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Spiked vests, new fencing latest tools to protect pets from coyotes |May 20, 2017

For Penny Sprague, the wake-up call arrived last summer. “I have a 7-pound dog and had a coyote lying in my next-door neighbor’s yard early one morning,” the San Pedro homeowner said.

‘Cool pavement’ to cut urban street heat gets first California tryout in Canoga Park |May 20, 2017

CANOGA PARK >> The new street seal gushed from a downpipe Saturday onto Jordan Avenue, then spread like paint to turn a half block of black into a sea of gray. The morning temperature of the black asphalt in the middle of a nearby intersection read 93 degrees.

Botts’ Dots, after a half-century, will disappear from freeways, highways |May 21, 2017

Botts’ Dots — the raised, rumbly markers between lanes on California’s highways and freeways — are on their way out, with Caltrans saying it will no longer maintain or install them.

Hey bu-ddy! ‘Encino Man’ turns 25 — but here’s where the ‘90s comedy was really filmed |May 22, 2017

Twenty-five years ago, Sean Astin was no longer a Goonie but not yet a Hobbit, Pauly Shore had a burgeoning movie career on the heels of his popular MTV gig and Brendan Fraser was a few years off from fighting mummies.

How LA County’s new mental health director plans to help heal troubled minds |May 21, 2017

For as long as people who lived in the neighborhood could remember, the bottom floor of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health’s headquarters was surrounded by a chain-link fence, closed off from their view.

How some Southern California drug rehab centers exploit addiction |May 21, 2017

Chronic drug users are commodities, exploited by a growing world of drug and alcohol rehab operators who put profit ahead of patient care. Everything from the opioid epidemic and Obamacare to prison realignment and legal loopholes has created conditions in which unethical operators can flourish, using addicts to bilk insurance companies and the public out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

LA County wants more people to sign up for food stamps as Trump budget threatens cuts |May 22, 2017

Under the threat of federal spending cuts for food stamps, the Los Angeles County supervisors on Tuesday will call for the formation of a special unit to increase enrollment into a local food assistance program.

For local governments, cashing in on marijuana isn’t going to be easy |May 20, 2017

At the office of Monterey County’s Treasurer-Tax Collector, gun-toting guards now stand sentry over the parking lot and entry door. A newly renovated front office now serves as a secure drop-off point for taxpayers carrying duffel bags full of cash (payments made by appointment only).

How ‘Hamilton’ curriculum is bringing US history to life for students |May 20, 2017

In the final scene of the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton,” the cast takes center stage, gazes into the audience and sings in an emotional crescendo, “Who lives, who dies, who tells the story?” The lights dim, the crowd erupts, and the 2,000 high school kids in the audience know exactly who will tell the story: It’s them.

‘The Carmichael Show’ stars say black literacy episode will leave fans ‘shocked’ |May 23, 2017

“The Carmichael Show” is set to tackle several hot topics when season 3 debuts on May 31, including African-American literacy and the N-word. One upcoming episode of the NBC sitcom titled “Cynthia’s Birthday,” centers around family matriarch Cynthia Carmichael — played by Loretta Devine — as she marks a milestone.

Woman, 2 men arrested on mail theft charges in Santa Clarita |May 20, 2017

SANTA CLARITA >> A woman and two men suspected of stealing mail from multiple mailboxes in the Santa Clarita Valley were in custody today. Someone reported seeing two people acting suspiciously at 4:29 a.

An ode to The Valley: How LA’s past and present shine in ‘America’s suburb’ |May 22, 2017

A Mighty Wurlitzer, the largest theater pipe organ in the West, sounds off in Sylmar. Vintage hot rods, among the finest in the nation, rumble into Bob’s Big Boy in Burbank. Harry Potter fans shriek through Universal Studios Hollywood, one of the oldest film sets in the world.

Department of Energy official wants Aliso Canyon gas field to reopen |May 22, 2017

A top federal official is urging the “near-term reopening” of the Aliso Canyon storage facility after injections were halted in the wake of a months-long disastrous gas leak that began in October, 2015.

Spectrum job fair for veterans to take place in Van Nuys |May 21, 2017

VAN NUYS >> A local cable company will hold a job fair in Van Nuys on Tuesday aimed at hiring military veterans. Spectrum, formerly known as Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable, will host the Veterans Jobs Fair from 9 a.

Can churches help supply the foster homes LA County needs? |May 20, 2017

At Holman United Methodist Church in South Los Angeles, the Rev. Kelvin Sauls and the church’s congregants have for years positioned themselves to help young people in foster care. The help has come in many forms, including serving Thanksgiving dinners and furnishing an apartment for transition-age foster youth, said Pastor Sauls.

Woman suspected of DUI after crashing car into North Hollywood apartment |May 21, 2017

NORTH HOLLYWOOD >> A 24-year-old woman was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence after her vehicle crashed into the wall of an apartment unit in North Hollywood early Sunday morning, authorities said.

