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
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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