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AB72 Would Protect Patients From Surprise Medical Bills Not Previously Disclosed.

​A bill to protect patients from surprise bills after a hospital visit is currently under consideration in the California Assembly. The measure, AB 72, sponsored by 5 Democrats and 2 Republicans,...

 

Biggest Ever Burglary Investigation Yields Gang Arrests of 12 East Coast Crips and 2 Local Doctors

The result of the longest and most extensive residential burglary and narcotics investigation in Los Angeles has ended in the arrest of 12 suspected burglary suspects, all members of the East Coast...

 

Car Hits Ambulance on Santa Monica Blvd

​A significant accident involving a car hitting an ambulance occurred at approximately 4 pm on Santa Monica Boulevard on Monday, 8/29. A Fire Department ambulance was proceeding south on 20th...

 

Some in Congress Oppose Saudi Arms Sale Proposed by Obama Administration

Congressman Ted Lieu (D Los Angeles) has led a 64-member bipartisan group in writing to President Obama in opposition of a proposed arms sale to Saudi Arabia. The group of legislators believe...

 

Cal State Bar staffer patronized AshleyMadison.com and is Outed

​This morning the Hews Media Group broke a story about prominent California legislators and their staff who use the Ashley Madison adultery website, some of them doing so on government time....

 

US Gov't Hands the Keys to the Ladies Room Door to Men

​The federal government is opening all bathrooms in national buildings managed by the Government Services Administration (GSA) to use by transgender individuals. Under the new policy released by...

 

School Apologizes for Calling Sheriff to Censor 7-Year-Old From Handing Out Bible Verses

A public school in California who'd directed an LA Deputy Sheriff to call on a seven-year-old boy to cease his sharing of religious literature has officially backed down on their restrictive attitude...

 

Democrats Celebrate as Aetna Health Insurance Withdraws From Obamacare States

Democrats may publicly chide Aetna from pulling out of all but four states in the ACA exchanges, but privately they're breaking out the champagne, led by Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat representative from...

 

Nurses at Some Hospitals Sign Contracts, Avert Strikes

Nurses at two of four California hospitals ratified their new contracts. St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley and Providence St. Joseph Health hospitals Queen of the Valley in Napa were able to mak...

 

Play Pokemon Go, Get Hit In The Head With Pole

We've heard of people walking into traffic, off cliffs, and being robbed while playing Pokemon Go. In the latest mishap involving the location-based virtual reality game, Pokemon Go, a man verbally...

 

Duo Arrested For Publicly Carrying Assault Weapons In Inglewood

In a move that may cost the two men several years of their lives in jail, Edmon Adonis Washington, 35, and Brook Thomas Lindsey, 30, allegedly waltzed about Inglewood on August 16 carrying assault...

 

Death Row Inmate Pleads Guilty to Murder and is Sentenced to Life

In a grisly case of overkill, the District Attorney's office obtained a guilty-plea to a murder from a man already on death row. James Robert Scott, 52, admitted to the 1982 murder of Vivian Johnson a...

 

Buying Homes at Foreclosure Sales? Better Pay with Real Money

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office obtained a conviction and eight-year sentence today for a man accused of falsely obtaining title to properties at auction. Lamar Adams, 46, pleaded gu...

 

"Grim Sleeper" Serial Killer Sentenced to Death

On Wednesday, the so-called "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, was sentenced to death by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy. The sentence followed a 6-month jury trial for former...

 

Four Men Convicted in Long Beach Campos Murder

The four men who kidnapped and then murdered Hector Jauregui Campos, 24, were each sentenced on August 10 to 16 years to life in prison. On September 7, 2012, Campos was shot twice, beaten,...

 

Knott's Soak City Offers Relief From Heat, Cabin Fever

Kids have cabin fever from all those weeks of too much freedom? Or perhaps they're dreading the beginning of school and all the stress and work involved. The perfect staycation getaway to let them exe...

 

Three Sentenced in L.A. Coliseum Corruption Case

One of the defendants in a case involving money-skimming at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum pled today to one count of conflict of interest. Pasquale Rotella, 41, owner of the Electric Daisy...

 

Supreme Court Not Buying Transgender Bathrooms

On August 3, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that common sense should prevail when it comes to bathrooms at public schools. The Supreme Court blocked an earlier ruling by a federal appeals court...

 

Couple who Outed Planned Parenthood, Cleared of Illegally Buying Body Parts

Charges were dismissed for both defendants in the Planned Parenthood surreptitious video incident. Both Sandra "Susan" Merritt and David Daleiden had been charged by the state of Texas with...

 

Inventor of Invisiplug Threatens to Plug a man with a Firearm

A "Shark Tank" winner has been charged for threatening a man with a firearm. Michael Philip Barzman, 38, who convinced the judges on the TV show to fund his "Invisiplug" surge protector, pled not...

 

34 Year Old Victorville Woman Sentenced for Scamming 78 Year Old Man

A conviction was obtained for a Victorville woman who swindled $200,000 from an elderly man in 2013. Shirley Chrissy Urick, 34, met the victim, a 78-year-old man, in a grocery store parking lot in...

 

Four men convicted of Long Beach murder four years later

​Nearly four years following his brutal death, some measure of justice has been found for murdered Hector Jauregui Campos, 24. On September 7, 2012, Campos was shot twice, beaten, strangled, and...

 

Homeless Man, Carlos Pineda, Charged With 4 Local Rapes

A Santa Monica area transient has been charged with the kidnapping and rape of four women between January of this year and July 2. Pablo Carlos Pineda, 32, though homeless, resides in the bay...

 

Vietnam War Memorial Wall Defaced; Venice Tagger Arraigned Today

The Los Angeles District Attorney's office believes they have apprehended the man responsible for defacing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall on Sunset Avenue in Venice. Before the Memorial Day...

 

"So You Think You Can Dance" winner tries to strangle his girlfriend

A winner of the "So You Think You Can Dance" competition has been charged with two felony counts of domestic violence, one count of assault with a deadly weapon, a glass vase, and misdemeanor counts...

 

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