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George A. Romero, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ creator, dies at 77

George A. Romero, ‘Night of the Living Dead’ creator, dies at 77

LOS ANGELES — Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, father of the modern movie zombie and creator of the groundbreaking “Night of the Living Dead” franchise, has died at 77. Romero died Sunday in his sleep following a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to a statement to the Los Angeles Times provided by […]

Wells Fargo stuck mortgage borrowers with extra fees, whistleblower’s lawsuit says

Wells Fargo stuck mortgage borrowers with extra fees, whistleblower’s lawsuit says

As Wells Fargo & Co. continues to be hit with fallout from its sham-accounts scandal, the bank is facing allegations that it put the screws to customers in yet another way: by slapping them with fees for delays in processing mortgage applications. A former Wells Fargo mortgage banker who worked in Beverly Hills alleged in […]

Jeff Sessions has a message for Nevada: Don’t be California

Jeff Sessions has a message for Nevada: Don’t be California

LAS VEGAS — Nevada will be a battleground in the midterm elections, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stepped right into the middle of it Wednesday with a seemingly not-so-subtle message — don’t let the state become like California. He was introduced by Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt, who is likely to run for governor […]

Rep. Sherman of California introduces articles of impeachment against Trump

Rep. Sherman of California introduces articles of impeachment against Trump

LOS ANGELES —Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., has introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, making good on a promise he made to move the process forward. Sherman, an 11-term Democrat who represents part of the San Fernando Valley, was the first to draft and circulate articles of impeachment last month. He formally introduced the […]

Raging wildfires across California force nearly 8,000 to evacuate

Raging wildfires across California force nearly 8,000 to evacuate

GOLETA, Calif. — With a heat wave continuing to bake California and the rest of the West, wildfires forced nearly 8,000 people to dash for safety Sunday as flames destroyed homes and threatened thousands of structures across the state. Along the Central Coast, firefighters battled two major blazes on opposite ends of Santa Barbara County. […]

At 98 degrees, heat in Los Angeles breaks a 131-year-old record

At 98 degrees, heat in Los Angeles breaks a 131-year-old record

By Andrea Castillo Los Angeles hit a record high of 98 degrees Saturday, as a wildfire in northern Santa Barbara County continued to burn out of control and the region suffered through the third day of a blistering heat wave. Downtown Los Angeles’ record high temperature beat out the 131-year-old record of 95 degrees set […]

9th Circuit panel: Minors who enter US illegally may not be confined without hearing

9th Circuit panel: Minors who enter US illegally may not be confined without hearing

Minors who enter the U.S. without permission must be given a court hearing to determine whether they can be released, a federal appeals court panel decided unanimously Wednesday. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said immigration authorities continue to be bound by a 1997 lawsuit settlement that guaranteed court hearings […]

Human toll mounts in California’s rivers after boy drowns, man disappears and two bodies are found

Human toll mounts in California’s rivers after boy drowns, man disappears and two bodies are found

The human toll from California’s dangerous river conditions climbed again last weekend after authorities reported a boy drowned and another person missing and the bodies of two others pulled from swift, cold waters in the Sacramento and Central valleys. First responders and law enforcement agencies in the state’s low-lying communities have been sounding the alarm […]

Hate crimes rise in California, state report says

Hate crimes rise in California, state report says

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is seeing an increase in hate crimes. There were 931 incidents in 2016, an 11.2 percent spike over 2015, the state Department of Justice reported Monday. More than half of those involved bias based on race, ethnicity or national origin. The second-most-common incidents were based on sexual orientation. Race-based hate crimes […]

111 terminally ill patients took their own lives in first 6 months of Calif. right-to-die law

111 terminally ill patients took their own lives in first 6 months of Calif. right-to-die law

LOS ANGELES — A total of 111 people in California took their own lives using lethal prescriptions during the first six months of a law that allows terminally ill people to request life-ending drugs from their doctors, according to data released Tuesday. They were among 191 people in the state who received the prescriptions from […]

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