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Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca to plead guilty in jail scandal, his attorney says

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca will plead guilty in a downtown courtroom Wednesday to making a false statement, marking a dramatic turn in the ongoing federal investigation into corruption in the Sheriff's Department.

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Coastal Commission live updates: Hearing over California coast's future begins
Secret government payload launched into orbit from California base

A rocket carrying a government payload was successfully launched early Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California’s Central Coast, officials said.

The United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket was carrying a classified payload for the National Reconnaissance Office, which develops and operates satellites used for intelligence gathering and national security.

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Baby's father may have been target in fatal Compton shooting, authorities say

Investigators believe that the father of the 1-year-old Compton girl who was fatally shot as she lay in her crib may have been the intended target of the attack, a Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide official said Wednesday.

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Slain Compton 1-year-old was 'the center of attention and joy'

The fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Compton girl Autumn Jackson late Tuesday evening as she lay in her crib has brought grief and questions from residents of a city that has long struggled with senseless violence.

Marques Slaughter, Autumn's uncle, said the family is in shock over the shooting. "Everybody's taking it hard," he said.

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Southern California could feel record-breaking heat for a third day in a row

Southern Californians may experience a third day in a row of record-breaking heat before cooler temperatures move into the area by the weekend.

Forecasters are expecting record highs again Wednesday, although temperatures won’t be as feverish as they were Tuesday, when the mercury reached 90 degrees in Westwood and crushed the old record of 85 set in 2006.

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