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February 12, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Highs on Wednesday reached the 80s across Southern California, where unseasonably warm weather is expected to continue in inland areas before temperatures begin to cool down Saturday. Woodland Hills hit 87 degrees, and Pomona and Palmdale each recorded a high of 81 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Downtown Los Angeles reached 80 degrees. In Orange County, Yorba Linda was 82 degrees and Santa Ana hit 80. In the Inland Empire, Riverside was 86, Lake Elsinore reached 87 and Chino hit 85, the Weather Service said.
February 12, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Facing one of the toughest campaigns of any Republican congressman in the country, Rep. Gary Miller announced Wednesday that he would not seek reelection to his Inland Empire seat, increasing prospects for a Democratic pickup. "While there is still a lot of work to be done, it is now time for me to pass the baton.  I will not seek reelection to Congress at the end of this term," Miller said in a statement. Miller, elected to the House in 1998, was among the Democrats' top targets this year and regarded as among the nation's most vulnerable Republicans - if not the most.
February 8, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Despite staggering rates of unemployment, the Inland Empire continued to pull tens of thousands of people from Los Angeles County during the recession and its aftermath - the nation's biggest net county-to-county movement from 2007 to 2011 - new Census Bureau estimates reveal. Roughly 35,000 more people poured into the Inland Empire from Los Angeles County than moved in the opposite direction. The migration occurred even as Riverside and San Bernardino counties lost some 144,000 jobs.
February 5, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Negotiations over transferring ownership of LA/Ontario International Airport have collapsed for a second time, setting the stage for a court battle that could determine whether Inland Empire officials can take over the struggling facility operated by the city of Los Angeles. Attorneys involved in the dispute said Wednesday that talks between Los Angeles and Ontario representatives broke off Jan. 31 - the last day of a 58-day postponement in a pending lawsuit brought by the city of Ontario.
January 19, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Few regions were hit harder by the Great Recession than the Inland Empire, where foreclosures turned neighborhoods into ghost towns and real estate projects dissolved into weeds and broken dreams. So it's not surprising that four of the five largest banks in the region failed, sunk by risky subprime mortgages and failed construction loans. Citizens Business Bank was the exception. The bank, operated by holding company CVB Financial Corp., limited construction and land development loans to no more than 10% of its portfolio, far less than many of its peers.
January 15, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A Lynwood man pleaded guilty this week to recruiting teenage girls from local schools in the Inland Empire and forcing them into prostitution in Los Angeles. Paul Edward Bell, 29, an alleged member of the Rolling 60s Crips gang, pleaded guilty Monday as part of a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that will send him to prison for 30 years. His trial was expected to begin Monday. Bell was one of eight people indicted in 2012 by a grand jury investigating reports of sex trafficking in Riverside County.
January 15, 2014 | By Rick Rojas
They were teenage girls desperate for something better: They came from group homes or families that were broken. Some already had children of their own and were struggling to provide for them. There were also girls who came from environments that seemed more stable, but still, they were drawn into prostitution by the promise of money and independence. "They knew what to say and do to entice them," prosecutor Ami Sheth said of the sex-trafficking ring that lured girls from the Inland Empire to Los Angeles County, where they had sex for money at motels in Compton and Lynwood and faced verbal and physical abuse if they didn't make enough.
December 30, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Southland residents are barred from burning wood or manufactured logs in their fireplaces from midnight Monday to midnight Tuesday because of  elevated “fine particulate levels,” air quality regulators said. The no-burn alert does not apply to mountain communities above 3,000 feet, the Coachella Valley or the High Desert, according to a statement from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Low-income households, homes that rely on wood as their sole source of heat and homes without natural gas service are also exempt.
December 16, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 No. 2 Etiwanda, No. 8 Compton, No. 14 Chino Hills and No. 16 Rancho Cucamonga are among the 24 teams that begin action in the Inland Empire Classic. Etiwanda faces Citrus Valley on Monday at 5:30 p.m. at Fontana Miller. Rancho Cucamonga hosts Fontana at 7 p.m. on Monday. Compton begins action on Tuesday against Montclair at 4 p.m. at Colony. Chino Hills plays Lakeside at 5:30 p.m. at Colony.  
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