More than 700,000 people may be eligible, but not enrolled for food stamps in LA County |May 23, 2017

Hoping to ease pressure on area food banks and secure $1.8 billion in federal funding, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a special unit to

22 dead after explosion at Ariana Grande’s Manchester concert, UK police say |May 22, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND >> An apparent suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert as it ended Monday night, killing 22 people among a panicked crowd of young concertgoers, some still wearing the star’s trademark kitten ears as they fled.

Burglar hits ‘Kardashians’ star Scott Disick’s Hidden Hills home |May 22, 2017

A burglar forced open a sliding glass door and entered the Hidden Hills home of reality television star Scott Disick — the father of Kourtney Kardashian’s three children — but it was unclear if anything was taken, authorities said Monday.

Cal State University trustees to discuss budget, graduation initiative |May 20, 2017

Cal State University trustees will discuss in meetings this week the implications of Gov. Jerry Brown’s updated budget proposal, in which they didn’t get everything they wanted. CSU’s Board of Trustees next meeting will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at CSU Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach.

Sluggish ridership prompts Metro to consider overhauling bus system |May 23, 2017

Amid declining bus ridership, Metro is looking into overhauling and updating its transit network as a way to bring more people back to its system. While train ridership is up, the number of people using buses throughout the Metro system fell 18 percent in April, compared with the same month two years ago.

Dodgers Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda hospitalized |May 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Dodgers Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized for several days. Details of Lasorda’s illness are being kept private, but a number of Lasorda’s former players have been among those in contact with Lasorda, who has been in the intensive care unit at a Los Angeles hospital.

Massive rockslide in southern Big Sur buries stretch of iconic Highway 1 |May 22, 2017

BIG SUR >> A major new rockslide has buried a stretch of California’s iconic Highway 1 in up to 40 feet of stone and dirt, the latest hit in a soggy winter of slides, floods and road closings along the winding Central California coast road, state transportation officials said Monday.

Huge cuts to food stamps part of Trump’s budget proposal |May 21, 2017

WASHINGTON >> President Donald Trump’s budget would drive millions of people off of food stamps, part of a new wave of spending cut proposals that already are getting panned by lawmakers in both parties on Capitol Hill.

2 newly renovated LA city pools to open in time for Operation Splash |May 22, 2017

Dozens of municipal pools throughout Los Angeles are set to open for the summer season on June 10, just as schools let out and the weather heats up, city officials said Monday. Two newly renovated aquatics facilities, one in Woodland Hills and the other in San Pedro, will also be re-opening for the summer, according to the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks.

LAPD motorcycle officer injured after struck by fleeing SUV; driver arrested |May 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Police have arrested the driver of an SUV who struck a Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officer, severely injuring him, and then fled the scene, a lieutenant said Sunday.

California bill would protect patients’ access to chosen family planning providers |May 21, 2017

As national Republican leaders continue to try to defund Planned Parenthood, California and other states are considering steps to protect access to family planning services. California legislators have introduced a bill that would lock into state law a federal rule that allows Medicaid patients to see family planning providers of their choice.

3 hikers rescued from Verdugo Mountain Park during heat wave |May 20, 2017

SUNLAND >> A Los Angeles rescue helicopter was working Saturday to pluck three hikers out of a remote section of Verdugo Mountain Park who were stranded, including one women suffering from heat exhaustion.

Passenger jet strikes truck on taxiway at LAX, injuring 8 |May 20, 2017

A Boeing 737 passenger jet struck an airport supply truck on a taxiway Saturday at Los Angeles International Airport, injuring eight airport workers, Los Angeles fire officials said. Aeromexico Flight No.

Firefighters knock down Northridge home fire |May 21, 2017

NORTHRIDGE >> Firefighters needed 21 minutes to knockdown a non-injury fire in a Northridge home Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The blaze inside a home at 17741 Nordhoff St.

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell to be buried in Hollywood |May 22, 2017

HOLLYWOOD — Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell will be buried in a private funeral Friday at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, his attorney, Kirk Pasich, told Variety. The 52-year-old Cornell died in Detroit early Thursday.

Woman shot in LA’s Vermont Square drives herself to hospital |May 22, 2017

LOS ANGELES — A wounded woman drove herself to a hospital today after a car-to-car shooting in the Vermont Square area of Los Angeles, authorities said. It happened about 2 a.m. at 51st Street and Western Avenue, according to Sgt.

Southern California Edison to offer $450 rebate for all-electric, plug-in hybrid vehicle owners |May 23, 2017

Southern California Edison is offering a $450 rebate to customers who own an all-electric or plug-in electric hybrid vehicle, the utility announced Monday. The Rosemead-based investor-owned utility joined others in the state in passing along revenues they’ve received in the form of credits from the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard program to customers using electricity as a low-carbon transportation fuel.

