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A map showing the location of the epicenter of Friday morning's quake near Currant, Nevada.

Earthquake: 3.3 quake strikes near Currant, Nev.

A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Friday morning 18 miles from Currant, Nev., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 2:41 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 0 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 131 miles from Spring Creek, Nev., 138 miles from Elko, Nev., and 213 miles from Carson City.

In the past 10 days, there have been no earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby.

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

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Bicyclist lapses into unconsciousness after scuffle with S.D. police

SAN DIEGO -- A 51-year-old man who had been riding a bicycle lapsed into unconsciousness after a brief scuffle with police who detained him for a traffic violation, police said Thursday.

The incident, which occured in the Stockton neighborhood, began with the man seeking to flee from police. After a "brief struggle,'' he was arrested for resisting arrest, police said.

While the man was being processed at police headquarters, officers noticed that he was unconscious and called paramedics, police said.

"The prisoner never regained consciousness and was transported to a local hospital," according...

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At a debate Thursday, supervisorial candidates Juventino "J" Gomez and  April Saucedo Hood noted the absence of opponent Hilda Solis, whose campaign for a seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is leading in fundraising.

Candidates note Solis' absence in first debate of county race

Two candidates hoping to succeed Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina faced off Thursday in Claremont, without the presumed front-runner participating.

El Monte Councilman Juventino "J" Gomez and Long Beach school police officer April Saucedo Hood fielded questions from a small audience at an assisted living facility during the event hosted by community group Active Claremont and the Claremont Chamber of Commerce.

Former U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who has a substantial lead in fundraising and high-profile endorsements, didn't attend.

The program marked the first campaign forum in...

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Ethics panel wants more public funding available to candidates

Los Angeles' Ethics Commission is calling for an increase in public funding available to candidates seeking city office.

The city currently provides $2 for each dollar a candidate raises in primary elections, and $4 for each dollar contributed in two-way runoffs in general elections.

On Thursday, the panel recommended the city match be increased to $6 in both primary and general elections.

"You want to allow people to talk to constituents, not just donors, and I think that increasing the match will reduce the amount of time you have to spend fundraising," said Jessica Levinson, vice president...

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Some streets in downtown L.A. were closed after the subject of a police chase managed to evade officers.

Chase suspect wanted in kidnapping arrested in North Hollywood

An FBI-LAPD fugitive task force arrested a man wanted on kidnapping charges in Minnesota who authorities believe is the same man who led police on a chase in downtown Los Angeles earlier Thursday, officials said.

Jesus Ramirez, 31, of Los Angeles, was taken into custody without incident at the Peppertree Motel in North Hollywood, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

She said Ramirez was walking out of the motel, saw authorities and tried to walk the other way, but was taken into custody. He was in the process of being booked at an LAPD station on Thursday evening.

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Whittier police respond to barricaded man believed to have a hostage

Whittier police have surrounded an apartment complex where a man has barricaded himself and is believed to be holding at least one hostage, authorities said.

Police were called to the complex in the 7900 block of Bright Avenue about 4 p.m., said police spokesman Brad White.

When officers arrived, he said, they saw windows being broken out of the complex and a conflict between a man and a woman inside.

“At this point it’s being treated as a hostage situation,” White said.

Police believe the man may be armed with a knife or a gun, White said.

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Kevin Jones of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising unveils the dress and coat dating from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

San Franciscans commemorate the Great Quake of 1906 -- and a dress

SAN FRANCISCO -- City officials and celebrants in period dress packed old-timey John’s Grill here Thursday to remember the great 1906 earthquake -- and gasped in wonder as a dress belonging to a society woman of the day was carefully unveiled.

The annual commemoration resumes before dawn Friday -- the anniversary of the temblor and fire -- when hundreds will likely gather on Market Street at Lotta’s Fountain, a re-creation of the original landmark that served as a bulletin board for the displaced.

Survivors have for decades served as the luncheon headliners at John’s Grill,...

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Marquis, 16, left, and English teacher Monica Jackson count the syllables in his haiku poem at Camp Afflerblaugh in La Verne. A new study found that California and other states were failing to adequately educate juvenile inmates but L.A. County court schools have made progress following a 2010 lawsuit.

California fails to adequately educate youth inmates, report says

California and other states are largely failing to adequately educate most of the 70,000 youth locked up at any given time in juvenile detention facilities, according to a national report released Thursday.

Most youth fail to earn any course credits or complete their high school diploma or equivalency degree while in custody, the report by the Southern Education Foundation found. Yet these young inmates are highly troubled – usually struggling with drug abuse, anger and lagging academic achievement – and urgently need effective education to help them get back on track, the report...

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Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, right, in Sacramento last year.

Senate leader calls for GPS investigation after O.C. serial killings

SACRAMENTO -- The leader of the state Senate is seeking an investigation into how two sex offenders being monitored by parole agents and tracked by GPS devices were allegedly able to rape and murder four women without being detected.

The two sex offenders were wearing electronic monitoring devices and regularly reporting to police during a months-long string of slayings in Orange County. They were arrested soon after a woman’s naked body was found on a conveyor belt at a trash-sorting facility.

Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) said through his spokesman that while there&...

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San Bernardino County deputies in standoff with suspect

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies are in a standoff with a man who fled as deputies tried to approach him at a shopping center in Fontana, authorities said.

Deputies tried to make contact with the man, who is the subject of a criminal investigation, about 1:15 p.m. at Summit Plaza, said Sgt. Anthony Vega. As they approached, the man fled and a short vehicle pursuit ensued, Vega said.

The man drove to a residence in the 3700 block of American Elm Road in the community of Rosena Ranch, where he has been holed up since.

He is communicating with deputies and a SWAT team is on the...

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Newborn kittens survive being shipped from L.A. to San Diego

Two newborn kittens were accidentally shipped from Los Angeles to San Diego in small black boxes this week.

The kittens were discovered with their umbilical cords still attached by Cox cable company employees in Chula Vista as part of a shipment of fiberglass equipment, according to 10 News in San Diego.

 "They were very, very lucky that they didn't fall out of it in transport or when we were unloading the truck," Cox employee JC Collins told the station.

The Humane Society's local chapter was called to care for the kittens.

Officials don't know how the kittens got into the boxes, or how the...

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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday morning. The hearing was delayed until Friday, pending an Arizona judge's ruling on whether the charges Sharper faces there warranted that he be held without bail.

Darren Sharper in L.A. jail as bail denied in Arizona assault case

An Arizona judge ruled Thursday that Darren Sharper was ineligible for bail on a sexual assault charge there, which could prevent the ex-NFL star’s release from L.A. County jail, where he has spent the last seven weeks.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Warren Granville determined there was “proof evidence and presumption great” on the count, meaning the judge believed there was sufficient evidence to hold him without bond, district attorney spokesman Jerry Cobb said.

Granville ruled Sharper was eligible for bond on the other four counts he faces -- three drug-related and...

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A sign at the U.S. border with Mexico in Nogales, Ariz.

Immigration officials raise the bar on asylum interview process

With a growing number of immigrants asking for asylum at the border, Department of Homeland Security officials have set new guidelines that raise the bar on who can enter the United States and formally file for protection, according to documents released Thursday.

The internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documents, which were obtained by an advocacy group called the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, pertain to what are known as "credible fear" interviews.

Asylum officers conduct the interviews when a person subjected to expedited removal, such as a someone apprehended at the...

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The Blue Ridge, command ship of the Navy's Japan-based 7th Fleet, was among those ships whose movements were allegedly rerouted because of a bribery scheme that cost the U.S. more than $20 million in overcharges for "husbanding" services in Asia-Pacific ports.

Enlisted sailor charged in widening Navy bribery case

 

SAN DIEGO -- An enlisted sailor has been charged in the Navy bribery case in which two officers have already been charged with helping a Singapore businessman secure lucrative contracts to service Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific region.

Petty Officer 1st Class Dan Layug, 27, was arrested Wednesday in San Diego and appeared Thursday before federal Magistrate Judge Karen Crawford, who set bail at $100,000 and required Layug to wear a GPS monitor.

The two officers, Cmdrs. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, 46, and Jose Luis Sanchez, 41, have pleaded not guilty. The two are accused of receiving ...

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A map showing the location of the epicenter of Thursday afternoon's quake near Currant, Nevada.

Earthquake: 2.8 quake strikes near Currant, Nev.

A shallow magnitude 2.8 earthquake was reported Thursday afternoon 18 miles from Currant, Nev., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 4:04 p.m. PST at a depth of 0 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 130 miles from Spring Creek, Nev., 137 miles from Elko, Nev., 168 miles from Cedar City, Utah, and 213 miles from Carson City, Nev.

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

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Rapper who cut off penis, jumped from building not criminal case, police say

Los Angeles police said they had no active investigation into what prompted rapper Andre Johnson to sever his penis and jump from a North Hollywood apartment building early Wednesday.

Johnson, 40, raps under the moniker "Christ Bearer" as part of the duo Northstar, which was linked to the Wu-Tang Clan. He survived the fall from the building's second story, but the extent of his injuries was not known.

Officers were called to the 4100 block of Colfax Avenue about 12:45 a.m., and discovered Johnson with a self-inflicted wound to his genitalia, LAPD Sgt. William Mann said. Paramedics responded...

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An artist paints at a downtown L.A. intersection.

Reader photo: Downtown artist

On a regular day exploring the streets of downtown L.A., Parth Bhakta caught an artist painting for a special someone at the corner of 7th Street and Broadway. He took this photo on March 29 with a Nikon D5200 Tokina 11-16mm wide angle lens.

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The burned remains of a bus that crashed into a FedEx truck on Interstate 5, near the town of Orland.

911 calls convey panic, chaos after fatal bus crash

Emergency 911 calls released Thursday by the CHP convey chaos and confusion in the moments after a FedEx truck collided head-on with a tour bus full of students, killing 10 people.

In one of the calls, from a passenger who had just fled the burning bus, the caller sounds panicked and confused.

“I was in a car accident,” the caller begins, crying and gasping for air. “I was on a travel bus and we crashed into a FedEx truck.”

