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Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca asks 9th Circuit to let him remain free during appeal

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will avoid prison for a little bit longer as his attorneys have asked a federal court to let him remain free while his corruption conviction is appealed.

Baca's attorneys filed the request with the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, a day before the 75-year-old former sheriff was scheduled to report to prison for a three-year sentence.

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Protesters demand permanent closure of Aliso Canyon gas facility

Some days, Nicole Cottrell said, her driveway smells like a busy gas station. Other days, it reeks as if someone has poured lighter fluid onto a bonfire.

To this day, the stench triggers an instant headache, leaving her dizzy and nauseous. Often, Cottrell said, her skin breaks out in rashes.

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Religious leaders protest L.A. pastor's detention during a routine ICE appointment

The arrest of a pastor during a routine appointment with an immigration officer Monday has sparked protest and sent worry through Los Angeles’ Latino religious community.

Noe Carias, who now leads an evangelical church near Echo Park, was first deported in 1993 after crossing illegally into the United States as a teenager. The Guatemala native then returned to the U.S.

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Bill Cosby accuser arrested on heroin charge at San Diego County jail

A model who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her at a Playboy Mansion party in 2008 was arrested on suspicion of bringing heroin to a San Diego County jail Sunday night, a sheriff’s official confirmed.

Chloe Goins, 27, was parked in a lot at the George F.

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Not guilty pleas in Mexican Mafia prison gang case

Eleven people charged in a conspiracy case related to the Mexican Mafia, a notoriously violent prison gang whose influence reaches beyond prison walls, pleaded not guilty Monday to felony charges.

The defendants — four men and seven women — are among 20 people accused in the case, the result of a three-year investigation dubbed “Operation Emero.”

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Advocacy groups want L.A. sheriff to tell prosecutors about problem deputies

One court after another has ruled that a secret list of about 300 Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who have lied, stolen, tampered with evidence, and committed other misconduct must remain confidential.

But some groups across the state are still pushing for the names to be handed over to prosecutors.

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