Videos show a herd of cows stampeding through Los Angeles as people try to lasso them after they broke free from a nearby slaughterhouse

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  • 40 cows raced through Pico Rivera streets after they escaped from a nearby slaughterhouse.
  • One cow was shot, while another trampled a Los Angeles resident.
  • Several residents captured the scene on video as police attempted to wrangle the wily cows.
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40 cows raced through a Los Angeles neighborhood on Tuesday night.

One cow trampled a Pico Rivera resident, sending him to the hospital, NBC News reported. Another cow was shot and killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) deputy after it charged a family of four, including a baby, according to KABC.

Many residents attempted to capture the stray cows on foot, video footage shows, but LASD officers quickly took over, bringing in lassos and barricading the cows into a cul-de-sac.

A crowd developed and captured the scene as it unfolded on video. One clip shows a cow bucking as a man tries to lasso it. The videos show the cows running through the neighborhood, feeding on nearby gardens and busting down mailboxes and fences.

The cows had escaped from a nearby slaughterhouse after a gate was left unlocked, NBC Los Angeles reported. The herd appeared on Beverly Road and Durfee Avenue in Pico Rivera around 8:30 pm. At the time the LASD warned residents to stay away from the scene.

It took several hours for the LASD to wrangle the herd of cows into a trailer. 38 cows were recaptured within two hours, while one cow evaded police until after 11 pm, ABC News reported.

It’s not the first time a herd of cows has caused a stir. Earlier this year, over 65 cows escaped from a farm in Indiana and stopped highway traffic as they barreled down the roads. This time last year, about 200 goats raced through San Jose, California.

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The 8 best Airbnbs in Los Angeles, including homes with private pools, views of the Hollywood sign, and easy beach access

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  • It may be known for entertainment, but L.A. is also rich in natural beauty and cultural diversity.
  • Amidst the pandemic, Airbnbs provide a safer alternative for travelers compared with hotels, experts say.
  • These are among L.A.’s best Airbnbs, with top reviews, amenities, and accessible price points.

Los Angeles is best known as the entertainment capital of the world, but there’s much more to the sprawling city than just that. As diverse as it is culturally, L.A. is also diverse in its natural landscapes and attractions, from stunning beaches and coastline to easily accessible hiking trails to a world-class dining and arts scene.

Of course, there are plenty of standout Los Angeles hotels to choose from for a visit. But at a time when travelers are choosing private vacation rentals for coronavirus safety because these pose a lower-risk option than hotels, Airbnb offers an attractive range of options. Plus, Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning Initiative buttoned up host cleaning protocols to bolster guest safety and peace of mind, so this style of lodging remains a popular choice among travelers.

There are seemingly endless options for Airbnbs in California, and the dwellings for rent in L.A. run the gamut in terms of style, size, and price point. Choose from beachy bungalows steps from the sand, century-old Spanish-style homes just bursting with bougainvillea, or gleaming, modern spaces apropos of Hollywood’s reputation for poshness.

Do remember that while the vaccines continue to roll out, and there is reason for travel optimism, the virus continues to spread around the US and there are risks associated with any travel. We recommend following CDC, WHO, and other reputable organizations’ safety guidelines. Wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and practice good hand hygiene, wherever you go.

That said, if you are planning a trip, I’m a Los Angeles native who has traversed just about every neighborhood in the city countless times over. For this list of the city’s best Airbnbs, I selected a variety of choices I’d recommend to any friend (and where I’d gladly stay myself) for their amenities, comfort, and location.

The best L.A. Airbnbs were also selected based on the following criteria:

  1. All listings are for private units in keeping with current expert recommendations for distancing; some of these spaces share amenities with other homes or listings, but all are private and have a separate entrance.
  2. Every listing is highly rated, with a minimum rating of 4.9 out of a possible 5 or higher; some are included in Airbnb’s elevated Plus category.
  3. We looked for standout stays with exceptional features, such as ideal locations, city views, and top-end design. Every listing is located in a desirable neighborhood for sightseeing or centrality.
  4. We included listings at a range of price points to suit different budgets. Choices range from starting price points of $161 to $481 per night.
  5. Listings include affordable options within the city for solo travelers, couples, and families from the same household, as well as larger and more amenity-rich options.
  6. All listings display the badge for Airbnb’s Enhanced Cleaning standards and all listings come from Superhosts.

Here are the best Airbnbs in L.A., sorted by price from low to high.

Historic apartment half a block from the beach in Venice, $161

Historic Venice apartment

Book this historic apartment starting from $161 per night

This cozy, charming, and historic apartment is found in one of Venice’s original Craftsman houses, built in 1910. Located less than half a block from the Venice boardwalk, you can’t beat that location for access to the beach, biking, skating, coffee shops, restaurants. The home even comes with vintage beach cruiser bicycles, a surfboard, a boogie board, a skateboard, two beach chairs, a beach umbrella, beach towels, and blankets to enjoy it all.

