Toys R Us joins bankruptcy list as Amazon exerts influence |Sep 19, 2017

NEW YORK >> In filing for bankruptcy, Toys R Us joins a list of dozens of store chains that have done so already this year as online leader Amazon increasingly exerts its influence over a huge part of the retailing world.

Got an Amazon return? Kohl’s soon will send it back for you |Sep 19, 2017

Amazon, in its relentless pursuit to be your one-stop e-commerce shop, has concocted a package return program with Kohl’s. The retailers in October will offer a free return service at 82 Kohl’s stores on certain Amazon purchases.

Thousands of fake hoverboards seized in Santa Fe Springs |Sep 19, 2017

Sheriff’s investigators on Monday seized thousands of counterfeit hoverboards worth about $1.2 million in Santa Fe Springs, officials said. Deputies who descended on the building in the 10000 block of Pioneer Boulevard found 2,500 to 3,000 of the fake toys One person was briefly detained during the raid but was released.

Fired Baldwin Park police Chief David Salcedo alleges discrimination, retaliation in lawsuit against city |Sep 19, 2017

A former Baldwin Park police chief who was fired after less than two months on the job claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that he was racially discriminated against and his termination was

Eight cars burned, one person injured after Duarte carports catch fire |Sep 19, 2017

DUARTE (CNS) >> One person was injured and at least eight cars were burned in a fire that broke out between two carports in Duarte today. The flames were reported about 9 p.m. in the 1000 block of Las Lomas Road and were extinguished by about 45 firefighters in 30 minutes, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Michael Pittman.

The human reasons why pets end up at the Pasadena Humane Society’s shelter |Sep 19, 2017

Last week, I sat next to a woman at a meeting who worked at an organization that helped homeless families. We struck up a conversation and realized pretty quickly that our work was quite similar. Although we serve different populations, homelessness was homelessness.

Glendora voters: Here’s what will be on your Nov. 7, 2017 ballot |Sep 19, 2017

Glendora voters will find a local election on their Nov. 7, 2017 ballot. Initially, election officials anticipated the race for a seat on the Glendora Unified School District school board to appear on the ballot.

What will be on Montebello voters’ Nov. 7, 2017 ballot |Sep 19, 2017

When Montebello voters head to the polls on Nov. 7, 2017, they’ll find two local measures. Here’s what they would do: Measure S Measure S would

Here’s who’s running for South El Monte City Council and El Monte Union High school board |Sep 19, 2017

South El Monte voters will get a say in two local elections on the Nov. 7, 2017, ballot. They are: South El Monte City Council With neither of two incumbents running for re-election, five people are running for South El Monte City Council.

Rosemead, these are your candidates running on the Nov. 7, 2017 ballot |Sep 19, 2017

Rosemead voters will find one local election on the Nov. 7, 2017 ballot. Rosemead School District Rosemead voters will determine who takes the single open seat on the board. Two candidates filed paperwork to run for the office: • Frederick Santos Mascorro is a retired operations manager.

Man suspected of threatening Monrovia fast food workers at the drive-thru |Sep 19, 2017

After a police pursuit, a man suspected of making criminal threats at a Monrovia fast food restaurant was arrested early Monday. The man allegedly made the threats through the restaurant’s drive-thru window in the 100 block of West Duarte Road around 1:13 a.

Here’s what will appear on the November ballot in El Monte |Sep 19, 2017

El Monte voters have two local elections on their Nov. 7, 2017 ballot, a ballot measure and a race for school board. Measure EM El Monte voters will decide in November whether or not to extend city’s current half-cent sales tax until 2029.

Man attempts to lure girl into truck in Monterey Park |Sep 19, 2017

A man attempted to persuade a young girl into his pickup truck Monday afternoon in Monterey Park, police said. The man was described by Monterey Park police in a statement as a 40-50 year old, medium-heavy set, Hispanic man with facial hair who was driving a small, older-model red pickup truck with a black metal shed.

Caltech to close recycling center used by the community for decades |Sep 19, 2017

The Caltech Recycling Center, a convenient place to drop off a variety of materials for community members, will close Nov. 11 after nearly 40 years in operation. With bins for more than 11 types of recyclables and little wait,

Rosemead suspect named in Monday pursuit involving reported stolen trailer |Sep 19, 2017

A 42-year-old Rosemead man in a pickup truck towing an allegedly stolen trailer led law enforcement on a pursuit Monday that zigzagged along San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties freeways before it ended in Pasadena, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Jury now deliberating fate of man suspected in Montebello fatal shooting |Sep 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The fate of a Montebello man — who allegedly shot into a crowd at a 2008 Montebello graduation party, killing a father and his 12-year-old son and injuring two others — is in the hands of a jury.

LA County has its own hepatitis A outbreak |Sep 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Health officials said today that Los Angeles County has a hepatitis A outbreak based on two “community-acquired” cases that cannot be traced back to San Diego County or Santa Cruz.

