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Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list as Amazon exerts influence |Sep 19, 2017

NEW YORK >> In filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us joins a list of dozens of store chains that have done so already this year as online leader Amazon increasingly exerts its influence over a huge part of the retailing world.

Got an Amazon return? Kohl’s soon will send it back for you |Sep 19, 2017

Amazon, in its relentless pursuit to be your one-stop e-commerce shop, has concocted a package return program with Kohl’s. The retailers in October will offer a free return service at 82 Kohl’s stores on certain Amazon purchases.

Thousands of fake hoverboards seized in Santa Fe Springs |Sep 19, 2017

Sheriff’s investigators on Monday seized thousands of counterfeit hoverboards worth about $1.2 million in Santa Fe Springs, officials said. Deputies who descended on the building in the 10000 block of Pioneer Boulevard found 2,500 to 3,000 of the fake toys One person was briefly detained during the raid but was released.

Whittier voters: Here’s what’s on your Nov. 7, 2017 ballot |Sep 19, 2017

If you’re a Whittier resident over 18, you’ll find local elections on the Nov. 7 ballot. Here are the choices Whittier residents will be facing: Whittier City School District Seven candidates are vying for three seats on the Whittier City school board.

What will be on Montebello voters’ Nov. 7, 2017 ballot |Sep 19, 2017

When Montebello voters head to the polls on Nov. 7, 2017, they’ll find two local measures. Here’s what they would do: Measure S Measure S would

La Habra Heights voters will see this on their Nov. 7, 2017 ballot |Sep 19, 2017

Voters going to the polls in La Habra Heights on Nov. 7, 2017, will see two local elections. They are: City Council Five candidates, including all three incumbents, are running for three, four-year terms on the La Habra Heights City Council.

Santa Fe Springs changes the rules on this type of development |Sep 19, 2017

SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Call it changing times: Get-tough rules designed to limit where self-storage businesses can locate are being eased in this industrial city. In 1974, the city banned self-storage units from all major highways, such as Imperial Highway, Rosecrans and Slauson avenues, and Washington Boulevard, and didn’t allow them within 1,000 feet of homes, commercial areas, schools and parks.

Police arrest driver of stolen vehicle at gunpoint in Norwalk |Sep 19, 2017

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man who was driving a stolen vehicle in Norwalk at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon. After the deputies ran the vehicle’s license plate number around 3:05 p.

Jury now deliberating fate of man suspected in Montebello fatal shooting |Sep 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The fate of a Montebello man — who allegedly shot into a crowd at a 2008 Montebello graduation party, killing a father and his 12-year-old son and injuring two others — is in the hands of a jury.

LA County has its own hepatitis A outbreak |Sep 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Health officials said today that Los Angeles County has a hepatitis A outbreak based on two “community-acquired” cases that cannot be traced back to San Diego County or Santa Cruz.

Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for Sept. 20, 2017 |Sep 19, 2017

WHITTIER General plan meetings set The city will hold four general plan update “launch workshops” as part of Envision Whittier the next two Saturdays. The workshops will include discussion of key issues, family-oriented activities, refreshments and giveaways.

LA County declares its own hepatitis A outbreak; 10 infected include homeless |Sep 19, 2017

Public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, saying there are now 10 people infected, two of whom are homeless and contracted the potentially fatal liver disease locally.

Trying to contact family or friends affected by the Mexico earthquake? Here’s where to start |Sep 19, 2017

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 226 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. The violent temblor sent thousands of panicked people into the streets, many of whom then worked to help rescue those trapped in the rubble.

Accidental Talmudist blows his horn for Rosh Hashanah |Sep 19, 2017

It wasn’t long before Salvador “Sal” Litvak realized a fact of life: You can’t just walk through security at Downtown Disney with a ram’s horn slung over your shoulder.

Fired Baldwin Park police Chief David Salcedo alleges discrimination, retaliation in lawsuit against city |Sep 19, 2017

A former Baldwin Park police chief who was fired after less than two months on the job claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that he was racially discriminated against and his termination was

State bill would freeze rents for tenants in Caltrans-owned homes along former 710 Freeway path, but some left out |Sep 19, 2017

A bill that would freeze the rents of some tenants living in state-owned homes along the route of the scrapped 710 Freeway extension in El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena is headed to the governor’s desk.

Rabbis in Southern California gear up for heavy-hitting Rosh Hashana sermons |Sep 19, 2017

The Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement are a time of self-reflection for Jews around the world. The High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are also when rabbis often give their most important — and powerful — sermons of the year.

