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  1. L.A. County reports 76% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes The Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations on Wednesday released a special report on anti-Asian hate crime in LA County in 2020. The report revealed that anti-Asian hate crimes rose 76% from 25 to 44 in 2020, the largest number of anti-Asian hate crimes reported since 2001.
  2. VA says it will house homeless veterans who are camped around its West L.A. campus The Veterans Affairs campus in West Los Angeles announced plans to house up to 500 homeless veterans by year's end.
  3. Using new law, L.A. City Council bans homeless encampments at 54 spots The Los Angeles City Council approved a ban on camping at certain locations in the first use of a new set of laws that passed over the summer.
  4. Laugh Factory founder Jamie Masada calls on comedians to support Dave Chappelle Dave Chappelle has found an ally in the Laugh Factory's founder, who's rallying the comedy community to support the embattled comedian.
  5. Appeals court tosses order aimed at protecting immigration detainees from COVID-19 A 9th Circuit Court of Appeals panel has overturned a requirement for ICE detainees at risk of COVID-19 to be monitored and possibly released.
  6. Thieves caught on camera snatching rug with giant pink 'M' from famed Madonna Inn The longtime manager, who opted not to file a police report, is hoping it was just a prank and the rug will be returned, preferably with an apology.
  7. After 4 homeless men shot near Ballona Wetlands, suspect is charged with attempted murder Police are seeking a woman they say also was involved in the shooting that injured four homeless men.
  8. Former Baldwin Park police officer charged with assaulting teenager A former Baldwin Park police officer was charged with assault for allegedly beating up a teenager he'd been chasing in 2019.
  9. Cash to curb car break-ins: San Francisco offers $100,000 reward to stop thefts A business group aims to raise $1 million in reward money to entice more people to come forward.
  10. L.A. City Council set to vote on Ridley-Thomas suspension The L.A. City Council is considering whether to suspend Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, a week after he was indicted on federal charges.
  11. One dead, two injured in falls during Phish concert at San Francisco's Chase Center A 47-year-old man died Sunday, and two others were injured in separate falls from upper-level seating at the San Francisco venue.
  12. In-N-Out Burger's fight over COVID vaccination rules could be start of bigger battle As more California cities require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations in public places, a cherished burger chain has become an unlikely flashpoint.
  13. For the vaccinated, how risky could holiday gatherings be? Officials say it's possible to safely participate in many holiday activities if everyone is vaccinated for COVID. But extra precautions may be needed.
  14. Podcast: Unclogging America's biggest ports The Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest in the U.S. Their massive backlog is affecting the economy.
  15. L.A. County supervisors order independent audit of Mark Ridley-Thomas bribery charges The five supervisors unanimously approved an independent investigation that will scrutinize past contracts and the county's current policies.
  16. As L.A. draws new political boundaries, two City Council members say they want USC Two L.A. City Council members are in the midst of a tug of war over who will represent USC. A city redistricting commission is bringing the issue to a head.
  17. Street racing surged during the pandemic. L.A. now wants to crack down As activity continues to surge, cities are scrambling for new tools to curtail illegal racing and sideshows.
  18. One person wounded in shooting outside Beverly Hills restaurant The victim is in stable condition, according to police. No suspects have been identified.
  19. San Francisco In-N-Out temporarily closed over city's proof of COVID-19 vaccine requirement The restaurant posted signs about vaccine requirements, but city officials said employees should demand proof of vaccination from customers, the company said.
  20. Weeks after foul odor began, Carson residents now urged to avoid outdoor exercise The amount of hydrogen sulfide gas emanating from decaying vegetation and marine life in the Dominguez Channel exceeds state nuisance thresholds but is not considered "imminently dangerous," Los Angeles County public health officials said Tuesday.
  21. LAPD says shooting of detective led to bust of gang making 'ghost guns' An investigation into the shooting of a Los Angeles police detective led investigators to a gang allegedly producing "ghost guns" out of a tattoo parlor, Chief Michel Moore said.
  22. Column: At vaccine deadline, L.A. city officials go soft on resisters. Can someone please get tough? Los Angeles is ready to extend the deadline for city workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by two months, but that's no way to get compliance.
  23. Drought-stricken California cut its water use by 5% in August Californians reduced water use an average of 5% in August compared with a year earlier, an improvement from July when residents cut water use by 1.8%.
  24. Tom Morey, Boogie Board inventor who opened the waves to the masses, dies A lifelong dreamer and tinkerer, Tom Morey created a stubby, lightweight bodyboard that changed beach culture forever. He was 86.
  25. What Colin Powell's death tells us — and doesn't — about COVID-19 and vaccines Experts say his death should not be interpreted as a failure of COVID-19 vaccines in the broader population.
  26. 'Stunning': Female mountain lion is 99th to be tracked in Santa Monica Mountains study A female mountain lion caught in the western part of the Santa Monica Mountains has been outfitted with a GPS tracking collar and dubbed P-99.
  27. Unvaccinated L.A. city employees could get until mid-December to get their shots City workers who aren't vaccinated for COVID-19 or declared they'll seek an exemption can have more time to get the shots under L.A. officials' plan.
  28. L.A. City Council president seeks to suspend Ridley-Thomas following indictment L.A. City Council President Nury Martinez introduces a motion to suspend Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas, who was indicted last week on bribery charges.
  29. 2 dead after huge fire at suspected marijuana grow warehouse in Canoga Park Fire crews found one body inside the charred warehouse and one person died at a hospital, authorities said.
  30. Army closes investigation into Chino soldier's slaying Rep. Norma Torres calls for an inspector general's investigation into the Army probe of a Chino man whose head was found severed from his body.