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  • A man is seen with authorities in this photo describing an incident aboard a Virgin America flight on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. (Credit: Sam Slater)

    Incident Aboard LAX Bound Virgin America Flight Forces Unscheduled Landing in Omaha

    A Virgin America flight bound for Los Angeles out of Boston had to make an unexpected stop on Monday after it was diverted to Omaha, Nebraska. The airline didn’t confirm many details about the incident, but did issue a statement: “Virgin America flight VX363, carrying 108 passengers diverted to Omaha this morning due to a medical incident involving a guest on board. Out of respect for the privacy of the guest, we aren’t able to comment further,” the statement read. […]

  • The body of a woman was found on Sunday in the back yard of a home in Monrovia. (Credit: KTLA)

    Murder Suspect ID’d After Girlfriend’s Body Found in Backyard of Monrovia Home

    A man suspected of killing his girlfriend, whose body was found in the backyard of a Monrovia home, was identified by authorities on Monday. Joel Velasquez, 49, was booked on suspicion of murder after police conducting a welfare check found the woman’s body in a vehicle in the backyard of the home in the 200 block of Mauna Loa Drive (map) at about 3:49 p.m. on Sunday. The victim was identified as 46-year-old Alice Kaplan-Medina, according to a news release from […]

  • Los Angeles County Deputies respond after a man was seen walking between the train tracks on the 105 Freeway on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Shirtless Man Walking on Train Tracks Forces Shut Down on 105 Freeway

    Traffic on the 105 Freeway near the 710 Freeway in Lynwood was was backed up Friday morning due to a man walking on the Metro Green Line train tracks. All of the westbound lanes and one eastbound lane on the 105 Freeway were closed as of 7:50 a.m. as Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies talked to the shirtless man, who was walking in the fenced railway area in the middle of the freeway, aerial video from Sky 5 showed. Train service on the Metro Green Line was also stopped […]

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    Tourists Evacuating Hurricane-Ravaged Cabo San Lucas

    Thousands of Americans were still trying to evacuate Cabo San Lucas on Thursday, four days after Hurricane Odile slammed into the Mexican resort city. Some of those who experienced the powerful storm and its aftermath have been telling frightening stories of damage and looting. “There’s no emergency infrastructure whatsoever and thousands of people are homeless. Last night, there was rioting and looting. … People are scared.” Ryan Bilbrey, a stranded American tourist said. Others waited for hours to board Mexican military flights […]

  • Sandra Rojas (L) and Marie Rojas (R) allegedly posed as house keepers in order to steal from homes in Orange County. (Credit: Orange County Sheriff's Department)

    Women Who Allegedly Posed As Housekeepers to Steal From O.C. Homes Arrested

    Detectives on Thursday were trying to locate more possible victims of two women who allegedly posed as housekeepers in order to steal cash, jewelry and other items from several homes in Orange County. During the past year, investigators believe Sandra Elizabeth Rojas, 36, and Marie Alejandra Rojas, 38, acted as a cleaning crew in order to commit burglaries without having to force their way into homes, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. They allegedly would follow legitimate […]

  • A rat can be seen scurrying down a home in Westchester on Sept. 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Westchester Residents Say Neighbor Is Feeding Rodents, Causing Rat Infestation

    There was a growing uproar in one Westchester neighborhood where residents claim that a neighbor is feeding rats and causing an infestation in the area. Erik Jakobsen and his wife Adriana moved into the area of Los Angeles two years ago and noticed the rodents right off the bat. “It’s terrifying. These rats are everywhere,” Erik Jakobsen said. He said that rats live in the house next door to his, but the homeowners don’t seem to mind. When confronted, the […]

  • A wanted flier was issued by LAPD Sept. 17, 2014, with images of Fredy Mendez, who suspected of being the driver in a deadly hit-and-run in Koreatown.

    $50,000 Reward Offered for Alleged Driver in Deadly Koreatown Hit-and Run

    Officials on Wednesday announced a $50,000 reward in their search for a driver who fled a crash that left one person dead and critically injured two others at a busy Koreatown intersection in July. During the announcement, authorities identified Fredy Mendez as the alleged driver who was involved in a multi-vehicle crash. Mendez was accused of running a red light in a Ford F-150 pickup truck at Beverly Boulevard and Normandie Avenue (map) on July 28. The truck slammed into a Toyota Camry, which then careened into a BMW X3 […]

  • A boater is put on a stretcher in Newport Beach after being rescued several miles off shore. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman in ‘Professional Rowboat’ Rescued Several Miles Off Newport Beach

    An experienced boater who became fatigued several miles off the coast of Newport Beach had to be rescued Wednesday morning. The boater left from Avalon harbor Tuesday morning in a “professional rowboat” and became fatigued later in the evening, according to Lt. Kristyn Grier of the U.S. Coast Guard. By Wednesday morning, the boater could no longer continue and made a distress call from about 17 miles away from Newport Beach, according to Grier. “She was very fatigued, she was […]

  • Power lines are seen in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thousands Still Without Power as Heat Wave Grips SoCal; LADWP’s Energy Use Record Broken

    Thousands of Southern Californians remained without power on Tuesday amid a scorching heat wave that has resulted excessive heat warnings and heat advisories for parts of the region. About 3,900 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers were without power as of 1 p.m., with the majority of the outages located in the Vermont Vista area, according to a spokesperson. Crews have been working to restore power since the first outages were reported on Tuesday when customers set a new all-time high […]