• OC Reaches Milestones As COVID Hospitalizations Fall Under 1K, Capacity Rises Above Zero

    OC Reaches Milestones As COVID Hospitalizations Fall Under 1K, Capacity Rises Above Zero
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County reached multiple milestones Thursday when hospitalizations fell under 1,000 and the adjusted rate of hospital capacity rose above zero.
    The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus dropped from 1,009 on Wednesday to 965 on Thursday while the number of patients in intensive care dipped from 310 to 298, according to the OCHCA.
    The county’s state-adjusted ICU bed availability inched up from zero Wednesday to 0.6% on Thursday, and the unadjusted fi
  • DEA Agents Going Online In Effort To Catch Drug Dealers, Distributors

    DEA Agents Going Online In Effort To Catch Drug Dealers, Distributors
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Inside the federal building in downtown Los Angeles, Drug Enforcement Administration agents scour the internet using code words to find drug dealers, many of whom have moved their sales online.
    Special Agent Bill Bodner says fentanyl was driving up overdose deaths in Los Angeles County. (Credit: Drug Enforcement Administration)
    “Just like those big box stores, they’ve moved to online sales,” a male DEA agent said. “I imagine everybody else is g
  • Report: Orange County Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Up 1,200%

    Report: Orange County Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Up 1,200%
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – Orange County leaders are vowing to crack down on anti-Asian hate incidents. Since the pandemic began, these crimes are up by an estimated 1,200% in the area, according to the Center For The Study Of Hate And Extremism.
    “We are aggressively pursuing and will prosecute those that engage in hate crimes,” said Todd Spitzer, the district attorney of Orange County. “We are unapologetic and we are aggressive.”
    Hate crimes against Asian-Americans a
  • Video Released: Armed Man Attempts To Steal Phone In Culver City

    Video Released: Armed Man Attempts To Steal Phone In Culver City
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA) – A man pointed a gun at a victim while attempting to steal his cellphone in Culver City Thursday.
    The attempted robbery occurred about 6:20 a.m. at the intersection of Port Road and Emporia Avenue when the man drove to the victim in a white Lincoln sedan and tried stealing his cellphone “while directing a small black semi-automatic handgun at the victim,” according to the Culver City Police Department.
    Video of the attempted robbery apparently captured on a
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  • House Passes Equality Act, Bolstering Legal Protections For LGBTQ Americans

    House Passes Equality Act, Bolstering Legal Protections For LGBTQ Americans
    Washington — The House passed a bill on Thursday known as the Equality Act, which would enshrine legal protections for LGBTQ Americans by amending existing civil rights laws to prevent businesses and institutions from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill passed by a vote of 224 to 206, with three Republicans joining Democrats in voting “yes.”
  • COVID-19 Hospitalizations Fall Below 400 In Riverside, San Bernardino Counties

    COVID-19 Hospitalizations Fall Below 400 In Riverside, San Bernardino Counties
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Riverside and Ventura counties both reported additional deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Thursday. San Bernardino County did not report case data due to problems accessing the state database.
    Riverside County health officials reported 225 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 42 additional fatalities, bringing countywide totals to 289,185 cases and 3,749 deaths. Of those who contracted the illness, 269,284 had recovered.
    There were 381 COVID-19 patients hospita
  • Tyus Jones, Defense Lead Grizzlies Past Clippers, 122-94

    Tyus Jones, Defense Lead Grizzlies Past Clippers, 122-94
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tyus Jones scored a career-high 20 points, the Memphis defense held Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to sub-standard nights and the Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 122-94 on Thursday night.
    Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers goes to the basket against Kyle Anderson #1 of the Memphis Grizzlies during the second half at FedExForum on February 25, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
    Dillon Brooks added 19 points for Memphis, and Jonas Va
  • OC Receives More Than 83,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses In Single Day

    OC Receives More Than 83,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses In Single Day
    SANTA ANA (CBSLA) — Orange County received more than 83,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses Thursday, allowing officials to catch up on canceled appointments and keep large-scale county-run sites open.
    “Disney now has enough vaccine to continue operating, [Soka University] will continue to operate without closure and the [Anaheim] Convention Center will continue to operate without closures,” Orange County CEO Frank Kim said. “Unless there’s a weather issue, we have enough va
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  • Stretch Of 5 Freeway In Norwalk Area To Close During Construction

