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Cops: He Intentionally Drove Into Big Rig, With 4 Kids in Tow

Cesar Iban Torres, charged with girlfriend's murder, reportedly claimed God spoke to him

(Newser) - A California man was trying to kill his girlfriend and four children when he drove his SUV into a tractor-trailer on a freeway Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The female passenger was killed, though the four children, ages 1 to 7, survived with moderate...

Made to Testify, Durst's Brother Speaks: 'He'd Like to Murder Me'

Douglas Durst fears his brother 'may have the means to do so,' despite being locked up

(Newser) - The estranged brother of Robert Durst, the real estate heir on trial in his best friend's slaying , testified under threat of subpoena Monday that the two never got along and he feared his oldest sibling would kill him. "He'd like to murder me," Douglas Durst bluntly...

'Workplace Beef' Blamed for Fire Station Shooting

Slain LA County firefighter Tory Carlon honored with vigil, procession

(Newser) - Los Angeles County Fire Chief Darly Osby has worked at Fire Station 81, one of 172 small stations in the county, and he describes it as a "small, hometown-type fire station" where people generally have an excellent working relationship. But Osby says something clearly went very wrong Tuesday, when...

Firefighter Shoots 2 Colleagues at LA County Fire Station

Man then reportedly fled to his home before setting it on fire, shooting himself

(Newser) - "As a fire chief I never thought when our firefighters face danger that they would face that danger at one of our community fire stations," Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby told reporters Tuesday afternoon. Osby said an off-duty firefighter killed a colleague and wounded another Tuesday...

Los Angeles County Notches a Much-Wanted Goose Egg

No COVID deaths reported on Sunday

(Newser) - It's the number every county hopes to register in the COVID fight: Zero. Los Angeles County on Sunday reported no COVID deaths for the first time in a long time, reports the Los Angeles Times . The newspaper notes that it's possible a lag in reporting times over the...

Lifeguard Earnings Here May Have You Practicing Your Strokes

Highest-paid lifeguards in LA County earned almost 400K in 2019—more than top-earning NY cops

(Newser) - It pays well to be a lifeguard in Los Angeles County. According to Forbes , seven lifeguards made more than $300,000 in 2019, which was the most recent year for which data was available, while 82 lifeguards made more than $200,000. Thirty-one lifeguards made more than $50,000 in...

Error Leads to Murder Suspect's Release from Jail

Authorities in LA County are searching for Steven Manzo

(Newser) - A murder suspect is at large in Southern California after he was mistakenly released from jail, NBC reports. Steven Manzo, 24, was released from a detention center in Lynwood following a court hearing during which the charges against him were dropped and immediately refiled, apparently leading to confusion about Manzo’...

Judge Sides With Widow of Kobe Bryant Over Deputies
Kobe Bryant's Widow
Wins in Court

Kobe Bryant's Widow Wins in Court

Vanessa Bryant can obtain the names of deputies accused of sharing crash photos

(Newser) - A federal judge in California has ruled that Kobe Bryant's widow, Vanessa Bryant, can obtain the names of four Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies who allegedly shared graphic photos from the site of the helicopter crash that killed her husband, their daughter Gianna, and seven others. An effort...

Vanessa Bryant Wants Deputies' Names Released

She says they took pictures of Kobe Bryant crash site

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant wants a US court to release the names of the four Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies she says took and shared photos of her late husband, Kobe Bryant, after he, their daughter, and seven others died in a helicopter crash last year. The request is part of...

LA County Orders Grocery Stores to Fork Over 'Hero Pay'

Board of Supervisors approves $5/hour mandate for workers in designated stores for next 120 days

(Newser) - A mandate kicking off this week will put more money in the pockets of grocery workers in Los Angeles County for braving the pandemic to clock in. Starting Friday, national grocery and retail drug stores in unincorporated areas of the county have to start forking over $5 more an hour...

