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Restaurant trash becoming thieves' treasure

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Filthy kitchen grease laced with fried bits of food particles isn’t what one would naturally think of as a hot item for stealing. But with the growing practice of converting grease into environmentally friendly vehicle fuel and the rising prices it is fetching on the market, thieves increasingly are coveting something that in t

Obama's rating among state voters hits new low

Tue Sep 02, 2014

President Barack Obama has hit a new low in job performance rating among California voters, reflecting his falling popularity among some of his strongest constituencies, according to a new Field Poll. Among Democrats, his approval rating has dropped from 76 percent to 68 percent since June. More than 70 percent of both Latino and Asi

A chilly forecast for fall TV season

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Are we still in TV’s New Golden Age? What the cable networks have in store this fall looks more like a New Iron Age: utilitarian and more than a little rusty. Cable does typically save its best shows for winter and spring, ducking out of the way of the broadcasters’ big fall blast and counterpunching later. Bu

Bills fight sex trafficking one small step at a time

Tue Sep 02, 2014

In the war against sex trafficking, every little bit helps. More help is about to come to California from a few bills moving through the state legislature, backed by Los Angeles County, which will make modest, yet noticeable changes in sex-trafficking enforcement. One bill adds human-trafficking to the list of wiretappabl

Kershaw's white-hot summer continues for Dodgers

Tue Sep 02, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Back in April and May. when he was sitting out five weeks because of a strained muscle in the back of his shoulder, it looked like Clayton Kershaw’s chances for a third Cy Young Award in the past four years, a fourth consecutive ERA title or even a fifth consecutive 200-strikeout season were seriously diminished.

Public can speak out on heat rules for workers

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Proposed changes to the state’s heat-illness prevention rules could improve conditions for thousands of outdoor workers in industries such as agriculture and construction during the hottest days of the year. The revisions, published by California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health, may become permanent after a 4

USC QB Kessler expected to play despite injured toe

Tue Sep 02, 2014

LOS ANGELES – While USC coach Steve Sarkisian gathered his team for the usual post-practice address Tuesday, starting right guard Damien Mama lay on the ground nearby, clutching his right knee. About 20 feet to the left star defensive end Leonard Williams sat on a table, having limped off the field a little while earlier. Oh, and d

Final: Dodgers 4, Nationals 1

Tue Sep 02, 2014

LOS ANGELES – Back in May when he was sitting out five weeks with a strained muscle in the back of his shoulder, it looked like Clayton Kershaw’s chances for a third Cy Young Award in the past four years, a fourth consecutive ERA title or even a fifth consecutive 200-strikeout season were seriously diminished. What were we th

Hurricane Marie waves damage Long Beach breakwater

Tue Sep 02, 2014

LONG BEACH – For years, environmentalists have championed destroying this city’s breakwater and bringing waves back to the shores. Last week, they got a little help from Mother Nature, when swells from Hurricane Marie tore away rocks from the breakwater, breaching at least one area to the point that water can now flow bet

More fast food protests planned for 'Fight for $15' movement

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Fast food workers in Los Angeles and more than 150 cities will step up their campaign for higher wages by staging sit-ins at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger Kings and other chain locations Thursday, organizers announced. The new, more militant phase of the “Fight for $15” movement, which is pushing for a $15 hourl

Is litter control in the bag?

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Paper or plastic? It used to be a simple – and free – choice. But if Gov. Jerry Brown signs the plastic bag bill, California grocers, pharmacies, liquor stores and convenience stores will no longer be able to provide single-use bags to customers at no charge. They will be required to offer paper bags, reusable plastic bag

Giving Broadway a walkway

Tue Sep 02, 2014

Angelenos can now eat their delicious papusa or Eggslut creation – or any other fine food from Grand Central Market – in the warm downtown sun, thanks to the efforts of city officials and local businesses. Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar and Los Angeles Department of Transportation officials unveiled 10 blocks of walk

Sierra Madre sex offender allowed to reside near school of former victim

Tue Sep 02, 2014

SIERRA MADRE – Despite state laws that require sex offenders to live more than 2,000 feet away from schools and parks, Sierra Madre Police have determined that a child molester newly released from prison can legally live about 500 feet away from a Catholic grade school. AWest, formerly known as Andrew West Reid, Jr, 60, served eight

Drifter found guilty in 3 L.A. murders dating to 1987

Tue Sep 02, 2014

For more than 20 years, the crimes dogged investigators – three murdered women were dumped in dark, debris-strewn alleyways and empty lots near downtown Los Angeles. The cold cases were closed Tuesday when a career criminal linked to violent crimes across the country was convicted of murdering the women in the 1980s.

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