.

LA County, social workers reach tentative labor deal

The union says the county will hire an additional 450 social workers by next October. County officials say they already have several hundred new workers in the pipeline.

Rozo and Galli: How 2 Watts rappers hope to change their destinies through music

Watts is still in the early stages of change. KPCC's Mae Ryan followed two young musicians in Watts who took advantage of some of the resources in the community and now are trying to get out.

Santa Ana winds to return to Southern California

The Santa Ana winds will be back in Southern California this weekend, prompting high humidity levels, elevated fire risks and high wind gusts in certain areas.

Alhambra police use Chinese microblogging site Weibo

More than 2,000 people are following the Alhambra P.D.'s site since it officially launched this week

California population growth rate highest in years

California's population grew by the highest rate in nearly a decade over the last year. Demographic experts said the increase highlights the recovery in the job market.

Los Angeles apartment fire kills 2, injures 3

Officials say a fire tore through a Los Angeles apartment building early Thursday, killing two people and injuring three others.

Pregnant in Prison: Should newborns live with their incarcerated mothers?

Two hundred thirty-three inmates gave birth while incarcerated in California’s prison system in 2011 and 2012. Most were back in shackles two days later, their infants off to live with relatives or foster parents.

Gates latched at 5 Metro Blue Line stations

Riders will need a TAP card to pass through turnstiles at five stations.

Sriracha maker: California halting sauce shipments

Southern California-based maker of Sriracha says it can't ship any more of its popular hot sauces to food distributors until next month because of stricter guidelines.

Calif. Assembly Democrats urge $8B budget reserve

Assembly Speaker John Perez says lawmakers will ask voters to approve a revised 'rainy day fund' in November 2014 in the hopes of building an $8 billion budget reserve.

50 years later: Remembering the Baldwin Hills Dam collapse

On December 14, 1963 the dam in front of the Baldwin Hills reservoir broke. Rhea Coskey lost her home in the flood, and for the first time in 50 years, she's ready to talk about it.

Man allegedly shoots, kills sister in North Hills nursing home (updated)

A man in his 50s was taken into custody and a gun was recovered in the shooting incident at a care facility in North Hills.

Union Station addresses panhandling complaints by restricting seating

L.A. County Metro has a new policy at Union Station regulating seating to address complaints that homeless people are using the building for shelter — and panhandling.