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‘Miscalculation’ resulted in fireworks explosion in South Los Angeles
9/16/2021 10:38:38 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles Police Department miscalculated the amount of fireworks placed into a containment vessel, resulting in a massive explosion that damaged several residences in South Los Angeles, according to a report released Monday evening. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Hoffman told residents Monday night the LAPD's containment vessel was designed to handle repeated detonations of 19 pounds of TNT equivalent at a time or a single detonation of 33 pounds of explosives before being returned to its...

City leaders blast lawsuit's attempt to overturn vaccine mandate
9/16/2021 10:36:37 PM

LOS ANGELES—City Attorney Mike Feuer said Monday that a federal lawsuit brought against the city by a group of Los Angeles Police Department officers demanding that the court toss the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for city employees is "much more political statement than it is sound legal argument" and predicted it would lose in court. The Los Angeles City Council last month approved an ordinance requiring city employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by early October, unless they are granted an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Under the mandate,...

LA City Council tentatively OKs law prohibiting protests at private homes
9/16/2021 10:34:09 PM

LOS ANGELES—The Los Angeles City Council tentatively approved an ordinance Tuesday that would prohibit protests within 300 feet of the target's residence, a policy developed after activists protesting the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate showed up at two council members' homes late last month. The ordinance received 12 yes votes, with Councilwoman Nithya Raman and Councilman Mike Bonin casting dissenting votes. The ordinance required unanimous approval on its first reading, and will be held until next week, when it will require 12 yes votes to pass. Ordinances typically...

Out West, Biden points to wildfires to push for big spending
9/16/2021 10:29:48 PM

By Alexandra Jaffe and Darlene Superville   BOISE, Idaho (AP)—President Joe Biden on Monday pointed to wildfires burning through the West to argue for his $3.5 trillion spending plan, calling year-round fires and other extreme weather a climate change reality the nation can no longer ignore. Biden spoke during a briefing in Boise, Idaho, while visiting the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates the government's response to wildfires. Millions of acres of land in several Western states have burned already this year, he noted. “The reality is we...

Media outlets recall country's unity after Sept. 11 attacks
9/16/2021 10:26:31 PM

By David Bauder   NEW YORK (AP)—Many of the media outlets that explore the country's differences, pausing Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, recalled almost wistfully the sense of common purpose that united Americans in the aftermath of that day. Television news networks offered wall-to-wall coverage of remembrances in New York, Washington and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, that were attended by four presidents. “One should savor these moments of unity this morning—feel how good that feels,” said Fox News Channel...

Actor Michael K. Williams, Omar on ‘The Wire,’ dead at 54
9/8/2021 8:12:54 PM

By Michael R. Sisak and Andrew Dalton   NEW YORK (AP) — Actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on “The Wire” created one of the most beloved and enduring characters in a prime era of television, died Monday. Williams was found dead Monday afternoon by family members in his Brooklyn penthouse apartment, New York City police said. He was 54. His death was being investigated as a possible drug overdose, the NYPD said. The medical examiner was investigating the cause of death. Little, a “stick-up boy” based...

Sheriff's official claims retaliation for announcing Villanueva challenge
9/8/2021 8:08:35 PM

LOS ANGELES—A Los Angeles County sheriff's official running to replace Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Tuesday he is exploring legal options after he was demoted from chief to commander because of his campaign challenging his boss. "What the sheriff did today is not only wrong, it goes against every procedure, and rule, laid out in our department and across the county," Eliezer Vera said during a downtown Los Angeles news conference. "Alex decided to do something unprecedented for what are clear political reasons, this is unfortunate." Vera, a 32-year veteran...

RFK’s widow to board: Sirhan Sirhan should not be set free
9/8/2021 8:05:28 PM

LOS ANGELES—Robert F. Kennedy's widow said Tuesday that his killer, Sirhan Sirhan, should not be freed, despite the recommendation of a parole board last month. "Bobby believed we should work to ‘tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of the world.' He wanted to end the war in Vietnam and bring people together to build a better, stronger country. More than anything, he wanted to be a good father and loving husband," Ethel Kennedy, 93, said in a statement Tuesday. "Our family and our country suffered an unspeakable loss due to the...

USC football legend Sam ‘Bam' Cunningham dead at 71
9/8/2021 8:00:10 PM

INGLEWOOD—Sam "Bam" Cunningham, an All-American fullback at USC and College Football Hall of Famer who went on to become the New England Patriots' franchise leader in rushing, died Tuesday in Inglewood at age 71, according to the university. A cause of death was not immediately announced. Cunningham helped lead the Trojans to a 1972 national championship, capping his All-America season. He scored four touchdowns in the 1973 Rose Bowl, earning him MVP honors. Cunningham is also credited with helping spark the integration of college football in the Deep South,...

First responders nationwide resist COVID vaccine mandates
9/8/2021 7:53:25 PM

By Stefanie Dazio   Philadelphia—March 11, 2021. It was supposed to be a turning point in the coronavirus pandemic for Erin Tokley, a longtime Philadelphia police officer, Baptist minister and 47-year-old father of three. It was supposed to be the day of his vaccine appointment. Instead it was the date of his funeral. Tokley—“Toke” to his friends and family—died on March 3, becoming the Philadelphia Police Department's sixth confirmed COVID-19 death. Philadelphia officers first became eligible for their shots in late January and Tokley was...