Man is sentenced for stabbing transgender woman to death and setting their apartment on fire

A Van Nuys man was sent to prison Thursday for fatally stabbing his live-in partner, a transgender woman, and torching their apartment.

Ezekiel Jamal Dear, 27, was convicted Oct. 19 of voluntary manslaughter and arson, according to Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district…

Man identified as killer by dying ex-girlfriend convicted of murder, torture and arson

A Yucca Valley man was convicted Thursday of the 2011 torture and burning death of his ex-girlfriend, who named him in her dying words. 

A Rancho Cucamonga jury found 43-year-old Hector Meza guilty of one count of first degree murder, according to the San Bernardino County district attorney’s office. 

Oil prices surge, smash trading volume records as OPEC and Russia agree output cut

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices shot up 13 percent, smashing trading volume records, after OPEC and Russia cut a deal to reduce output to drain a global supply glut, but analysts warned they could remain modest by historical comparison as other producers fill the gap.

USC easily defeats San Diego but loses Bennie Boatwright to injury

Bennie Boatwright shuffled clumsily on a pair of oversized crutches when he emerged from the visitors’ locker room Wednesday evening. His left knee was cocooned in a bulky brace that prevented his leg from bending. He gave a half smile, then shuffled through a hallway toward USC’s bus.

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Kanye West is out of the hospital, but he’s not out of the rumor mill

With Kanye West finally out of the hospital after more than a week of treatment, the speculative drumbeats around “why did he snap?” and “what’s going on?” were still going strong. 

First the news: Word that the rapper had checked out of UCLA Medical Center was confirmed by The Times on Wednesday.