L.A.’s Afternoon News: Maggie McKay and Michael Shappee

An officer walks near the scene of a shooting Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby, Pa. A shooting at a suburban Philadelphia hospital campus has killed one worker and injured two other people. (AP Photo)

Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

  MEDIA, Pa. (AP) — A psychiatrist’s patient ranted about a gun ban at a suburban medical complex before opening fire there, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his [...]


Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell leads a news conference Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif. Police said they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death. Photos at left show the surviving suspect, Gus Adams, and the Andrea Miller, who was killed. (AP Photo/The Press-Telegram, Gregory Yee)

Prosecutors consider charges after burglar killed

  LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors deciding whether to charge a California man who says he fatally shot a violent burglar in the back in an alley as she fled his home face a [...]


A police officer walks past the wreckage of a carjacked vehicle that police say hit a group of people on a corner in Philadelphia on Friday, July 25, 2014, killing two children and critically injuring three other people. One of the children was pronounced dead at the scene and another at a hospital, Homicide Capt. James Clark said.  (AP Photo/Philadelphia Daily News, Alejandro A. Alvarez)

Carjacked SUV hits crowd, killing 3 young siblings

  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two men carjacked a woman at gunpoint but soon sped out of control, killing three children Friday as they plowed into a group selling fruit to raise money for their church, [...]


During a news conference Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Long Beach, Calif., police display photos of Gus Adams and Andrea Miller. Police said they're deciding whether to arrest an 80-year-old man who shot a fleeing, unarmed burglar--Miller--despite her telling him she was pregnant, but they have arrested the woman's accomplice--Adams--on suspicion of murder for taking part in a crime that led to her death. (AP Photo/Long Beach Press-Telegram, Sean Hiller)

Coroner: Burglar killed by homeowner not pregnant

  LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a burglar who was fatally shot by an 80-year-old Long Beach homeowner was not pregnant as she had claimed moments before her death as she fled the [...]


This image provided by Los Angeles Fire Department shows a partially collapsed parking structure in Los Angeles on Friday, July 25, 2014. A fire spokesman said a large planter fell from a crane, causing the collapse Friday morning. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Fire Department)

Parking collapse in Century City complex

CENTURY CITY (CNS) – An underground parking structure partially collapsed today at a Century City residential complex, but no one was hurt. The problem was reported about 7:35 a.m. in the 10100 block of West [...]


Journalists use their cellphones as they wait for the arrival of heads of state at an EU summit on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again

  NEW YORK (AP) — Congress has passed a bill that makes it legal to “unlock” cellphones so the devices can —at least in some instances— be used on other carriers. The law, which President [...]


This July 20, 2014 photo provided by the National Weather Service in LaCrosse, Wis., shows a massive swarm of mayflies captured on radar as they emerge from the Mississippi River and drift north with the wind.  (AP Photo/National Weather Service)

Radar captures mayfly swarm on Mississippi River

  MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mayflies have begun emerging from the Mississippi River in swarms that show up on radar like thunderstorms, coat roads and leave behind slimy messes. They’ve already been blamed for at least [...]


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LA homes to benefit from new solar farm

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Construction has begun on a 250-megawatt solar farm in Kern County that will generate enough energy to power about 127,000 homes in Los Angeles, municipal utility officials said today. The 2,500-acre [...]


Judge argues for return of firing squad executions

  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An influential federal appeals court judge said Thursday that the nation’s third lethal injection execution to go awry in six months underscores his call to bring back firing squads. In [...]


FILE - This Nov. 12, 2011, file photo, shows workers in protective suits and masks as they wait to enter the emergency operation center at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station in Okuma, Japan. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder, File)

Fukushima study: Think about unthinkable disasters

  WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. science advisory report says Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accident offers a key lesson to the nation’s nuclear industry: Focus more on the highly unlikely but worst case scenarios. That means [...]



3 contractors awarded bid for Metro Purple Line

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A joint venture of three construction firms was awarded a $1.6 billion contract by the Metro Board of Directors today to build the first phase of the Metro Purple Line subway [...]


The Arizona state prison where the nearly two hour execution of Joseph Rudolph Wood took place on Wednesday, July 23, 2014, is photographed in Florence, Ariz.  Wood was convicted in the 1989 shooting deaths of Debbie Dietz, 29, and Gene Dietz, 55, at an auto repair shop in Tucson. (AP Photo)

Arizona execution: Lawyer said inmate not in pain

  FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — As a condemned murderer gasped for more than 90 minutes in the death chamber, a judge convened an urgent hearing in which a state lawyer assured him that the inmate [...]