AM Headlines: Whale Watch Off Malibu Pier

A look at what's going on Thursday around LA

Whale Watch: Giant squid in Newport, now a baby gray whale off the coast near Malibu. Sightseers are gathering at Malibu pier. LA Times

Expo Line Vote: A vote on the next phase of the Expo Line -- a stretch from Culver city to Santa Monica -- could go either way. LA Streets Blog

Jackson's Doc to Surrender: Michael Jackson's personal physician is expected to be arraigned Friday at a courthouse near LAX.

Boy Chokes to Death at Haiti Fundraiser: The death of a San Pedro boy who choked on a hot dog  during a game at a Boys and Girls Club fundraiser for Haiti earthquake victims  was an accident, a coroner's investigator said. Daily Breeze

Road to Rebuilding Angeles Crest: Caltrans says its looking for ways to rebuild Angeles Crest Highway as storms take their toll. Pasadena Star-News

Give Us 30 Days: The council postpones a decision on layoffs for 30 days. Full Story

Everest is Waiting: The OC Register profiles a woman with a debilitating, sometimes fatal disease, who plans to climb Mt. Everest. OC Register

Just Sign Here: UCLA and USC sign some top prospects during national signing day. LA Times

Toking It Over: LA's mayor signed a medical marijuana ordinance, and Long Beach is considering its own. Press-Telegram

Dog Rescuers Become Humble Celebrities: Spikey got a lot of face-time when he was rescued from the LA River, but for the men behind the operation it was just another part of the job. LA Times

Chase Ends, Search Begins: Deputies are searching for a man after a gun battle early Thursday in the Bell-South Gate area. The chase ended when the subject's vehicle crashed at a shopping center. Daily News


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