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Is the Metro's New Expo Line a Lifeline for Mass Transit in LA?

The Metropolitan Transit Authority's light-rail line between Santa Monica and Downtown LA is open, but will LA residents hop aboard?

Is the Metro's New Expo Line a Lifeline for Mass Transit in LA?

How to Help the Homeless, and Who Will Pay

There's a difference of opinion on the LA County Board of Supervisors over how to address a growing homeless problem across the area.

Top LA Sheriff's Official Resigns over Racist Emails

The Chief of Staff for LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell stepped down over the weekend following the public release of emails he sent – or forwarded – that included racists and sexist jokes.

New Chemical in Spice May Be to Blame for Rise in Overdoses

Local law enforcement say they still don't know what's causing a spike in overdoses on Skid Row from the drug known as "Spice."

What's Next in the Parole Case of Leslie Van Houten

No word as yet from Sacramento, on what Governor Jerry Brown will do in the wake of a state review board recommending parole for Leslie Van Houten.

A Prisoner with Political Ties Released from Prison

After serving a sentence of less than six years for voluntary manslaughter, Esteben Nuñez is out of prison, thanks to a last-minute commutation by an outgoing governor.

It's Time for LA Baseball

The first games of the regular season are today and tonight for the Dodgers and Angels.

Big Concerns About Small Donations

For months federal investigators have been looking into the reelection campaign of LA City Councilmember Nury Martinez and how it was paid for. They're interested in a collection of small contributions, from people who gave as little as 5 dollars. Those donations, however, translated into big money for Martinez. But did she – or her staffers – break the law?

A New Owner for the OC Register

A federal judge gave Digital First Media the green light today to purchase the Orange County Register and the Riverside Press Enterprise.

A Tunnel under the 405?

In the never-ending story about getting LA people out of their cars, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is floating a bold plan.

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