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Officials temporarily shut off water flow at damaged Oroville Dam in a race against Mother Nature

The effort to protect the Oroville Dam entered a critical phase Monday as engineers began to shut off water flowing out of the damaged main spillway Monday afternoon, giving officials their first unobstructed view of the eroded concrete spillway since a crisis prompted mass evacuations earlier this month.

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Sixth person arrested in fatal beating of Mendocino County pot farm operator

A sixth person has been arrested in connection with the fatal beating of the operator of a pot farm in Mendocino County, authorities said.

Jesse Cole Wells, 33, was taken into custody about 4 p.m. Friday in South Lake Tahoe on an arrest warrant on suspicion of murder and robbery, according to Sgt. Andrew Porter of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. He remains in custody in lieu of $650,000 bail.

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Detectives investigate death of 18-year-old in Santa Monica

Police detectives on Monday were investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a teenager in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica police responded to the 1300 block of 16th Street shortly after 5 a.m. Sunday after a report of an unconscious victim lying on the ground with a head injury, police said in a statement.

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Today is the last day to sign up for expanded single-family quake retrofit program

Monday is the last day to sign up for a newly expanded program providing grants of up to $3,000 to earthquake retrofit single-family homes. 

Registration ends Monday and is run by a program that receives money from the state and the nonprofit California Earthquake Authority. Homeowners can register at earthquakebracebolt.com.

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Vandalism at West Covina church investigated as possible hate crime

Police in West Covina are investigating graffiti that was sprayed on two church statues as a possible hate crime.

Surveillance video shows someone in black clothing and a mask walking up to St. Christopher Catholic Church, at 629 S. Glendora Ave., just before 4 a.m. Saturday, according to Cpl. Rudy Lopez, spokesman for the West Covina Police Department.

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Mostly clear skies expected across L.A. this week

Angelenos will see mostly clear skies this week, with rain expected to fall farther south in the San Diego area, forecasters said Monday.

Rain moved into Southern California on Sunday, although it was decidedly lighter than that produced by recent storms.

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