2 ducks attacked brutally in Fountain Valley park

Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center officials in Huntington Beach Thursday asked for the public’s help tracking down whoever severed the bills of two ducks found in Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. The ducks had to be euthanized because of the “severity of their wounds,” said Debbie McGuire, the...
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SoCal to receive millions of federal dollars to fight drought

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced the allocation of nearly $310 million in federal funding Thursday to combat drought across the western United States. Haaland toured the Syphon Reservoir Improvement Project in Irvine on Thursday as part of a two-day California trip that also included a stop in Fresno to discuss water solutions for farmers.
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COVID-19 hospitalizations drop below 1,000 in LA county

COVID-related hospitalizations fell below the 1,000 mark in Los Angeles County Thursday, reflecting continued drops in infection numbers, although the public health director warned that transmission of the infectious BA.5 variant of the virus remains high, necessitating personal precautions. “We’re cognizant that the case rate is still high, well above...

Stretch of Griffith Park Drive to permanently close to cars

A stretch of Griffith Park Drive will be permanently closed to cars after the Board of Recreation and Parks Commission voted Thursday to extend the temporary closure of the roadway indefinitely. Griffith Park Drive from Travel Town to the Griffith Park Composting Facility has been closed since June, following community...

Man convicted in slayings of 2 women in 1980s

A 67-year-old man described by a prosecutor as a sexually motivated serial killer was convicted Thursday of murdering two women in the 1980s, including one in Burbank. A downtown Los Angeles jury deliberated for about three hours before convicting Horace Van Vaultz Jr. of first-degree murder for the July 16, 1981, strangulation of Selena Keough, a 21-year-old mother who was killed in San Bernardino County and dumped under bushes in Montclair, and the June 9, 1986, asphyxiation of Mary Duggan, a 22-year-old Reseda resident whose body was found in the trunk of her car in an empty parking lot in Burbank.

Student injured in fight at Santa Monica High School

A student at Santa Monica High School was injured in a fight on campus Thursday, and a suspect was taken into custody. The male student, who suffered “facial lacerations,” was taken to a hospital for treatment following the incident that occurred about 12:45 p.m. at the school in the 600 block of Pico Boulevard, said Santa Monica police Lt. Rudy Flores.

Ex-LAPD officer pleads no contest to on-duty assault

A former Los Angeles police officer pleaded no contest Thursday to the on-duty assault of a trespassing suspect in Boyle Heights in 2020. Frank Hernandez, now 51, was immediately sentenced to one year of anger management classes, 80 hours of community service and two years probation following his plea to a felony count of assault under color of authority, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Judge mulls expedited trial bid of suit by slain Palmdale boy’s siblings

The siblings of a 4-year-old Palmdale boy whose 2019 death was originally reported as a drowning — but later led to a criminal indictment of his parents — are not entitled to an expedited trial of their wrongful death suit against Los Angeles County by virtue of the ages of the minor plaintiffs, defense attorneys told a judge Wednesday, but lawyers for the children countered that their clients deserve an accelerated trial date in early 2023.

Top places to cool off in SoCal

We are feeling the brunt of the typical Southern California summer heatwave. When heatwaves don’t let up, it’s vital to know where you can cool off. Malls are usually the go-to because of their extensive air conditioning while pools provide instant relief from the heat. But if you’re looking for something different, you’ve got plenty of options to choose from. But it may take a drive that will be worth it.

Dwyane Wade petitions court to permit daughter’s name change

Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade Thursday filed court papers asking that his 15-year-old transgender daughter be allowed to change her name from Zion Malachi Airamis Wade to Zaya Malachi Airamis Wade. Wade’s still unofficial Los Angeles Superior Court petition states that he has full authority to make decisions on his...

Man allegedly steals watches, pistol-whips woman in Beverly Grove

A male suspect broke into a Beverly Grove-area home Wednesday and allegedly assaulted the homeowner before making off with what was reported to be a haul of high-end watches. The break-in was reported just after 2:25 p.m. Wednesday at the home located in the 6600 block of West Sixth Street, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Cervantes told City News Service.

UC Board considers oversight changes after UCLA Pac-12 exit

University of California staffers proposed a policy shift Wednesday aimed at giving the Board of Regents and UC system president greater oversight of major campus athletic system decisions — such as the planned UCLA exit from the Pac-12 Conference in favor of the Big Ten. Meeting at UCLA, the...