“Are you still on the bus or off the bus?” the dispatcher asks, after assuring the caller the California Highway Patrol and ambulances...

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Budget official sees three more years of deficits at L.A. City Hall

Budget official sees three more years of deficits at L.A. City Hall

Los Angeles will confront revenue deficits in each of the next three budget years, even if elected officials keep a lid on spending and secure new concessions from the workforce, the top budget analyst at City Hall warned Thursday.

In a memo to the City Council, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana said lawmakers won't have the money to rebuild services cut during the recession until 2018, when a $20.9-million surplus is expected, unless new tax revenue is found or other programs are cut.

That situation could limit Mayor Eric Garcetti's ability to expand core services. Garcetti has...

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Injured firefighters in restaurant crash aided civilians, chiefs say

Injured firefighters in restaurant crash aided civilians, chiefs say

After two fire trucks collided in Monterey Park on Wednesday, sending one of them crashing into a restaurant, the firefighters climbed out and immediately set about rescuing injured civilians, officials said Thursday.

The fire chiefs for the Monterey Park and Alhambra fire departments, which each had three personnel involved in the crash, praised the firefighters for overcoming their own injuries to aid the nine civilians who were hurt, one of them critically.

One Monterey Park firefighter who was also seriously injured, and who remained hospitalized Thursday, helped rescue a restaurant...

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Nurses and other staff at San Francisco General Hospital. New nursing graduates have faced delays getting approval to take licensing exams.

State says new online nursing application should speed up licensing

California is urging new nursing school graduates who have not already applied for a nursing license to do so using an online application instead of submitting a paper form.

The new web application is designed to speed up approvals for graduates, said Russ Heimerich, a spokesman for the state's Department for Consumer Affairs.

Ever since California introduced a new computer system to manage licensing on Oct. 8, many students completing nursing degrees have faced weeks-long delaysgetting authorized to take licensing exams. Because the new system, called BreEZe, did not initially offer an...

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The entrance to LAX at night. A Korean Airlines plane struck some light poles at the airport Wednesday.

Korean Airlines plane strikes light poles at LAX, causes minor damage

A Korean Airlines plane struck some light poles at Los Angeles International Airport, causing slight damage to one of its wings, authorities said Thursday.

The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, airport officials said, according to L.A. Airspace, a Daily Breeze news blog.

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The plane's right wing was scratched, but no one was injured. Two 30-foot light poles were bent.

The A380 is the world's largest commercial airliner, carrying passengers in a double-deck configuration. It has a wingspan of nearly 262 feet.

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Twin Towers jail escapee now will do his time in state prison

An inmate who walked out of a downtown Los Angeles jail by impersonating another inmate and then spent three weeks on the lam pleaded no contest Thursday to one count of escape.

Christopher Lee Brown, 37, is expected to be sentenced to eight months in prison -- on top of his original sentence of four years and eight months -- when he returns to court next week, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.

And rather than serve his time in county jail as originally ordered, prosecutors said Brown would instead be sentenced to state prison.

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Fatal bus crash: With black boxes damaged, CHP to recreate collision

Fatal bus crash: With black boxes damaged, CHP to recreate collision

The California Highway Patrol will use a full-size tour bus and FedEx truck Thursday afternoon to recreate the fiery collision on Interstate 5 that killed 10 people and left dozens more wounded last week.

The reenactment is part of a series of tests the CHP is conducting to determine why the FedEx truck barreled across a grassy median and hit a bus loaded with Southern California high school students en route to Humboldt State.

Both drivers died in the crash, along with three adult chaperons and five high school students.

Both vehicles had black box-like data recorders on board, but they were...

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Kassim Al-Himidi weeps during his murder trial.

Iraqi immigrant convicted of killing wife at their El Cajon home

SAN DIEGO -- An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of fatally beating his wife in their El Cajon home because she wanted a divorce.

The March 2012 case gained attention because a note left near the body suggested the attack was an anti-immigrant hate crime.

But prosecutors argued that Kassim Al-Himidi, 49, left the note to mislead investigators about the fatal beating of his wife, Shaima Alawadi, 32.

The couple had fled Iraq to escape from Saddam Hussein's regime in the mid-1990s. After living in a refugee camp in Saudi Arabia for two years they went to Dearborn, Mich., and then to El...

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Robert Rizzo, the city administrator who oversaw an era of corruption in Bell, reacts in court Wednesday during sentencing.

After vowing to cooperate, Robert Rizzo skips his sentencing interview

After pleading no contest to corruption charges and agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors, former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo would not be interviewed for his own probation report before he was sentenced.

Rizzo was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in state prison for the crimes in Bell.

The city administrator's attorney, James Spertus, had asked that his client be sentenced to five years in prison, saying he had cooperated with authorities.

In a probation report made public Thursday, an investigator said he had arranged for a phone interview with Rizzo but never heard back from his...

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Police closed some streets in downtown L.A. on Thursday after a police chase ended with the suspect fleeing on foot.

High-speed police chase ends in downtown L.A.; suspect flees on foot

A high-speed chase through the streets of downtown Los Angeles on Thursday ended with a kidnapping suspect fleeing on foot, evading the pursuing officers.

