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Suspected tagger, passenger arrested in Huntington Park after leading police on nearly 2-hour pursuit

Suspected tagger, passenger arrested in Huntington Park after leading police on nearly 2-hour pursuit

A suspected vandal led police on a pursuit starting in Bell around 10 p.m. Friday night, ending with a surrender in Huntington Park around 11:30 p.m.Sky5 was overhead as the blue Suzuki sedan headed south on the 710 Freeway in the Bell area around 10:15 p.m.At least six police units were following the car as it blew through red lights and intersections. A passenger could be seen inside the vehicle.The sedan made its way into Vernon around 10:30 p.m. and then led police back to Bell minutes later.The suspect made a U-turn on Florence Avenue around 10:40 p.m. as two helicopters hovered...

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Trump admin rejects Democrats’ offer for $2 trillion stimulus price tag; no further talks planned

Trump admin rejects Democrats’ offer for $2 trillion stimulus price tag; no further talks planned

Negotiations over the next stimulus package intended to bolster the economy and help struggling Americans pay their bills have stalled on Capitol Hill with Democrats and Trump administration officials walking away after talks broke down on Friday and devolved into partisan finger-pointing.At a hastily scheduled news conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club Friday evening, President Donald Trump laid out the executive actions he said he would pursue if Congress does not reach a deal.No additional discussions are planned after nearly two weeks of daily meetings, and lead White...

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AIDS Healthcare Foundation sues to stop L.A. real estate projects tied to Huizar and Englander

AIDS Healthcare Foundation sues to stop L.A. real estate projects tied to Huizar and Englander

AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a global nonprofit that has been a pugnacious player in local politics, sued the city of Los Angeles on Tuesday to stop some real estate developments vetted under Councilman Jose Huizar from moving forward.Huizar has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that include bribery, money laundering and racketeering in an ongoing pay-to-play probe. Federal prosecutors have accused him of heading up a criminal enterprise fueled by cash bribes and lavish gifts from real estate developers seeking to build new skyscrapers in his downtown district.In its lawsuit, AHF argues...

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ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits against Trump administration

ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits against Trump administration

The day after , the American Civil Liberties Union posted a message to him on its website: “See you in court.”As president, Trump hasn’t personally squared off against the ACLU from the witness stand, but the broader warning has been borne out. As of this week, the ACLU has filed nearly 400 lawsuits and other legal actions against the Trump administration, some meeting with setbacks but many resulting in important victories.Among other successes for the ACLU, it prevailed in a U.S. Supreme Court case blocking the administration from placing . It also spearheaded legal efforts that curtailed...

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Trump issues executive order to ban TikTok, WeChat from operating in U.S. in 45 days if they’re not sold by Chinese parent companies

Trump issues executive order to ban TikTok, WeChat from operating in U.S. in 45 days if they’re not sold by Chinese parent companies

President Donald Trump on Thursday ordered a sweeping but unspecified ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of consumer apps  and , although it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to actually ban the apps from the U.S.The twin executive orders — one for each app — take effect in 45 days. They say they are necessary because the China-owned apps “threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States,” and call on the Commerce Secretary to define the banned dealings by that time. While the wording of the orders is vague and appears to have been rushed...

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Over 17,000 California prisoners — 70% more than earlier estimate — could be released early due to COVID-19

Over 17,000 California prisoners — 70% more than earlier estimate — could be released early due to COVID-19

California state prison officials say as many as 17,600 inmates may be released early due to the coronavirus.That’s 70% more than previously estimated and a total that victims and police say includes dangerous criminals who should stay locked up.Among those released last week was Terebea Williams, who served 19 years of an 84 years-to-life sentence for first-degree murder, carjacking and kidnapping.She was deemed at high medical risk for the virus, though officials couldn’t say what put her in that categoryThe earlier releases also are causing consternation as probation officers and...

