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House fire sparked by car fire in Long Beach, authorities say

By Jeremiah Dobruck|

Beaches and waterways closed after sewage spill in Long Beach

Several local beaches and waterways were closed to the public Monday after a sewage leak was discovered on the eastern end of Alamitos Bay, health officials said. The leak was stopped, but as a precaution, health officials ordered the closure o...

By Courtney Tompkins|

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  • Concerts

    The Long Beach Muni Band is back: here’s the 2017 schedule of concerts

    The Long Beach Municipal Band — the longest running city-funded band nationwide — will start the first week of its 108th season of free outdoor concerts this week. The band, led by conductor and music director Larry Curtis, will feature different vocalists and themes each week of the six-week series, and rotate around city parks and neighborhoods. The concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Themes & vocalists • The first series begins this week,...

    By Emily Thornton Special to the Press-Telegram|

  • Fourth of July

    With July 4th coming, here’s how to enjoy fireworks safely and legally

    Hey! Careful with those fireworks. They can hurt you, or even start a fire. With July 4 right around the corner, that was the message from Los Angeles County firefighters Monday during a safety demonstration at the department’s Cecil R. Gehr Training Center in east Los Angeles. That’s where several different agencies teamed up to issue their annual warning call, and to demonstrate just how dangerous fireworks can be, including those seemingly harmless...

    From staff reports|

  • State governments

    Opponents to rally in LA against bill to extend late-night drinking hours

    Opponents of a bill that would allow California bars, nightclubs and restaurants to extend their drinking hours to as late as 4 a.m. plan to gather in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday to speak out against the measure. Senate Bill 384, also known as the LOCAL act (Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night), would establish a process involving local government, local law enforcement, the general...

    Kevin Smith
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  • Legal proceedings

    Central Basin board removes a roadblock to ‘slush fund’ whistle-blower lawsuit

    COMMERCE >> A crucial board vote on Monday could pave the way to a favorable ruling in a whistle-blower lawsuit seeking the return of $2.7 million to the Central Basin Municipal Water District from two law firms. By 5-0, the water board voted to waive attorney-client privilege in order for the attorneys representing the two law firms to receive information from the district, properly defend their clients and move the case to a conclusion. The vote was seen as a victory for...

    Steve Scauzillo
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  • Health care reform

    Senate health care bill adds 22 million uninsured, says Congressional Budget Office

    WASHINGTON >> The Senate Republican health care bill would leave 22 million more Americans uninsured in 2026 than under President Barack Obama’s health care law, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Monday, complicating GOP leaders’ hopes of pushing the plan through the chamber this week. Minutes after the report’s release, three GOP senators threatened to oppose a pivotal vote on the proposal this week, enough to sink it unless Senate Majority Leader...

    By Alan Fram The Associated Press|

  • Local budgets

    LA County leaders approve $30 billion budget, calling it prudent, ‘moral’

    Los Angeles County supervisors Monday unanimously approved a $30.1 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes millions to fight homelessness, shore up staffing for some social service departments, provide medical care for the poor, and save for a rainy day. The new budget, supervisors said, not only strengthens safety net services but increases the workforce. It folds in an estimated $259 million that the county hopes to generate as a result of voter-approved...

    Susan Abram
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  • Arrests

    Police arrest two Downey residents found with stolen car, meth, credit cards in Rowland Heights

    Deputies arrested a man and a woman from Downey last week after finding the duo with a stolen vehicle, methamphetamine, burglary tools, credit cards and other stolen items in Rowland Heights, authorities said Monday. Julius Depayne, 44, and Damaris Yanez, 54, were taken into custody around 1:30 p.m. Thursday after a deputy found Depayne sitting in a vehicle reported stolen in the parking lot of the Motel 6 at 18970 Labin Court, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s...

    Stephanie K. Baer
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  • Robbery

    AK-47 Bandit, linked to Chino bank robbery, arrested in Nebraska; bombs found in Montana home

    HELENA, Mont. >> Federal agents found homemade bombs in the Montana home of a man they suspect is the “AK-47 Bandit,” who is wanted for a string of bank robberies, including one in Chino, and is accused of shooting at a Kansas state trooper, according to authorities and court documents filed Monday. FBI agents were tipped off when Richard Gathercole, 39, called his mother from a Nebraska jail following his arrest in the attempted shooting of the trooper who was...

    By MATT VOLZ Associated Press|

  • Amusement and theme parks

    Walt Disney’s original map of Disneyland sells for $700,000 at auction

    The original map that Walt Disney made of Disneyland for his brother, Roy, to persuade ABC to invest in the theme park has been auctioned off for $700,000.An anonymous buyer from the West Coast purchased the 40-by-68.5-inch map, said Mike Van Eaton of Van Eaton Galleries, which hosted the auction on Sunday, June 25.“I was a bit worried that it wasn’t going to go ,” Van Eaton said, adding that the minimum bid was $500,000. There were three bidders, he said. The...

    Joseph Pimentel
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  • Alcoholic beverage manufacturing

    For Long Beach’s Sublime, a new beer in honor of band’s 25th anniversary

    A San Diego brewery is paying tribute to a Long Beach band that played a big part in the 1990s revivals of ska and punk rock. AleSmith’s new Sublime Mexican Lager is scheduled to go on sale in July to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Sublime’s debut album, “40oz. to Freedom.” The beer’s label and album share the same art — psychedelic imagery that combines to form the image of a human face inside a blazing sun — and those...

    Andrew Edwards
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