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Authorities ask for help in search for missing 10-year-old girl

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding Cynthia Wheeler-Villanueva, a 10-year-old girl who has been missing for more than a week.

Cynthia is about 5 feet 1 and weighs 105 pounds. She was last seen on Jan. 9 at 12:30 p.m. leaving her school in the 7500 block of Emerson Place in Rosemead, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department statement.

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Blaze Bernstein's parents speak out: 'Bring goodness to the world' in their son's name

Blaze Bernstein never formally came out to his parents as gay. But they had an idea. When his mother, Jeanne Pepper Bernstein, tried to broach the subject, Blaze brushed her off and preferred to remain quiet.

It was understandable, the parents said. He was still trying to explore his identity and his world as a college sophomore at University of Pennsylvania.

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Parents accused of holding their 13 children captive amid squalor could be charged today

Formal charges could be announced Thursday in the case of the parents accused of torture and child endangerment after authorities said their 13 children were discovered chained and malnourished inside their Perris home.

The Riverside County district attorney plans a news conference at 11 a.m.

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Essential California: Was the killing of Blaze Bernstein a hate crime?

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Jan. 18, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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A hate crime?

They both went to high school at the elite Orange County School of the Arts, but the classmates weren’t particularly close. Blaze Bernstein, home on winter break from the University of Pennsylvania, messaged with Samuel Woodward on Snapchat.

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LGBTQ college student is stabbed 20 times in an 'act of rage,' but was it a hate crime?

They both went to high school at the elite Orange County School of the Arts, but the classmates weren’t particularly close.

Blaze Bernstein, home on winter break from the University of Pennsylvania, messaged with Samuel Woodward on Snapchat. On Jan. 2, Woodward drove over and picked him up.

Bernstein’s family would never see him again.

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Big storm expected to dump heavy snow in Sierra Nevada

A winter storm system is heading to California, and is expected to bring the first significant snow to the northern Sierra Nevada since November, but spare Southern California the threat of mudslides.

On Thursday, rain is forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area, while the Sierra is expected to see heavy snowfall by Thursday afternoon into Friday morning.

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