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News, The Informer Warning: Holiday DUI Crackdown in L.A. Continues This Weekend

Warning: Holiday DUI Crackdown in L.A. Continues This Weekend

It's the season of giving, if by giving you mean cops giving you a DUI citation that could ultimately cost more than $15,000 to fight and lose, according to the Auto Club of Southern California. That's quite a present. Luckily, the Los Angeles Police Department doesn't want to put coal...…
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News, The Informer Bandit Tow Trucks Will Take Your Car For Ransom (VIDEO)

Bandit Tow Trucks Will Take Your Car For Ransom (VIDEO)

Bandit tow trucks are hooking up the cars of unsuspecting Angelenos and then holding them in storage for ransom, sometimes for thousands of dollars, police said this week. Authorities say the scam works like this: You're involved in a fender bender and a tow truck arrives. The driver says your...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Driver Suspected in Holiday Triple Fatality Is Disabled

L.A. Driver Suspected in Holiday Triple Fatality Is Disabled

The driver whom police say killed three people and injured nine others after a Christmas performance at a Redondo Beach Catholic church this week is disabled and has special hand-operated controls for her car, friends told reporters. Police arrested 56-year-old local resident Margo Bronstein on suspicion of "felony vehicular manslaughter...…
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News, The Informer Downtown L.A.'s Massive Da Vinci Fire Was Arson, Authorities Say

Downtown L.A.'s Massive Da Vinci Fire Was Arson, Authorities Say

The massive Dec. 8 blaze that made the L.A. skyline look like it was part of a giant bonfire was intentionally set, the L.A. Fire Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced tonight. In a joint statement, those authorities said that "specific information regarding the fire...…
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News, The Informer 14-Year-Old Who Attacked a Woman on a Bike Is Arrested for Attempted Rape, LAPD Says

14-Year-Old Who Attacked a Woman on a Bike Is Arrested for Attempted Rape, LAPD Says

A 14-year-old would-be rapist was in juvenile hall this week after he allegedly tried to sexually assault a woman on a bicycle in Reseda, police allege. The brazen attack happened near the Los Angeles River in Reseda on a clear night as the victim, 28, was riding her bike, according...…
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News, The Informer Here Are the Top 5 Destinations For SoCal Holiday Travelers

Here Are the Top 5 Destinations For SoCal Holiday Travelers

It's a happy holiday season for many Southern Californians this year. One of the main reasons is that low gas prices, with some stations offering a gallon for less than $2.40 (!), are putting more cash in your pocket. That, in turn, means record travel this season, according to the...…
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News, The Informer A White Christmas Comes to Greater L.A. as SoCal Gets REAL Snow (VIDEO)

A White Christmas Comes to Greater L.A. as SoCal Gets REAL Snow (VIDEO)

The wise forecasters at the National Weather Service were absolutely right. They predicted that the double whammy of Monday-through-Wednesday storms that hit Southern California this week would finally bring a serious amount of snow to our local mountains. Indeed. Area resorts are boasting that they got dumped on (in the...…
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News, The Informer Killing <em>The Interview</em> Opens Studios to Terrorist Manipulation

Killing The Interview Opens Studios to Terrorist Manipulation

It's a cliche, but when it comes to today's cancellation of the Sony comedy The Interview, maybe the terrorists did win. The studio caved after hackers, reportedly linked to North Korea, threatened theater violence if the Seth Rogen movie saw the light of day. (Some don't buy the North Korean...…
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News, The Informer Hackers Incensed Over <em>The Interview</em> Threaten Holiday Moviegoers

Hackers Incensed Over The Interview Threaten Holiday Moviegoers

Hackers incensed over the Seth Rogan film The Interview today issued what could be considered terrorist threats by warning that a "bitter fate" would befall moviegoers who go see the comedy that's scheduled to be released Christmas Day. It's not immediately clear how seriously the threat is being taken by...…
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News, The Informer 1 Dead, 2 Critical in Westside Shooting

1 Dead, 2 Critical in Westside Shooting

One male was killed and two others were critically wounded in a morning shooting in Reynier Village, a South Robertson-area neighborhood on L.A.'s Westside, authorities said. The attack took place in a neighborhood known for a Latino gang called Barrio West Side Locos Halm Avenue, or just Halm, police confirmed to...…
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News, The Informer Payday Loans With 459% Interest Are a Holiday Scourge, and Voters Want Justice

