• Clippers Beat Timberwolves 119-112, Spoil Towns’ Return

    Clippers Beat Timberwolves 119-112, Spoil Towns’ Return
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kawhi Leonard had a season-high 36 points and Lou Williams added 27 points off the bench as the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-112 on Wednesday night.
    Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers shoots the ball against Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the third quarter of the Feb. 10 game at Target Center in Minneapolis. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
    Leonard and Williams hit shots down the stretch, includ
  • ‘Our Hearts Are Still Sad’: Family Of Man Who Disappeared 28 Years Ago Holding Out Hope For Justice

    ‘Our Hearts Are Still Sad’: Family Of Man Who Disappeared 28 Years Ago Holding Out Hope For Justice
    EL MONTE (CBSLA) — It has been almost three decades since a Southland man walked out of his home for a business meeting and never returned.
    Austin Jay Smith, 23, went missing 28 years ago. (CBSLA)
    “Anniversaries, birthdays, the holidays, there’s always one person missing, and so they’re always difficult,” Teddie Smith, the victim’s sister, said. “Our hearts are still sad.”
    That sadness became part of the Smith family’s life 28 years ago when
  • Deadly Crash Shuts Down All I-5 Northbound Lanes Near Commerce

    Deadly Crash Shuts Down All I-5 Northbound Lanes Near Commerce
    COMMERCE (CBSLA) – All lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway just south of Terra Bella Street near Commerce are blocked due to a traffic collision that killed a pedestrian, according to the California Highway Patrol, which has issued a SigAlert.
    The crash happened around 10 p.m. Thursday where the 5 Freeway connects to the 710 Freeway. Investigators said a person walking on the side of the freeway was struck and killed by a car.
    The California Highway Patrol was on the scene along with the Los
  • All I-5 Northbound Lanes Closed Near Pacoima Due To Crash

    All I-5 Northbound Lanes Closed Near Pacoima Due To Crash
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – All lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway just south of Terra Bella Street near Pacoima are blocked due to a traffic collision, according to the California Highway Patrol, which has issued a SigAlert.
    The crash happened around 10 p.m. Thursday. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
    (This is a developing story. Check back for updates.) 
    (© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)
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  • Movement Starts To Stop Hate Crimes Towards Asians As Incidents Surge In Southern California

    Movement Starts To Stop Hate Crimes Towards Asians As Incidents Surge In Southern California
    VALLEY PARK (CBSLA) – People from Los Angeles to Orange County are coming together to bring awareness to a surge in hate crimes and racist incidents against Asian-Americans.
    Dozens of volunteers who help feed and provide protective equipment for the elderly in Orange County Asian Community gathered at a fountain in Valley Park, lighting luminaries and praying.
    In Orange County, there’s been a 1,000% increase in hate incidents against Asians.
    “I call on all of us to unite i
  • Senate Votes To Kick Off Marathon Debate Over $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill

    Senate Votes To Kick Off Marathon Debate Over $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill
    Washington — The Senate voted to proceed to debate over President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package on Thursday, kicking off a flurry of activity aimed at getting a final bill to the president’s desk before several key relief programs expire on March 14.
  • 1 Arrested, 2 Sought In Kidnapping, Shooting In Covina

    1 Arrested, 2 Sought In Kidnapping, Shooting In Covina
    COVINA (CBSLA) – A 20-year-old man was arrested and two others were being sought in connection with a kidnapping and shooting in Covina, police said Thursday.
    The kidnapping was reported on or about Feb. 20, when a woman called police saying she had been kidnapped and shot, said Sgt. Keith Sutherland with the Covina Police Department.
    She was taken to a hospital, and has since recovered, he said.
    Officers early Thursday morning served a search warrant in the 100 block of North Vecino Drive
  • Family Of Marine Corps Veteran Fatally Shot By CHP Officer Files $15M Claim Against State