At remade Nixon Library, finding parallels to today isn’t tricky |May 21, 2017

Richard Nixon, the ultimate comeback kid, is trending. Google “Trump Nixon” and you got 26.1 million results Friday, up 1.3 million from the day before.

Fear of feds’ tough immigration stance could be slowing LA’s wage-theft complaints |May 23, 2017

Recent federal immigration policy may be deterring some low-wage workers in Los Angeles from coming forward to report employers who cheat them out of their wages, the city’s lead wage theft inspector said Tuesday.

Saudis welcome Trump with gold medal, receive arms package |May 20, 2017

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia >> President Donald Trump basked in Saudi Arabia’s lavish royal welcome Saturday as he left behind, at least temporarily, the snowballing controversies dogging him in Washington.

With LA election certification on fast track, Valley district could soon have its caretaker |May 23, 2017

Council President Herb Wesson is expected to wait until after election results are certified before taking steps to appoint a caretaker for a northeast San Fernando Valley district that has been vacant since September, a council aide said Tuesday.

Why are Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Aldi succeeding in SoCal where others failed? |May 24, 2017

Southern California’s supermarket industry is notoriously competitive, a reality that has prompted some newcomers to pare back their operations and others to pull out of the region completely.

Area Muslims have varied reactions to Trump’s Saudi Arabia speech |May 21, 2017

President Donald Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia that tackled extremism Sunday evoked pleasant surprise from some Southern California Muslims, but skepticism and disbelief from others. Amir Hussain, a theological studies professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, said he had come to “expect the worst” in light of Trump’s proposed travel ban affecting six predominantly Muslim countries, the real estate mogul’s anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric and his oft-cited remark made last year of “I think Islam hates us.

LA Council approves ‘rumble strips’ pilot program on ‘Canoga Speedway’ |May 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Looking to crack down on illegal street racing and the deaths that can result, the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday approved funding for a pilot program to install “rumble strips” on a street in the San Fernando Valley known as a racing hot spot.

California’s single-payer health plan’s annual price tag: $400 billion |May 22, 2017

SACRAMENTO >> The annual price tag for California’s proposed universal single-payer health care system would be a staggering $400 billion, according to a state Senate Appropriations Committee report released Monday.

Probe into taxiway crash at LAX under wraps |May 21, 2017

The Aeromexico Boeing 737 passenger jet that knocked over an airport food truck remained in a hanger Sunday, as Airport police have completed — but not released — their investigation. Aerial video showed the jet plane had a gash on its right wing’s leading edge.

Family rescued from West Hills Park after becoming stranded in the dark |May 21, 2017

WEST HILLS >> A Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter Saturday rescued a family of five who became stranded in darkness in a West Hills Park. The family reported at about 9 p.m. that they could not see where to go at El Escorpion Park near Valley Circle Boulevard and Vanowen Street, said the LAFD’s Brian Humphrey.

Child, woman injured in violent head-on crash in Granada Hills |May 23, 2017

A 10-year-old child and a woman have been extricated from the wreckage of a two-vehicle crash in the 12000 block of Balboa Boulevard in Granada Hills. Emergency officials were investigating the crash, which involved a white four-door truck and a small, silver sedan.

Looking for clean restrooms? This GasBuddy survey will help you find them |May 20, 2017

A recent survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that more than 87.5 percent of Americans age 16 and older reported driving in the past year. During that time they travelled nearly 10,900 miles on average and spent more than 290 hours on the road.

Another school rating system, more data on racial, ethnic disparities |May 21, 2017

Using a new, multimeasure school rating system, the Oakland-based nonprofit GreatSchools has produced a fresh look at a stubbornly persistent problem: racial and ethnic gaps in student achievement in California schools.

LA police seek help to find missing baby boy last seen with father in Arleta |May 23, 2017

A 1-year-old boy, last seen in Arleta with his father, has gone missing and the baby’s family and Los Angeles police are asking for the public’s help to find him. Angel Yarbrough-Monterroso was last seen with his father, Alan Yarbrough, in the area of Arleta Avenue and Branford Street in Arleta at 8 a.

Nighttime light show coming to Harry Potter land at Universal Studios Hollywood |May 21, 2017

Hogwarts Castle is getting a nighttime light show at Universal Studios Hollywood this summer. The five-minute show, called “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” was inspired by last year’s opening ceremonies of

Pippa Middleton marries at almost-royal event in England |May 20, 2017

ENGLEFIELD, England >> Pippa Middleton, radiant in a custom-made gown, married a wealthy financier Saturday as members of Britain’s royal family, including her sister, looking on. She and hedge fund manager James Matthews married at St.

Memorial before Long Beach Pride Parade pays tribute to Pulse nightclub victims |May 21, 2017

Before a throng of spectators danced in the sidewalk, waved rainbow flags and cheered the hundreds of people who proceeded along Ocean Boulevard during the annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade, festival organizers gathered for a Sunday morning memorial to the 49 victims who lost their lives during last year’s