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Man shot in stomach after pointing gun at police in Westlake

A man was shot in the stomach Tuesday night and another was arrested in an officer-involved shooting in Westlake, police said.

The man who was shot, who has not been identified, was hospitalized in critical but stable condition, Los Angeles police Sgt. Frank Preciado told reporters.

No officers were hurt.

The incident began about 10 p.m. when officers were flagged down by two men, who said two other men had pointed a gun at them, near 6th and Coronado streets.

One of the two men complied with officers’ orders to surrender and was arrested.

But the second man pointed a gun at them, prompting the officer-involved shooting, Preciado said. The man was shot in the abdomen, he said.

A handgun was recovered at the scene. It was unclear why the men brandished a handgun at the other two men.

Detectives with the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division were looking into the shooting.

The officer-involved shooting comes three days after officers shot Tegan James Stephens in the area of Cherokee Street...

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Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Isla Vista

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Wednesday morning 30 miles from Isla Vista, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:47 a.m. PDT at a depth of 8.7 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 32 miles from Goleta, 33 miles from Santa Barbara and 37 miles from Carpinteria.

In the last 10 days, there have been no earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm.

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L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers

Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces.

The push to include an exception to the mandated wage increase for companies that let their employees collectively bargain was the latest unexpected detour as the city nears approval of its landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020.

For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business owners, such as restaurateurs, who said they would have trouble complying with the mandated pay increase.

But Rusty Hicks, who heads the county Federation of Labor and helps lead the Raise the Wage coalition, said Tuesday night that companies with workers represented by unions should have leeway to negotiate a wage below that mandated by the law.

"With a collective bargaining...

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Crews close to excavating ruptured section of oil pipeline

Investigators are nearing an important step in determining what caused an underground oil pipeline last week to rupture and release as much as  101,000 gallons of crude along the Santa Barbara County coast.

Workers on Tuesday dug down to the soil immediately surrounding the spot where the pipeline broke. The pipeline's owner, Plains All American Pipeline, said the ruptured section of pipe will be excavated and removed for inspection Wednesday.

The step is crucial in identifying the cause of the break, which sent as much as 21,000 gallons of oil downhill from the spill site into a storm culvert and into the Pacific.

A third-party metallurgist is monitoring the dig to make sure the ruptured section of pipe is preserved for the later testing to determine the condition of the pipe when it failed, said Rick McMichael, director of pipeline operations for Plains. Corrosion, pressure and other possible contributing factors will be investigated.

The company said Monday that it will also investigate...

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Remains of Swedish exchange student missing since 1982 identified

A 33-year mystery over the disappearance of a Swedish exchange student in the Bay Area has finally ended, with the Alameda County coroner confirming bones found in a creek bed were those of Elisabeth Martinsson.

Martinsson was 22 when she disappeared in Marin County in 1982. The remains were positively identified through dental records, the Alameda County coroner said Tuesday.

Investigators found Martinsson’s skull, teeth and more than 40 bones in a Fremont creek off Morrison Canyon Road in 2010, but the remains were only recently positively identified, Alameda County coroner’s Lt. Riddic Bowers said.

Martinsson was going to school in Marin and working as a nanny when she disappeared, the Marin Independent-Journal reported. She had borrowed her host family’s car and was never seen again.

The car was found more than a week later in Oklahoma, but no one was ever arrested in Martinsson’s death, the paper reported. A cause of death was not determined.

Martinsson’s remains were cremated and...

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