    Family Of Marine Corps Veteran Fatally Shot By CHP Officer Files $15M Claim Against State
    SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — The family of a man fatally shot last month by California Highway Patrol officers has filed a multi-million dollar claim against the state.
    Charley McMurtry was shot and killed Feb. 5 by a California Highway Patrol officer. His family has filed a $15 million claim against the state. (Family photo)
    “They took him,” Ann McMurtry, the victim’s widow, said. “They took my love, my person, away from me, and I’m totally, totally outraged.&rdq
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  • San Bernardino Surpasses 3K Total COVID-19 Deaths, Ventura Nears 900

    San Bernardino Surpasses 3K Total COVID-19 Deaths, Ventura Nears 900
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties all reported additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Thursday.
    Riverside County health officials reported 246 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 35 additional fatalities, bringing countywide totals to 290,744 cases and 3,884 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 277,940 had recovered.
    There were 303 COVID-19 patients hospitalized Thursday, 68 of whom were being treated in intensive care units —
  • Wizards Beat Clippers 119-117 Behind 33 From Beal

    Wizards Beat Clippers 119-117 Behind 33 From Beal
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 33 points and the Washington Wizards pushed ahead with a late run to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 119-117 after All-Star Paul George was a late scratch Thursday night.
    Kawhi Leonard #2 of the Los Angeles Clippers dribbles in front of Garrison Mathews #24 of the Washington Wizards during the second half at Capital One Arena on March 04, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
    Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 11 assists and nine re
  • New COVID Vaccine Site Opening At USC, City Working To Get Doses To Homebound Residents

    New COVID Vaccine Site Opening At USC, City Working To Get Doses To Homebound Residents
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday announced that a new Los Angeles city-run site will open next week at the University of Southern California.
    A new Los Angeles city-run COVID-19 vaccine site will open next week at the University of Southern California, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
    Garcetti said the University Park campus site, which will open Tuesday, is expected to be able to administer “thousands”
  • New COVID Vaccine Site Opening At USC Campus, City Working To Get Doses To Homebound Residents

    New COVID Vaccine Site Opening At USC Campus, City Working To Get Doses To Homebound Residents
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Mayor Eric Garcetti Thursday announced that a new Los Angeles city-run site will open next week at the University of Southern California.
    A new Los Angeles city-run COVID-19 vaccine site will open next week at the University of Southern California, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
    Garcetti said the University Park campus site, which will open Tuesday, is expected to be able to administer “thousands”
  • Poll: LA County Crime Victims Feel Criminal Justice System Failed Them

    Poll: LA County Crime Victims Feel Criminal Justice System Failed Them
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A majority of victims of violent crime in Los Angeles County feel the criminal justice system failed them and that resources should be invested in crime prevention instead of incarceration, according to a poll released Thursday by a nonprofit group.
    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón, who has drawn fire from the families of some crime victims over a series of directives issued just after he was sworn into office last December and is the target o
  • Orange County Reaches Grim Milestone, Surpasses 4,000 COVID-19 Deaths

    Orange County Reaches Grim Milestone, Surpasses 4,000 COVID-19 Deaths
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Despite continuing good news on COVID-19 statistics, Orange County reached one unfortunate milestone Thursday when its coronavirus death toll surpassed the 4,000 mark.
    On Thursday, the county logged 47 more fatalities bringing the total number of deaths to 4,013 since the pandemic began.
    Of the deaths reported on Thursday, six were skilled nursing facility residents and seven were assisted living facility residents, raising the cumulative in those groups to 963 and 453,
  • Inland Empire Family Busted For Extensive Sex Trafficking Ring

    Inland Empire Family Busted For Extensive Sex Trafficking Ring
    COLTON (CBSLA) – A San Bernardino County family with ties in Mexico, Los Angeles, and San Diego is accused of operating a massive sex trafficking ring through multiple spa and skincare businesses around Southern California.
    Starting in January, detectives received information that sex and labor trafficking were happening at several massage parlors and skincare businesses in Ventura County, according to human trafficking investigators with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Special Cri
  • OC Sheriff’s Employee Suspended In Capitol Riot-Related Investigation

