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Tram Crash Injures 15 a Universal Studios
Theme Park Tram
Crashes, Injuring 15

Theme Park Tram Crashes, Injuring 15

A problem with the brakes is suspected

(Newser) - A tram taking passengers on a tour of Universal Studios Hollywood crashed on Saturday night, injuring more than a dozen people. Authorities said the last of the tram's four cars hit a rail while moving down a parking structure's incline, the Los Angeles Times reports. "There was...

Boy, 4, Killed in 'Unimaginable' Road Rage Shooting

California boy was shot in backseat of parents' car

(Newser) - A man has been charged with fatally shooting a 4-year-old California boy amid a road rage incident in Lancaster last week. Byron Burkhart, 29, is charged with murder as well as two counts of attempted murder and other charges, CNN reports. His girlfriend, who was also in the vehicle when...

Coroner Investigator Accused of Stealing From the Dead

Adrian Munoz charged in Los Angeles

(Newser) - An investigator with the medical examiner's office in Los Angeles County has been charged with stealing items from the dead, reports USA Today . Adrian Munoz, 34, first came under suspicion when the family of a man who suffered a fatal heart attack on the job asked about his missing...

California Is Fighting Fruit Flies With Fruit Flies
California Is Releasing
Millions of Fruit Flies
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California Is Releasing Millions of Fruit Flies

State is fighting Medfly infestation by dropping sterile males over LA County

(Newser) - California is dealing with an invasion of Mediterranean fruit flies—aka Medflies—by saturating the affected area with millions of fruit flies. The California Department of Food and Agriculture says it plans to drop 250,000 sterile male fruit flies per square mile over a 9-square-mile area of Los Angeles...

LA Tests $1K Monthly Payment to Prevent Homelessness

Early data suggests pilot program using artificial intelligence to identify those at risk is working

(Newser) - While some fear artificial intelligence will steal their likeness, work, and jobs, Los Angeles hopes the technology will prevent 20 net people from falling into homelessness each day. "On average, for every 207 individuals who exit homelessness daily, 227 more enter," reads a report cited by KTLA . To...

Footage Shows Deputy Throwing Woman to Ground

LA County Sheriff's Department is investigating whether excessive force was used in store lot

(Newser) - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident last month in which a woman is seen on video being hurled to the ground by a deputy outside a local grocery store. The Los Angeles Times reports that the incident took place June 24, in the parking lot...

After 'Grotesque Conduct,' $29M for Kobe Bryant's Family

Widow Vanessa Bryant had sued over pics taken at scene of crash that killed Kobe, daughter Gianna

(Newser) - Last summer, a federal jury decided that Vanessa Bryant, widow of retired NBA star Kobe Bryant, was entitled to $15 million from Los Angeles County. The award was bestowed in regard to a lawsuit over photos taken and shared by first responders of the bodies of her husband, 41, and...

Patrons Fight Off a Gunman Near Mass Shooting

Investigators look into whether the case is related to the Monterey Park shooting

(Newser) - About 20 minutes after a gunman fled the site of a mass shooting in the Los Angeles area on Saturday night, a man walked into another dance hall nearby with a gun. People in the Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio in Alhambra wrestled the firearm away from the man, authorities...

Driver Faces Attempted Murder Charges Over Sheriff's Recruits

22-year-old drove into a group of recruits on a training run

(Newser) - Authorities have charged a 22-year-old driver on suspicion of attempted murder for allegedly plowing his vehicle into Los Angeles County sheriff’s academy recruits on a training run, injuring more than two dozen people. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement Thursday that Nicholas Joseph Gutierrez...

No Charges for Cops in Killing of Man Who Was 'Biking While Black'

DA's office finds they were acting in self-defense when they fired on Dijon Kizzee

(Newser) - Two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a man who was, the attorneys for his family say, killed for "biking while Black." Christian Morales and Michael Garcia stopped Dijon Kizzee for riding his bicycle in the wrong direction; he...