    Stretch Of 5 Freeway In Norwalk Area To Close During Construction
    NORWALK (CBSLA) – Full overnight closures for construction on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway will take place in the Norwalk area Thursday evening, Friday morning, and next week.
    North and southbound lane closures, which began February 21 between the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway and Norwalk Boulevard, will take place Thursday and Friday between 11 p.m. or midnight and 5 a.m., according to Caltrans.
    One side of the freeway will also be closed overnight between Monday and next Thursday.
    Road wo
  • People Making A Difference: Nonprofit Connects Artists With Those In Need

    People Making A Difference: Nonprofit Connects Artists With Those In Need
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — From fashion and film to movement and music, art comes in many different forms and can reach people in infinite ways. And one nonprofit is tapping into those outlets of expression to help those in need.
    The Art of Elysium serves communities in need by matching artist volunteers with children. (Credit: The Art of Elysium)
    “If you believe in art, then you believe in the infinite power of creativity,” Jennifer Howell, founder of the The Art of Elysium, said.
  • Iconic Randy’s Donuts Sign Pops Up At New OC Location Ahead Of March 9 Opening

    Iconic Randy’s Donuts Sign Pops Up At New OC Location Ahead Of March 9 Opening
    COSTA MESA (CBSLA) — The iconic Randy’s Donuts sign has appeared at its newest home in Orange County.
    On Thursday, workers carefully hoisted the giant donut onto the shop’s newest location on Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa.
    (credit: CBSLA)
    The donut is 25 feet tall and weighs 15,000 pounds.
    Randy’s president says the sign helps draw customers, but it’s the quality that keeps them coming.
    “What we like to say is people come to see the sign, but they come back f
  • ‘Amazing News’: Judge Denies CGA’s Bid To Temporarily Halt Long Beach Hero Pay Ordinance

    ‘Amazing News’: Judge Denies CGA’s Bid To Temporarily Halt Long Beach Hero Pay Ordinance
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A federal judge Thursday denied the California Grocers Association’s bid to temporarily overturn a Long Beach ordinance mandating an additional $4 in hourly pay for grocery store employees during the pandemic.
    In a Thursday tweet, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia called the ruling, “Amazing news,” and saying that the city had “won” the lawsuit, though the case is ongoing with another hearing scheduled for March 22.Amazing news. We just won
  • Hollywood Groups To Hold Their Own Homeless Count

    Hollywood Groups To Hold Their Own Homeless Count
    HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – The Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council and several local organizations are conducting a volunteer homeless count in Hollywood Thursday evening.
    The groups, including Hollywood4WRD and the Center in Hollywood, will share the count with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which typically conducts winter homeless counts but did not this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    L.A.H.S.A. announced in December that following guidance from the Los Angeles County Depar
  • French Bulldogs Stolen In Lady Gaga Robbery Go For Big Bucks

    French Bulldogs Stolen In Lady Gaga Robbery Go For Big Bucks
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – The dogs sell for $5,000 and up and are so popular experts say thieves are targeting French bulldogs.
    SPCA-LA president Madeline Bernstein says what happened to Lady Gaga’s dogs could have been a crime of opportunity.
    “Stealing these dogs, sometimes it’s safer than robbing a bank to steal a dog from a person walking a dog and there’s a lot of cash value to those dogs,” she said.
    That’s because cute and cuddly French bulldogs like th
  • Youth Athletes Getting Ready For Outdoor Competition To Resume

    Youth Athletes Getting Ready For Outdoor Competition To Resume
    ALISO VIEJO (CBSLA) — Corona del Mar High School’s championship football team will get back to full-contact drills Friday for the first time in 14 months.
    “We’ve missed all of the spring practices, we missed all of the 7-on-7 workouts, stuff where you’re really fully speed in game mode, which is different than just straight conditioning,” Dan O’Shea, head coach, said.
    Youth athletes in Orange and Los Angeles counties playing sports like football, lacross
  • Cat Who Went Missing 15 Years Ago Found In Palmdale, Reunited With Owner