    OC Sheriff’s Employee Suspended In Capitol Riot-Related Investigation
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — An Orange County Sheriff’s Department employee has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation after attending the rally that preceded the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
    According to the department, sheriff’s special officer Monica Alston was placed on administrative leave Jan. 21 after social media posts on the day of the insurrection prompted an internal investigation.
    Sheriff’s special officers are sworn agents who have the same a
  • LA County Reports 2,253 New COVID-19 Cases, 119 Deaths; Residents Urged To Avoid Spring Break Travel

    LA County Reports 2,253 New COVID-19 Cases, 119 Deaths; Residents Urged To Avoid Spring Break Travel
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Thursday reported 2,253 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 119 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,198,098 cases and 21,778 deaths.
    Of the new deaths reported, 43 people were over the age of 80, 41 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 21 people were between the ages of 50 and 64, six people were between the ages of 30 and 49, and one person was between the ages of 18 and 29. Long Beach reported six deaths an
  • Cold Weather Alert Extended For Antelope Valley Through Monday

    Cold Weather Alert Extended For Antelope Valley Through Monday
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A cold weather alert for the Antelope Valley was extended Thursday to go through Monday due to wind-chill temperatures expected to fall below 32 degrees at night.
    “Children, the elderly, and people with disabilities or special medical needs are especially vulnerable during cold weather,” Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said. “Extra precaution should be taken to ensure they don’t get too cold when they are outside.”
    Davis
  • Movement Started To Stop Hate Crimes Towards Asians As LA Sees 114% Increase

    Movement Started To Stop Hate Crimes Towards Asians As LA Sees 114% Increase
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A movement called “Asians With Attitudes” is aimed at uniting all Asians and allies to stand up and fight back against a surge in racism and hate crimes.
    “Most of our people are afraid to say or do anything, which I feel that’s why I had to step in, show the people they’re not alone,” said Sam Bun, a local organization of A.W.A. “I wanted to let them know they’re not alone and give the people some hope.”
    The f
  • CA Updates Face Mask Guidance, Joins CDC In Suggesting Double-Masking

    CA Updates Face Mask Guidance, Joins CDC In Suggesting Double-Masking
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Following the lead of federal health authorities, California officials Thursday urged residents in the Southland and across the state to consider wearing two masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    The California Department of Public Health issued revised guidance on mask-wearing, urging people to wear face coverings that are free of gaps that can allow respiratory droplets to escape.
    Nurse Rosaura Rodriguez wearing a double mask looks on at the entrance to the
  • State Prioritizing COVID Vaccine Distribution To Most Vulnerable Communities

    State Prioritizing COVID Vaccine Distribution To Most Vulnerable Communities
    LA VERNE (CBSLA) — California has announced a new COVID-19 vaccination strategy in an effort to rein in the pandemic and get businesses and schools reopened.
    “I’ve had it myself,” Victor Fernandez, a Baldwin Park resident, said. “I’ve had friends who’ve had it. I’ve lost two coworkers.”
    Fernandez is part of a community that Gov. Gavin Newsom said has been the hardest hit by the pandemic.
    “Over the last year, 55% of those that have teste
  • Woman Shot In Robbery Targeting Owner Of Beverly Hills Jewelry Store

    Woman Shot In Robbery Targeting Owner Of Beverly Hills Jewelry Store
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) –At least one person was hospitalized Thursday in an apparent shooting during a robbery at a Beverly Hills store.
    The shooting was reported just after 2:30 p.m. near the Il Pastaio restaurant at Brighton Way and North Canon Drive.
    CBSLA’s Richard Montanez reports the robbery victim was the co-owner of Tzuri jewelry store.Two shots were fired, one of which struck a nearby woman in the leg.
    Police urged drivers to avoid the area.
  • Shooting Reported In Heart Of Beverly Hills; One Wounded

    Shooting Reported In Heart Of Beverly Hills; One Wounded
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Beverly Hills police responded Thursday to a reported shooting that left at least one person wounded.
    The shooting was reported just after 2:30 p.m. near the Il Pastaio restaurant at Brighton Way and North Canon Drive.
    No further details were released, but several reports indicated at least one person was hospitalized.
    Police urged drivers to avoid the area.
  • Granada Hills Junk House: ‘Hoarders’ TV Show, City, LAPD Get Involved As Junk Remains Piled In Yard Of Granada Hills Home

