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SpaceX tackles payload backlog, schedules third launch in 9 days

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‘Top Chef Junior’ crew members working at shuttered Costco complain of ‘sudden odor’

A sudden odor inside a Canoga Park warehouse Tuesday caused as many as 50 people on the set of “Top Chef Junior” to experience respiratory problems, but authorities could not determine the cause. A member of the production crew at ...

By Wes Woods|


  • Health care reform

    LA County would be ‘ground zero’ for lost health care if Senate bill passes, leaders say

    With one in 20 of the nation’s Medicaid recipients living in Los Angeles County, local leaders warned Tuesday that the region could become ground zero for loss of medical care if the Senate health care bill passes. In a news conference outside the downtown Los Angeles Hall of Administration, where health care providers, union members and residents held...

    Susan Abram

  • Wildfires

    For 5,800-acre Manzanita fire burning south of Beaumont, winds are a concern

    Despite concerns about Tuesday’s hot and windy conditions, firefighters battling the 5,800-acre Manzanita fire south of Beaumont and Banning had a relatively good day. “It’s been pretty quiet,” Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Craig Doppmann said Tuesday evening. Firefighters “have been able to put in a lot of good work without any hiccups.” It was still a...

  • Local governments

    George Lucas calls his just-approved LA museum a new hope for young Angelenos

    The Force appears to have grown stronger in Los Angeles. Filmmaker George Lucas’ museum paying tribute to the narrative arts cleared a key hurdle, with the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approving the $1.5 billion project in Exposition Park. It was a long road to the City of Angels for Lucas. San Francisco and Chicago were the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” creator’s first choices. But Mayor Eric Garcetti and others lobbied...

    Elizabeth Chou

  • Law and order

    LAPD chief announces clampdown on social media contact between cops and cadets

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday that the department is tightening its rules in the wake of a widening cadet youth program scandal. Beck told the Los Angeles Police Commission that he is issuing a department directive that limits one-on-one contact between police officers and members of the cadet corps and limits certain social media contact. It’s “not intended to limit connectivity in the way the youth service officers communicate to cadet posts,...

    Brenda Gazzar

  • Port operation

    Cyberattack shutdown of LA port terminal sparks security worries

    A cyberattack that infected computers across Europe and then spread into the United States halted operations at the Port of Los Angeles’ largest terminal Tuesday — and raised worries that destructive software could ricochet around the world and disrupt the critical supply chain. APM Terminals — where Danish shipping carrier A.P. Moller-Maersk operates — turned truckers away all day, as did their terminals in Rotterdam, New York and New...

    Rachel Uranga

  • Books and literature

    Author Lisa See reveals the inspiration for her latest book, set in Pasadena

    The lives of two characters — Li-yan, who picks tea in China, and Haley, who grows up comfortably in Pasadena — are at the core of Lisa See’s new novel, “The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.” The best-selling Los Angeles author regularly explores the bonds between women, families and culture with a particular focus on the Chinese and Chinese-American experience. See will discuss and sign copies of her book, plus hold...

    Michelle Mills

  • Wildfires

    Firefighters close in on Placerita fire burning near Santa Clarita

    SANTA CLARITA >> For the third straight day, firefighters today battled a three-alarm brush fire that scorched about 800 acres and one structure in Santa Clarita. The fire was about 75 percent contained as of midnight, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. It was started by a traffic crash on the southbound...

    City News Service|

  • Sexual assault

    Uber driver charged with raping unconscious passenger at North Hollywood motel

    An Uber driver was charged Tuesday with raping a female passenger in a North Hollywood motel while she was unconscious, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Alaric Spence, 46, was charged on three felony counts: kidnapping to commit rape, rape of an unconscious person and rape by use of drugs, according to a statement from the D.A.’s office. Sarah Ardalani, spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office, said the charge of...

    Staff reports |

  • Art museums

    6 things to know about ‘Star Wars’ creator George Lucas’ new LA museum

    In a day that will be long remembered, a museum once far, far away, became part of the Los Angeles universe on Tuesday. Here’s what the city is getting, now that the L.A. City Council has approved “Star Wars” creator George Lucas’


  • Entertainment

    Is Iron Maiden retiring? Guitarist Dave Murray sets the record straight before Glen Helen show

    The rumors of Iron Maiden’s retirement have been greatly exaggerated. After more than 40 years in the metal scene, there’s been talk that Iron Maiden would be calling it quits after its “The Book of Souls Tour,” which comes to Glen Helen Amphitheater in Devore on Saturday. But guitarist Dave Murray has something to say about that. “We’re not stopping after this tour; this isn’t the last tour...

    Michelle Mills

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