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Film students with replica weapons cause panic, force closure of 101 Freeway

To passersby along the 101 Freeway near Agoura, the two men standing on an overhead bridge Sunday evening conjured an image of terror.

One wore full military fatigues carrying what appeared to be an assault rifle. One had a gas mask.

At least 10 people called 911 reporting they felt threatened by the two men standing on the Chesebro Road overpass, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

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Dead woman 'in a large container' is found in a car in Whittier area

The body of a woman was found in a large container in a hatchback car in unincorporated Whittier on Sunday afternoon,  according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

Homicide detectives are trying to figure out the circumstances surrounding the death of the unidentified woman.

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San Francisco's 'hot cop of Castro' arrested in hit-and-run that injured 2 pedestrians

A San Francisco police officer whose good-looks earned him a bevy of admirers and the nickname "Hot Cop of Castro" was arrested early Sunday for allegedly driving into two pedestrians and fleeing the scene, authorities said.

Both victims were taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Officer Chris Kohrs was off-duty about 2:20 a.m.

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'Suspicious item' near Hollywood Christmas Parade route was a purse, police say

A suspicious item found Sunday afternoon near the starting point of the Hollywood Christmas Parade turned out to be a purse stuffed into a mailbox, authorities said.

A bystander reported the "suspicious item" about 1:30 p.m. near Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive, said Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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Saying goodbye to slain Downey police officer: Services set for Sunday and Monday

A rosary and viewing service for slain Downey police Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez is Sunday night, followed by funeral services Monday morning. He is the first officer to be gunned down in Downey Police Department history.

Galvez, 29, was killed the night of Nov. 18.

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Spiked baseball bats found around San Francisco; police seek help

San Francisco police are asking for help in finding individuals responsible for hanging spiked baseball bats from poles throughout the city.

San Francisco police Sgt. Michael Andraychak says officers first received reports of wooden or metal baseball bats hanging by chains from utility poles and parking meters in the city on Thanksgiving morning.

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