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Husband of L.A. County DA Jackie Lacey charged with assault after waving gun at protesters

Husband of L.A. County DA Jackie Lacey charged with assault after waving gun at protesters

The husband of Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey has been charged with pointing a gun at Black Lives Matter members who demonstrated outside the couple’s home the day before she faced a primary election in March.The state attorney general filed three misdemeanor charges Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court against David Lacey for assault with a firearm for the March 2 incident.Lacey, 66, pointed a gun at demonstrators who protested outside the couple’s home before dawn on March 2 and said “I will shoot you,” according to video of the incident.Jackie Lacey offered an emotional...

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O.C. woman found dead at crash scene was killed prior to San Diego County collision: Police

O.C. woman found dead at crash scene was killed prior to San Diego County collision: Police

Authorities say a woman found dead at the scene of a California car crash was killed before the collision. Police have arrested a homicide suspect.The body of 56-year-old Jessie Villesca was discovered inside a pickup truck involved in a crash last week at an intersection in San Diego County, according to the Anaheim Police Department.Investigators suspect she died earlier in the day in Anaheim and was the victim of a homicide.Police arrested the pickup’s owner, 30-year-old Abdulaziz Munther Alubidy, on suspicion of her murder, police said.Both the victim and the suspect are residents of...

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U.S. Marshals are auctioning off merch from infamous Fyre Festival fraud

U.S. Marshals are auctioning off merch from infamous Fyre Festival fraud

The US Marshals are auctioning off a collection of hats, shirts, wristbands and other merchandise from the infamous Fyre Festival fraud.The  up for sale were seized by the federal government from Billy McFarland, the 28-year-old organizer of Fyre Festival, the 2017 event in the Bahamas that has become shorthand for .“This Fyre Festival-branded clothing and other items that were seized from Billy McFarland were originally intended to be sold at the Fyre Festival itself but were kept by McFarland, with the intent to sell the items and use the funds to commit further criminal acts while he was...

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Bryan Cranston reveals he had COVID-19, shares video of himself donating plasma at UCLA center

Bryan Cranston reveals he had COVID-19, shares video of himself donating plasma at UCLA center

  has appealed to his fans to “keep wearing the damn mask,” after revealing that he contracted Covid-19.The actor, famed for playing chemistry teacher turned crystal meth drug lord Walter White, took to Instagram to share the news that he had been “one of the lucky ones” to survive the virus.“Hi. About now you’re probably feeling a little tied down, restricting your mobility and like me, you’re tired of this!!” he wrote. “Well, I just want to encourage you to have a little more patience. I was pretty strict in adhering to the protocols and still… I contracted the virus. Yep. it sounds...

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4 sentenced for their role in voter fraud scheme that bribed people on Skid Row with money, cigarettes

4 sentenced for their role in voter fraud scheme that bribed people on Skid Row with money, cigarettes

Four more men were sentenced after admitting to their involvement in a large-scale scheme to bribe homeless people on Skid Row in exchange for forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms, prosecutors said Wednesday.Richard Howard, 64, and Louis Thomas Wise, 37, both pleaded no contest Friday to subscribing a false name to a petition and registration of a fictitious person, both felonies, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a .Christopher Joseph Williams, 41, and 45-year-old Nickey Demelvin Huntley also pleaded no contest Friday to one felony...

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L.A. Zoo mourns loss of beloved pair of African lions who were loyal companions

L.A. Zoo mourns loss of beloved pair of African lions who were loyal companions

A beloved pair of African lions who lived as companions at the Los Angeles Zoo for the last six years have been euthanized, officials announced Thursday.The decision to “humanely euthanize” Hubert and Kalisa, the 21-year-old companions, was made by animal care and health staff due to their declining health and age-related illnesses that diminished their quality of life, zoo officials said in a news release.“In the early mornings, staff would routinely hear Hubert’s waking roars, and I will personally miss hearing them on my walks around the grounds,” said Alisa Behar, curator of mammals at...

