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In downtown Los Angeles, a quiet vigil reflects on the life and work of RBG

In downtown Los Angeles, a quiet vigil reflects on the life and work of RBG

Solemn candlelight vigils in tribute to late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have surfaced outside the Supreme Court and in many major U.S. cities since news of her death broke late Friday.In downtown Los Angeles, dozens of people gathered outside the First Street U.S. Courthouse Saturday night to pay their respects, lighting candles and placing bouquets of flowers outside the doors of the courthouse. Some stood and recited Ginsburg’s own words — in particular, the justice’s iconic dissenting opinion in the case of Shelby County vs. Holder.In 2013, the high court voted 5-4 to strike down key...

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Karen Fire burns 250 acres in Jurupa Valley with 50% containment

Karen Fire burns 250 acres in Jurupa Valley with 50% containment

The Karen Fire burned 250 acres in Jurupa Valley Saturday while firefighters managed to reach 50% containment of the rapidly growing blaze, authorities said.The brush fire was reported near Sierra Avenue and Karen Lane just after 3 p.m. but grew to 150 acres by 6:15 p.m., according to .About two hours later, officials said the fire was 250 acres but its containment was up considerably to 50%. Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene overnight to improve containment.While it broke out in Riverside County, the wildfire also put authorities in neighboring San Bernardino County on high...

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Sheriff says L.A. County curfew will continue until ‘protests are gone’ — ACLU says it’s not constitutional

Sheriff says L.A. County curfew will continue until ‘protests are gone’ — ACLU says it’s not constitutional

The curfew in place across Los Angeles County amid peaceful demonstrations Tuesday will continue until “protests are gone,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva told KTLA.But the American Civil Liberties Union says the curfew is not constitutional to begin with.Cities across the region began issuing curfews over the weekend until local officials extended it to all of L.A. County starting Sunday night. People are expected to stay inside with the exception of commuting to and from work, or seeking or giving emergency care — beginning at 6 p.m. each night. The order does not apply to emergency...

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Economic leaders want to reopen L.A. County restaurants, malls by July 4; health officials say it’s possible, but uncertain

Economic leaders want to reopen L.A. County restaurants, malls by July 4; health officials say it’s possible, but uncertain

Los Angeles County economic leaders are pushing to reopen malls and restaurants by July 4. But health officials say reaching that target will require continued distancing efforts from all Angelenos.The county’s economic recovery task force landed on the Independence Day goal for broader reopening at a Tuesday morning meeting, Supervisor Hilda Solis said in the county’s . But, she added, the county will continue to move forward cautiously.“That’s a goal, but we have to get there,” Solis said. “And we have to do it by measurement. We have to do it with scientific evidence and data, and making...

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California will stop debt collectors from garnishing stimulus checks while student loan providers offer relief

California will stop debt collectors from garnishing stimulus checks while student loan providers offer relief

California will stop most debt collectors from garnishing the federal stimulus checks of state residents through an executive order Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday.Collections agencies who have already taken stimulus checks to pay off debt will have to return the money, Newsom said. The policy does not apply to payments for spousal and child support or restitution for crime victims so federal checks can still be garnished to pay those forms of debt.Meanwhile, as part of a multi-state effort led by Illinois, 21 of California’s largest 24 student loan providers have agreed to a 90-day...

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Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine donate free COVID-19 testing and 145,000 meals to Compton residents, city says

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine donate free COVID-19 testing and 145,000 meals to Compton residents, city says

Dr. Dre and record executive Jimmy Iovine made a donation to the city of Compton that will go toward medical supplies, free COVID-19 testing and 145,000 meals for residents, the city announced Thursday.As of Wednesday, were reported in the city — making up less than 1% of the 16,435 people who have tested positive throughout Los Angeles County. Given the , that number doesn’t indicate a higher rate of infection compared to surrounding areas and cities.However, public health officials have said a lack of affordability and access to testing can give an unclear picture of the virus. In...

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