Though the listing has extra sleeping space via a sofa bed, it’s best for couples or small families. The home has a dreamy feel to it, with a mostly white design that’s accented via a blue wall in the kitchen and orange and blue pillows and throws. A pale blue clawfoot tub from 1910 nods to the home’s roots. Coveted parking (tandem) for two cars seals the seal.

This home still has scattered dates open in May and June, with more days opening up in July and August.

Pool house in Mt. Washington, $165

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Book this pool house starting from $165 per night

This Mt. Washington listing offers sweeping views above the city. There’s also access to the pool and spa, with gated parking included. The mountaintop location in this historic neighborhood is central to areas on the East side of the city, making downtown, Hollywood, and the neighboring communities of Glendale and Pasadena all easily accessible by a short drive.

The vibe here is all about a city retreat. The home itself features an open layout, high ceilings, and modern styling, like a low platform bed frame for the Queen-sized bed, gray tile floors throughout, and a sleek modern bathroom with a large walk-in shower. The living area includes a futon, but for extra seating, open the doors off the bedroom to find a spacious back deck complete with brown wicker furniture and a barbecue grill. 

This home still has a few scattered dates open in June and July, but availability really opens up in October and beyond. It may be worth booking this popular listing well in advance.

Guest loft in West Hollywood, $185

West Hollywood guest loft

Book this guest loft starting from $185 per night

This second-floor guest house in prime West Hollywood is an ideal home base for a couple, with a Queen-sized, pillow-top bed decked out in yellow linens and flower accent pillows. But the most outstanding feature here is the outdoor living room, found at the top of a spiral staircase. It includes a hammock chair, 60-inch TV, a couch, armchairs, and a table so you can enjoy the sunset or sipping morning coffee.

Back inside, the 600-square-foot space was newly renovated in 2018. It boasts vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass, as well as a vintage clawfoot tub, Beverly Hills Hotel wallpaper, and a small but nicely appointed kitchenette. 

West Hollywood is well known for its vibrant LGBTQ scene, with seemingly endless dining, drinking, and shopping options.

This home has a few dates open over the next few months and full availability starting in July.

Home with views of the Hollywood sign in Silver Lake, $201

Silver Lake guest house

Book this guest house with views starting from $201 per night

This solar-powered guest house is an architectural standout with views of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Park Observatory above the Silver Lake reservoir on L.A.’s cool, cultural, and hipster-friendly east side.

The airy, light-filled, loft-style home has 12-foot ceilings and walls of glass that wrap the building; motorized shades close easily when the sun goes down. Newly built in 2017, the building’s architecture was inspired by Bauhaus. The kitchen has top-end Miele, Thermador, and Bosch appliances. Although the space is just 450 square feet, it feels spacious given its open plan. Plus, it features a private outdoor deck that nearly matches the inside space in size for plenty of lounge areas.

This home has availability starting in June.

Vintage Craftsman home with pool in Mid-City, $222

Vintage Craftsman with pool

Book this vintage Craftsman home starting from $222 per night

This 1919 Craftsman cottage is located in the supremely central and lively Mid-City/Miracle Mile area, giving guests easy access to the Grove, LACMA, and the La Brea Tar Pits, as well as endless dining options, and so much more. (This one’s near my own home and I can’t say enough good things about the area.)

But it’s not just about location. It’s also about the pool. Lounge in the water or around the pool terrace, soak in the hot tub, or gather at the firepit. Inside, the renovated home has hardwood floors and a spacious, open-concept living area. An Airbnb Plus listing, the tasteful decor includes a long dining table that can seat six, a gray velvet sectional couch, and plenty of succulents and terrariums throughout.

There are a few open dates over the next few months and full availability in August.

Charming bungalow with a pool in Sherman Oaks, $249

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Book this charming bungalow starting from $249 per night

It’s well known that your money goes much farther in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley, and this Sherman Oaks home demonstrates that value. Plus, it’s still located centrally to explore locations like Hollywood, Universal Studios, and the Getty Center.

The airy space is located on a cul de sac and completely private. The backyard opens onto a park with a track and exercise equipment, and the listing has its own pool and lush garden. There’s a bright office space leading onto a small deck for those who want to make their stay a working visit. A tile fireplace, a deep soaking tub in one of the bathrooms, access to laundry, and a big dining area are additional highlights. Small pets are allowed, but kids under 12 are not.

This home has availability starting in June.

Designer home in Hollywood Hills, $266

Luxury designer Hollywood Hills home

Book this designer home starting from $266 per night

This striking Hollywood Hills home was recently renovated — and it looks it. Polished concrete and wood floors, a lush zen bamboo garden, a gleaming what kitchen, a spiral staircase, and tons of natural light all make for a posh atmosphere.

Note that this home is located on a large lot with another home (sharing one address), but each is completely separate and fenced apart. This listing is an ideal launch point for visiting the many entertainment options in Hollywood, and although it’s sequestered in the hills for good privacy, it’s also central, with easy access to downtown and areas all over L.A.

