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

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  • Cory Iverson and his family are seen in a photo posted to Ashley Iverson's Facebook page.

    Fire Engineer Killed in Thomas Fire ID’d as 32-Year-Old Father of Toddler, Was Expecting 2nd Child With Wife: Officials

    A Cal Fire engineer who lost his life in Ventura County while working one of the largest wildfires in California history was identified as a 32-year-old husband and father whose wife is pregnant with the couple’s second child. Cory Iverson was engaged in fire suppression efforts on the eastern flank of the nearly 390-square-mile Thomas Fire, part of a strike team of two or three other crew members, when he sustained the fatal injuries, Cal Fire spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff told […]

  • Jimmy Kimmel, host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!", is seen in a file photo from the show. (Credit: ABC)

    Chino Valley Fire District Issues Response After Name, Logo Used in Jimmy Kimmel Skit on Burning Trump Hats

    A Jimmy Kimmel Live! skit that used the Chino Valley Fire District’s name and logo, along with an actor pretending to be the Fire District’s chief, to dole out safety tips on how to properly burn President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats elicited a stern response from the agency on Thursday, the day after it aired. In a statement posted to Facebook, Fire District officials said they were unaware that the late-night talk show was using the district’s name […]

  • Morgan is seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page.

    Arizona Toddler Dies After Allegedly Being Physically Abused By Mother’s Boyfriend, Suffering Infection: Reports

    A 3-year-old Arizona girl who was hospitalized after allegedly being abused by her mother’s boyfriend has died, and the 33-year-old man has been arrested, according to multiple reports. Relatives of Morgan Koepp confirmed Wednesday that she was taken off support, three days after being admitted to the hospital, television station KSAZ in Phoenix reported. The mother had left the toddler with her boyfriend for most of the day Sunday while she was out, according to Phoenix television station KTVK, citing court […]

  • A stuffed potato ball from Porto's Bakery in Burbank is seen in a file photo. (Credit: pchow98/Filckr via creative commons)

    Porto’s Famous Potato Balls Popping Up in Century City for 1 Day Only

    Fans of Porto’s Bakery’s famed potato balls will be able to enjoy them on L.A.’s Westside for one day only when the Annenberg Space for Photography hosts a pop up featuring the savory delights this Saturday. The iconic cafe will be selling a limited quantity of its potato balls, along with a select assortment of baked goods, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as the Photo Space seeks to “enhance” its current exhibit, “Cuba Is,” according to the website. The popular Cuban eatery […]

  • Gabriel Fernandez is seen in a photo provided by his family.

    Jury Recommends Death Sentence for Isauro Aguirre for Murder of 8-Year-Old Gabriel Fernandez

    A jury has recommended that Isauro Aguirre, the Palmdale man convicted of murdering his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son, be sentenced to death. Aguirre, 37, had faced the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole after being found guilty of first-degree murder on Nov. 15 in the killing of Gabriel Fernandez, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. The jury also found a true a special circumstance allegation that the little boy had been tortured. Jury […]

  • Santa Ana Police Department on Dec. 12, 2017 released surveillance video of a robbery that occurred in November.

    Santa Ana Police Look for Man Who Threw Beer Cans at Liquor Store Clerk During Attempted Robbery

    Santa Ana police on Tuesday asked for the public’s help in identifying a man who was captured on camera throwing beer cans at a liquor store clerk during an attempted robbery late last month. Surveillance video showed the man walking into the store along the 1200 block of West MacArthur Boulevard on Nov. 25 and chatting with the clerk before walking down the aisles. The man appeared to ask clerk for assistance and eventually the two walk back to the […]

  • The 6300 block of William Avenue in Jurupa Valley is seen in this Google Maps image.

    Packages Stolen After Woman Hands Mail Carrier Letter to Santa Before Robbery in Riverside County; 2 Sought

    Authorities are searching for a man and a woman who robbed a U.S. Postal Office worker of packages in Jurupa Valley over the weekend, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday. Just before 2:45 p.m. Saturday, the mail carrier was in the 6300 block of William Avenue when he or she was approached by a woman who handed over a letter addressed to “Santa Clause North Pole,” according to a sheriff’s news release. The woman then sprayed the mail carrier […]

  • A huge plume of smoke rises north of Ventura as seen Sunday afternoon from the Ventura pier, as the Thomas fire threatens parts of Carpinteria and Montecito. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    Red Flag Warning Extended Again Amid Wildfires, Marking Longest Stretch in SoCal Since 2004

    A Red Flag warning that was first issued on Dec. 2 was extended yet again Tuesday, in what the National Weather Service confirmed marked the longest stretch for one to be in effect in Southern California since the agency began tracking them in 2004. At least six wildfires have carved paths of destruction through Southern California since last Monday, fueled in part by powerful Santa Ana winds and low humidity that has plummeted at times into single digits. The largest […]

  • Woman Arrested After Video Shows Irate Passenger Threatening to ‘Kill Everybody’ on Sacramento-Bound Flight

    A 24-year-old Oregon woman was arrested over the weekend after video captured a passenger threatening to “kill everybody” on a Southwest Airlines flight headed to Sacramento from Portland. The incident, which took place Saturday afternoon aboard Flight 2943, began when the passenger tried to smoke in a bathroom and tamper with the smoke alarm, according to a Southwest Airlines statement obtained by Portland television station KOIN. “Our Crew enforced the regulation and that was followed by the passenger outburst,” the […]