Payday Loans With 459% Interest Are a Holiday Scourge, and Voters Want Justice

If you're desperate for cash this holiday season, there's one easy way to go: payday lenders. The problem here, says the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending says, is that getting dough from these outfits could set you back many times the cost of the original loan. In California, the organization...…
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News, The Informer Hollywood Takes Your Tax Money and Still Ships Jobs Overseas, Report Says

Hollywood Takes Your Tax Money and Still Ships Jobs Overseas, Report Says

The entertainment industry is L.A.'s bastion of wealthy, white privilege, but our lawmakers recently gave it nearly $1.6 billion of your hard-earned tax money with the hope that Hollywood jobs would stay in Hollywood. At least in one respect, the business has pocketed some of your cash but used a...…
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News, The Informer L.A. Is a Finalist as the U.S. Formally Bids to Host the 2024 Olympics

L.A. Is a Finalist as the U.S. Formally Bids to Host the 2024 Olympics

Los Angeles is officially one of four cities representing the United States' bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Committee announced last night. If the International Olympic Committee ultimately chooses our fair city, it will have been the third time, after 1932 and 1984, the games...…
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News, The Informer Holy Smokes! U.S. Pot Raids Are Finished Under Bill Signed by Obama

Holy Smokes! U.S. Pot Raids Are Finished Under Bill Signed by Obama

The days of jackbooted feds raiding legit medical marijuana operations are mostly a thing of the past under the omnibus federal spending bill signed by President Obama last night. An amendment slipped into the bill denies funding for federal anti-pot raids of legit marijuana businesses in states where cannabis has...…
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News, The Informer Dov Charney Is Booted From American Apparel ... For Real This Time

Dov Charney Is Booted From American Apparel ... For Real This Time

In July American Apparel CEO Dov Charney was booted by his board of directors. In a federal filing, he described as "termination ... without merit." And this week he was booted again. Turns out the first time around the controversial L.A. t-shirt mogul was only suspended as the firm investigated...…
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News, The Informer These Low Gas Prices Are Giving You Extra Cash For the Holidays, L.A. Survey Says

These Low Gas Prices Are Giving You Extra Cash For the Holidays, L.A. Survey Says

Christmas has come early for some Angelenos. The sub-$2.50-a-gallon (!) gas that we've been enjoying in Southern California has put more money your pockets for holiday gifts or just for a rainy day (ahem). The gas price website Gas Buddy recently conducted a survey of 2,000 L.A.-area residents and found...…
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News, The Informer Serious Snow Is Headed For SoCal

Serious Snow Is Headed For SoCal

As part of the double whammy of rain that's hitting Southern California this week, forecasters say we can expect some serious snow in local mountains for the first time this season. A second storm expected to move into the area late Tuesday into early Wednesday could push the week's local...…
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News, The Informer Two Men Sought as Potential Witnesses to Massive DTLA Fire (VIDEO)

Two Men Sought as Potential Witnesses to Massive DTLA Fire (VIDEO)

Two men were being sought as potential witnesses to that massive downtown fire that one week ago destroyed part of a 7-story apartment complex under construction. The Los Angeles Fire Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives today released videos of each man walking near the scene...…
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News, The Informer Condoms Do Not Muzzle Free Speech, U.S. Court Rules

Condoms Do Not Muzzle Free Speech, U.S. Court Rules

Unless an appeal is forthcoming, it would appear that the epic battle that the porn industry has waged against a mandatory condom in Los Angeles County is over. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled today that Measure B, approved by county voters in 2012, does not...…
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News, The Informer It Takes Nearly $100,000 a Year in Income to Rent an Average L.A. House

It Takes Nearly $100,000 a Year in Income to Rent an Average L.A. House

The bad news about L.A.'s housing crisis just keeps coming. Real estate website Zillow recently looked at the minimum income required to rent an average home in several major U.S. cities. As you can imagine, the numbers for Los Angeles are staggering. It would take an annual household income of $97,160...…
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