Articles by John Rogers, Robert Jablon and Marcio Jose Sanchez

Earthquakes Alert Californians to Be Ready for ‘Big One’

Shaken residents are cleaning up from two of the biggest earthquakes to rattle California in decades as scientists warn that both should serve as a wake-up call to be ready when the long-dreaded “Big One” strikes. California is spending more …

Roads, Utilities Require Repair After California Quakes

Officials in two damaged desert communities worked over the weekned to repair roads and restore utilities following the largest earthquake in Southern California in nearly two decades. Ridgecrest and neighboring Trona were hit hard by the magnitude 7.1 quake that …

Former UCLA Gynecologist Pleads Not Guilty to Patient Sex Abuse

A retired gynecologist who worked at the University of California, Los Angeles for decades has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing two patients during examinations and the campus is asking anyone who may have other complaints against him to step …

Search for Victims of California Mudslide Continues, 17 Dead

Hundreds of searchers continued the grueling work Thursday of hunting for survivors and digging up bodies in the sea of mud and wreckage left by flash flooding in Montecito, Calif. The death toll from Tuesday’s flash flood rose to 17 …

Monstrous Southern California Wildfire Displaces More than 80,000

It tore through canyons and flew over ridges in every direction with astonishing speed, sending flames 80 feet skyward and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes. The Southern California wildfire that began as a small midmorning patch of …

L.A. Gives Nod to $30M Gang Injunction Suit Settlement

The city of Los Angeles has agreed to spend up to $30 million to settle a lawsuit that challenged widespread injunctions that restrict the movements of thousands of suspected gang members. The City Council voted to fund nonprofit organizations to …

California Insurance Broker Pays Off Lawsuit With Buckets of Coins

A California-based insurance broker settled a lawsuit with a Los Angeles man by dropping off buckets full of thousands of quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies, his attorney said. Andres Carrasco, 76, filed a lawsuit in 2012 against Adriana’s Insurance Services, …

Strong Winds Downed Trees and Power Lines in West

Some of the worst winds in years blasted through California this week, with the brunt off the gusts felt overnight on Wednedsday, sweeping through canyons, gusting up to 97 mph, and toppling trees and trucks while knocking out power to …

LA Arrests Man Suspected of Torching $1 Million-Worth of Cars

A man believed to be responsible for some of the 20 arson fires that have scorched vehicles in the San Fernando Valley was arrested Tuesday after a motorhome was set on fire and someone tried to ignite a truck. The …

Wind-Driven Wildfire Strikes Malibu Again, 49 Homes Destroyed

Glen Sunyich has seen flames ravage the canyons and mountains above Malibu, Calif., three times and has been thankful his home was spared. The fourth time, he wasn’t so lucky. Sunyich’s home was among 49, along with two outbuildings, that …