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LAPD seeks additional victims of child sexual abuse suspect who worked as electrician across California

LAPD seeks additional victims of child sexual abuse suspect who worked as electrician across California

A man who worked as an electrician throughout California was arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse of a child last week, and police are looking for more victims.Alejandro Solano-Romero, 51, was taken into custody Thursday for the “continuous sexual abuse of a child and numerous related charges with two identified victims,” between 1998 and 2019, the Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday in a news release.Solano-Romero is known to have frequented the city of Fresno and parts of Northern California, police said.Solano-Romero was being held on $7 million bail.Anyone with information is...

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L.A. councilman introduces motion to make Juneteenth a legal city holiday

L.A. councilman introduces motion to make Juneteenth a legal city holiday

A motion introduced by Los Angeles Councilman Curren Price Wednesday seeks to establish Juneteenth as a legal city holiday.Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when a Union general announced the end of the Civil War in Gavelston, Texas and informed enslaved African Americans of their freedom. In the coming years, celebrations of the anniversary became popular across the U.S., including in .“For myself and the nearly half a million Black Angelenos that call this City home, we understand its significance, we recognize the value and the cultural impact Juneteenth has on our culture,” Price...

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Trump promotes doctor who claimed alien DNA is used in medicine and sex with ‘tormented spirits’ causes reproductive issues

Trump promotes doctor who claimed alien DNA is used in medicine and sex with ‘tormented spirits’ causes reproductive issues

President Donald Trump vigorously defended his administration’s handling of the coronavirus on Tuesday, but it was a series of questions from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins about Dr. Stella Immanuel, a little-known Houston-based physician featured in a video the President retweeted, that .“Mr. President, the woman that you said is a great doctor in that video that you retweeted last night said masks don’t work and there is a cure for Covid-19, both of which health experts say is not true. She’s also made videos saying that doctors make medicine using DNA from aliens, and that they’re trying to...

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Biden says he will choose his vice presidential running mate next week

Biden says he will choose his vice presidential running mate next week

Presumptive Democratic nominee  said Tuesday he will choose his vice presidential running mate next week.The former vice president’s comment came during a news conference after a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. Asked by CNN whether he will meet in person with finalists for the role, Biden said, “We’ll see.”Biden has said he will choose a female running mate, and has faced pressure within the party to choose a woman of color.His campaign’s vetting process has played out amid the , making meetings that could allow Biden to better get to know those being considered more difficult.Noting that...

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Karen Fire burns 250 acres in Jurupa Valley with 50% containment

Karen Fire burns 250 acres in Jurupa Valley with 50% containment

The Karen Fire burned 250 acres in Jurupa Valley Saturday while firefighters managed to reach 50% containment of the rapidly growing blaze, authorities said.The brush fire was reported near Sierra Avenue and Karen Lane just after 3 p.m. but grew to 150 acres by 6:15 p.m., according to .About two hours later, officials said the fire was 250 acres but its containment was up considerably to 50%. Firefighters were expected to remain at the scene overnight to improve containment.While it broke out in Riverside County, the wildfire also put authorities in neighboring San Bernardino County on high...

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With COVID-19 expected to remain a threat, L.A. extends relaxed parking enforcement through Aug. 16

With COVID-19 expected to remain a threat, L.A. extends relaxed parking enforcement through Aug. 16

Los Angeles’ relaxed rules for parking enforcement — which include no ticketing during residential street-sweeping and in rush-hour zones — will be in place through at least Aug. 16, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday.The rules were . But the mayor says Angelenos will need to continue staying home as much as possible through at least the first half of August.“Overall, our public health conditions remain fragile,” he said in a Friday evening briefing. “We need to fight with everything we’ve got to take back control to stop the spread, and to flatten and press down on the curve.”The virus...

