Tronc, Inc. has reached a $500 million deal to sell the Los Angeles Times and several other newspapers in California to local biotechnology billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, both parties announced on Wednesday.
A California Amber Alert has been issued for 1-month-old Jefferson Gomes after he was allegedly abducted from Fort Tejon by a relative, officials say. Anyone with information is urged to call 911 immediately. (more)
Twitter has banned Russian media outlets Russia Today (RT) and Sputnik from advertising on its service, citing a U.S. intelligence report that claimed the outlets were involved in alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election. (more)
UPDATE: This live event has ended. The launch and rocket landing were both successful.
A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the FORMOSAT-5 satellite is scheduled to take off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California at 11:51 a.m. PT (2:51 p.m. PT). Following stage separation, Falcon 9's first stage will attempt to land on the "Just Read the Instructions" in the Pacific Ocean. The satellite will be deployed about 11 minutes after launch.
A small earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 3.3 has hit near Kensington in California, with shaking felt in Berkeley, Oakland and other parts of the San Francisco Bay Area, officials and residents are reporting. (more)
Multiple people have been shot in a series of drive-by shootings in La Mirada and Whittier near Los Angeles, local officials say. The suspects are still at large and the victims appear to have been targeted at random. (more)
Debbie Reynolds, who rose to fame with the 1952 film "Singin' in the Rain" and went on to become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, has died in Los Angeles, just a day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher. (more)