County offers $20,000 reward in fatal Monrovia shooting |Sep 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> The Board of Supervisors approved a $20,000 reward on Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever gunned down a Canyon Oaks High School senior and wounded a 17-year-old boy in Monrovia.

Two suspected gang members arrested after barging into home during chase, forcing residents out |Sep 19, 2017

San Gabriel police arrested a man they say was a gang member and a wanted fugitive after he was found inside a stolen vehicle Monday evening. At least six other law enforcement agencies helped San Gabriel police arrest Joseph Arthur Leal, 28, who police said was a member of the “Sangra” gang.

Gas main leak forces evacuation of 12 homes in Diamond Bar |Sep 19, 2017

An ongoing gas main leak at a residence in Diamond Bar has forced the evacuation of 12 homes Tuesday. A contractor working at a home in the 700 block of Lionwood Avenue struck and opened a 2-inch gas main around 5:30 p.

Fire damages Rowland Heights home |Sep 19, 2017

A Rowland Heights home sustained serious damage after it caught fire Tuesday afternoon. The second story of the two-story house, on the 19100 block of Galatina Street, suffered heavy damage. The first floor had minor damage, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervising Fire Dispatcher Ed Pickett.

Trying to contact family or friends affected by the Mexico earthquake? Here’s where to start |Sep 19, 2017

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 226 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. The violent temblor sent thousands of panicked people into the streets, many of whom then worked to help rescue those trapped in the rubble.

Accidental Talmudist blows his horn for Rosh Hashanah |Sep 19, 2017

It wasn’t long before Salvador “Sal” Litvak realized a fact of life: You can’t just walk through security at Downtown Disney with a ram’s horn slung over your shoulder.

Education Bonita Unified board member Jim Elliot to retire |Sep 19, 2017

And then there were four.At the Sept. 6 Bonita Unified School District board meeting, board member Jim Elliot announced his intent to retire. He has served on the board since 2003.“As I look to the future, and as I explore new ways to serve my community, I want to thank my board colleagues, staff, parents, and community members for their support, confidence, and for the high-privilege of allowing me to serve as a board member for the past 14 years,” Elliot said during the meeting.

Local community things to know and do for the San Gabriel Valley for Sept. 20, 2017 |Sep 19, 2017

West Covina Bingo night at the lodge West Covina Elks Lodge, 841 W. Merced Ave., invites the public to its weekly bingo nights on Thursdays. Bingo is open to all adults 18 years and older. Doors open at 4 p.

LA County declares its own hepatitis A outbreak; 10 infected include homeless |Sep 19, 2017

Public health officials declared a hepatitis A outbreak in Los Angeles County on Tuesday, saying there are now 10 people infected, two of whom are homeless and contracted the potentially fatal liver disease locally.

State bill would freeze rents for tenants in Caltrans-owned homes along former 710 Freeway path, but some left out |Sep 19, 2017

A bill that would freeze the rents of some tenants living in state-owned homes along the route of the scrapped 710 Freeway extension in El Sereno, South Pasadena and Pasadena is headed to the governor’s desk.

Rabbis in Southern California gear up for heavy-hitting Rosh Hashana sermons |Sep 19, 2017

The Jewish New Year and the Day of Atonement are a time of self-reflection for Jews around the world. The High Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are also when rabbis often give their most important — and powerful — sermons of the year.

NBC’s Carson Daly announces death of mom Pattie Daly Caruso |Sep 18, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Carson Daly’s mother has died. The “Today” show correspondent and “The Voice” host announced the death of Pattie Daly Caruso in a statement read by his “Today” colleague Matt Lauer on the NBC program Monday.

State wants to prosecute man who killed deer with bow and arrow in Monrovia |Sep 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> State wildlife officials said on Monday they will seek the prosecution of a man caught on camera shooting a young deer with a bow and arrow near homes in Monrovia last week, killing it.

Motorcyclist killed on 60 Freeway near Hacienda Heights identified as Chino man |Sep 18, 2017

@RubyGonzales2 on Twitter The coroner’s office on Monday identified the motorcyclist killed in a weekend crash on the 60 Freeway near the border of Hacienda Heights and Industry.

Where you’ll find Alhambra’s Chinese cultural festivals this year |Sep 18, 2017

ALHAMBRA >> For the past week, the Edwards Renaissance Theatre courtyard has been adorned with colorful lanterns and four framed pieces of Chinese art telling the mythological story of Chang’e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality.

What happened to the pot-bellied pigs of the San Gabriel Valley? |Sep 18, 2017

ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> Miss Puddin’ Pie waddles across the front yard, dragging her pink belly over the grass. She’s a 175-pound pot-bellied pig with white hair that has mostly fallen off, as it does in the summer, revealing flaky, dry skin.