Stretches of several downtown L.A. streets were closed Thursday afternoon as police searched for the suspect, who they said could be armed with a weapon.

The chase began when authorities tried to stop a red SUV near Cesar Chavez and Record avenues at about 12:45 p.m., but the suspect did not pull over, the LAPD said. It ended near 8th Street and Broadway, where the suspect appeared to have lost the police tail long enough to flee.

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A BART police officer looks along the BART tracks along Jones Road in Walnut Creek, where a moving train struck and killed two workers on  Oct. 19, 2013.

State fines BART $210,000 for lapses that led to rail worker deaths

SAN FRANCISCO -- State workplace safety regulators cited the Bay Area Rapid Transit District on Thursday for three "willful serious safety violations" that resulted in two workers being struck and killed by a fast-moving train in Walnut Creek last October.

The Cal/OSHA citations carry proposed penalties totaling $210,000, though those fines are often appealed.

The accident that killed Christopher D. Sheppard and Laurence E. Daniels came during a contentious commuter rail strike, as management was relying on a skeletal workforce. The train that struck the men was training managers as potential...

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Baby dies after father accidentally leaves child in car during work

A San Jose father accidentally left his baby in the car for hours before the child was found unconscious and eventually died, authorities said Thursday.

The Santa Clara County district attorney’s office will consider whether to file charges against the man, who has not been arrested.

He called authorities after returning to his car Wednesday following a day of work and finding his 9-month-old baby unconscious. Authorities would not say whether the baby was a boy or a girl.

Police said the man was supposed to take the child to a baby-sitter on the way to work but forgot.

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Three Monterey Park firetruck crash victims remain in hospital

Three Monterey Park firetruck crash victims remain in hospital

Three people, including one firefighter, remain hospitalized after two firetrucks collided in Monterey Park on Wednesday, causing one to slam into a small restaurant. 

The three patients are being treated at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, spokeswoman Rosa Saca said Thursday. One patient, identified as a man, was listed in critical condition. The other two -- one of whom is a Monterey Park firefighter with moderate injuries, according to fire Capt. Matt Hallock -- are in stable condition. 

Fifteen people, including six firefighters equally split between Alhambra and Monterey Park fire...

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Grisel Ramirez pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

O.C. woman gets 13 years for kidnapping newborn from hospital

A Garden Grove woman has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for posing as a nurse and kidnapping a newborn baby from a hospital after scouting several rooms looking for an infant to grab.

Grisel Ramirez, 50, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one felony count of kidnapping a child under age 15 and five felony counts of first-degree burglary, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

A sentencing enhancement was also implemented for kidnapping a child to deprive a parent of custody.

Prosecutors said Ramirez walked into the Garden Grove Medical Center the morning of Aug. 6, 2012 wearing...

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Cirilo Flores, bishop of the San Diego Diocese of the Catholic Church since 2013, suffered a stroke.

San Diego bishop suffers stroke but is 'alert and in good spirits'

SAN DIEGO -- The Roman Catholic bishop of San Diego has suffered a stroke but remains "alert and in good spirits" in the hospital, the diocese announced Thursday.

Bishop Cirilo Flores suffered the stroke Wednesday afternoon while in his office at the Pastoral Center and was rushed to a hospital, the diocese said.

Flores, 65, who became bishop in September, "will be receiving treatment for a few days before his release," the diocese announced in a statement signed by Msgr. Steven Callahan, the diocese vicar general.

"With the faithful people of God let us pray for Bishop Flores' speedy and full...

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A lawsuit claims some previously deported detainees have been denied a speedy determination of their immigration status after they claimed a fear of persecution or torture if they are deported again. Above, detainees at the government's Adelanto, Calif., facility last fall.

ACLU sues over delays for immigrants seeking U.S. protection

Thousands of immigrants seeking protection in the United States have spent months in detention waiting for the government to determine whether they may have legitimate cases, even though regulations say they should receive a determination within 10 days, according to a class action lawsuit filed Thursday by the ACLU and other groups.

The lawsuit accuses the government of violating the law and says tens of millions of taxpayer dollars have been needlessly spent on detention.

Claire Nicholson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said she could not comment on pending...

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Alberto Flores Ramirez's booking photo from 2012.

'Spiritual cleanser' rubbed raw eggs on his rape victims, DA says

A 36-year-old man who allegedly introduced himself as a “spiritual cleanser” who could help women with bad luck is on trial in Orange County on charges that he rubbed raw eggs on their bodies and raped them.

Prosecutors said Alberto Flores Ramirez also splashed ammonia on one victim’s head during a spiritual cleansing at a Santa Ana motel, causing her to become dizzy and disoriented. Ramirez is accused of then raping the woman.

Ramirez faces a potential 75-year prison sentence if convicted of rape and other sexual offenses.

The San Clemente resident is accused of attacking...

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One person died and several others were injured when a van crashed off the 10 Freeway and rolled into a drainage ditch near Cedar Avenue in Fontana on Thursday morning.

