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Search continues for two children last seen boarding bus in Venice

The search continued Monday for two middle school-aged children last seen boarding a bus Saturday to go to Venice Beach.

Ashley Montes, 12, and Timothy Reed, 14, were last seen boarding a bus en route to Venice Beach about 4 p.m. near Mark Twain Middle School in Venice, according to Los Angeles police Officer Mike Lopez.

Earlier in the day, the pair swam in a pool at the middle school, where they are enrolled, Lopez said.

Each has a cellphone but neither has responded to calls, Lopez said.

There's no sign of foul play, police said. But parents and family members were concerned, Lopez said. The parents of each child reported them missing about 11 p.m. Saturday.

Police described Montes as Latino with black hair and brown eyes. She is 4 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 80 pounds.

Reed was described as Latino with brown hair and brown eyes. He stands about 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

Anyone with information about the pair is asked to contact the LAPD's Pacific Division...

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Big waves, dangerous currents forecast for Southern California coast

A recent storm near New Zealand has triggered a local high-surf advisory as waves sent toward Southern California’s coast are set to hit shore Monday and Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

The storm churned up a powerful swell Thursday and Friday and sent waves toward the Pacific Coast, where in recent days people from Chile to Mexico have drowned as powerful waves and riptides have pulled swimmers out into the water and under.

“Once those waves are created, they keep traveling until they reach land,” said David Sweet, a weather service meteorologist. “So we can thank our friends Down Under.”

The biggest waves are due to hit Southern California Monday and Tuesday – where waves as high as 15 feet are predicted at the Wedge in Newport Beach and sets as high as 6 feet could land in Zuma Beach.

“Large waves can sweep people off of jetties and waves may wash over sea walls,” the weather service warned.

The Wedge traditionally generates some of the biggest waves in Southern California...

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Man arrested after holding at least one hostage in Westlake

An armed man who barricaded himself inside a central Los Angeles apartment Sunday night and held at least one person hostage was taken into custody after a short standoff, authorities said.

Police received a report  about 7 p.m. of a man brandishing a gun in the 200 block of South Carondelet Street in the Westlake neighborhood, Los Angeles police Lt. Craig Heredia said.

After officers arrived, the man fled to a nearby building and holed up inside the apartment, Heredia said.

The man held at least one and possibly several people as hostages, police said. He was taken into custody shortly after 9:30 p.m., Heredia said.

Police established a perimeter around the apartment building, and SWAT team members were on the scene, Heredia said.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Police search for girl, 12, and boy, 14, missing since Saturday

Los Angeles police have asked the public to help locate two children missing since Saturday afternoon.

Ashley Montes, 12, and Timothy Reed, 14, were last seen boarding a bus en route to Venice Beach about 4 p.m. near Mark Twain Middle School in Venice, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

Earlier in the day, the pair swam in a pool at the middle school, where they are enrolled, Lopez said.

Each has a cellphone, but neither has responded to calls, Lopez said.

There's no sign of foul play, police said. But parents and family members were concerned, Lopez said. The parents of each child reported them missing about 11 p.m. Saturday.

Police described Montes as Hispanic with black hair and brown eyes. She is 4 feet 8 and weighs about 80 pounds.

Reed was described as Latino with brown hair and brown eyes. He stands about 5 feet 7 and weighs about 150 pounds.

Anyone with information about the pair is asked to contact the LAPD's Pacific Division at (310) 482-6334.

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3.6-magnitude earthquake rattles Bay Area

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake was reported Sunday afternoon one mile from Concord, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 3:13 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 8.7 miles.

According to the USGS, the quake was felt across a large swath of the East Bay and North Bay.

The USGS initially reported the earthquake as magnitude 4.0 but later downgraded it.

In addition to the 3.6 temblor, three other smaller quakes were reported in the Concord area on Sunday.

In the past 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.

Read more about Southern California earthquakes.

Times staff writer Matt Hamilton contributed to this report.

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3.8 earthquake shakes Los Angeles area

A shallow magnitude 3.8 earthquake was reported Sunday morning one mile from View Park-Windsor Hills, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:07 a.m. PDT at a depth of 5.6 miles.

The quake was classified by the USGS as "light" but was felt over a wide area of the L.A. basin. The Los Angeles Fire Department said it had received no reports of damage.

RELATED: Baldwin Hills-area quakes not linked to oil operations, experts say

A 3.5 quake rattled the same general area on April 12. Both quakes were centered on the Baldwin Hills/Inglewood border. The Newport-Inglewood fault runs along that area.

In the aftermath of that quake, some residents asked whether oil production in the area might have been a factor. But Caltech scientist Lucy Jones wrote on Twitter that it was unlikely because the depth of the quake was so far below oil production facilities. 

According to the USGS' "Did You Feel It" survey, the quake was felt over a wide area of the Los Angeles basin as well...

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