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KTLA news anchor Mark Mester was fired Thursday afternoon, days after he was suspended following an off-script segment about his co-anchor Lynette Romero’s abrupt departure, according to several employees at the station. The newsroom’s general manager, Janene Drafs, announced the firing with a brief speech during a meeting in the newsroom around 1:15 p.m., saying, …

Los Angeles County on Friday will end its local health order requiring masking while aboard public transit or inside transportation hubs, such as airports. For months, L.A. has been the only California county to still mandate widespread masking in such settings — though some individual operators, most notably the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit …

California has new deadlines to dismiss and seal many cannabis convictions under a law signed this week by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The move comes after a Times investigation found that tens of thousands of Californians still have felonies, misdemeanors and other cannabis convictions on their records. Despite a 2018 law that required the state to …

The first day of fall will be met with increasing temperatures as another heat wave makes it way to Southern California Thankfully, temperatures this time won’t be quite as extreme as the record-smashing heat wave that broiled California at the start of September, but they will be noticeably higher after the recent cool respite. In …

When is the best time to get the updated Omicron booster shot? Although someone’s schedule could change depending on health, occupation or travel plans, officials generally recommend getting the additional bivalent dose ahead of the busy fall-and-winter holiday season. With Halloween a little over a month away, “planning to increase your protection by getting this …

Wednesday night’s debate between L.A. mayoral hopefuls Karen Bass and Rick Caruso offered the public its first chance to see the candidates one-on-one ahead of the Nov. 8 election. Here are key takeaways from the debate: Bass ups her attacks Bass repeatedly slammed Caruso, a new approach for a candidate who has largely left the …

CNN Chairman Chris Licht is putting his stamp on the news channel’s prime-time lineup. The network will announce today that Jake Tapper will move to the 9 p.m. Eastern hour starting Oct. 10 and through the midterm elections to capitalize on interest in the battle for control of Congress. The assignment is temporary, although presumably …

ELKLAND, Mo. —  The gate on Jim Schnick’s neat little dairy farm is padlocked. The killings happened here and over at the Buckner place. At first, everyone thought that 14-year-old Kirk Buckner had just gone berserk and killed his parents, his three younger brothers and Jim Schnick’s wife. They had found the gun in Kirk’s hand …

SACRAMENTO —  Architects of the effort to legalize pot in California made big promises to voters. But six years later, California’s legal weed industry is in disarray with flawed policies, legal loopholes and stiff regulations hampering longtime growers and sellers. Despite expectations that it would become a model for the rest of the country, the state …

Robert Luna showed up to his debate with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva at the Skirball Center 2½ hours early. The challenger showed up so early that the security guard didn’t have the VIP parking list yet. The tech people in the auditorium were still doing audio checks. Luna walked to his green room …