    Cat Who Went Missing 15 Years Ago Found In Palmdale, Reunited With Owner
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Fifteen years after Brandy the cat went missing, the long-lost feline was identified by a Palmdale animal control officer and reunited with her owner.
    Last Sunday, officer Luis Leal from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control received a field call to assist an injured stray cat on the front porch of a Palmdale home.
    Brandy the cat went missing 15 years ago and has been reunited with her owner.
    The cat was brought to the Palmdale Animal Care Cente
  • Officials Pledge To Address Sharing Of COVID Vaccine Codes

    Officials Pledge To Address Sharing Of COVID Vaccine Codes
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – State leaders promised that they were revamping a coding system meant to increase vaccine equity, but that backfired and enabled people to skip the line.
    It’s no secret that black, brown and underserved communities are being vaccinated at a lower rate than white wealthier neighborhoods.
    And the unique codes that were meant to increase vaccine equity?
    Well, those are no secret either.
    One man, who asked us not to reveal his identity, shared with us an access code
  • Lady Gaga’s Dogwalker Shot By 2 Men In Hollywood; 2 French Bulldogs Stolen

    Lady Gaga’s Dogwalker Shot By 2 Men In Hollywood; 2 French Bulldogs Stolen
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A man was shot and wounded while walking singer Lady Gaga’s dogs on a Hollywood street Wednesday night, and two of her French bulldogs were then stolen.
    Asia, one of Lady Gaga’s three French bulldogs, was found safe by police after a dog walker was shot and wounded in Hollywood, Calif. The suspects stole Lady Gaga’s two other two bulldogs. Feb. 24, 2021. (OnScene TV)
    A third dog escaped but was later recovered by police. The singer is offering a no-q
  • Judge Denies CGA’s Bid To Temporarily Halt Long Beach Hero Pay Ordinance

    Judge Denies CGA’s Bid To Temporarily Halt Long Beach Hero Pay Ordinance
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A federal judge Thursday denied the California Grocers Association’s bid to temporarily overturn a Long Beach ordinance mandating an additional $4 in hourly pay for grocery store employees during the pandemic.
    The lawsuit, filed last month in Los Angeles, alleged that the Jan. 19 ordinance was illegal because it singles out grocery stores while ignoring other groups that employ essential frontline workers thus violating the constitutional requirement that simila
  • Deputies Say Avoid Streets In Willowbrook During Manhunt

    Deputies Say Avoid Streets In Willowbrook During Manhunt
    WILLOWBROOK (CBSLA) – Deputies are urging people to stay away from the area of 118th and Robin streets in Willowbrook while they search for a suspect, according to the Twitter page of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Century Station.
    The tweet, posted at 3:35 p.m. Thursday, did not give further information on the person deputies are looking for. There is also no information on whether the suspect sought in the manhunt is armed.
    Willowbrook is an unincorporated
  • CBS News: Tiger Woods Moved To Cedars-Sinai, Has No Memory Of Crash

    CBS News: Tiger Woods Moved To Cedars-Sinai, Has No Memory Of Crash
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Tiger Woods has been moved to a different Los Angeles hospital following his rollover crash, sources said Thursday.
    Woods was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after he underwentsurgeries on his right leg and ankle at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, according to CBS News.
    Investigators say Woods has no memory of the crash Tuesday that shattered his right leg, ankle and foot.
    Authorities have said Woods did not appear impaired at the scene, and L.A.County Sheriff
  • LA County Reaches 100 MIS-C Cases As COVID Hospitalizations Fall Below 2,000

    LA County Reaches 100 MIS-C Cases As COVID Hospitalizations Fall Below 2,000
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Thursday reported 2,072 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and 132 deaths, bringing countywide totals to 1,187,474 cases and 21,102 deaths.
    People wait in line Feb. 25 in the parking lot at Dodger Stadium to get a COVID-19 vaccine. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images)
    Of the new deaths reported, 41 people were over the age of 80, 42 people were between the ages of 65 and 79, 30 people were between the ages of
  • 366 Feature Films In The Running For Best Picture Oscar; Eligibility Rules Tweaked Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

