Short stack for pre-holiday get away day.
The DA's office determined there is no felony violation in the Andrea Alarcon child endangerment case and kicked it back to the city attorney's office, which in turn might send it to the state attorney general as a possible misdemeanor. There are some new timeline details. LAT, DN
The Drug Enforcement Administration has refused for more than two years to allow its agents to cooperate with an LAPD investigation into the death of a drug suspect shortly after he was arrested in a DEA operation. LAT
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich announced he and other law enforcement officials will send letters to all Los Angeles gun buyers reminding them of city laws regarding safe storage of weapons and reporting if a gun is lost or stolen. DN
An audit released Thursday found that Los Angeles County sheriff's managers improperly used department aircraft, including a helicopter ride for a commander's daughter on her way to a retirement party. LAT
Cindy Beck, the wife of Chief Charlie Beck, has obtained a restraining order against a homeless woman who allegedly threatened to kill her. CBS LA
The City Council has apparently banned the food trucks that compete for space to park along Wilshire Boulevard in the media gulch near LACMA. LA Weekly
Protesters in the Occupy Los Angeles movement filed a class-action lawsuit Thursday against the city and high-ranking officials alleging that the group's constitutional rights were violated during the group's eviction from the City Hall park in November 2011. LAT, City News Service
ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper has jumped to CNN to be chief Washington correspondent an anchor of a new weekday program. CNN
The Atlantic Wire nominates the 50 worst columns of 2012, including a James Franco piece on "Girls" for the Huffington Post. Atlantic Wire
Thomas Goetz announced he will step down as executive editor of Wired to begin doing things that "turn ideas into action.” NY Observer
Star magazine reported that Mayor Villaraigosa is dating Eva Longoria, but her people quickly denied it.