Mask Mandate Won't Return Friday to Los Angeles County

Coronavirus cases and hospitalization rates are trending down in the area

(Newser) - Update: An indoor mask mandate scheduled to take effect Friday in Los Angeles County won't, after officials decided the number of new coronavirus cases has dropped enough to make it unnecessary. Hospitalization rates also have improved, the Los Angeles Times reports. Criticism of the reimposition increased as Friday neared....

LA County DA: Unseal Secret Transcript in Polanski Case

Filmmaker's lawyers say testimony of ex-prosecutor could free Polanski in 1977 sex abuse case

(Newser) - Twice, Roman Polanski's legal team has tried to resolve his sexual abuse case in the US, to no avail. They're hoping the third time will be the charm, as the current Los Angeles County district attorney has agreed to unseal an important transcript that his predecessors have kept...

Cops Killed in Motel Shootout: 'These 2 Men Were Loved'

Suspect also died at scene in El Monte, Calif.

(Newser) - Two police officers were killed Tuesday in a shootout while investigating a possible stabbing in a suburban Los Angeles motel, and the suspect died at the scene, authorities said. The El Monte officers—a veteran of more than 22 years and a rookie with less than a year on the...

LA County Launches Guaranteed Income Pilot

Applicants for the $1,000-a-month payments need to have been hurt by pandemic

(Newser) - Los Angeles County is now accepting applications for its $1,000-a-month guaranteed income program. Under the pilot, called Breathe, 1,000 residents will be picked randomly from eligible applicants, KTLA reports. The money will be delivered through a county debit card monthly for three years, with no strings attached, "...

All Aboard Survive Crash of Sheriff's Helicopter

NTSB investigates after 6 are injured

(Newser) - Authorities on Sunday were investigating the crash of a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department rescue helicopter in Southern California mountains that left six people injured. The department's Air Rescue 5 helicopter crashed shortly before 5pm Saturday while responding to a vehicle that rolled over on a winding road...

Finally, Cause of City's 'Stench of Death' Is Revealed

Fire at California warehouse filled with beauty products led to plant die-off, which led to hydrogen sulfide in the air

(Newser) - In early October, residents in Carson, Calif., started picking up on a noxious smell emanating from the Dominguez Channel, with dozens of complaints called in daily to the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Some even noted they were suffering from fatigue, headaches, and respiratory issues, reports the Guardian . Now,...

One of the Strictest Vaccine Mandates in US Takes Effect

Though Los Angeles won't start enforcing it until Nov. 29

(Newser) - Update: As of Monday, Los Angeles' vaccine mandate is in effect, the AP reports. However, city officials won't start enforcing it until Nov. 29 so businesses have time to adjust to the new rules. San Francisco, New York City, and other cities around the US have some form of...

A New 'Jet Pack Man' Theory Emerges

Cops spotted human-shaped inflatable weeks after 2nd reported sighting

(Newser) - Authorities investigating sightings of apparent jet packs over Los Angeles County, Calif., say pilots may have actually witnessed a flying human-shaped inflatable. "One working theory is that pilots might have seen balloons," the FBI and FAA say in statements to KNBC after the outlet obtained police photo and...

Newsom Signs Bill to Allow Giving Family Its Land Back

California city seized Black resort property in the 1920s

(Newser) - Update: Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Thursday to permit the return of a piece of California beachfront to the family it was taken from almost 100 years ago. Several descendants of the Black couple who built a resort on the land attended the ceremony, and the governor apologized to...

Calif. Quake: 'Wine Everywhere,' 'Probably a Lot of Frightened Cats'

Magnitude 4.3 temblor jolted S. California Friday, though no reports of serious injuries, damage

(Newser) - Los Angeles County's weekend started off with a jolt, with a magnitude 4.3 quake hitting the area around Carson, Calif., on Friday evening. The US Geological Survey reports that shaking from the temblor, which hit right before 8pm local time, was felt throughout multiple counties, including Orange and...

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