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2.9 earthquake strikes near Marina del Rey

A shallow magnitude 2.9 earthquake was reported Friday evening one mile from Marina del Rey, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 9:55 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 5.6 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was two miles from Culver City,  three miles from Santa Monica and four miles from Inglewood.

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Man suspected of pointing laser at commercial jet over Antelope Valley

A 27-year-old Lancaster man was arrested on suspicion of pointing a powerful laser at a commercial airliner as it flew over the Antelope Valley on Thursday night, authorities said.

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Black Lives Matter activist charged in connection with police confrontation

A local Black Lives Matter activist who is among the Los Angeles and Pasadena police departments’ most vocal critics was charged with a felony Friday in connection with a confrontation at a Pasadena park.

Pasadena police arrested Jasmine Richards earlier this week as part of an investigation into a group of people they claim interfered with the arrest of a battery suspect Aug. 29 at a local park.

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Crews work late to free entangled blue whale but lose track of giant mammal

Crews attempting to aid a blue whale that became entangled in what appeared to be heavy fishing line off Point Fermin in San Pedro worked into the night Friday to try to free the giant mammal, but eventually lost track of it, officials said.

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Number of UC transfers declines slightly; UCLA, UC Davis take the most

The number of Californians who are transferring to UC campuses from community colleges and other schools is slightly lower this fall than last year, according to new preliminary statistics. Meanwhile, the number of international students in the UC transfer ranks is rising.

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Norovirus caused illness outbreak at Ventura Chipotle restaurant, officials say

Officials believe that an outbreak of norovirus is responsible for sickening dozens of patrons at a Ventura County Chipotle restaurant earlier this month.

The Ventura County Environmental Health Division began investigating last week after more than 60 customers became ill after eating at the burrito chain's Simi Valley Towne Center location.

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