Police chase starts in Rancho Cucamonga, ends in Pasadena |Sep 18, 2017

PASADENA >> A suspect in a truck hauling a small trailer reported stolen out of Pico Rivera led law enforcement officers on Monday on a nearly two-hour chase that began in San Bernardino County and ended in Pasadena.

5 new things you can expect at the Queen Mary’s Chill attraction |Sep 18, 2017

The Queen Mary’s popular Chill attraction will get a makeover this year. Last year’s Alice in a Winter Wonderland theme will transform into an entirely new attraction dubbed the Ice Adventure Park.

Pieology server fired for obscene anti-police note on Torrance officer’s receipt |Sep 18, 2017

A Torrance police officer picking up a takeout lunch at a local pizzeria was handed a receipt with an obscene anti-police message, a gesture that touched off a firestorm Monday on social media. The officer, who was in uniform Thursday at Pieology in Torrance, did not respond and, in fact, left a tip when the female cashier handed him the shocking receipt Thursday that said “F--- The Cops.

Starbucks quietly raises Southern California prices up to 30 cents |Sep 18, 2017

With McDonald’s serving $2 McCafe drink specials as part of a revamped coffee menu, what does Starbucks do in return? Raise prices. The Seattle giant has quietly raised prices from 10-30 cents in various U.

Several LA-area DACA immigrants among those suing Trump administration |Sep 18, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO — Six immigrants brought to the United States as children who became teachers, graduate students and a lawyer sued the Trump administration on Monday over its decision to end a program shielding them from deportation.

Lawsuit alleges Tesla, other automakers used illegal foreign workers to build plants |Sep 18, 2017

Widening earlier claims of immigration fraud at the Tesla factory, a recently unsealed whistleblower suit says several other major automakers, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volkswagen, illegally used foreign construction workers to build their U.

Former South Bay defense engineer caught in spy sting gets 5 years in prison |Sep 18, 2017

A Culver City man who worked for a South Bay defense contractor was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for his guilty plea to economic espionage and violating the Arms Export Control Act by selling sensitive satellite information to a person he believed to be a Russian spy.

Southern California students, teachers sue over DACA |Sep 18, 2017

A Pasadena doctoral candidate, two Los Angeles school teachers and a former Pomona College student now attending UC Irvine law school were among six people who sued the Trump administration Monday over the decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Trump plan: Southern California monuments would be spared, six others would be reduced |Sep 18, 2017

Six national monuments would be reduced in size, with millions of acres of protected lands opened to grazing, logging and oil and gas exploration, according to new recommendations released by the Trump administration.

Arcadia, Azusa, Monrovia, Rosemead and Santa Fe Springs vie to be ‘most business-friendly city in Los Angeles County’ |Sep 18, 2017

California and the phrase “business-friendly” might seem like an unlikely match according to some critics, but several Los Angeles County cities have been named finalists for a 2017 Most Business Friendly City award.

Local community things to know and do for the San Gabriel Valley for Sept. 19, 2017 |Sep 18, 2017

Baldwin Park Adult school offers culinary arts class The Baldwin Park Adult and Community Education center’s culinary arts program is hosting a free open house at 4 p.m. Wednesday at its Culinary Arts Center, 2000 Badillo Ave.

Mural project brings history to the walls of Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex |Sep 18, 2017

POMONA >> Much like the elements that would be included in a scrapbook, the images that are part of a mural being painted on a wall of the Millard Sheets Art Center at Fairplex represent memories of the LA County Fair.

Cal Poly Pomona president outlines changes, accomplishments at convocation |Sep 18, 2017

Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya M. Coley returned to the themes of the past in her third-annual convocation address Monday, which kicked off the 2017-18 school year.“I asked you (three years ago) to think about the journey ahead as you would climbing a mountain,” Coley told the hundreds of faculty, staff and students gathered in a ballroom in the Bronco Student Center on Monday.

Report: Pasadena failed to hold developer accountable to law designed to help the low income |Sep 18, 2017

Much needed homes meant for low-income families sat vacant for years because Pasadena did not effectively hold developers to a city law designed to increase its supply of affordable housing, an internal review has found.

Man critically wounded in Baldwin Park shooting |Sep 18, 2017

A shooting in Baldwin Park on Monday afternoon left a man critically wounded, police said. The attack was first reported about 2:10 p.m. as gunfire heard in the area of the

Rose Bowl offers naming rights, here’s what the field will be called |Sep 17, 2017

PASADENA >> For the first time, the Rose Bowl’s storied field — home to hundreds of gridiron and soccer clashes and live performances by the world’s top musicians — could bear a name.

What to expect from Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest |Sep 17, 2017

“Let them out!” came chants from people lining the streets on the opening night of Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest. When the large wooden gate swung open at 7 p.m. sharp, zombies, demons, and ghouls ran out and vanished into the night for the start of the biggest, most terrifying Halloween celebration yet at the Valencia amusement park.