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'I didn't steal the Maserati,' Bell scandal defendant says after being resentenced

Former Bell assistant city administrator Angela Spaccia was resentenced Monday, in light of an appeals court reversal on five counts of misappropriating funds from the city, and again ordered to repay roughly $8 million in restitution.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen handed down a sentence of 10 years, time Spaccia has already served, according to defense attorney Harland Braun.

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Ex-L.A. County sheriff's deputy given home detention for lying about beating a jail visitor

A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was sentenced Monday to nine months of home detention and 640 hours of community service for lying to federal investigators about the violent arrest of a jail visitor six years ago.

Noel Womack, 39, was also sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer to three years of probation.

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Murder-suicide in Joshua Tree may have been act of 'sympathy' after injury, family member says

An uncle of the woman found dead in Joshua Tree National Park reportedly said investigators believe her boyfriend may have killed her in a “sympathetic murder-suicide” after she suffered a head injury.

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Firefighters battle 50-acre brush fire south of Beaumont

A 50-acre brush fire broke out south of Beaumont on Monday amid a red-flag warning in the region, officials said.

Firefighters responded to reports of a fire near Lambs Canyon Road in Gilman Springs around 10:30 a.m., according to Cal Fire. The first crew to arrive reported a two-acre blaze, but the fire jumped to 50 acres within two hours, authorities said.

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'Sex brokers' in Tijuana connect men looking to exploit very young children, FBI says

“It’s William from tonight. Precious was weird and fun. I’m already thinking about coming down next Thursday. Please send me pics of 3 or four of the youngest ones so I can choose.”

FBI investigators say William Dixon Adelman, a 51-year-old Studio City man, sent the request to a Tijuana sex broker on July 3, 2015 — the same day border crossing records show he was returning to the U.S. from Mexico.

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Fire loss total surges to 8,400 structures in Northern California

The wine country wildfires destroyed at least 8,400 homes and other buildings, authorities said Monday, a significant increase in the already staggering property loss.

Efforts continued by firefighters to gain control of the fires and by searchers looking for more victims. The death toll as of Monday remained at 42, making the fire series the deadliest in California history.

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