As the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots approaches, Dr. Drew talks with Rodney King about his impact on history.
The Los Angeles riots 20 years ago this week were sparked by the acquittal of four L.A. police officers in the brutal beating of suspect Rodney King a year earlier. The turbulence that led to more than 50 deaths and $1 billion in property damage all began with a traffic violation.
In an expanding investigation into teacher misconduct, Los Angeles school officials are going back 40 years in their internal review of teacher discipline cases in an effort to determine whether any of the instructors should also be referred for possible license revocation, a school spokesman said Friday.
Having decided that its program could use a few more thongs, the Los Angeles Film Festival announced today that Steven Soderbergh's male-stripper drama "Magic Mike" -- starring Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, and a bunch of other guys who look pretty darn good with their shirts off -- will have its world premiere as the festival's closing-night selection.
On April 29, 1992, the intersection of Florence and Normandie avenues in south Los Angeles became a flashpoint for one of the worst riots in U.S. history.
Rodney King talks about his new book "The Riot Within" and reflects on what he learned after the 1991 beating.
I pitied the other tourists at the car rental lot at the Los Angeles airport: The sight of two Englishmen in their mid-30s sinking uncertainly into a white Mustang convertible is not pleasant.
You may never tame lions or swim with the sharks, but you still have plenty of opportunities to act courageously every day.
Los Angeles public school officials are working with sheriff's detectives to determine whether other schoolchildren were victims of alleged teacher sexual misconduct at Miramonte Elementary School, a spokesman said Friday.
As scandal-plagued Miramonte Elementary School reopened Thursday with a completely new staff, Los Angeles school officials announced that ousted teachers could return to the school if they clear an ongoing investigation into faculty sexual misconduct.
The entire staff of a Los Angeles elementary school where two teachers were arrested last week for lewd acts involving pupils will be replaced when the students return to class, the school district's superintendent said.
A human smuggling ring used non-Spanish speaking African-Americans to drive suspected illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexican border to the Los Angeles area, according to immigration authorities.
A German national accused of setting one of the worst arson sprees in the history of Los Angeles entered a plea of not guilty during an arraignment hearing Tuesday.
Harry Burkhart launched into tirades and had to be restrained before the L.A. arson spree. CNN's Casey Wian reports.
A German man arrested in Los Angeles early Monday after a string of 52 fires -- mostly in parked cars -- was charged Wednesday with 37 counts of arson, prosecutors said.
A 24-year-old man was charged Monday with arson in connection with a rash of car and building fires across the Los Angeles area, authorities said.
The number of fires believed to be linked to an arson spree has risen to 39 across the Los Angeles area, fire officials said Sunday.
Fire and police officers in the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County were looking for suspects Friday in connection with 19 vehicle fires in the Hollywood area.
Southern California residents and recovery crews continued their cleanup efforts Saturday, two days after powerful winds downed power lines, damaged structures and caused other devastation.
Powerful winds continued to batter Los Angeles, Las Vegas and other southwestern U.S. locales Thursday -- downing trees, delaying flights and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.
Hundreds of police officers move to evict Occupy Los Angeles protesters from City Hall.
Police in Los Angeles and Philadelphia dismantled tents and arrested Occupy protesters who refused to leave city property early Wednesday.
CNN's Sandra Endo reports from Los Angeles as Occupy protesters defy a police order to leave their camp.
Refusing to leave their camp at Los Angeles' City Hall, Occupy protesters were seeking a federal court injunction to block their removal.
Protesters holding their ground at an Occupy site in Los Angeles rallied on Monday to highlight their success and vowed to continue their encampment.
Rareview goes inside the lives of those in America whose stories we don't always hear.
Something has clearly gone wrong here on Planet Fútbol. After whiffing on a multitude of predictions over the years, I've somehow turned into Nostradamus so far during the 2011 MLS season, causing me to wonder if I should have visited Vegas and placed a few wagers. (Then again, does anyone know any Vegas sports books that take bets on MLS?)
The National Basketball Players' Association will hold a meeting in Los Angeles on Friday to assess the dire NBA lockout situation and discuss the union's strategy going forward, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation.
Do airlines pad flight times just to inflate their on-time rankings?
AT&T said Sunday it was making progress in fixing a glitch that led to to hours of disruption for many wireless customers in Southern California.
A plane bound from Las Vegas to Los Angeles returned to McCarron International Airport on Saturday after a report of suspicious activity by a passenger, a Transportation and Security Administration official said.
Taylor Armstrong's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills costars joined her at the memorial service
For the first time in decades, a federally authorized program opens the once polluted Los Angeles River to paddlers.
For the first time in decades the Los Angeles River, once polluted and ridiculed, is open to kayakers and canoeists this summer under a federally authorized two-month program.
With no summer league to keep hardcore hoops fans happy in July, there was a growing excitement over the scheduled Aug. 20 faceoff between the Los Angeles-based Drew League and the Washington, D.C.-based Goodman League.
LOS ANGELES -- Detroit small forward Austin Daye had grown accustomed to getting the inside scoop on Pistons news.
