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Calif. storm causes power outages, mudslide fears

AP | SOLVEJ SCHOU and RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES — Residents across California worried Tuesday about possible flash floods and mudslides as a storm began showering areas devastated by wildfires.

Sandbagging and other preparations were being made in neighborhoods under threat, including Santa Barbara County and the Los Angeles-area foothills. The rains began before dawn across much of the state but were expected to intensify in the evening and into Wednesday.

"It's something we prepare for every year," Los Angeles County fire Inspector Frederic Stowers said. "We know the fires go through and do a lot of damage. Within L.A. County, much of the slopes burned are going to be critical."

People living around burn areas near the 250-square-mile Station Fire in Angeles National Forest were warned to brace for possible flows of mud, ash and debris with rainfall of up to 4 inches. Los Angeles County's average rainfall for October is less than half an inch.

The Pacific storm was expected to drop 3 to 6 inches of rain in Santa Barbara County, where an 8,700-acre fire burned in May, before it moves on to the San Gabriel Mountains, where the U.S. Geological Survey recently warned of massive debris flows near the areas burned in September.

The Chihuahua Problem - America in Crisis?

Ruth Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Ruth Fowler

What could be better than a toy dog you can stuff in a bag, dress up like Barbie, accessorize with your outfit and has poop the size of a peanut?

Bacall, Corman get honorary Oscars

NJ.com | NJ.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

AP Photo/Chris PizzelloFilmmaker Roger Corman, left, actress Lauren Bacall, center, and cinematographer Gordon Willis pose with their honorary Osc...

Newark Mayor Cory Booker to settle Conan O'Brien beef on Friday's 'Tonight Show'

NJ.com | NJ.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Conan O'Brien/Cory Booker feud, which I discussed in a column last week, will finally be settled on Friday's episode of "The Tonight Show,"...

L.A. Picks Lesbian Bishop

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Los Angeles' Episcopal diocese selected a lesbian as an assistant bishop on Saturday. ...

1999 Collaboration Between Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas Somehow Standing Test Of Time

The Onion | The Onion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES—Sources reported Monday that "Smooth," the 1999 collaborative effort of guitarist Carlos Santana and singer-songwriter Rob......

Man Confesses to Stabbing Lover

Advocate. | Advocate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A man has confessed to murdering a theater director in Los Angeles who was eventually revealed to be his lover. ...

Video Proof That Thom Yorke Hiring Flea Was Maybe Not the Worst Idea Ever

Vulture. | vulture | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

See Thom dancing with Flea at a secret show in Los Angeles....

Alison Berkley: The Princess

The Aspen Times | Aspen Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

My friend Summer just called me from L.A. to tell me all about this horrible fight she's in with her friend Tara. The details of the fight a...

Witness details multiple prescriptions for Smith

AP | LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES — A witness has testified that Anna Nicole Smith's psychiatrist was prescribing excessive medication at a time when other doctors were giving the former Playboy model opiates and other drugs.

Dr. Timothy Botello, an expert in psychiatry, testified Monday at a preliminary hearing for three defendants accused of illegally giving Smith drugs.

Botello documented prescriptions written from 2003 to 2007, when Smith died of an accidental drug overdose at a Florida hotel.

He focused on one month in 2004 when Dr. Khristine Eroshevich, Smith's psychiatrist, and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor were giving her medications from various pharmacies.

Eroshevich, Kapoor and Smith's former boyfriend-lawyer Howard K. Stern are charged with conspiring to illegally provide Smith with controlled substances. All have pleaded not guilty.

Fox grants 'brief extension' in cable dispute

NJ.com | NJ.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES-- Fox and Time Warner Cable extended their contract for a few hours, avoiding a threatened blackout of several stations from the cable...

2011 Hyundai Sonata: First Look

The Car Connection | CarConnection | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

What is it?: The next generation of Hyundai's mid-size family sedan The basics: Exceptional styling, and a hybrid version in the works On sale: S...

10 Minutes with: Rory Beca

NBC NewYork | NBC New York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

The Los Angeles-based designer recently unveiled her Spring 2010 collection -- a mix of her tried-and-true staples (airy tanks and jumpsuits) with mor...

Charlie Sheen jailed in Aspen after alleged domestic dispute

The Aspen Times | Aspen Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ASPEN - Actor Charlie Sheen spent the better part of Christmas Day in the Pitkin County jail after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic ...

