Tracy Bloom is a digital news producer for in Los Angeles.

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  • The 600 block of North Willow Avenue is seen in an image from Google Maps Street View.

    22-Month-Old Girl Dies After Being Run Over by Mother’s Boyfriend in Compton Driveway: LASD

    A 22-month-old girl who was run over in a Compton driveway by a pickup truck being driven by her mother’s boyfriend has died, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Monday. The driver was backing up the vehicle about 10:05 p.m. Sunday in the 600 block of North Willow Avenue when he felt the truck go over “an unknown object,” according to a sheriff’s news release. He exited the vehicle and discovered that he had hit the toddler, the release […]

  • An 8-year-old boy discovered his parents dead in a Texas home on June 26, 2016.  (Credit: KXAN)

    8-Year-Old Texas Boy Calls 911 After Finding Parents Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

    An 8-year-old boy called 911 after finding his mother and father dead in a home near Austin, Texas, on Sunday afternoon in a suspected murder-suicide, police said. The child was inside the residence when his father allegedly stabbed his mother to death before fatally shooting himself, television station reported, citing the Pflugerville Police Department. The bodies were discovered just before 12:30 p.m. “We received a 911 phone call from a child who resides in the home, advising that his mom and […]

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    Video of Singer’s Impromptu Performance of National Anthem at the Lincoln Memorial Goes Viral

    Video of a woman singing an incredible a cappella rendition of the national anthem at the Lincoln Memorial in an apparent impromptu performance has been viewed millions of times. The video that went viral was posted Friday to Facebook by Nay Nichelle, though the footage was uploaded before that to the singer’s YouTube page on June 16. It begins with a man encouraging the woman — identified as Star Genleah Swain — to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the national monument […]

  • A fiery four-car crash on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills on June 26, 2016, left three people dead. (Credit: OnScene TV)

    Bystanders Rushed to Help Victims of Triple Fatal Woodland Hills Crash, Witnesses Say

    Bystanders who observed a fiery multivehicle crash that resulted in the deaths of three people in Woodland Hills Saturday night sprang into action to help the victims in the aftermath of the collision, according to multiple witness accounts. The four-car crash, which occurred in the 20900 block of Ventura Boulevard shortly after 9 p.m., started when a white Mercedes-Benz pulled out of a gas station and was hit by a Ford Mustang that was headed westbound on the heavily traveled […]

  • Fire engulfs homes along South Kelso Valley Road, in Weldon on June 24, 2016. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

    Remains Found, 150 Structures Destroyed in 57-Square-Mile Kern County Wildfire; 10 percent Containment Reached

    A deadly wildfire in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County that has burned down some 150 structures and was threatening some 1,500 others may have claimed another life as firefighters frantically worked Saturday to contain the out-of-control inferno. The so-called Erskine Fire was 10 percent contained by Saturday night,  according to a tweet from Cal Fire Chief of Public Information Daniel Berlant. Earlier in the day, officials announced that it had gone from 5 percent containment Friday to 0 percent containment […]

  • A Riverside police car is seen in a filephoto. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Dies After Being Shot Outside Riverside Home, Prompting Homicide Investigation

    Homicide detectives are investigating a shooting outside a Riverside residence early Sunday morning that left a man dead, police said. The victim was discovered with multiple gunshot wounds in the front yard of a home in the 10300 block of Stover Avenue shortly after 2:30 a.m., according to a Riverside Police Department news release. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died of his injuries, the release stated. The victim has not yet been identified. A description of the shooter […]

  • Jason Wurtz holds his dog Sweepee Rambo after winning the 2016 World's Ugliest Dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair on June 24, 2016 in Petaluma. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Van Nuys Man’s Pet Crowned ‘World’s Ugliest Dog’

    A blind Chinese Crested Chihuahua named “Sweepee Rambo” has secured the title of “the world’s ugliest dog.” The 4-pound canine was crowned the winner of the annual event on Friday night at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma. The small dog has been with her loving owner, Jason Wurtz, for the past 15 years after escaping from the pound, according to Sweepee Rambo’s entry. “I’m the prettiest little blue eyed Chinese Crescent Chihuahua he’s ever known,” the entry reads. “He loves my […]

  • The 1600 block of The Midway Street is seen in this image from Google Maps Street View.

    Man Found Shot to Death in Front Yard of Glendale Home

    A man died in front of a Glendale home early Saturday morning after being shot multiple times, prompting an investigation, police said. Officers responded to the 1600 block of The Midway Street about 3:55 a.m. to a call of shots fired and found the man down in a residential front yard, according to Sgt. Ross of the Glendale Police Department. The victim, described only as a man in his 20s or 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. […]

  • A crude oil leak is seen in an image posted to Twitter by the Ventura County Fire Department.

    700 Barrels of Crude Oil Spilled in Ventura Pipeline Leak: Fire Dept.

    Hundreds of barrels of crude oil spilled in a Ventura canyon Thursday morning after a pipeline started leaking, prompting the response of multiple hazardous materials teams that were able to contain the oil, authorities said. The leak was initially reported from an inland platform about 5:30 a.m. near Hall Canyon Road and Sunset Drive, about 1 mile inland of San Buenaventura State Beach, according to the Ventura County Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard. By 8:45 a.m., it had flowed […]