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LA City Council approves $2M for immigrant defense fund

The council voted 11-1 Friday to contribute the money to the L.A. Justice Fund to cover legal services for immigrants fighting deportation.

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6 things to do in SoCal this weekend

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Take advantage of the long summer days with some of these all-day events, including not one but two music festivals. Let the day partying begin.

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#SoCalSoCurious: What are your questions about the coast?

As we get deeper into the summer months, we want to be here to help answer your burning questions when it comes to our stretch of the California coastline.

Can stray animals be saved by this 14-foot tall robo-dog?

The new Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista is decked out with the latest tech, and represents the new wave in how shelters are trying to capture adopters' attentions.

A quest for vacancy data amid LA's housing crisis

City planners say they are lacking the most accurate information to inform official decisions on whether to allow condominium conversions.

Gold Line extension to Claremont to break ground in October

The light rail extension will add 11.5 miles and five new stations further east in the San Gabriel Valley. It is set to open to the public in 2027.

How Los Angeles' homeless are trying to beat the heat

It's been hot outside this week, and for many homeless people in Los Angeles, that has meant taking cover in tents and cooling centers.

Highland Park father fighting deportation wins one victory

A judge set aside a 1998 misdemeanor conviction against Romulo Avelica Gonzalez, who immigration agents arrested after he dropped off a daughter at school.

Long Beach takes steps to let street musicians play

The city council approved a plan that studies regulations for street musicians throughout the city.

Evacuation orders lifted as Holcomb Fire reaches 1,200 acres

The fire started Monday afternoon and still stands as 10 percent contained. A shift in the wind prompted authorities to go door-to-door Tuesday afternoon in the Baldwin Lake area, but the order was lifted after about two hours.

Holcomb Fire sparks mandatory evacuations

Mandatory evacuations have been issued for homes as a wildfire burns in the San Bernardino Mountains. The flames have quickly scorched through 950 acres with 10 percent containment.

The heat wave is peaking — here's how to keep cool

A heat advisory will be in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday across Los Angeles County, including the beach cities and valley areas.

LA County approves funding to fight deportations

Los Angeles County supervisors voted 4-1 to contribute $3 million over the next two years to a fund that will combine county, city, and philanthropic money to cover legal costs for immigrants facing deportation. But those convicted of violent felonies will be excluded from the county money.

Warehouse workers and truckers strike at the ports

The drivers and warehouse workers are protesting wages. In addition, the local Teamsters union claims port companies have misclassified drivers as independent contractors.

Castaic Lake fire now 800 acres, 60 percent contained

Originally officials say it scorched 1,000 acres, but Sunday night crews have scaled that estimate back. According to the L.A. County Fire Department, the Lake Fire broke out Saturday afternoon in a hard-to-reach area near Castaic Lake and the 5 Freeway.

Photos: Hawthorne's Bicentennial Park reopens after 20 years

Bicentennial Park was shuttered in the late 1990s for ongoing illicit activity. The tennis court and gazebo space has now been transformed into a park, complete with a playground, a splash pad and 60 newly planted trees.