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5 arrested after investigation into human trafficking ring

Ventura County authorities say five people have been arrested after an investigation in to a human trafficking ring involving prostitution.

Undersheriff Gary Pentis said at a Tuesday press conference that the victims were Chinese women in the U.S. on visas.

The Ventura County Star says investigators made arrests after targeting advertisements of sex found on websites and social media.

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LAPD officer in 'grave condition' following off-duty motorcycle crash in Fullerton

A Los Angeles police officer was critically injured in a crash of his motorcycle while off-duty in Fullerton on Monday night, authorities said.

Chief Charlie Beck announced that the officer was in “very, very grave condition” Tuesday at a Police Commission meeting.

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L.A. City Council asks Gov. Brown to declare homelessness a statewide emergency

In the latest effort to shake more money out of the state for the local fight against homelessness, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to press Gov. Jerry Brown to declare homelessness a statewide emergency.

In June, Brown rejected a similar appeal from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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Federal appeals court sides with immigrant convicted of cockfighting

A federal appeals court ordered immigration authorities Tuesday to reconsider a decision that defined cockfighting as an offense of moral turpitude.

Agustin Ortega-Lopez, a Mexican citizen who lives in Oregon, was prevented from contesting his deportation because he had been convicted of participating in cockfighting, a misdemeanor that immigration judges ruled was a crime involving moral turpitude.

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Daughters die when mother loses control of truck, plunges into Russian River

Two young sisters died Tuesday when their mother lost control of their pickup truck on a coastal highway slick from morning fog and plunged into the Russian River near Jenner, the California Highway Patrol said.

The tragic accident occurred about 8:30 a.m. on the outskirts of town where State Route 1 rises and then curves to the east, according to CHP officer Jonathan Sloat.

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Explosive Blue Cut fire fully contained as other wildfires continue to rage

Exactly one week after the Blue Cut blaze first exploded in the Cajon Pass, fire officials declared the devastating wildfire fully contained Tuesday. 

The fire destroyed an estimated 105 homes and 213 other structures in San Bernardino County and now ranks as the 20th most destructive wildfire in state history, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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