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Police search for shooter who killed woman in Compton

Los Angeles County law enforcement authorities were searching Thursday night for the suspect who shot and killed a woman in Compton on Christmas night.

At around 7:30 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department received a call that gunshots had been fired near the intersection of W. 154th Street and Central Avenue, Lt. Brian Gellis said. 

In a house on the 1400 block of 154th Street, homicide investigators found a woman who had been shot. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

"It looked like there were several gunshots fired," Gellis said. He said deputies saw no sign of the shooter.

Officials said they could not discuss the nature of the woman's injuries. Her name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

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Man shot and killed by sheriff's deputy in Coachella Valley

A Riverside County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man Thursday morning in a residential area of Coachella after a struggle for her baton, officials said.

At 11:30 a.m. on Christmas, a deputy responded to a call from a resident in the Bella Canto neighborhood who said a man had come into their home and attacked them, Sgt. Mike Manning said in a prepared statement. 

The deputy saw the man on Shadowrock Drive, where he "refused to comply with commands," Manning said. He "advanced toward her, taking a fighting stance," and "aggressively continued toward her" after the deputy asked him several times to stop.

The deputy "used her baton in an attempt to protect herself from the attacking suspect," Manning said. The man and the deputy struggled for her baton, and she shot him.

Neighbor Mariana Rosado told the Palm Springs Desert Sun that she saw a wounded man lying on his back in the street as a deputy performed CPR.  

The man died at a nearby hospital. His name will not be released until...

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Five people injured in fire at Westlake motel

A fire at a three-story motel in Westlake on Christmas night left at least five people injured, officials said.

Just after 6 p.m., more than 100 firefighters and 11 ambulances responded to a report of visible flames at JJ Park Motel Residence at 3rd and Bonnie Brae streets near MacArthur Park, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott. 

Crews used chainsaws to cut holes in the roof to keep flames, smoke and gas from filling the rooms and hallways, and propped ladders against windows so residents could climb out, Scott said.

"They performed a rapid search and rescue,” Scott said. "If it wasn't for the fast action and the hard work of those firefighters, this could have been a lot worse." 

Five people were sent to hospitals to be treated for injuries that officials said were probably burns. The flames were extinguished in 21 minutes. 

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At least seven hospitalized after rollover crash on 101 Freeway

All lanes on the eastbound 101 Freeway have reopened after a rollover crash that sent at least seven people to the hospital, officials said.

The three-car crash, near the Winnetka Avenue exit in Woodland Hills, was reported at 5:47 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said. 

One of the cars overturned, according to the CHP's incident log.

The crash involved at least 10 people, seven of whom required medical attention, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

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Costa Mesa man, 30, killed in motorcycle crash

A 30-year-old Orange County man died early Thursday morning in Costa Mesa after he ran a red light on his motorcycle and struck a sport utility vehicle, officials said.

The motorcyclist, Jonathan Vantrease of Costa Mesa, died at the scene, the Orange County coroner's office said.

Vantrease struck the front passenger side of a Toyota 4-Runner as the SUV drove through the intersection of 19th Street and Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa, said Lt. Greg Scott of the Costa Mesa Police Department. 

The 27-year-old driver, who had just left a late-evening Christmas Eve church service, was not hurt. He stayed at the scene of the crash to be questioned and was not arrested or cited, police said. 

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Earthquake: 2.6 quake strikes near Avalon, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 2.6 earthquake was reported Thursday afternoon 13 miles from Avalon, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 3:54 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 17 miles from Newport Beach.

In the last 10 days, there has been one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

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