Never mind. After a week of on-again, off-again uncertainly, a federal appeals court in San Francisco unanimously ruled today that the California recall election will go forward on Oct. 7 after all.The ruling seems certain to be the final word on the election's timing, since the plaintiffs quickly announced they would not appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The job fair ends in five minutes, but scores of unemployed hopefuls wait steadfastly, sweating in line under the Orange County sun. "They won't get in and yet they're still all standing there," says an incredulous Leo Delgadillo, manager of the California Employment Development office that is hosting the event.
It's not easy for American politicians to get face time with China's reclusive leaders. So in 1998, when Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan wanted to persuade Beijing to sign a multimillion-dollar contract to use L.A.'s port, his aides knew who to ask for help: Chinese-American businesswoman Katrina Leung.
The still-unsolved 1947 Black Dahlia murder remains the perfect L.A. tabloid mystery. The victim, 22-year-old Hollywood wanna-be Elizabeth Short, got her nickname from the flowers she wore in her jet-black hair; her corpse was neatly sliced in half and posed spread-legged in a vacant lot.
These are rough times for the racist right. This week ex-Klan leader David Duke will be sentenced to 15 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to a mail-fraud scheme in which he charmed $100,000 from his supporters--then used the proceeds on personal investments and gambling trips to Las Vegas and the Bahamas.
Last week's police search of the Modesto, Calif., home of Laci and Scott Peterson brought new trauma to the family of the missing pregnant woman. Investigators won't say what was among the nearly 100 items they hauled away, but the search spawned a rumor that Laci's body had been found under the house.
Megan's Law was made for sex offenders like Vincent Santana. With six convictions for rape, sexual assault and related sex crimes since the 1970s, the Las Vegas resident was just the type of ex-con the cops--and neighbors--would want to keep an eye on after his release in 2001.
A Loss for Liberty It's no secret in Moscow that Russian President Vladimir Putin has long had a beef with Radio Free Europe-Radio Liberty. It's no surprise either: one could hardly have expected the ex-KGB officer to embrace a radio station created during the cold war to broadcast American-style news deep behind enemy lines.
The two hang gliders had come to the national forest near Riverside, Calif., to enjoy the brilliant skies, but instead stumbled on a scene straight out of hell. "We found a dead body," the caller sobbed frantically to the 911 operator. "I think it might even be the little girl that's been on the news!" Thus came the abrupt end to the national search for 5-year-old Samantha Runnion, kidnapped less than 24 hours earlier while she played Clue with a friend outside her home in Stanton, Calif., by a...
Ten years after the Los Angeles riots, a videotaped beating of a black male by a white cop is once again fueling racial anger. This time the setting was a gas station in Inglewood, Calif., a racially mixed city on L.A.'s southern flank, where a traffic stop by cops devolved into a punching, wrestling fight with the driver's 16-year-old son, Donovan Jackson, on July 6.
Hesham Hadayet apparently came to the airport for just one reason: to kill. On a busy July 4 morning at Los Angeles International Airport, the Egyptian limo driver from Irvine, Calif., stood quietly in blazer and gray slacks at the back of the ticket line at El Al Israel Airlines.
Tom Smart emerged drawn and tired from Salt Lake City police headquarters. He'd just finished a session with investigators probing the disappearance of his niece, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart, snatched from her bed in the middle of the night June 5 by an armed man in a tan, short-billed cap.