    Granada Hills Junk House: ‘Hoarders’ TV Show, City, LAPD Get Involved As Junk Remains Piled In Yard Of Granada Hills Home
    GRANADA HILLS (CBSLA) — Residents of a Granada Hills neighborhood fear for their safety and property values after what looks to be a junkyard has taken over one home’s yard.
    Neighbors have been trying to get the city to force the owner to clean it up for years, but to no avail.
    “They failed to protect us, they failed services, and the property taxes that we’re paying right now is for nothing, we’re not getting anything from the city,” said Sam Meldonian, a con
  • Fundraiser Planned For LA County Sheriff’s Motorcycle Deputy Thomas Albanese Who Was Killed In Lakewood Crash

    Fundraiser Planned For LA County Sheriff’s Motorcycle Deputy Thomas Albanese Who Was Killed In Lakewood Crash
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A local restaurant is holding a fundraiser for the family of a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department motorcycle deputy that was killed in a crash last week.
    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Albanese was killed last Thursday in a crash in the Lakewood area.
    An undated photo of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Albanese, who was killed in a crash on Feb. 25, 2021. (LASD)
    The fundraiser will be held at Los Portales in Chino and Montclair f
  • 1,500 Pounds Of Methamphetamine Worth $112 Million Seized In Paramount

    1,500 Pounds Of Methamphetamine Worth $112 Million Seized In Paramount
    PARAMOUNT (CBSLA) — The FBI says a joint investigation with the LAPD into organized crime resulted in the seizure of $112 million worth of methamphetamine.
    The FBI Los Angeles’ office tweeted an image of several bags and bricks of drugs, cash and a gun they say was seized from a location in Paramount.Agents & Officers with @FBILosAngeles & @LAPDHQ investigating #OrganizedCrimefacilitating the movement of fentanyl, cocaine, heroin & meth in LA & elsewhere seized o
  • CBS Sports To Air HBCU All-Star Game Beginning 2022 In New Orleans

    CBS Sports To Air HBCU All-Star Game Beginning 2022 In New Orleans
    (CBS Local)- A new college basketball showcase highlighting the best athletes from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) is coming to CBS Television Network in 2022. CBS Sports announced Thursday it is partnering with HBCU All-Stars LLC to air the event which will be played on the Sunday of Final Four weekend in the host city, airing live on CBS.
    The game is part of a larger commitment made by ViacomCBS to HBCUs with the company announcing the establishment of an annual scholarship
  • Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion Reopens To The Public On March 18

    Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion Reopens To The Public On March 18
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will reopen its Butterfly Pavilion and outdoor gardens to the public on March 18 for the spring and summer seasons.
    The museum had reopened in 2020 with reduced capacity and timed tickets, but shut down in December under the governor’s regional stay-at-home order. The museum’s Butterfly Pavilion and its 3.5-acre Nature Gardens will reopen with the same health and safety protocols and limited hours and capaci
  • Massive Dual Quakes Rock New Zealand; No Tsunami Threat To Southern California

    Massive Dual Quakes Rock New Zealand; No Tsunami Threat To Southern California
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A pair of strong earthquakes that struck Thursday off the coast of New Zealand did not post any tsunami threat to Southern California, authorities said.
    The quakes registered preliminary magnitudes of 7.3 and 7.4, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Both were later upgraded to magnitudes of 7.4 and 8.1, respectively.
    While tsunami warnings were initially issued for New Zealand, federal officials said there was no immediate tsunami threat for the California coast
  • California Lawmakers OK $6.6 Billion Plan To Incentivize Schools To Reopen

    California Lawmakers OK $6.6 Billion Plan To Incentivize Schools To Reopen
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The California Legislature has approved a $6.6 billion plan aimed at returning students to the classroom.
    The legislation approved Thursday would give school districts $2 billion if they offer in-person instruction by the end of the month.
    Another $4.6 billion would be available to all school districts to help students catch up. But districts must spend at least 85% of that money on in-person instruction.
    Most of California’s 6.1 million public school studen

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