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

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  • Aiden, who is turning 3 on Valentine's Day, is seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe fundraising page.

    Family of SoCal Toddler Battling Cancer Asks for Cards for His Valentine’s Day Birthday

    The family of a 2-year-old Southern California boy who has been hospitalized while battling cancer was asking for the public to send cards to the youngster for his birthday, which also happens to be on Valentine’s Day. Aiden Kramer was about 2.5 years old when he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, according to a Facebook page set up for the little boy’s supporters. Prior to the diagnosis, Aiden had suffered two broken arms and experienced left eye droop, along […]

  • USC Athletic Director Pat Haden speaks at a news conference at the university on Oct. 13. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    USC Athletic Director Pat Haden to Retire, University Announces

    USC Athletic Director Pat Haden will retire from his position at the end of June, the university announced in an email to students, alumni and athletic supporters on Friday morning. “I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Pat Haden, who has announced his intention to retire from his role as athletic director, effective June 30, 2016,” University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias stated in the email. Although he will step down from his post as […]

  • The L.A. County Sheriff's Department released these photos of Robert Grott on Feb. 4, 2016.

    Man Who Allegedly Fired 46 Rounds in Washington Gas Station Killing May Be in L.A.: Sheriff’s Dept.

    The FBI was searching for an “armed and dangerous” man suspected in a Tacoma, Washington, homicide who may have fled to the L.A. area, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Robert Deshawn Grott, 29, was being sought on an arrest warrant for murder, as well as a federal arrest warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, sheriff’s officials said in a news release on Thursday. Grott is suspected in a homicide that occurred at an Arco gas station […]

  • Gabriela Calzada, left, and Briana Gallegos are shown in photos posted to their Facebook pages in September and May 2015, respectively.

    Killing of Teen Girls in Park Was Gang Motivated, and Suspects Knew Victims: Chief Beck

    The young men who were charged with killing two teen girls in a Montecito Heights park knew their victims and were “motivated by hatred between gangs,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday. The defendants were identified in a five-count criminal complaint against them as 17-year-old Dallas Stone Pineda, also known as “Trippy,” and 18-year-old Jose Antonio Echeverria, aka “Klepto.” They knew their victims, Briana Nicole Gallegos, 17, and Gabriela Calzada, 19, Beck said at a news conference Thursday afternoon. “This is […]

  • The 101 Freeway will close for 40 hours in February so crews can demolish a portion of the 6th Street Viaduct. (Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)

    Traffic Advisory Issued Ahead of 40-Hour Closure of 101 Fwy Near Downtown L.A. This Weekend

    A traffic advisory has been issued by LAPD ahead of a planned 40-hour closure of the 101 Freeway near downtown Los Angeles that was scheduled to go into effect Friday night. Authorities were closing the stretch of freeway east of downtown because of the impending demolition of the Sixth Street Viaduct over the L.A. River. The roadway closure — which starts Feb. 5 at 10 p.m. and is scheduled to last until Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. — was necessary […]

  • The sun shines bright over a Southern California beach a file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Temperatures to Warm Up This Weekend, Hitting 80s in Some Parts of SoCal

    A strengthening offshore flow, coupled with building high pressure, will create a warming trend in Southern California into next week, according to forecasts. Highs will likely be 5 to 15 degrees above normal for this time of year by Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures in valley and low desert areas were expected to hit the early 80s. Forecasters predict predominately clear skies, with few passing clouds this weekend. Meanwhile, high surf conditions would return to the Ventura […]

  • Savanah Mayer, 19, is seen in a booking photo provided by the Ventura County Sheriff's Department on Feb. 1, 2016. She was accused of sexually assaulting a child 10 years old or younger.

    Woman, 19, Arrested After Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Young Ventura Boy

    A 19-year-old woman was recently arrested after a young boy told police in Ventura that she had sexually assaulted him, authorities said. The victim reported the alleged sexual assault to a patrol officer, and identified the assailant as a woman who was acquainted with his family and living in their home at the time, according to a Monday morning news release from the Ventura Police Department. Investigators began looking into the suspect, identified as Savanah Mayer, and began gathering evidence […]

  • Carol Ann Coronado is shown in a photo from her Facebook page, left. Her daughters are shown at right.

    Torrance Area-Mom Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing 3 Daughters Ages 2 and Under

    A 32-year-old Torrance-area woman has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the murder of her three young daughters, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday. Carol Ann Coronado’s sentencing came after she was convicted on Nov. 30, 2015, of first-degree murder in the fatal stabbings of her three young girls, 2-year-old Sophia, 16-month-old Yazmine and 2-month-old Xenia, according to a DA’s office news release. A judge also found true the special […]

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    Video of Retiring Colorado Sheriff’s Deputy Dancing the Whip/Nae Nae Is Viewed by Millions

    A retiring Colorado sheriff’s deputy who let loose in the building’s elevator has gained national attention after video of him dancing went viral. The video, posted by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to its Facebook page on Jan. 29, showed Deputy Tony Scherb dancing to rapper Silento’s hit “Watch me (Whip /Nae Nae).” While Scherb starts out in the elevator alone, he is soon joined by other colleagues, identified in the video as Deputy Murphy, Deputy Reed, Chief Deputy […]