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Warner Music just moved its employees to a new home in an old factory building in the Arts District.

Friends, family and fans continue to mourn the loss of rapper Nipsey Hussle, who was shot and killed over the weekend outside his clothing store in South Los Angeles.

The L.A. County Coroner’s Office has concluded that a man who died at the home of a prominent Democratic donor in West Hollywood overdosed on crystal meth.

Before former Governor Jerry Brown left office, last year, he put his pen to a couple, new transparency laws.  Both have to do with public access to internal police investigations and…

Think of Santa Monica and there are a number of things that come to mind: an idyllic, beachside setting; a tech-saturated economy; a bastion of liberal politics.

Those who cast their ballot in the LA Unified School Board election at a local school or church likely did so for the last time.

It’s the team that’s had to deal with a geography and identity crisis for years, with some of the most supportive fans in Major League Baseball. The L.A.

A landmark bill signed by then-Governor Brown last year is intended to make records of police misconduct available to the public.

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Almost a decade ago, Feras Fayyad was imprisoned and tortured by the Assad regime in Syria for filming anti-government protests. But after his release, he kept making documentaries.

Syrian director Feras Fayyad on his new documentary 'The Cave'

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Good Food’s Evan Kleiman is a fan of oregano, particularly the Mediterrannean varieties that come in little bundles like a bunch of flowers, only dried.

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LA Times restaurant critic  Patricia Escárcega  is back from maternity leave with a  report from Lakewood   .

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The new documentary ‘ The Cave ’ follows Syrian doctor Amani Ballour--a 30-year-old pediatrician and the country’s only female hospital manager.

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If you’ve been following the new-look LA Times Food section, there’s a good chance you know  the name   Lucas Kwan Peterson  .

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Ivan Orkin  is the chef and restaurateur behind  Ivan Ramen    in New York.

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Ivan Orkin is the chef and restaurateur behind Ivan Ramen  in New York.

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Fires ravaged San Diego in 2007, and scheduled power shut-offs caused chaos. Since then, the city has made improvements to their power grid and their scheduled outage procedures.

Lessons from San Diego’s planned blackouts

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