    366 Feature Films In The Running For Best Picture Oscar; Eligibility Rules Tweaked Due To COVID-19 Pandemic
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday that 366 feature films are eligible to win Best Picture at the Oscars this year.
    Starting March 5, nomination voting will begin and continue through March 10. The nominations will be announced on March 15.
    This year, eligibility rules were tweaked due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the closure of theaters across the country.
    Normally, Oscar-hopeful films must screen for seven days to compete fo
  • Regular Parking Enforcement To Resume In Culver City Next Month

    Regular Parking Enforcement To Resume In Culver City Next Month
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA) — Regular parking enforcement will resume in Culver City starting in mid-March after rules were relaxed for several months during the pandemic, the Culver City Police Department said Thursday.
    “To make every effort to help people stay home and slow the spread of COVID-19, the city of Culver City has relaxed parking enforcement throughout the pandemic and has extended relaxed parking enforcement until March 14, 2021,” Culver City police announced in a ne
  • City Of Los Angeles Launches Pilot Paid Parental Leave Program For Its Civilian Employees

    City Of Los Angeles Launches Pilot Paid Parental Leave Program For Its Civilian Employees
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Thousands of Los Angeles city employees will now have access to six weeks of paid parental leave under a new program announced by Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Nury Martinez.
    The Paid Parental Time pilot program will provide six weeks of paid time off for civilian employees who are new parents. If the pilot is successful, it will be extended to fire and police sworn personnel, but will not available to LADWP employees.
    “There’s an unsaid a
  • Study Suggests That, Yes, Money Can Buy Happiness

    Study Suggests That, Yes, Money Can Buy Happiness
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s one of the age-old questions: can money buy happiness? According to new research from Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, it can.
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Motorcycle Deputy Thomas Albanese Killed In Lakewood Crash

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Motorcycle Deputy Thomas Albanese Killed In Lakewood Crash
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was killed Thursday in a crash in the Lakewood area, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said.
    Villanueva identified the deputy as 41-year-old Thomas Albanese. He joined the department in 2013.
    The crash happened at about 9 a.m. near Del Amo and Paramount boulevards. The crash appeared to happen in the middle of the intersection and involve at least one other car, a silver Mercedes-Benz sedan.
    The driver of the Mercedes-Benz was taken t
  • Knott’s Berry Farm Gears Up For Taste Of Boysenberry Festival

    Knott’s Berry Farm Gears Up For Taste Of Boysenberry Festival
    BUENA PARK (CBSLA) — Knott’s Berry Farm is gearing up to welcome visitors back to the park for its Taste of Boysenberry Festival.
    (credit: Knott’s Berry Farm)
    The festival starts Friday, March 5, and will take place on select dates through May 2. To get in, date-specific tasting cards must be purchased in advance at knotts.com. Prices for the tasting cards start at $20 for children ages 3 to 11, and are $45 for people 12 and over.
    (credit: Knott’s Berry Farm)
    The theme pa
  • Santa Ana Winds Expected To Diminish By Thursday Evening

    Santa Ana Winds Expected To Diminish By Thursday Evening
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Moderate to strong Santa Ana winds battering parts of the Los Angeles area Thursday were expected to calm by late afternoon.
    According to the National Weather Service, some areas saw gusts as high as 85 mph Thursday morning, while some coastal areas were hit with 55 mph winds.
    “By late afternoon and this evening, the winds are expected to diminish quite a bit,” the NWS said.
    A high wind warning that was in effect until 3 p.m. across most of the region was
  • ‘Left A Gaping, Gaping Wound’: Family Pleads For Help In Catching Killer Who Gunned Down Rubidoux Man On Valentine’s Day Last Year

    ‘Left A Gaping, Gaping Wound’: Family Pleads For Help In Catching Killer Who Gunned Down Rubidoux Man On Valentine’s Day Last Year
    RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — The family of a Rubidoux man who was shot and killed last year outside a hotel in Riverside is pleading for help Thursday in catching his killer.
    (credit: Riverside Police Department)
    Grant Leggette Sr., 57, was at a Valentine’s Day celebration at a Marriott hotel on Market Street on Feb. 14, 2020 when he was shot several times while going out to his parked car. Even with a $10,000 reward for information in the case approved by the Riverside City Council, the kill

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