One killed as van carrying trucking students rolls over off 10 Freeway

A passenger van carrying truck driving students veered off the 10 Freeway near Fontana and into a drainage ditch early Thursday, killing one and injuring several others, authorities said.

The students, who ranged in age from 21 to 55, were en route from their hotel to a driving institute in Fontana, said Terry Jaco, an official with C.R. England truck driving school.

Several of the passengers were not wearing seat belts, California Highway Patrol officials said.

The crash occurred just after 5:30 a.m. when the maroon Ford Econoline van, traveling west on the 10, came upon slowed traffic just...

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A man was arrested Thursday morning after he allegedly claimed to have a bomb in his bag.

Man under evaluation after making false bomb claim at LAX, police say

A man is being evaluated at a local hospital after falsely claiming he had a bomb in his bag at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday morning, prompting a brief evacuation in part of Terminal 7, authorities said.

The man, who was not identified, was arrested by airport police after he approached the ticketing counter about 7:40 a.m. and stated he had a bomb in his bag, according to Sgt. Belinda Nettles. After the ticketing area was partially evacuated, Los Angeles Police investigators were called in and cleared the bag at about 8:45 a.m.

LAPD officers transported the man to Harbor-UCLA...

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Massive fire at San Pedro Elks Lodge was arson, officials say

Massive fire at San Pedro Elks Lodge was arson, officials say

The fire that destroyed part of the Elks Lodge in San Pedro early Tuesday was intentionally set, investigators said.

The early morning fire tore through the 33,700-square-foot lodge less than a week after a brush fire had been extinguished on the property, officials said. It was unclear if the two fires were related but investigators were not ruling it out.

At a news conference in front of the lodge on Wednesday, interim Los Angeles Fire Chief Jim Featherstone and Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, who represents the area, decried the arson.

Buscaino, one of about 2,500 members of the ...

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Sriracha plant's possible move out of Irwindale called 'very extreme'

Sriracha plant's possible move out of Irwindale called 'very extreme'

Irwindale's city attorney said he was confused and disappointed to hear that Sriracha hot sauce creator David Tran is seriously considering moving his factory -- the source of a months-long battle over spicy odor complaints -- out of the city.

“This seems very extreme,” City Atty. Fred Galante said. “It's disappointing given that [air quality officials] have explained that there are readily available solutions.”

Tran told The Times on Wednesdaythat he was exploring his options after the Irwindale City Council voted unanimously last week to designate the factory a...

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Yacht crash during race off San Francisco Peninsula kills one

Yacht crash during race off San Francisco Peninsula kills one

A sailboat participating in a race struck a buoy outside Redwood City off the San Francisco Peninsula on Wednesday evening, killing one person and injuring another, authorities said.

The sailboat was in the shallow waters just outside the city’s yacht harbor when it collided with a navigation buoy just before 7 p.m., said Lt. Joshua Dykman with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Aaron Coffin, an employee with the Coast Guard, said the impact caused the boat's mast to snap in half and crash onto the deck, killing one man and injuring another.

According to a tweet from the Redwood City Fire Department,...

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Sexual harassment lawsuit filed against ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

Sexual harassment lawsuit filed against ex-San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

SAN DIEGO -- A woman has filed a lawsuit against former Mayor Bob Filner, alleging that he sexually harassed her at a public event at an elementary school while his police bodyguards watched.

In the lawsuit, filed this week in San Diego County Superior Court, Marilyn McGaughy alleges that she was "kissed, massaged, (and) groped" by the then-mayor, who made "repeated sexual advances and sexual comments."

Filner's police bodyguards "were present and witnessed Filner's wrongful conduct, however, they failed to stop Filner or protect McGaughy," according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Daniel...

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Firetruck crash: Cellphone video shows chaotic scene inside restaurant

Firetruck crash: Cellphone video shows chaotic scene inside restaurant

Video shot on a cellphone moments after a firetruck careened into a Monterey Park restaurant Wednesday shows the chaotic aftermath as patrons and firefighters scrambled to get out from under the rubble.

The video, shot by an employee from inside Lu's Dumpling House off Emerson and Garfield avenues, shows the restaurant's dining area in disarray, with tables and chairs toppled over and what appears to be a person wedged between the front of the firetruck and restaurant furniture. The restaurant's mangled metal window framing dangles from the ceiling.

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Two vehicle fires in South L.A. investigated as arson

Two vehicle fires in South L.A. investigated as arson

Officials were trying to determine if two vehicle fires near South Los Angeles on Thursday morning were related.

The two cars that were discovered engulfed in flames were near South Western Avenue and West 60th Street in Chesterfield Square, Los Angeles Police Sgt. Scott Blackman told KTLA-TV

Witnesses saw two males leaving the area around 1:30 a.m., Blackman said.

Another fire was reported nearby, but it was not immediately clear what was damaged. No injuries were reported.

 

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Rapper survives cutting off penis, leap from second-floor apartment

Rapper survives cutting off penis, leap from second-floor apartment

Investigators are trying to determine what prompted a rapper linked to the Wu-Tang Clan to cut off his penis and jump from a second-story apartment Wednesday in North Hollywood.