A man facing federal charges of attempting to evade airport security by boarding a cross-country flight without a valid boarding pass or identification pleaded not guilty Monday.
The closing of a freeway in Los Angeles has incited a citizen uproar that's reverberating around the Web's social channels.
A traffic app incorporates social networking to provide up to minute conditions. CNN's Dan Simon reports.
Los Angeles survived what officials warned could have been a traffic nightmare this weekend when a section of one of the nation's busiest freeways, closed for construction, was reopened ahead of schedule Sunday.
Los Angeles' Interstate 405 will reopen as soon as 11:30 a.m. (2:30 p.m. ET) Sunday, more than 17 hours ahead of schedule, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Sunday.
A race to Long Beach as 2 CNN producers test whether it's faster to fly or drive during the 405 shutdown.
The closure of a mountain highway pass in the heart of the nation's second-largest city -- an event anticipated to be so calamitous to car-loving Southern California that it's been dubbed "Carmageddon" -- hit the area Friday night.
CNN's John King talks to Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa about upcoming highway closures.
CNN's John King asks Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa what "Carmageddon" is all about.
Will the closure of the Interstate 405 in Los Angeles hurt small businesses?
â¢ Was she buying maternity clothes? Mom-to-be Rebecca Gayheart stepped out and went shopping at Madison boutique's Melrose Avenue location in L.A. The friendly actress chatted with employees about her pregnancy and swooped up some summer must-haves, including an L Space swimsuit and Sunahara dress.
CNN's Max Foster wraps the royal couple's Canada trip with details of a Calgary rodeo and previews their next stop, L.A.
Meet the host, Dame Barbara Hay, whose home has seven bedrooms and bathrooms
A suspected drug kingpin on the "15 Most Wanted" fugitives list has been arrested in Los Angeles, the U.S. Marshals Service announced Thursday.
â¢ New mom Pink stopped into Geoffrey's Malibu eatery with some precious cargo - baby Willow Sage! The mother-daughter duo were the talk of the restaurant, and many people dropped by to get a peek at her baby, who's been spotted out and about already with Pink and hubby Carey Hart.
My fiancé and I are saving up to buy a house in the not-too-distant future. We want to take advantage of the housing market, but he's skeptical about whether this is the best time to buy. When do you think prices will go up? -- S.R., Los Angeles
A 29-year-old Los Angeles woman was charged with murder Friday and her two accused male accomplices were charged with robbery in a shotgun crime spree that allegedly resulted in the execution-style slaying of an MTV producer, authorities said.
Bryan Stow, the San Francisco Giants fan who was severely beaten outside Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium in late March, is now stabilized enough to be transferred from Los Angeles to a San Francisco hospital, his physicians said Friday.
â¢ Justin Timberlake got the party started at Trousdale lounge in Los Angeles. The singer-actor and his pals took over part of the back room, where they ordered bottles of champagne. "He was in great spirits," a source tells PEOPLE. "He was nice and friendly with everyone he talked to, laughing and making jokes to his guy friends." Though he talked to a few lucky ladies, he was focused on having fun with his friends. Later, Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford, there with his own group, stopped by to say hello.
There's no doubt about it: Airfares for this summer are higher than they were a couple of years ago, especially for business trips that don't require a Saturday night stay.
Jay Carson is CEO of the newly formed C40 Clinton Climate Initiative, which combines previous efforts led by former President Clinton and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to leverage big cities in the fight against global warming. He'll have a budget this year of $12 million and a staff of 65.
Elvira Sosa left Mexico for the United States more than 30 years ago, but last year was the first time she'd been counted as part of the U.S. Census.
â¢ Zac Efron got the VIP treatment - literally - while clubbing at Roxbury in Hollywood. The actor requested that the club open up its VIP section, which was closed, then headed upstairs to dance. The lights were dim so the single actor could have privacy, a source says. He also had his own bottle of tequila, and got cozy with an unidentified female.
â¢ No diva behavior here! Emma Stone happily waited the 15 minutes for a table while lunching with her mom at Doughboys CafÃ© & Bakery in L.A. The Spider-Man actress did her best to blend in despite being recognized by many fellow diners. During her wait, the actress chatted with her mom and studied the menu before eventually grabbing a table outside next to a heat lamp.
An open audition is being held for the part originated on Broadway by Constantine Maroulis
Actors Michelle Rodriguez and Aaron Eckhart answer your iReport questions on aliens and a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.
Had you noticed your drive to and from work got a little quicker the past couple of years?
â¢ Kellan Lutz and Chris Evans, fending off ladies during their guys' night out at Trousdale in L.A. The pals were joined at a table by Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, while Kevin Connolly hung out at the next table with Britney Spears's beau Jason Trawick.
Following an argument at a California vocational school, a student returned to the classroom armed with a gun and fatally shot a teacher Wednesday, police said.
