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5 Freeway closed in both directions at Olympic Boulevard in East L.A.

latimes.com — The 5 Freeway is closed in both directions in East Los Angeles at the Olympic Boulevard overpass because there is a pedestrian on the ledge of a freeway sign, the California Highway Patrol said. CHP received calls about 3:40 p.m.
Jul 25, 2014

RT @ronlin: 5 freeway in East L.A. reopens after possibly suicidal man taken into custody latimes.com/local/lanow/la… @LATimes @LANow

Jul 25, 2014

5 freeway in East L.A. reopens after possibly suicidal man taken into custody latimes.com/local/lanow/la… @LATimes @LANow

Jul 25, 2014

I-5 closed in East L.A.: Man still on overpass ledge. Traffic halted in both directions. Giant air cushion deployed. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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Grad student's slaying especially hard on USC's Chinese community

latimes.com — The assault that left a USC graduate student dead this week sent fresh shock waves through a university community already sensitive to safety concerns. But the violence resonated particularly with USC's Chinese community, which makes up nearly 40% of the university's international student population.

White House pursuing plan to expand immigrant rights

latimes.com — Even as President Obama grapples with the crisis of immigrant children arriving at the Southwest border, White House officials are laying the groundwork for a large-scale expansion of immigrant rights that would come by executive action within weeks.
Jul 26, 2014

White House looking at immigration reform that could let up to 5 million undocumented immigrants remain latimes.com/nation/la-na-o…

Suspected burglar shot dead by homeowner was not pregnant, coroner says

latimes.com — A burglary suspect who police say was shot dead while attempting to flee a Long Beach home this week was not pregnant, coroner's officials said Friday. The home's owner, who identified himself as Tom Greer in an interview with KNBC-TV Channel 4, said he shot Andrea Miller, 28, even after she begged him not to open fire, claiming she was pregnant.
Jul 25, 2014

Burglar who begged for her life before home owner shot her wasn't pregnant latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Jul 25, 2014

RT @latimes: Burglar who told homeowner she was pregnant before being killed was not actually expecting, coroner says lat.ms/WS0hrG

Jul 25, 2014

RT @latimes: Burglar who told homeowner she was pregnant before being killed was not actually expecting, coroner says lat.ms/WS0hrG

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn talks influences and inspirations

herocomplex.latimes.com — About midway through Marvel's new interstellar adventure "Guardians of the Galaxy," David Bowie's "Moonage Daydream" plays over a shot of a ramshackle spaceship traveling toward a mining colony called Knowhere. The planet is actually the severed head of a fallen titan (or deity) where workers of alien races, some with candy-colored skin, collect valuable bone and fluid to ship to the outer reaches of the cosmos.
Jul 25, 2014

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Jul 25, 2014

"Guardian's" outre heroes include a green alien assassin, a gun toting raccoon& a sentient tree(!?)@ginamcLAT reports lat.ms/1jZrBhS

Jul 25, 2014

‘How did you guys let me get away with all that?’ @JamesGunn talks risky Guardians of the Galaxy w @ginamcLAT lat.ms/WQDzA7

State Sen. Yee sought to extort sports figures, new indictment alleges

latimes.com — Federal prosecutors announced additional charges Friday in a sweeping corruption investigation involving Democratic state Sen. Leland Yee, a campaign consultant and Chinatown figure Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. Yee, a San Francisco lawmaker, was arrested in March and charged with accepting $62,000 in campaign contributions in return for favors, and offering to arrange the sale of machine guns and shoulder-fired missiles to an undercover FBI agent posing as a mob figure.
Jul 25, 2014

ICYMI: New indictment alleges Leland Yee sought to extort sports figures. latimes.com/local/politica…

Jul 25, 2014

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Jul 25, 2014

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The movie theater is no place to take a chimp

latimes.com — After animal trainers escorted two young chimps to the opening night showing of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” at a Myrtle Beach, S.C., multiplex theater, the publicity stunt was roundly condemned by officials of animal welfare organizations and primate sanctuaries. As well it should have been.

Porcelain dolls left at girls' homes determined to be 'kind gesture'

latimes.com — Orange County Sheriff's Department officials say the person who left porcelain dolls at the homes of several young girls in an upscale San Clemente neighborhood meant it as a gesture of "goodwill" and did not intend to cause concern among parents.
Jul 25, 2014

RT @katemather: Those nightmare-inducing dolls left on O.C. doorsteps were apparently a gesture of "goodwill." lat.ms/1AfRsHn pic.twitter.com/STsHwrXLSL

Jul 25, 2014

Those nightmare-inducing dolls left on O.C. doorsteps were apparently a gesture of "goodwill." lat.ms/1AfRsHn pic.twitter.com/STsHwrXLSL

Jul 25, 2014

RT @LANow: 'Creepy' porcelain dolls left at O.C. homes determined to be 'kind gesture' by local woman lat.ms/1norEUk pic.twitter.com/gBF6ykkZU8

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Casinos no longer golden for Atlantic City

latimes.com — The fortune-tellers hawk their services along the boardwalk, offering to read palms, study tarot cards and gaze into crystal balls for $5. But for free, you can get most anyone along the seaside stretch to peer into the future, and it doesn't look pretty.
Jul 25, 2014

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Jul 25, 2014

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Jul 25, 2014

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Jul 25, 2014

RT @latimesnational: The sad, slow demise of the Boardwalk Empire--four Atlantic City casinos closed or about to close since January ow.ly/zzaXY

Jul 25, 2014

The sad, slow demise of the Boardwalk Empire--four Atlantic City casinos closed or about to close since January ow.ly/zzaVY

Christians are being persecuted, and the U.S. should support them

latimes.com — It’s an exaggeration to say that a worldwide war is being waged against Christians.
Jul 25, 2014

RT @AlexLeTellier: The U.S. must stand up for religious freedom, argues @MichaelMcGough3 & call out countries/movements that violate it htt…

Jul 25, 2014

The U.S. must stand up for religious freedom, argues @MichaelMcGough3 & call out countries/movements that violate it lat.ms/1mNXmFx

Faces of Comic-Con 2014

latimes.com — Click through to see the many faces of Comic-Con 2014.

Comic-Con 2014: New ‘Arrow’ season will bring ‘game changing’ characters

herocomplex.latimes.com — The cast and producers of "Arrow" took to the stage Friday afternoon and couldn't seem to believe that they were going into the third season of their show. And no one seemed to be more aware of the significance of a third season than executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, who pointed out that third seasons typically introduce characters that can change the whole face of the series.

Yasiel Puig has three of Dodgers' five triples in 8-1 rout of Giants

latimes.com — Seems that old chewing gum commercial had it wrong. Why double your pleasure when you can triple your fun? For those longing for something encouraging from those frustrating Boys in Blue, the Dodgers offered it Friday in an 8-1 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park. They looked very serious, very focused.
Jul 26, 2014

RT @latimes: In 8-1 rout of Giants, Dodgers had 5 triples (including 3 in a single inning). Yasiel Puig had 3 triples by himself lat.ms/1nI6L7u