Andre Johnson, 40 -- who raps under the moniker Christ Bearer in the duo Northstar -- survived the fall. He was discovered about 12:45 a.m. with a self-inflicted wound to his genitalia, Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Mann said.

Mann said Johnson had jumped from a second-story building in the 4500 block of Colfax Avenue. Johnson was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Mann said, but the extent of his injuries was...

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More than 1,000 homes and businesses were evacuated in Solvang on Wednesday after an ordnance, above, was discovered.

Evacuation lifted after military ordnance found in Solvang, Calif.

Residents in more than 1,000 homes who were evacuated from a Solvang neighborhood after a military ordnance was found nearby have been allowed to return home, officials announced early Thursday.

A military ordnance was found about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Solvang’s picturesque business district in the 1600 block of Copenhagen Drive, sparking the mass evacuation. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department initiated its reverse-911 system, which called between 500 and 700 homes and businesses, including hotels, in the surrounding area ordering occupants to evacuate immediately.

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CHP investigating how two firetrucks collided, injuring 15 people

CHP investigating how two firetrucks collided, injuring 15 people

A major-accident team from the California Highway Patrol will investigate how two firetrucks ended up colliding Wednesday in Monterey Park, sending one of them careening into a restaurant, injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.

The injured firefighters were equally split between the two trucks, one from Monterey Park, the other from Alhambra.

Officials said at least one person was in critical condition, although they did not specify who.

Officials said they would review everything from the speed of the trucks -- which had their lights and sirens running when they collided -- to radio...

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Mattison Haywood -- one of 10 people who perished last week in the Orland bus crash-- spent the last few moments of her life with her fiance, Michael Myvett.

Bus crash: Family and friends to hold vigil for Mattison Haywood

Family, friends and students of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in South Los Angeles will gather Thursday for a candlelight vigil to honor Mattison Haywood, one of the 10 victims of the bus crash in Orland.

Haywood, along with fiance Michael Myvett, was a chaperon accompanying students from Los Angeles-area high schools to Humboldt State for a college recruiting visit when their bus was hit by a FedEx truck.

In the days since the crash, victims’ relatives have been identifying their loved ones as being among those killed. The Glenn County coroner cautioned after the...

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San Diego teen arrested on suspicion of making threats on social media

SAN DIEGO -- A 17-year-old student was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of making threats against a charter-school teacher in Point Loma and a middle school in Clairemont via social media.

The boy was taken to Juvenile Hall on a possible charge of making a terrorist threat after the postings were discovered by authorities.

A search of his family's home found no weapons, the San Diego Police Department said. The nature of the threats was not disclosed.

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Monterey Park crash: Fire trucks had lights, sirens on, chief says

Monterey Park crash: Fire trucks had lights, sirens on, chief says

Officials said two fire trucks had their lights and sirens running when they collided Wednesday afternoon in Monterey Park, sending one careening into a restaurant. 

Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell said the trucks -- one from Monterey Park, the other from Alhambra -- were responding to a house fire in south Monterey Park when they crashed at the intersection of Emerson and Garfield avenues about 3:15 p.m.

Officials now say 15 people, including six firefighters, were hurt. 

One person, described as a civilian who was inside Lu's Dumpling House, was critically injured, Birrell said. One...

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Monterey Park fire truck crash: 'It was really bad,' witness says

Monterey Park fire truck crash: 'It was really bad,' witness says

Investigators said it was not immediately clear what caused two fire trucks to collide Wednesday afternoon in Monterey Park, sending one careening into a Chinese restaurant and injuring at least 14 people.

It also was not known how many of the injured were patrons at Lu's Dumpling House or pedestrians, but fire officials said four firefighters suffered minor to moderate injuries. No fatalies were reported, but officials told reporters at least one person was critically injured.

The crash was reported at 3:12 p.m. at the intersection of Garfield and Emerson avenues, Monterey Park police Lt....

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Bell's Robert Rizzo admits 'I breached the public's confidence'

Bell's Robert Rizzo admits 'I breached the public's confidence'

Four years after he became the face of municipal greed, Robert Rizzo broke his long silence Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom and asked a judge for mercy.

The former Bell administrator was pale and baggy-eyed, and his thinning hair had turned gray. For many, there was hope he would finally reveal how he engineered a brazen scheme to boost the salaries of top officials that left the working-class city tumbling toward bankruptcy.

But in a small, halting, scratchy voice, Rizzo, 60, offered only the vaguest of apologies, and no details.

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Jonathan Gutierrez and his father, Javier, arrive at LAX from Sacramento on Friday, a day after surviving a bus crash in Orland.

Bus crash: Nearly all injured students released from hospitals

All but one of the dozens of students injured in last week’s fatal bus crash in Northern California have been released from area hospitals, officials said Wednesday.

The fiery collision between a FedEx truck and a tour bus on Interstate 5 killed 10 people, including five high school students.

More than 30 teenagers had been taken to seven hospitals in Northern California. By Wednesday afternoon, most had been treated and released. One patient who had been confined to the ICU at Enloe Medical Center in Chico was upgraded to fair condition Monday and was released by Tuesday evening, as was...

