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

Los Angeles Police Department Chief of Detectives Charlie Beck

LA crime stats released

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said today that domestic violence calls are up about 10.5 percent so far in 2014 compared to the same period last year, contributing to an [...]

07/22/2014

A worker removes leaves as nectarines get sorted for packaging at Eastern ProPak Farmers Cooperative in Glassboro, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

California firm issues nationwide fruit recall

CUTLER, Calif. (AP) — A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittcamp said [...]

07/22/2014

Loyola High School in Los Angeles. (Photo credit: LoyolaHS.edu)

An LA school requires concussion tests for all students

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A boys Catholic high school in Los Angeles will require all students to undergo baseline testing for concussions – whether they are athletes or not. The Los Angeles Times reports each [...]

07/22/2014

Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar. (AP Photo/Office of Gov. Jerry Brown)

Mexican-born professor eyed for state high court

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown nominated a Mexican-born Stanford law professor on Tuesday to the California Supreme Court, continuing a trend to diversify one of the most influential courts in the country. Brown [...]

07/22/2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks during a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)

UN chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel [...]

07/22/2014

A plaque marks the place where a tree was planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison in Griffith Park on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. The tree planted to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed by beetles. The pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation and removed last month. (AP Photo)

George Harrison memorial tree killed by — get this — beetles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed — by beetles. Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall [...]

07/22/2014

President Barack Obama visits the Dutch Embassy in Washington to sign a book of condolence, joined by Deputy Chief of Mission Peter Mollema, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Most of the 298 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down near the border between Ukraine and Russia were Dutch citizens. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

US to present intelligence data on plane crash

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Tuesday it would present data from the U.S. intelligence community laying out what’s known about the Malaysia Airlines plane that was shot down in Ukraine. White House spokesman [...]

07/22/2014

Shelly Sterling, the wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, arrives at a Los Angeles courthouse for a trial over the $2 billion Los Angeles Clippers sale on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Witness: Sterling needs Clippers sale to pay debts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling’s properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in [...]

07/21/2014

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Law OKs underage wine and beer tasting in colleges

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Aspiring brewers and winemakers in college can legally taste — but not swallow — their products starting winter semester. Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB1989 on Monday to fix a situation that [...]

07/21/2014

This photo taken July 8, 2014, shows the East Baltimore Medical Center, a community practice affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore. (AP Photo)

Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

BALTIMORE (AP) — A “rogue” gynecologist who used tiny cameras to secretly record videos and photos of his patients has forced one of the world’s top medical centers to pay $190 million to 8,000 women [...]

07/21/2014

Lieutenant-General Andrey Kartopolov, head of main operational department of Russian military's General Staff, center, speaks to the media during a news conference in Moscow, Monday, July 21, 2014. Russian officials offered evidence Monday, showing photos they said proved that Ukrainian surface-to-air systems were operating in the area in the days before the crash. Russian officials also offered evidence that a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet had flown “between 3 to 5 kilometers (2 to 3 miles)” from the Malaysia Airlines jet. Screen demonstrates the scheme of air traffic over Donetsk, Malaysia Airlines jet route and place of it's crash, red box, as well as Ukrainian antiaircraft missile launchers positions. At right is Igor Makushev, chief of Russia's Air Force general staff. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekrtarev)

Vital evidence feared withheld by Ukraine’s rebels

LONDON (AP) — “What exactly are they trying to hide?” President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner. The answer is: potentially [...]

07/21/2014

Ukrainian Emergency workers carry a stretcher with a victim's body in a bag as pro-Russian fighters stand in guard at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

UN calls for probe of plane downed over Ukraine

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, [...]

07/21/2014