The History of Art, Through the Lens of Los Angeles

Michael Govan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Michael Govan

Los Angeles has also given birth to a distinct moment in art history during the last 40 years. The modern world was invented -- or reinvented -- in LA. Everything gets reinvented in California.

Angels' Lackey to start ALCS Game 1

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ANAHEIM, Calif. — John Lackey will start Friday night's Game 1 of the AL championship series against CC Sabathia and the Yankees, getting the nod from manager Mike Scioscia before the Angels traveled to New York on Wednesday.

Lackey pitched 7 1-3 innings to lead Los Angeles to a 5-0 win over the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the division series. The right-hander is 3-3 with a 3.02 ERA in 12 career postseason games, 10 starts.

"It's a fun atmosphere, for sure," Lackey said. "It's the same as the last round. It helps to win the first game, but the importance is probably a little bit less in a seven-game series, especially being on the road. It'll be a challenge the whole series. They're a great team."

Lackey was 11-8 with a 3.83 ERA after missing the first 33 games because of a forearm strain. He got Los Angeles off to a great start in the first round of the playoffs, allowing just four singles against Boston.

"When John is on that mound, he competes as well as anybody I've seen," Scioscia said of the eight-year veteran, who won Game 7 of the 2002 World Series as a rookie.

Coroner completes Brittany Murphy autopsy

Fox 31 | Fox 31 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES -- An autopsy on the body of 32 year old actress Brittany Murphy is complete, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office,...

Video: Best Buy Doorbusters

MSNBC | MSNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A look at a storm of shoppers at the Best Buy in Los Angeles, with CNBC's Julia Boorstin. (CNBC) Los Angeles - United States - California - Best Bu...

California storm cuts power to thousands, threatens to set off mudslides near burned areas

Fox 31 | Fox 31 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A powerful fall storm packing strong winds, drenching rain and heavy snow has moved into Southern California where residents ...

Real Daytime Drama: On the Set of All My Children's Last Day in New York

Vulture. | vulture | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

With the soap-opera biz mortally wounded, the L.A.-bound cast is lucky to still have a show. Their NYC crew, not so much. ...

David Zwirner Presents Primary Atmospheres Works from California 1960-1970

NY Metro Parents. | NY Metro Parents | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Primary Atmospheres: Works from California 1960-1970 will present to the New York public a long-overdue survey of the particular kindof minimal work t...

Warriors' Jackson relinquishes captain title

AP | JANIE McCAULEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

OAKLAND, Calif. — "Captain Jack" is no longer.

Disgruntled Golden State swingman Stephen Jackson asked to relinquish his captain title during a meeting Tuesday with Warriors coach Don Nelson and general manager Larry Riley.

Nelson accepted on the heels of Jackson's two-game suspension for an outburst at the coach early in Friday's preseason game against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

Jackson, who has asked to be traded, acknowledged he didn't think Nelson and the coaching staff were supporting him with the referees in a physical matchup with Kobe Bryant.

Jackson, the Warriors' leading scorer last season, picked up five fouls and a technical in less than 10 minutes and was sent to the locker room by Nelson following a testy exchange.

Union City native, co-creator of Woodsy Owl, dies in L.A., reports says

NJ.com | NJ.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Harold Bell, co-creator of Woodsy Owl, who taught generations of Americans to "Give a hoot, don't pollute,"  died at his Los Angeles home on...

Rags to Riches CEOs: Kirk Kerkorian

Minyanville | Minyanville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Kirk Kerkorian the 92-year-old billionaire investor so-called father of the mega-resort and richest man in Los Angeles worked odd jobs as a boy durin...

Michael Jackson earns American Music Awards nod

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — Michael Jackson has a chance to win artist of the year posthumously at the American Music Awards.

The pop superstar, who died on June 25, was among a diverse group of artists nominated Tuesday for the top honor. Country star Taylor Swift, rapper Eminem, breakthrough rockers Kings of Leon and flamboyant pop star Lady Gaga were the other nominees.

Swift topped all artists with six nominations. She drew inadvertent attention at the MTV Video Music Awards last month when rapper Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech to say Beyonce deserved the award instead.

Jackson followed Swift with five nominations and Eminem received four.

Winners are determined by an online vote of fans and will be announced at a Los Angeles ceremony televised by ABC on Nov. 22. The nominees were selected through a measurement combining sales and radio airplay.