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Deputies who mistakenly killed aspiring producer to return to duty

Deputies who mistakenly killed aspiring producer to return to duty

The L.A. County sheriff’s deputies who mistakenly shot two victims of a knife attack in West Hollywood, killing one, will return to active duty next week, department officials said.

The three deputies have gone through the psychological evaluation and training required after shootings in which a person is hit and have been cleared to go back on patrol, said West Hollywood station Capt. Gary Honings.

The deputies had been on leave since April 7 when they fatally shot aspiring Hollywood producer John Winkler in the chest as he and another victim ran out of an apartment, officials said.

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Several injured when fire truck crashes into Monterey Park restaurant

Several injured when fire truck crashes into Monterey Park restaurant

At least 14 people, including four firefighters, were injured Wednesday afternoon when two fire trucks collided in Monterey Park, sending one crashing into a restaurant, officials said.

No fatalities have been reported, but authorities are still determining the extent of all injuries, according to Monterey Park officials.

Few details were immediately available, but Monterey Park police Lt. Carrie Mazelin said the trucks collided about 3:12 p.m. at the intersection of Garfield and Emerson avenues.

At least one person inside the Lu Dumpling House restaurant was injured, Mazelin said.

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Sriracha considers moving factory amid smell complaints

Sriracha considers moving factory amid smell complaints

After a months-long battle with the city of Irwindale over complaints about a spicy odor, Sriracha sauce creator David Tran said Wednesday he is now seriously considering moving his factory to another location.

Tran responded Wednesday to the politicians and business leaders from 10 states and multiple cities in California that have offered to host the Sriracha factory. He invited them to tour the facility in Irwindale and decide if their communities would complain about the odors that arise during production.

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Reader photo: Calm after the quake

After the 5.1 earthquake struck near La Habra last month, Rachelle Mendez took her boys outside to play.

This shot of her 5-year-old was taken at a hillside park just behind their La Habra house, which was near the epicenter. She used a Canon EOS 6D.

"After a weekend of earthquakes, plaster cracks and broken glass, it was nice to go outside and take a deep breath of the fresh air," Mendez said.

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San Francisco Supervisor London Breed announced a plan to deal with the anticipated, un-permitted "4/20" gathering in Golden Gate Park, which caused problems last year.

SF supervisor tells pot smokers: Keep 4/20 chill on Hippie Hill

SAN FRANCISCO -- Golden Gate Park's Hippie Hill is famous for the wafting aroma of marijuana just about any day of the week. But Sunday is 4/20, and to those in the know that's code for "light up the ganja."

It also happens to be Easter Sunday, and officials fear a repeat of last year's massive daylong party that culminated in a crowd-sourced haze at 4:20 p.m. and then sent brain-fogged crowds flocking out of the park into the Haight district and as far as Hayes Valley.

There were only a few arrests but property was damaged and streets so clogged that buses came to a near standstill....

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Students check course schedules at East Los Angeles College in June 2012. A new study reports that while more students are passing remedial math and English courses, fewer are finishing college or transferring.

More community college students completing remedial courses, data show

A greater percentage of California community college students were scheduled to pass remedial math and English courses last year but fewer were finishing school or transferring, according to statistics released this week.

Nearly 48% of students who started taking community college courses in 2007 were on track to graduate or transfer, which is slightly lower than the transfer and graduation rates of students who started school in 2006, according to scorecards released by the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.

College officials blamed the drop on a decrease in state funding,...

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Rapper cuts off own penis, jumps from North Hollywood building, police say

A rapper linked to the Wu-Tang Clan was injured early Wednesday after he apparently severed his penis and jumped from a North Hollywood apartment, Los Angeles police said.

Andre Johnson, 40 -- who raps under the moniker "Christ Bearer" in the duo Northstar -- was discovered about 12:45 a.m. with a self-inflicted wound to his genitalia, LAPD Sgt. William Mann confirmed.

Mann said Johnson had jumped from a second-story building in the 4500 block of Colfax Avenue. Johnson was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Mann said, but the extent of his injuries was unknown.

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Man found burned, bound and naked on side of 605 Freeway dies

Man found burned, bound and naked on side of 605 Freeway dies

A man who dragged himself naked, burned and bound up a riverbed wash to the side of the 605 Freeway where he was discovered has died, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Authorities said the man was found by a driver sometime before 2 p.m. Tuesday on the side of the northbound 605, north of the 60 Freeway in the City of Industry. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said the man had apparently been assaulted, then burned and left in the riverbed wash.

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Third man found guilty in 'drug flipping' robbery, shooting death

A third man involved in a deadly Bellflower home invasion has been convicted of murder and other charges related to what prosecutors said was a drug deal gone bad.

Hector Aguilar Arciga, 39, was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder, four counts of home invasion robbery and first-degree burglary, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

He, along with Francisco Argenis Parra, 32, and Pedro Huerta Zuniga, 44 -- also convicted of first-degree murder and robbery-related charges -- were accused of shooting 23-year-old Carlos Zaratein his Bellflower apartment during a...

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A sea lion pup nicknamed Hoppie is now recovering at a marine mammal center in Sausalito after being rescued from a Central Valley orchard.

