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Five arrested on suspicion of running sex trafficking ring

Five people were arrested on suspicion of running a San Gabriel Valley-based sex trafficking ring that operated from San Diego to Fresno, authorities said Tuesday.                                    The five are suspected of forcing at least 28 victims, all Chinese nationals, into prostitution...

Santa Clara County corrections guard charged with punching and kicking an inmate in the head

Santa Clara County prosecutors have charged a former correctional guard with felony assault for violently subduing an inmate in the main jail in 2013, officials said Tuesday. Timmy Tri, 35, was arrested Monday and charged with assault and battery by an officer and assault with deadly force and...

L.A. County adopts new policy on letters supporting and opposing legislation after open meetings lawsuit

Under a settlement of a lawsuit over alleged violations of the state's open meetings law, Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to change their policy on sending letters supporting or opposing legislation. The group Californians Aware, or CalAware, sued the county last year. It alleged that...

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...

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. Beck did not name the officer because...

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, was prevented from contesting his deportation because he had been convicted of participating in cockfighting,...

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....

Two children die when vehicle plunges into Russian River in Northern California

Two children have died after a vehicle they were riding in plunged into the Russian River in Sonoma County, local media reported Tuesday. The California Highway Patrol received reports of a vehicle in the water near State Route 1 in Jenner about 8:30 a.m., said CHP officer Kerri Post. When emergency...

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 blaze destroyed an estimated 105 homes and 213 other structures in San Bernardino County and now ranks as the 20th most destructive wildfire...

Stanford bans hard alcohol from undergraduate parties, citing 'dangers that arise' from binge drinking

Stanford University has banned hard alcohol from undergraduate parties and shots from graduate-student parties  in an effort to limit the availability of distilled liquor as well as the violence, vandalism and other consequences that may come from binge drinking, schools officials announced this...

California's ocean waters due for a cooling trend after period of damaging heat, scientists say

As a series of marine heat waves linked to climate change has thrown ocean ecosystems out of whack from Australia to the coast of California, a cooling trend called La Niña has given scientists hope that water temperatures could come back into balance. But so far, the cooling weather pattern —...

Judge in Stanford rape case removes himself from another sex crimes proceeding

A Santa Clara County judge who faced widespread criticism after sentencing former Stanford student Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexual assault has removed himself from another sex-crimes case, the Mercury News reported.  Judge Aaron Persky — who is facing a recall effort by those who...

Ex-L.A. Coliseum manager, a onetime rising star, to be sentenced in corruption case

Six years ago, Todd DeStefano was an up-and-coming executive for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the storied stadium built to honor the veterans of World War I that has hosted two Summer Olympics. It was a gig that promised glamour — if he and his boss were somehow able to lure the NFL back...

Poachers in Northern California shoot at game warden during nighttime police chase

A California game warden was shot at last weekend by a group of poachers who were illegally hunting wildlife in Humboldt County, authorities said. The warden was not injured in the incident, which occurred just before 1 a.m. Sunday near Highway 36 and Redwood House Road, about 30 miles southeast...

Flash floods push cars from road as storm slams San Bernardino County, parts of Nevada and Arizona

A band of thunderstorms and heavy rains in eastern San Bernardino County led to powerful flash flooding Monday evening that washed vehicles off the roadway. The storm system extended into western Arizona and southern Nevada, including northern Las Vegas, flooding roadways as forecasters predicted...

Hollywood preservationists galled after church windows disappear

Hollywood neighborhood activists were aghast last week to see a familiar fixture along Sunset Boulevard -- the stained glass windows of a Gothic Revival church -- abruptly disappear. Local preservationists knew the 90-year-old building at Sunset and Alexandria Avenue was being converted into creative...

Video of controversial South L.A. arrest - and a plea deal that allowed an LAPD officer to avoid jail time - prompts criticism

Newly released video showing a Los Angeles police officer kick and punch a man during a 2014 arrest in South L.A. drew strong reactions Monday as well as criticism of prosecutors for offering the officer a deal that allowed him to avoid jail time. The president of the civilian panel that oversees...

Exide cleanup: Lead-contaminated soil to be removed from 2 L.A. schools, district says

Amid an outcry from parents over lead contamination, Los Angeles school officials said Monday that they will remove soil with elevated levels of the brain-damaging metal from two elementary schools near the closed Exide Technologies battery recycling plant. Soil will be replaced in a front lawn...

Another multi-patient illness strikes skid row as 14 are transported to hospitals

Three days after 18 people were rushed to hospitals from downtown’s skid row, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to another multi-patient medical emergency there on Monday. The patients may have shared an illicit drug or other intoxicant, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department,...

Former USC star Todd Marinovich arrested after being found naked with drugs in stranger's backyard, police say

Former USC and Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich was arrested after he was found naked with methamphetamine in a stranger’s backyard by Irvine police investigating a call about a nude man wandering a nearby hiking trail, according to authorities.  Marinovich, who once bore the nickname “Robo...

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