Hello Kitty is not a cat.

But she has a cat.

Huh? Yeah, we were mind blown too. Carolina A. Miranda has more on Kitty White’s back story.   

A huge swell generated by Hurricane Marie is sending dozens of surfers and bodyboarders to the SoCal beaches today.

Photos: Top and bottom by Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times; middle by Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Thanks for keeping me and my friends alive.
"This is not a question of ‘Maybe these buildings will come down,’  they absolutely will come down."
Thousands of brick buildings in California are still not retrofitted and are in danger of collapse in an earthquake. Seismic experts are particularly worried about communities in western San Bernardino County, which are threatened by the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults. The city of San Bernardino, which is in bankruptcy, has one of the largest concentration of unreinforced masonry buildings in the state that are at risk of particularly intense ground motion, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones says.

"This is not a question of ‘Maybe these buildings will come down,’  they absolutely will come down."

Thousands of brick buildings in California are still not retrofitted and are in danger of collapse in an earthquake. Seismic experts are particularly worried about communities in western San Bernardino County, which are threatened by the San Andreas and San Jacinto faults. The city of San Bernardino, which is in bankruptcy, has one of the largest concentration of unreinforced masonry buildings in the state that are at risk of particularly intense ground motion, U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Lucy Jones says.

But there’s something wonderful about being there and loving them when their families have forsaken them.
One-third of parents whose kids were obese thought their sons’ and daughters’ weight was “about right,” a new study says.

As more American children become overweight and obese, parents are losing the ability to recognize that their kids need to slim down, the study found.

The Emmys red carpet has wrapped up, and the show has begun. Live coverage of the awards here.
Photo: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

The Emmys red carpet has wrapped up, and the show has begun. Live coverage of the awards here.

Photo: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

Jimmy Kimmel is taking the subway to the Emmys.

And is tweeting the experience.

Meanwhile, stars have been arriving on the red carpet. See photos here, and get full coverage of the Emmys here

Officials say an earthquake early-warning system provided an alert 10 seconds before the 6.0 quake was felt in the Bay Area yesterday.

Officials say an earthquake early-warning system provided an alert 10 seconds before the 6.0 quake was felt in the Bay Area yesterday.

We live in L.A.; by definition, we’re already cool. Don’t try so hard, dude.
Green chile ice cream is a thing, and it goes on sale today.
Photo: Russ Parsons / Los Angeles Times

Green chile ice cream is a thing, and it goes on sale today.

Photo: Russ Parsons / Los Angeles Times

The United States has decided that monkey selfies can’t be copyrighted.
Photo credit: The monkey you see above. Although pointing this out is apparently unnecessary. 

The United States has decided that monkey selfies can’t be copyrighted.

Photo credit: The monkey you see above. Although pointing this out is apparently unnecessary. 

Since Obamacare, emergency room visits are down at L.A. County public hospitals, a Times analysis finds.

Since Obamacare, emergency room visits are down at L.A. County public hospitals, a Times analysis finds.