NBC’s Carson Daly announces death of mom Pattie Daly Caruso |Sep 18, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Carson Daly’s mother has died. The “Today” show correspondent and “The Voice” host announced the death of Pattie Daly Caruso in a statement read by his “Today” colleague Matt Lauer on the NBC program Monday.

State wants to prosecute man who killed deer with bow and arrow in Monrovia |Sep 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> State wildlife officials said on Monday they will seek the prosecution of a man caught on camera shooting a young deer with a bow and arrow near homes in Monrovia last week, killing it.

Motorcyclist killed on 60 Freeway near Hacienda Heights identified as Chino man |Sep 18, 2017

@RubyGonzales2 on Twitter The coroner’s office on Monday identified the motorcyclist killed in a weekend crash on the 60 Freeway near the border of Hacienda Heights and Industry.

Could there be a settlement of the lawsuits stopping development of Nelles property in Whittier? |Sep 18, 2017

WHITTIER >> Talks are under way to settle two 2015 environmental lawsuits intended to stop planned housing and commercial development of the 73-acre, now-closed Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility.

Downey father killed in Angles Crest Highway motorcycle crash identified |Sep 18, 2017

Loved ones are coming to grips with the sudden death of a Downey father of three who lost his life in a motorcycle crash in the Angeles National Forest north of La Canada Flintridge over the weekend.

‘It is frightening to see your future dangling from a string,’ say DACA recipients at El Rancho High School |Sep 18, 2017

PICO RIVERA >> El Rancho High School students won’t let the White House repeal protections for young undocumented immigrants without a fight. Instead, they’re speaking up. Students from the school’s Teen Court, MEChA and Social Justice Club banded together to organize a rally Monday in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that grants work permits and delays deportation for nearly 800,000 young immigrants in the U.

Police chase starts in Rancho Cucamonga, ends in Pasadena |Sep 18, 2017

PASADENA >> A suspect in a truck hauling a small trailer reported stolen out of Pico Rivera led law enforcement officers on Monday on a nearly two-hour chase that began in San Bernardino County and ended in Pasadena.

5 new things you can expect at the Queen Mary’s Chill attraction |Sep 18, 2017

The Queen Mary’s popular Chill attraction will get a makeover this year. Last year’s Alice in a Winter Wonderland theme will transform into an entirely new attraction dubbed the Ice Adventure Park.

Pieology server fired for obscene anti-police note on Torrance officer’s receipt |Sep 18, 2017

A Torrance police officer picking up a takeout lunch at a local pizzeria was handed a receipt with an obscene anti-police message, a gesture that touched off a firestorm Monday on social media. The officer, who was in uniform Thursday at Pieology in Torrance, did not respond and, in fact, left a tip when the female cashier handed him the shocking receipt Thursday that said “F--- The Cops.

Starbucks quietly raises Southern California prices up to 30 cents |Sep 18, 2017

With McDonald’s serving $2 McCafe drink specials as part of a revamped coffee menu, what does Starbucks do in return? Raise prices. The Seattle giant has quietly raised prices from 10-30 cents in various U.

Several LA-area DACA immigrants among those suing Trump administration |Sep 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Six immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate students and a lawyer sued the Trump administration on Monday over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation.

Lawsuit alleges Tesla, other automakers used illegal foreign workers to build plants |Sep 18, 2017

Widening earlier claims of immigration fraud at the Tesla factory, a recently unsealed whistleblower suit says several other major automakers, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volkswagen, illegally used foreign construction workers to build their U.

Former South Bay defense engineer caught in spy sting gets 5 years in prison |Sep 18, 2017

A Culver City man who worked for a South Bay defense contractor was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for his guilty plea to economic espionage and violating the Arms Export Control Act by selling sensitive satellite information to a person he believed to be a Russian spy.

Southern California students, teachers sue over DACA |Sep 18, 2017

A Pasadena doctoral candidate, two Los Angeles school teachers and a former Pomona College student now attending UC Irvine law school were among six people who sued the Trump administration Monday over the decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Suspect in Jeffrey Tidus homicide case in Rolling Hills Estates linked to Las Vegas killing |Sep 18, 2017

A business owner sought in the ambush slaying of Rolling Hills Estates attorney Jeffrey Tidus and home-invasion killing of one his own employees in Whittier has been linked to another homicide in Las Vegas, investigators said Monday.

Trump plan: Southern California monuments would be spared, six others would be reduced |Sep 18, 2017

Six national monuments would be reduced in size, with millions of acres of protected lands opened to grazing, logging and oil and gas exploration, according to new recommendations released by the Trump administration.

Arcadia, Azusa, Monrovia, Rosemead and Santa Fe Springs vie to be ‘most business-friendly city in Los Angeles County’ |Sep 18, 2017

California and the phrase “business-friendly” might seem like an unlikely match according to some critics, but several Los Angeles County cities have been named finalists for a 2017 Most Business Friendly City award.

Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for Sept. 19, 2017 |Sep 18, 2017

WHITTIER Art submissions for city sought Artists are invited by the Whittier Cultural Arts Commission and the Visual Arts Committee to submit portfolios for consideration to display their 2D artwork in the City Hall lobby and the Parnell Park Gallery.

Mural project brings history to the walls of Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex |Sep 18, 2017

POMONA >> Much like the elements that would be included in a scrapbook, the images that are part of a mural being painted on a wall of the Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex represent memories of the LA County Fair.

What happened to the pot-bellied pigs of the San Gabriel Valley? |Sep 18, 2017

ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> Miss Puddin’ Pie waddles across the front yard, dragging her pink belly over the grass. She’s a 175-pound pot-bellied pig with white hair that has mostly fallen off, as it does in the summer, revealing flaky, dry skin.

Rose Bowl offers naming rights, here’s what the field will be called |Sep 17, 2017

PASADENA >> For the first time, the Rose Bowl’s storied field — home to hundreds of gridiron and soccer clashes and live performances by the world’s top musicians — could bear a name.

What to expect from Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest |Sep 17, 2017

“Let them out!” came chants from people lining the streets on the opening night of Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest. When the large wooden gate swung open at 7 p.m. sharp, zombies, demons, and ghouls ran out and vanished into the night for the start of the biggest, most terrifying Halloween celebration yet at the Valencia amusement park.

California’s anti-Trump `resistance’ bills: What passed, what didn’t |Sep 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO >> In a supercharged year marked by hard-fought victories on affordable-housing and climate change, California lawmakers pushed through a passel of legislation to thwart initiatives from the Trump administration — but also discovered that even their popular resistance has limits.

Taxpayer cost for mass murderer Scott Dekraai’s case tops $2.5 million |Sep 17, 2017

If all goes as expected, the worst mass killer in Orange County history, Scott Dekraai, will be sentenced Friday, Sept. 22, to eight terms of life without parole, one term each for the people he fatally shot in Seal Beach six years ago.

Whoa: City of Industry’s 3,000 businesses generate more sales than entire countries |Sep 17, 2017

The City of Industry’s 3,000 businesses generated roughly $31 billion in sales in 2016, a number that surpasses the gross domestic product of 100 countries, according to statistics released in a new economic report.

Chino man killed in 60 Freeway motorcycle crash on Hacienda Heights-Industry border |Sep 17, 2017

A Chino man died early Sunday morning in a chain-reaction motorcycle crash on the 60 Freeway on the border between Hacienda Heights and Industry, authorities said. The collision took place just before 4:30 a.

California tries to goose electric car sales with rebates — but is it enough? |Sep 17, 2017

California electric car buyers are getting a mixed bag of news this week, some of which could have profound implications for the future of the state’s effort to get 1.5 million drivers out of emission-spewing vehicles and into electric alternatives.

Man shot while doing yard work in Norwalk |Sep 17, 2017

An unidentified gunman shot and wounded another man as he performed yard work in a residential neighborhood in Norwalk on Sunday afternoon, officials said. The drive-by attack took place about 1:55 p.

While Chargers stumble, 25,000 fans stage high-energy party |Sep 17, 2017

The Chargers, in another fourth quarter meltdown, fumbled the team’s first season opener in Los Angeles in 57 years. But their fans — cheering in the stands or tailgating in the parking lot — gave a command performance at Carson’s StubHub Center on Sunday.

It’s Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort – and Disney California Adventure will be ‘darker and edgier’ |Sep 16, 2017

Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is back at the Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain has become the Ghost Galaxy coaster, and a giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern is glowing on Main Street, U.

Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for Sept. 17, 2017 |Sep 16, 2017

SANTA FE SPRINGS ’67 class to hold reunion Santa Fe High School Class of 1967 will hold its 50-year class reunion Oct. 12-14. A golf get-together will be held at noon Oct.

Montebello considering putting up high-density housing instead of shops |Sep 16, 2017

MONTEBELLO >> Seeking to comply with state housing requirements, city officials are making plans to redesignate 41 acres of commercial property for high-density housing. The properties are mostly along Beverly and Whittier boulevards and could provide up to 430 high-density apartment and/or condominium units.

Monrovia police chief to retire after 27 years in law enforcement |Sep 16, 2017

Monrovia Police Chief Jim Hunt said this week that he will retire in November after 27 years in law enforcement. Hunt, 60, first joined the department in 1991. Then the owner of a restaurant in Covina, Hunt said it took being burglarized a few times, and robbed once, for him to make a career change.