â¢ Causally dressed mom-to-be Alicia Silverstone stopped into M CafÃ© Melrose in L.A. for some tea to-go. The actress told staff at the cafÃ© that she had just eaten a big meal, and would return later for some vegan eggs Benedict. Before carrying out her Kukicha roasted twig tea, the actress chatted up a fellow patron about healthy juices.
The world always seems magical through a plane window, with the Earth looking peaceful and majestic from 35,000 feet in the air.
â¢ Anne Hathaway took a break from rehearsing for her Oscar night co-hosting duties for some afternoon shopping on Melrose Avenue in L.A. with a female friend. The ladies made a lengthy stop at Crystalarium in West Hollywood, where she ended up buying two crystals. "She looked radiant," an onlooker tells us. "She and her friend were just chatting and pointing things out to each other as they walked around the store."
The actor's one-of-a-kind Polaroid was snatched from the wall at an art show in Los Angeles on Saturday
Two Los Angeles teens arrested after a shooting that wounded and hospitalized two of their fellow Gardena High School students, including one in critical condition with a head wound, will not be charged with a crime, police said Thursday.
â¢ He may be known for cooking up hearty dinners for his Jersey Shore castmates, but when he's on his own, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is eating light. The reality star was in L.A., where he stopped by Madison & Vine and ordered a junior salad. Restaurant sources say he was very serious about his food intake, and that he chatted with fellow diners about his appetite and his abs.
A 17-year-old boy arrested after a handgun in his backpack accidentally discharged and wounded two other high school students Tuesday was able to bring his automatic pistol on campus apparently because the Los Angeles school does only random metal detector checks, police said.
Taking his Food Revolution to kids is "not going so well" for the chef
Los Angeles has long been a destination for artistic dreamers from Europe: Zsa Zsa Gabor moved to Hollywood from Hungary in the 1940s to act. Warsaw-born Roman Polanski moved to Southern California in the 1960s to direct.
Investigators have found the first victim in the videotaped sexual assaults of severely disabled women, and the woman alleges a suspect already in custody had raped her in a Los Angeles care home, authorities said.
Plus: Cory Monteith's fandemonium, Jessica Alba and more
Monsoon-like conditions overwhelmed southern California and other western states creating flash floods and mudslides.
Question: I'm facing a layoff this year. What's the best way for a freelancer to save for retirement? -- Danica, Los Angeles
A huge winter storm was affecting the West Coast on Sunday, poised to dump up to 10 feet of snow in some higher elevations, and causing flooding and potential mudslides in lower spots while impacting driving conditions and air travel, forecasters said.
Federal authorities announced Tuesday they dismantled an international child pornography ring that allowed its 35 male members to trade thousands of images and videos of boys in sexually explicit situations through a website.
Federal authorities say they've uncovered an international child pornography ring.
Russell Brand is taking lessons - but find out who else isn't comfortable behind the wheel
Emergency crews rushed eight middle school students to a hospital in Los Angeles, California, after they consumed chocolate and later had accelerated heart rates, city officials said.
About 200 firefighters Wednesday evening fought a spectacular fire that lit up the sky in Los Angeles.
Three vehicles, including a school bus, were involved in an accident in Los Angeles, California, on Monday that left one person dead, a spokesman for Los Angeles City Fire said.
Federal authorities boasted that they practically dismantled an entire drug trafficking network in the Los Angeles area after a three-year, multi-agency investigation that resulted in dozens of arrests Thursday.
With restaurants, salons and yoga studios from coast to coast using the services of flash-sale websites to offer deep discounts to customers, paying full price seems downright silly.
â¢ Alanis Morissette showed off her growing baby bump during an early evening shopping trip along L.A.'s Melrose Avenue. The singer stopped into the J. Gerard Design Studio and Peace Gallery with a blonde friend, where she picked up a black onesie with the slogan "Traumatized by Mediocrity" on it. "She looked incredibly happy and healthy," an onlooker says. "She was positively glowing."
Remember when getting a free travel upgrade was as easy as walking up to the counter with your biggest smile?
Eight people were shot, one fatally, and three were stabbed when a fight broke out after a party.
Last year, Cindy Garcia was a Fremont High School student in Los Angeles, California, struggling to catch up to her classmates and graduate on time. In her senior year, she made the ambitious attempt to attend school from sun up to sun down, including weekends, to reach her goal.
â¢ Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi was rocking her new do and hitting the town! The Jersey Shore star was partying at MyStudio in L.A., wearing all black. Snooki, who arrived with a group of guys, was hanging out at nightlife promoter Frankie Delgado's table and dancing, drinking vodka and Jägermeister and also chatting with Brody Jenner's ex, Jayde Nicole.
A threatening call forced the delay of a Hawaiian Airlines flight out of Los Angeles, an airline spokesman said early Friday.
Authorities on Wednesday were looking for the person who left a message on a plane lavatory mirror indicating a bomb was on board.
A Thai Airways jet was searched in Los Angeles after a threatening message was found scrawled on a bathroom mirror.
Detectives are investigating the discovery of two "mummified" babies found wrapped in 1930s newspaper in the basement of a Los Angeles apartment building.
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