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Amtrak train strikes car in Camarillo; no serious injuries reported

An Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles on Sunday night struck a car that had been left on the tracks in an agricultural area just outside Camarillo, officials said. 

The crash occurred about 8 p.m. at the intersection of 5th Street and Pleasant Valley Road, less than a mile from the Camarillo Metrolink station, said Mike Lindbery, a spokesman for the Ventura County Fire Department. 

There were 85 people on board the train, including employees, Lindbery said. Two people were in the car, but both jumped out before impact. No one involved in the crash was seriously injured. 

"At this point, we have no idea why they were stuck there," Lindbery said. "We don't know what the mechanism was, or whether this was an accident. 

The incident is the second car-train crash in less than a week in Ventura County. Sunday's crash site is less than 10 miles away from the grade-crossing where a Metrolink train struck a Ford F-450 pickup Tuesday morning.

The last reported crash at the Camarillo location was...

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How many people are killed in officer-involved shootings?

The fatal shooting of a homeless man by Los Angeles police Sunday morning is once again focusing attention on officer-involved shootings.

This case is getting particular scrutiny because it was captured in a dramatic video. The shooting will be investigated by the LAPD, its independent inspector general and the district attorney's office.

Here's is an analysis of fatal officer-involved incidents (including shootings) compiled from data in the Times Homicide Report: 

L.A. County-wide, since 2000: 606
L.A. County-wide, 2014: 38

City of Los Angeles: since 2000: 252
City of Los Angeles: 2014: 16

Downtown, since 2000: 12
Downtown, 2014: 0

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More videos sought in police killing of man on skid row

Investigators were looking for additional videotapes that could shed light on Sunday's fatal shooting of a man on skid row by Los Angeles police officers.

The shooting was captured on a video shot by a bystander, who posted it on Facebook. It had been viewed more than 2 million times in the first seven hours after it was posted.

But LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said there could be more video recordings of the incident, noting that he could see two surveillance cameras mounted on buildings at the scene.

The encounter was recorded by body cameras worn by at least one of the officers. It was unclear what that recording shows.

"It's clear there was a struggle for the officer's gun," Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. No other gun was found at the scene.

Five shots can be heard on the video. Two officers and a sergeant fired their weapons, Smith said.

The man, whose identity had not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics....

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Police shoot person in downtown L.A. while responding to altercation

A Los Angeles police officer shot a person during a confrontation Sunday afternoon in downtown’s skid row, authorities said.

Police responded to a call about an altercation between two people at San Pedro and 5th streets about 11:30 a.m., said Officer Jack Richter.

After police arrived, “an officer-involved shooting occurred,” he said.

The identity of the person who was shot was not immediately released.

No officers were injured during the incident and no other details were immediately available, Richter said.

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Police searching for suspected passenger in fatal drag-racing crash

Los Angeles police are searching for a second person believed to have been in a car that crashed and killed two spectators at an illegal street race in Chatsworth earlier this week.

The suspected driver, Henry Michael Gevorgyan, 21, turned himself in to police Friday night after reportedly fleeing the scene of the crash, which took place just after 2 a.m. on Thursday. He has been booked on suspicion of murder.

A second person believed to have been in the car with Gevorgyan has not yet been located, police said Saturday morning.

Authorities say the car veered out of control at the beginning of the drag race on Plummer Street and slammed into spectators lining the side of the road. Eric Siguenza, 26, of Los Angeles died at the scene. A man in his 50s, whose name police have not yet released, died after being taken to a hospital. A third man was hospitalized with serious injuries.

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Hail, water spouts, huge downpours as storm moves in

A winter storm sweeping through Southern California on Sunday brought scattered showers, hail and thunderstorms, while ski resorts have prepared for up to a foot of snow.

Parts of Ventura County saw up to half an inch of rain per hour, prompting a flash flood warning for the central county for much of the evening.

Heavy downpours in parts of Los Angeles County are expected to cause minor flooding, but rainfall has been isolated: Santa Monica saw 1.35 inches of rain on Sunday afternoon, but Beverly Hills saw about a quarter of an inch during the same time period. There were also reports of water spouts off the coast in the Santa Monica Bay.

Where rain was limited, residents saw dramatic skylines of ominous clouds mixed with bursts of sun.

The Big Bear area is under a winter storm warning, with around a foot of snow possible at higher elevations, according to the National Weather Service. That is welcome news for resort operators, who have been struggling with a dry season.

The snow...

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