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Mayor Garcetti announces new LAPD bureau aimed at ‘community-driven policing’

Mayor Garcetti announces new LAPD bureau aimed at ‘community-driven policing’

Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the creation of a new community safety bureau within the Los Angeles Police Department Monday.The Community Safety Partnership Bureau, funded through existing LAPD resources, will expand a city initiative that places officers on five year assignments in one place, with the intention of building relationships with the communities that they serve and in an effort to reduce crime and develop trust, according to Mayor Garcetti.“It is a set of policies and procedures and people, but it’s also an approach to how we police,” the mayor said. “We want every Angeleno to...

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ProPublica publishes NYPD disciplinary records despite judge’s blockade

ProPublica publishes NYPD disciplinary records despite judge’s blockade

Days after a federal judge paused the public release of New York City police disciplinary records, a news website has published a database containing complaint information for thousands of officers.ProPublica  Sunday, explaining in a note to readers that it isn’t obligated to comply with Judge Katherine Polk Failla’s temporary restraining order because it is not a party to a union lawsuit challenging the release of such records.Deputy Managing Editor Eric Umansky said ProPublica requested the information from the city’s police watchdog agency, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, soon after...

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2 dead, 1 injured after shooting in Baldwin Park

2 dead, 1 injured after shooting in Baldwin Park

Detectives were investigating a shooting death of a man and a woman in Baldwin Park Thursday, officials said.Detectives were dispatched to a residential area on the 3300 block of Athol Street around 2:05 p.m. in response to a 911 call about a possible domestic violence incident, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. They arrived to find a man and a woman with gunshot wounds.Both victims were deceased, the department said.A third person who suffered from severe injuries was taken to a local hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to deputies.A...

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Sheriff’s sexist slur, accusations of ‘blood money’ ramp up feud with L.A. County supervisors

Sheriff’s sexist slur, accusations of ‘blood money’ ramp up feud with L.A. County supervisors

During a recent broadcast on Facebook, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva spent several minutes criticizing Supervisor Hilda Solis for her comments earlier that week on systemic brutality and racism by police toward people of color.He questioned whether she was trying to sow more distrust between law enforcement and the community and said she owed an apology to Sheriff’s Department employees and all law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles County.And then the sheriff turned more personal.“I don’t know,” he said on the live broadcast. “Are you trying to earn the title of a La...

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LAFD firefighter dies of COVID-19 complications, marking 1st coronavirus death reported by dept.

LAFD firefighter dies of COVID-19 complications, marking 1st coronavirus death reported by dept.

A 16 1/2-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department died Saturday from complications of the coronavirus, officials said.Firefighter and paramedic Jose M. Perez, 44, is survived by his wife and three children, according to the Fire Department. He’s the first LAFD firefighter reported to have died of COVID-19.“Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and the entire Department send their deepest and most sincere condolences to the Perez family,” a statement from the department said.LAFD late Saturday held a procession from the La Palma area and thanked other agencies in “honoring our brother,” including...

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Millions left in limbo as Congress lets $600 unemployment benefit lapse

Millions left in limbo as Congress lets $600 unemployment benefit lapse

Millions of jobless Americans are anxiously waiting for Congress to decide whether to extend  that’s been a key economic lifeline through the pandemic shutdowns.This was , even though the coronavirus relief program technically doesn’t expire until July 31. That’s because payments are only provided for weeks ending on either Saturday or Sunday.Senate Republicans remain divided over how much help to provide, delaying the release of their next economic relief proposal — though Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota said this past week that the pressure of missing a deadline on the...

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California, Florida, Texas to lose House seats if Trump gets undocumented migrants excluded from reapportionment count

California, Florida, Texas to lose House seats if Trump gets undocumented migrants excluded from reapportionment count

If President Donald Trump succeeds in getting immigrants in the country illegally excluded from being counted in the redrawing of U.S. House districts, California, Florida and Texas would end up with one less congressional seat each than if every resident were counted, according to an analysis by a think tank.Without that population, California would lose two seats instead of one, Florida would gain one seat instead of two and Texas would gain two seats instead of three, according to the analysis by Pew Research Center.Additionally, the Pew analysis shows Alabama, Minnesota and Ohio would...

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