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December 27, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Sinetta Farley takes a roller coaster ride down the streets of Compton, her dark blue Hyundai bumping along San Luis Street as deep potholes shake her car. Then, she hits a smooth patch of freshly paved asphalt. "Now we're in East Rancho Dominguez," says Farley, the self-proclaimed mayor of the unincorporated territory. "You can feel the difference. " For decades, East Rancho Dominguez has been trying to distance itself from its Compton neighbor. The community shed its East Compton moniker, then created a strong neighborhood association, headed by Farley, that provides a voice for the 15,000 residents.
December 26, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Denise Piazza was inside her upstairs apartment when the shots resounded on Christmas Day. There weren't squealing tires or a revving engine like you'd expect to hear after a drive-by shooting, she said, just the five or six loud pops about 5 p.m. Wednesday, and then children's screams. Witnesses said they could tell 24-year-old Juliana Barrios was dead before her panicked family carried her body into a car and rushed her to a nearby hospital. "She wasn't moving," said Piazza, who has lived in the 700 block of East 87th Street in South Los Angeles for 14 years.
December 22, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
It's 5 a.m. on a rooftop parking lot in downtown Santa Ana and the night sky is just beginning to fade. Under a lamp's orange glow, people in hoodies and sweat pants emerge from the stairwell, wiping the sleep from their eyes and hugging themselves against the cold. "You guys ready?" asks Marc Payan, clutching a mug of coffee in one hand, his phone in the other. On his command, about 100 people lunge around the concrete lot, then quickly step into two long lines facing each other.
December 21, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
LAS VEGAS - USC deserves something for completing the strangest 10-win season in the history of college football. How about some credit? In the old days 10 wins got you a wire-service trophy and your team picture in the media guide. BOWL TIMELINE: Matchups, schedule and picks In 1974, former USC quarterback Pat Haden, now the school's athletic director, led the Trojans to a national title with 10 wins. USC also won it all with 10 in 1932 and 1967. SUMMARY: USC 45, Fresno State 20 This year's Trojan 10, though, came wrapped in a package that sort of looked like Pandora's Box. Yet, the season most Trojans fans couldn't wait to be over ended with heel clicks and clinking glasses.
December 16, 2013 | By Stuart Flashman
Two court decisions have blocked the California High-Speed Rail Authority from issuing more than $8 billion in bonds and from using bond funds on construction until it fixes its funding plan. Now what? The authority says it will move forward using federal funds. But as one of the attorneys who successfully challenged the project, I can tell you that, on its present track, the future looks bleak. A series of shortsighted political decisions has left the state's high-speed rail system with an unworkable plan that's doomed to failure.
November 25, 2013 | By Tina Susman and Michael Muskal, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
NEW YORK -- Adam Lanza, whose shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School left 20 first-graders and six adults dead, acted with deliberation despite his mental health problems and is criminally responsible for the attack that horrified the nation, investigators said Monday. In a 48-page report, the state's attorney for Connecticut's Danbury region, Stephen J. Sedensky III, said investigators could not establish a conclusive motive for the attack or why Lanza chose Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., as the target for the shooting other than it was close to his home.
November 15, 2013 | By Jessica Q. Ogilvie
The Sundance Channel's "Push Girls" follows five women who face down everyday challenges - and each uses a wheelchair. The women find ways to do their favorite activities, date and live their lives to the utmost. Tiphany Adams and Mia Schaikewitz, two of the show's stars, talk about how they stay fit and healthy. What do you do to stay fit? Tiphany: What do I not do to stay fit? ... I want to make sure I'm getting at least 30 minutes of cardio. I do a class called SALT: sculpting, aerobics, lengthening and technique.
November 10, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - France's role in the unraveling of an international deal to curb Iran's nuclear program brought angry reactions Sunday from Tehran, glowing praise from Iran's detractors and a whirl of speculation about what the French motive might be. A marathon round of international talks in Geneva fell short of a widely anticipated deal early Sunday after French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius objected, saying the terms of a preliminary accord were...
November 3, 2013 | By Joe Tanfani, Ashley Powers and Kate Mather
As authorities filed murder charges against the suspect in the LAX shooting rampage, they were also trying to determine  a possible motive. Paul Anthony Ciancia , 23, an unemployed motorcycle mechanic, grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Pennsville Township, N.J., where his father runs an auto body shop. The success of Salem County Collision afforded the family beach vacations, private school tuition for their children and renovations to their stately home, said longtime family friend Alan Levitsky.
November 2, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Passengers who had to abandon their luggage in Terminal 3 at Los Angeles International Airport after a gunman opened fire Friday may be able to retrieve their belongings Saturday, officials announced. There had been reports that passengers would be able to collect their luggage and other items left behind in the deadly melee at 7 a.m. Saturday, but the terminal remained mostly closed early Saturday morning. At about 7:30 a.m., LAX officials on Twitter appealed for patience as they tried to make arrangements for passengers to have access to their luggage later in the morning.
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