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Body found floating off Venice Beach; authorities investigating

A dead man was found floating Monday afternoon off Venice Beach near Marina del Rey, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials.

A report about a male body floating near the area of Ocean Front Walk and Topsail Street came in around 2 p.m., said Sgt. Amore Smith, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department.

The homicide unit will be notified about the discovery, but that does not mean foul play is suspected, Smith said.

“Everything is preliminary right now,” he said. 

No other information was released. 

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Boy saves 4-year-old sister from being kidnapped

A boy, 13, is being credited with saving his 4-year-old sister from being kidnapped, authorities say.

Lancaster sheriff’s deputies say the boy took swift action when a man entered their fenced yard in Lancaster on Saturday and grabbed hold of his sister. The man made it about 10 feet before dropping the girl, deputies said, thanks to her brother.

"He definitely acted on his own instincts," said Deputy Miguel Ruiz, calling the boy's actions courageous and heroic.

The suspect was identified as Earl Williams, 61, of Los Angeles. Williams, who had been seen pacing around the children's home in the 300 block of West Kildare Street, entered their yard about 11:55 a.m., authorities said. He asked the girl’s name, then reached down and grabbed her, said Lt. Slade Carrizosa of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s station in Lancaster.

As the girl was being carried away, her brother quickly grabbed hold of her hand and screamed for help, authorities said.

Neighbors who heard the boy’s screams for...

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Leondra Kruger confirmed for seat on California Supreme Court

A state commission Monday unanimously confirmed Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointment of Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court.

Kruger, a Department of Justice lawyer who has argued 12 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, will be the second African American woman to serve on California’s high court.

Like Brown’s two other recent high court appointees, Goodwin Liu and Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, Kruger has a sterling Ivy League resume but no judicial experience.

Kruger told the state Commission on Judicial Appointments that she was both “humbled” and “honored” by her appointment. Although she has never practiced law in California, she said she has always considered the state her home, and has been exposed to a wide variety of legal principles in her career.

She said she was happy “to have the opportunity to come back home.”

Kruger grew up in Southern California. At 38, she will be one of the youngest justices in modern California history.

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Man fatally stabs his wife's boyfriend in Harbor Gateway, police say

A 29-year-old man is in police custody after he stabbed his wife and his wife's boyfriend early Monday morning, authorities said.

About 2:30 a.m., Los Angeles police officers responded to a call of a child screaming in the 16000 block of South Figueroa Street in Harbor Gateway and found a man and a woman with stab wounds, said LAPD Lt. Jeff Nolte. 

The assailant, who tried to flee, was taken into custody. 

Police said that the husband got into the apartment and attacked the woman and her boyfriend. Two children under the age of 6 were also in the apartment at the time of the stabbing.

"They definitely saw portions of the incident," Nolte said.

The man, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman, 23, was treated for non-life threatening injuries, Nolte said. The children are in police custody.

The woman recently separated from her husband and was in the process of getting a divorce.

Police have not yet released the identity of the victims or the assailant.

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3-year-old abandoned at mall: Just a mix-up or more serious?

Three-year-old Audrey was left -- just her and her car seat -- at a Los Angeles mall this weekend in an incident with echoes of "Home Alone."

In the plot of the 1990 comedy film, the McCallister family is in such a hurry to take their Christmas trip to Paris that they manage to leave 8-year-old Kevin behind.

But in the plot of this real-life mini-drama, family members said Audrey was left at valet parking at the Grove after a mix-up over a Christmas photo session with Santa.

So how did the little girl with the impish smile manage to be left with a parking attendant on Saturday, sparking a search for relatives and an investigation by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services?

According to police, as with the plot of the Chris Columbus movie, the family said it was a case of assumptions and misunderstandings.

Perhaps, but the Department of Children and Family Services said it was taking the case seriously and planned to investigate whether it was “a family’s...

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Window washer who fell 11 stories reunited with family before Christmas

A window washer who survived an 11-story fall onto a car in downtown San Francisco has finally been released from the hospital in time for Christmas, family and healthcare officials said Monday.

Marciela Perez, wife of the man who fell, Pedro Perez, told reporters that her husband will require months of rehabilitation after suffering “extensive” brain injury but that he has “improved a lot,” according to NBC4.

After nearly a month in San Francisco General Hospital, Perez, 58, was released on Friday in fair condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The accident occurred about 10 a.m. Nov. 21 in the city's Financial District. The back of the car where Perez landed was smashed in, but the driver was not injured, police said. Perez fell more than 120 feet.

"As a wife, it is very meaningful for me to have my husband for Christmas festivities," Marciela Perez told reporters at a press conference Monday. "He is my support."

Pedro Perez suffered brain trauma, several broken bones and a ruptured...

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