Judge Sets Date for Robert Durst Murder Trial

New York real estate heir Robert Durst will finally go to trial Sept. 3 on charges he murdered his close friend Susan Berman 18 years ago, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge declared Tuesday. At that trial, the jury will also hear that the 75-year-old eccentric multimillionaire killed and dismembered a neighbor in Texas, Morris Black, less than a year after Berman’s death.

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LA Teachers Strike for First Time in 30 Years

Rain fell on more than 30,000 Los Angeles Unified School District educators as they picketed and marched outside classrooms and schools Monday, the first day of a strike demanding class size reductions, more social workers and librarians and better pay for teachers at the nation’s second largest public-school districts.

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Los Angeles Sues the Weather Channel

Los Angeles’ city attorney sued The Weather Channel on Thursday, claiming it fraudulently and deceptively uses its Weather Channel App “to amass its users’ private, personal geolocation data,” not, as advertised — “to provide them with ‘personalized local weather data’”— but to monetize the information by selling it to third parties.

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Only in California

A dehydrated, disoriented hiker who was rescued by L.A. sheriff’s officers claims in a federal complaint that, as he was “sharing his story about his spirituality and the spiritual meaning behind the subject hike,” one officer was “not too keen on (plaintiff’s) verbose and talkative demeanor,” and punched him in the face, breaking his jaw.

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