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LAPD investigating homicide in Valley Glen

Los Angeles police Wednesday were investigating a fatal shooting in the southeast San Fernando Valley.

A man in his 20s was shot and killed about 8:10 p.m. in the 6400 block of Fulton Avenue in Valley Glen, police said.

The suspect remained at large, and officers were setting up a perimeter, police said.

No additional information was released.

There has been one other homicide during the last 12 months within a one-mile radius of Wednesday's incident, according to the Homicide Report, The Times' online database.

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Alec Baldwin pranks Occidental students with April Fools' Day visit

About 30 students in an Occidental College history course had a surprise guest speaker for their April Fools' Day lecture: Alec Baldwin.

But the "30 Rock" star entered the classroom dressed as President Abraham Lincoln. He donned a beard and a cap as he joked about millennial students' preoccupation with their phones.

During his brief lecture to Professor Jane Hong's U.S. Culture and Society class, Baldwin spoke on civil rights and gay rights, along with energy policy, campaign finance reform and government corruption, said college spokeswoman Samantha Bonar.

And the veteran actor fit in a few quips on contemporary media, all while staying true to character: "There's one thing I dislike, it's all these actors regurgitating their opinions all day," Baldwin said. "I was killed by an actor."

Baldwin's visit was part of Chevy's #BestDayEver campaign in partnership with WhoSay, a program that aimed to bring "meaningful surprises" on a holiday that celebrates simple jokes.

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Getty oil heir had serious medical condition, court documents say

Andrew Getty, an heir to his family’s billion-dollar oil dynasty who was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home Tuesday, was suffering from a serious medical condition that put him at “grave risk” of death, according to police and court records.

The 47-year-old wrote about the condition in court papers filed last month, when he sought a restraining order against an on-again, off-again girlfriend. Getty did not specify his condition, but said doctors had advised him that if his blood pressure rose, he could face “substantial and irreparable injury or death.”

Getty wrote that he was diagnosed with the condition in fall 2013.

Details about Getty’s health emerged Wednesday, a day after his girlfriend found his body near a bathroom in his Montcalm Avenue villa. He was naked from the waist down, surrounded by a significant amount of blood.

But police and coroner’s officials quickly determined that the blood was not the result of a crime and was most likely related to some type of medical...

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2 killed, child wounded in Hawthorne shooting involving officer

A shooting Wednesday afternoon involving Hawthorne police left a man and a woman dead and wounded a 12-year-old boy, authorities said.

Around 12:40 p.m., a woman driving a Mercedes in the 14200 block of Kornblum Avenue stopped her car next to a Hawthorne police officer sitting in his parked patrol car, according to the Los Angeles County sheriff's department.

The woman reported that another car was following her, and the officer asked her to park her car near is, officials said.

Moments later, a white Cadillac pulled up, and after getting out of the car, a man opened fire at the woman's car, officials said.

The Hawthorne police officer -- the lone policeman at the scene -- began shooting at the gunman, who was later pronounced dead. 

The woman also died at the scene. The 12-year-old boy inside the woman's car was transported to the hospital and is in stable condition, sheriff's officials said. 

It's unclear what prompted the shooting. The driver  and a rear passenger of the gunman's...

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O.C. attorneys group criticizes D.A. for 'inappropriate' treatment of judge

The Orange County Bar Assn. has denounced repeated attempts by the Orange County district attorney’s office to disqualify a judge from cases, calling such tactics “excessive” and a possible affront to the whole judiciary.

According to court records, Orange County prosecutors have asked to disqualify Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals in 57 cases since February 2014. Over the three previous years, court records show prosecutors submitted five disqualification requests.

With no explanation needed, prosecutors can invoke Section 170.6 of the state’s code of civil procedure to get a judge tossed from a case on grounds that he or she is “prejudiced.”

But the county bar association found this so-called papering of Goethals enough to warrant a formal condemnation.

“The excessive use of Section 170.6 … can give the appearance of being designed as punitive and retaliatory and going beyond the realm of appropriate criticism,” the bar association's resolution, which was released Monday, said.

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Chowchilla school bus kidnapper gets initial approval for parole

James Schoenfeld, one of three men who kidnapped a busload of schoolchildren from Chowchilla, Calif., in 1976, received initial approval for parole Wednesday, state corrections officials said.

Schoenfeld, his brother and another man forced 26 children and the bus driver to climb into a moving van that had been buried in a rock quarry 100 miles away, and planned to demand $5 million in ransom. 

The captives managed to escape after being entombed at the quarry for 16 hours.

Wednesday's development “only begins a six-month process to determine whether or not he will go free,” said Bill Sessa, a spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

It marked the 20th time Schoenfeld, 63, has been considered for parole. Sessa said he did not know why the outcome was different this time.

The children kidnapped by Schoenfeld, his brother Richard and Frederick N. Woods, ranged in age from 5 to 14.

The three men all were in their 20s at the time and came from wealthy...

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