This home has full availability in April.

Beachfront apartment in Malibu, $481

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Book this Malibu beachfront apartment starting from $481 per night

It would be hard to overstate just how expensive Malibu beachfront real estate can be, so this is your chance to get location, location, location at a relatively affordable price considering the area. This Plus category listing is an open-plan beachfront apartment with a deck right over the water. A wall of windows maximizes the epic view.

Bright white furnishings and exposed wooden beams create a chic but accessible vibe, and the marble bathroom is downright spa-like. It’s all-white color scheme and vintage accents create a romantic vibe that’s especially great for a couple’s retreat.

This listing is incredibly popular and books well in advance. There are a few scattered dates open, but it may be worth booking as far out as a trip for 2022 now.

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LA movie theaters could reopen as soon as this weekend, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom

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This Tuesday, March 31, 2015 photo shows the interior of the TCL Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. The Chinese Theatre, one of the largest Imax theaters in the world, is one of more than a dozen locations that Imax expects to outfit with laser projection this year.

  • Los Angeles, America’s largest movie market, could re-open movie theaters as soon as this weekend.
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom said theaters could re-open if certain COVID-related goals are met.
  • If allowed to re-open, LA theaters will still have to limit capacity to just 25%.
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Los Angeles isn’t just where movies are made, it’s also the largest movie-going market in America.

And during the last 12 months, LA movie theaters have been closed due to the ongoing pandemic. That could finally end this weekend, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

If Los Angeles County meets two critical metrics for new cases and vaccinations, Los Angeles movie theaters will be able to re-open with 25% capacity starting this Saturday.

In order to meet the criteria, LA County would need to have fewer than 1,000 new cases per day, CNBC reported. Additionally, statewide, 2 million vaccine doses must be administered to underserved populations.

During an address on Wednesday, Newsom said both metrics were on track to be met before the weekend.

Vehicles are parked at the first drive-in movie theatre for people to enjoy movies while keeping social distancing amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand, July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
The first drive-in movie theatre amid the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Movie theaters in other parts of the US have already begun reopening as vaccines protecting against COVID have begun to roll out. New York City, for instance, reopened theaters last week at 25% capacity.

And some states, including Texas and Connecticut, have cleared theaters and other businesses for even larger reopenings without low capacity requirements.

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How to get your child into an elite, big city preschool, according to admissions consultants, directors, and parents who’ve done it

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  • Private preschools can be as notoriously difficult to get into as Ivy League colleges. 
  • Every step in the process counts, from the initial tour of the school to the thank you note you send afterward.
  • Insider regularly interviews preschool consultants, directors, and successful parents regarding best practices for landing a spot in the program of your choice. You can read all about it by subscribing to Insider.

Trying to get your kid into a prestigious preschool in a major city like New York or LA can be as competitive as trying to get them into an Ivy League institution. Parents often have to fight against limited class sizes, legacy policies, and religious affiliations.

The cutthroat landscape is a result of families eager to give their children the best education around, starting as soon as possible. To get accepted into a private kindergarten or elementary school, kids must come with strong social skills, pre-math and reading skills, and independence already formed, which makes a solid preschool foundation all the more crucial.

Luckily, parents can help their child get into the school of their choice if they take the following steps, backed by education consultants who’ve spent years guiding parents through the preschool application process.

Pick your program

Some preschools show preference toward students from certain religious backgrounds or who have a parent or sibling who attended the school previously. The first step in the process is to decide which preschool is best for your child’s individual circumstances. There are dozens of choices, but Insider has dug into the best programs and what it takes to get in. 

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Prestigious preschools are notorious for evaluating family values. Consultants share how to best align yours with your ideal program.

Fill out your application with care

Application instructions must be followed closely if you want to impress admissions officers. These schools will want high-quality photos of your child and your family, and if you’re a two-parent family, both should attend the interview. Ask good questions, and remember the preschool will be evaluating both you and your child.

Read more: 5 important steps for getting your kid into an elite preschool, according to a veteran admissions consultant

Getting your kid into the Ivy League of preschools is notoriously cutthroat. Real parents unpacked their greatest horror stories of applying.

A Manhattan-based preschool consultant on how to handle your kid landing on a program’s waitlist – and best practices for nabbing a spot

Nail the interview and tour

Once you’ve toured, interviewed, or visited, send a thank you note. Remind the school of your family along with anything mentioned during your time there that you had in common with the tour guide. Some parents even take this a step further by providing lavish gifts to admissions directors, donating auction items for school fundraisers, or substantially subsidizing school events. 

Read more: The lavish gifts and extreme moves wealthy parents use to get their kids into elite preschools, like recommendation letters from Bill Clinton and catering from 5-star restaurants

Parents should always write a thank you note after a preschool interview or tour. An expert shares what it should include, and 3 example letters that hit the mark.

4 NYC parents who got their kids into prestigious preschools share how they impressed admissions and nailed the interview

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