Wayward sea lion pup, 'Hoppie,' found in Central Valley orchard

A lost sea lion pup nicknamed Hoppie found at a Central Valley orchard about 100 miles from the ocean is recovering at a marine mammal center in Sausalito after its inland adventure.

The confused animal was discovered last month at Mape's Ranch near Modesto, where workers contacted wildlife officials, the Fresno Bee reported.

A volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito eventually coaxed the lost sea lion into a wire cage, where it promptly fell asleep, KTVU-TV reported. The 36-pound sea lion is undergoing treatment for open sores, center officials said.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's officials posted an image of the items they said were found inside the vehicle carrying three teens accused in an egging attack on a woman in Lancaster.

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Prosecutors are expected to charge three teens accused of egging a homeless woman while she was praying on a sidewalk in Lancaster.

The boys -- all 17 years old -- were allegedly caught in the act by a sheriff’s deputy about 1 p.m. Monday near Serra Highway and Jackson Avenue. Officials say the deputy saw one of the teens hurl an egg at the woman, hitting her in the chest. The woman complained of a little pain but declined medical treatment.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said the teens probably would be charged with assault but it wasn’t...

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Jay Z's Made in America festival coming to Grand Park despite concerns

Jay Z's Made in America festival coming to Grand Park despite concerns

Rapper Jay Z's Made in America music festival is coming to downtown's Grand Park despite concern from one City Council member that the influx of thousands of people attending multiple stages with access to beer could create a "nightmare."

The rapper joined L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday to make the announcement, saying two years ago, "this was a dream."

He also called Garcetti an "incredible mayor," noting he "pulled this thing together in record time."

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Rizzo feels ostracized: 'I can't go anywhere'

Rizzo feels ostracized: 'I can't go anywhere'

Sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution in connection with a massive public corruption scandal, former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo walked to his car Wednesday a defeated man.

“I should have realized the salaries were way out of whack and taken steps to bring them back in line, but it just got away from me,” Rizzo said in an brief chat with The Times.

"There’s not much I could do after a period of time.”

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Rizzo gets 12 years in prison, marking end to scandal that rocked Bell

Rizzo gets 12 years in prison, marking end to scandal that rocked Bell

Robert Rizzo, the city administrator who oversaw an era of corruption and graft in one of Los Angeles County’s poorest cities, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in state prison.

Rizzo stared straight ahead, his palms pressed against the defense table as the sentence was read.

“Mr. Rizzo, you did some very, very bad things for a very long time,” Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy told the former Bell city administrator.

The judge said Rizzo transformed himself into a “godfather of sorts” in Bell, an all-powerful ruler who plundered the city’s treasury to...

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Crime alerts for Hollywood Hills West and other L.A. neighborhoods

Crime reports are up significantly for the latest week in 11 L.A. neighborhoods, according to an analysis of LAPD data by the Los Angeles Times’ Crime L.A. database.

Eight neighborhoods reported a significant increase in violent crime. Pacoima (A) was the most unusual, recording 13 reports compared with a weekly average of 3.8 over the last three months.

Hollywood Hills West (I) topped the list of three neighborhoods with property crime alerts. It recorded 10 property crimes compared with its weekly average of 5.1 over the last three months.

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Former Glendale Councilman John Drayman, with his attorney Sean McDonald, at his sentencing at Superior Court in Los Angeles on April 7.

Ex-Glendale councilman released from jail early for home confinement

A former Glendale councilman who was sentenced last week to one year in jail after pleading guilty to embezzlement, perjury and filing false tax returns will instead serve the remainder of this time under home confinement.

After being sentenced, John Drayman was assigned to the Twin Towers jail facility in downtown Los Angeles. But L.A. County Sheriff's officials almost immediately cut his term by more than half, noting  nonviolent and nonsexual criminals are eligible for the reduction under state prison realignment guidelines meant to reduce inmate overcrowding.

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The embattled Centinela school board took steps Tuesday to restore community confidence that has eroded over disclosures about the superintendent's high salary. The school board president also announced the FBI was looking into the matter.

Top Centinela official says FBI probing superintendent's high salary

A top Centinela schools official on Tuesday said the FBI has contacted the district regarding the high salary of Supt. Jose Fernandez, who was paid $674,559 last year.

The official, newly elevated school board President Hugo M. Rojas, said he is prepared to cooperate fully with both the FBI and the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Rojas did not clarify whether the district attorney had actually contacted him or the Centinela Valley Union High School District -- he left quickly after the conclusion of the six-hour board meeting Tuesday, which took place at the Centinela...

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Jay Z, Mayor Eric Garcetti expected to announce music festival

Jay Z, Mayor Eric Garcetti expected to announce music festival

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and rapper Jay Z are scheduled to appear outside City Hall on Wednesday for what is expected to be an announcement on a two-day music festival for Labor Day weekend in Grand Park.

The Budweiser Made in America, which advertises itself as being “curated by Jay Z,” could draw as many as 50,000 people to the heart of downtown, raising red flags for Councilman Jose Huizar, who warned that street closures and beer sales could create "a nightmare."

Last month, he introduced a council motion saying that no permits should be provided for the event until...

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