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Wilmington welcomes new Toy Loan Center for low-income families The Toy Loan Program, created in 1935, has existed as a free service that provides children with the opportunity to borrow toys through an honor - and merit-based system, requiring toys be returned in good condition. Through this system, children develop a sense of responsibility and care.

How LA Inspires The Look Of The New York Times' 'Modern Love' Column The illustrator is a local artist who draws much of his inspiration from California's natural landscape and biodiversity.

Police Say Mass Casualty Event Thwarted After Man Arrested for Making Threats Targeting Long Beach Marriott The Long Beach Police Department held a news conference to announce the arrest of the 37-year-old Huntington Beach resident Rodolfo Montoya. Chief Robert Luna and Mayor Robert Garcia said if the threat hadn't been taken seriously, it could have resulted in a mass casualty incident.

Judge Schedules Hearing for Jeffrey Epstein Victims to Speak A federal judge has ruled that the criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein will stay open until his victims have an opportunity to make statements in open court at a hearing next Tuesday, NBC News reports.

Angels place Griffin Canning on IL again with elbow inflammation Canning, 23, has a 4.58 ERA in 90-1/3 innings in his rookie season. Although he had trouble in July, two of his past three starts were outstanding. Sandwiched around the previous trip to the injured list, Canning pitched six scoreless innings on July 30, and on Sunday he gave up one run in seven innings, equaling his longest outing of the year.

San Fernando city councilman to step down Kimball said Lopez's seat is not officially vacated until Sept. 30 and that the council will be considering options to fill it over the next few months.

UCLA walk-on Ethan Fernea continues Nick Pasquale's legacy with No. 36 jersey Fernea, a senior receiver, will be the first UCLA football player to wear the No. 36 jersey since Pasquale, who died in 2013 after being struck by a car. He was 20 years old.

LA's Hotel Pools Where You Don't Even Have To Be A Guest To Swim Look cool or get cool or both or neither. Do you. Just hydrate, fam.

New Valley councilmember ‘100 percent’ opposed to Metro bus-rapid line It would parallel the Orange Line, which opened in 2005 and has become one of the nation's most successful BRT projects.

Hungry bear makes pit stop at Newhall mobile home park Residents at a Newhall mobile home park had a hungry visitor early Thursday in the form of a bear who rummaged through trash bins looking for something to eat. The bear's entry into the mobile home park on the 23500 block of The Old Road was reported to the California Highway Patrol about 1:56 a.m.

A Court Ruling Just Changed How We Pick Our President A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that presidential electors who cast the actual ballots for president and vice president are free to vote as they wish and cannot be required to follow the results of the popular vote in their states, NBC News reported.

What $1,700 rents in LA right now Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various LA 'hoods. We've found five rentals within $100 of today's price, $1,700. Vote for your favorite below!

USC football training camp: 5 upperclassmen who need to step up Here's a look at five juniors and seniors that USC needs to take the next step in 2019:. Stephen Carr, Junior tailback. Carr took a step back as a sophomore, not because he struggled on the field but because an ankle sprain sidelined him for a handful of games.

Senior Moments: Soaking in the garden with some persistent and unwelcome visitors The 5-gallon bush that George and I planted in the courtyard after we were married now hugs the red tile roof providing an unwitting staircase for critters who want to hang on the roof and sunbathe. Or find a way to make themselves at home in our home.

Luxury homebuilder's woes show mounting U.S. slowdown fears The company's orders in California, home to some of the priciest markets in the country, tumbled 36% from a year earlier. Toll's results underscore a shift taking place in the U.S. housing market.

Police: Employee Threatened Mass Shooting At Long Beach Marriott Hotel LONG BEACH - Police say they have arrested a Long Beach Marriott employee who allegedly threatened to carry out a mass shooting at the hotel. Rodolfo Montoya, 37, was arrested Tuesday at his home in Huntington Beach, where investigators found an arsenal of weapons and ammunition, according to Long Beach police Chief Robert Luna.

A 'Pandora's Box' to Creak Open at Halloween Horror Nights "Some doors are never meant to be opened," is a tagline for this original maze, which is called "The Curse of Pandora's Box." And, yes, it has gone back to Greek myth for its inspiration, with, as was mentioned, a spin through long-ago London for an added fanciful flourish.

CBS Sports HQ's Fantasy Football Telethon Returns >>WATCH: CBS Sports HQ Fantasy Football Telethon.

Riquna Williams' return will give the Sparks a full roster for the first time With all 12 players available, Coach Derek Fisher faces some tough decisions about how best to utilize the talent on his roster.

Trump Signs Order to Eliminate Student Loan Debt for Disabled Veterans President Donald Trump announced Wednesday a new plan to eliminate student loan debt for disabled veterans, NBC News reported. "The debt of disabled veterans will be entirely erased," Trump said during a prepared speech at the 75th annual American Veterans convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Rolling Stones are playing the Rose Bowl on Thursday, here are their 10 most memorable Southern California stints The Rolling Stones' first U.S. concert date was at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernardino. Thankfully, the San Bernardino show went much better, with the then blues band playing mostly covers and one original: "Tell Me." The Forum, Inglewood, Nov. 8, 1969.

UCLA football training camp: 5 upperclassmen who can step up While UCLA relies on freshmen and sophomores to fill out a roster that was decimated during the coaching change, it’s the remaining upperclassmen who define the program’s direction thro…

The lost bath houses of Los Angeles In 1894, the new Redondo Beach Bath House opened. They became grander and more elaborate. "The North Shore built its own little beach house wharf in 1898, so they could look at the water in their heavy clothes," Fresco says.

Back-to-school rundown: 5 things LAUSD parents should know as school starts From the need to regain trust to the issue of charter schools, there’s much in store for the new school year.

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