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Carrie Fisher opened up about her demons — and knew she wouldn't have a Hollywood ending

Carrie Fisher never said she had conquered her problems. The quintessential child of Tinseltown never expected a Hollywood ending. She talked openly and often about her 45-year-long fight with bipolar disorder, alcoholism and drug addiction, explaining how opioids in particular "dialed down" her …

Health officials confirm Riverside County child has leprosy

Health officials in Riverside County confirmed Friday that an elementary schoolchild has Hansen's disease, also known as leprosy.<p>The child appears to have contracted the rare disease from "someone that had been diagnosed with Hansen's disease who had prolonged, close contact with the child," said …

Fighting Zika virus in a Silver Lake backyard: The hunt for the 'cockroach of mosquitoes'

Randy Garcia points a flashlight into a bush and shakes the leaves. Martin Serrano climbs a ladder to peer into rain gutters. Yessenia Avilez ducks under stairs and flips over a plastic tarp collecting water.<p>In a Silver Lake backyard resembling a small jungle, the team — dressed in khaki shirts …

Essential: The deadly serious fight to keep the Zika virus out of Southern California

Good morning. It's <b>Saturday, May 21</b>. Here's what's going on around California:<p><b>TOP STORIES</b><p><b>"The cockroach of mosquitoes":</b> Officials are engaged in a painstaking effort in Southern California to control the insect that carries the <b>Zika virus</b>. "This is very, very, very serious," said Edward McCabe, chief …

Sheriff's officials: Four dead in Rowland Heights shooting, including gunman shot by son

Sheriff's deputies had been to the house on Batson Avenue 25 times in the last three years, after neighbors or others reported disturbances in the low-slung ranch house in Rowland Heights.<p>But the call for help that came on New Year's Eve was different.<p>Christopher Morey, 33, called 911 to report a …

Under Obamacare, Medi-Cal ballooned to cover 1 in 3 Californians

California officials never anticipated how many people would sign up for state-run health insurance under Obamacare.<p>The state's health plan for the poor, known as Medi-Cal, now covers 12.7 million people, 1 of every 3 Californians.<p>If Medi-Cal were a state of its own, it would be the nation's …

Muslims' anger about Trump's proposal is tinged with fear

After 9/11, Mohammad Salahat's eighth-grade classmates mocked him for being Muslim. Last month, after the attacks in Paris, a college classmate called him a terrorist.<p>And Saturday, as he walked through an office supply store in Temecula, he said he could not help but feel some people were staring …

San Bernardino County offices reopen, but health workers get more time to recover

San Bernardino County government offices reopened for the first time Monday with heightened security and a pledge by officials to "embrace the ordinary again" after a mass shooting last week that killed 14 people.<p>But employees of the Division of Environmental Health Services, whose members were …

Tashfeen Malik was 'modern girl' who began posting extremist messages on Facebook

Tashfeen Malik, the 29-year-old female shooter in the deadly San Bernardino rampage, was a onetime "modern girl" who became religious during college and then began posting extremist messages on Facebook after arriving in the U.S., a family member in Pakistan told the Los Angeles Times.<p>The family …

They met online, built a life in San Bernardino — and silently planned a massacre

Syed Rizwan Farook was looking for a woman. A few years ago, not long out of college, he went online to find a match. He was slim, dark-eyed, 6 feet tall and living with a parent in Riverside, his dating profiles explained.<p>He was Chicago-born, with Pakistani roots. He didn't drink or smoke. He …

For hospitals, an alert changed everything: 'Mass shooting. This is not a drill'

At hospitals across the Inland Empire, nurses constantly monitor computer screens on which ambulance calls typically stream in one by one. They can see what's happening throughout the region. On Wednesday morning, all was quiet.<p>Then just after 11 a.m., an emergency flash: MASS SHOOTING. THIS IS NOT …

Team of sleuths stalks cancer in L.A. County

Three men hunch over a table, scrutinizing a document. Maps paper the walls around them.<p>The moment, captured in a black-and-white photograph, marks the beginning of a quest to catch a villain.<p>For more than four decades, this team has been stalking the killer's every move, trying to identify …

California's first flu death of season recorded in Santa Clara County

Marking the beginning of what could be a particularly bad flu year, California public health officials confirmed the first death of the season Wednesday.<p>"As California's public health officer, I am troubled when the flu turns into loss of life," said California Department of Public Health Director …

Public Health

California struggling to enroll African Americans in Obamacare

Latinos aren't the only sore spot for Covered California heading into Monday's enrollment deadline for Obamacare coverage.<p>Very few African Americans have signed up statewide, and there's not much time to address the lackluster turnout. Wednesday, state officials reiterated that Monday remains the …