Authorities Investigating Marilyn Manson Abuse Claims
New Worries
for Marilyn

New Worries for Marilyn Manson

LA County Sheriff's Department is looking into domestic violence allegations against performer

(Newser) - More than a dozen women, including actresses Evan Rachel Wood and Esme Bianco , have accused singer-songwriter Marilyn Manson of mental, physical, and sexual abuse. Now, it appears some of the claims against the 52-year-old performer have attracted the attention of California authorities. "The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department,...

Schwarzenegger Resurrects Old Line to Get You Vaccinated

'Come with me if you want to live'

(Newser) - Arnold Schwarzenegger became one of the first elderly residents of Los Angeles County to get his coronavirus vaccine on Wednesday—and he did so in typical Arnold fashion, per Politico . "Put the needle down!" he told the technician as she prepared to jab him at Dodger Stadium, referring...

Amid COVID Surge in LA, a 'Health Care Nightmare'

Hospitals are having to make 'tough decisions' about patient care

(Newser) - The spike of COVID cases in Los Angeles County has brought hospitals there to a "point of crisis," according to the county's health services chief, with hospitals discharging people more quickly than usual to make room for new patients, and several area hospitals declaring "internal disasters"...

Corps of Engineers to Help LA Hospitals With Oxygen

Deluge of patients has strained delivery systems in older buildings

(Newser) - Los Angeles County hospitals that are overrun with COVID-19 patients and struggling to provide them with oxygen are getting help. Crews from the Army Corps of Engineers are going to work on oxygen-delivery systems at several hospitals, the Los Angeles Times reports. At least five hospitals had closed to ambulance...

Eatery Sorry for 'Discreet' Dinner Invite Amid Dining Ban

La Scala in Beverly Hills says it never intended to violate rules

(Newser) - A celebrity hangout in Beverly Hills is apologizing after inviting customers to an "inside" dinner party on New Year's Eve. The invitation from Italian restaurant La Scala, dropped into customers' takeout bags, teased a "discreet" speak-easy-themed soiree. "We are considering taking reservations for New Year's...

Hospitals Run Short of Oxygen as LA County Deals With Surge

'It's so much worse than before,' an ICU nurse says

(Newser) - Hospitals in Los Angeles County are running out of oxygen for treating COVID-19 patients, and they're already out of intensive care beds. With patients waiting for hours in ambulances outside the hospitals to be admitted, health officials are asking people to stay away from emergency rooms and not call...

Kirk Cameron Leads Yet Another Maskless Caroling Event

Dozens of people joined actor for event in Southern California

(Newser) - Kirk Cameron is ticked off about Southern California's pandemic stay-at-home order, and he's been using the most seasonal of ways to protest it: Christmas caroling. The Growing Pains star has already held two previous singalongs this month attended by hundreds, and on Tuesday he added a third. CBS...

State's GOP Accused of Setting Up Illegal Ballot Drop Boxes

Calif.'s Republican Party is trying to claim it's legal 'ballot harvesting,' but SecState is pushing back

(Newser) - Ballot drop boxes are popping up at churches, gun shops, candidate HQs, and local GOP party offices in three California counties, which would seem on the surface to offer voters lots of options for getting their vote counted. The problem is, these ballot boxes aren't official, and California's...

Arrest Made in Ambush of 2 LA County Deputies

Suspect 'hates policemen and he wants them dead'

(Newser) - California investigators have arrested and charged a man in connection with the shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies earlier this month as they sat in their squad car, authorities said Wednesday. Attempted murder charges were filed against Deonte Lee Murray, 36, District Attorney Jackie Lacey told reporters....

Thousands Evacuate as Wildfires Surge in Wine Country

One blaze in northern California burns 7K acres in less than 5 hours

(Newser) - Thousands of people fled new, rapidly moving wildfires in northern California on Monday that have scorched almost 10,000 acres. Nearly all of northern California is under a red flag warning by the National Weather Service, with a heat wave and gusty winds compounding the difficulties faced by firefighters. A...

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