L.A. federal judge tosses lawsuit over fatal 2008 shooting by off-duty deputy U.S. marshal

A federal judge on Thursday threw out a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the mother of a 26-year old man fatally shot by a deputy U.S. marshal in a Fairfax-area alley in 2008.

Alice Smithen brought the civil suit against the federal government in 2009, but it was put on hold as former Deputy Matthew…

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State issues ‘severe public censure’ of San Diego judge, but he will keep job

The state judicial discipline agency issued a “severe public censure” against San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep on Wednesday, stopping just short of removing him from the bench.

The punishment is the second most-serious that the Commission on Judicial Performance can assess against a judge….

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Human trafficking task force raids suspected brothel in Chino

The San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force arrested a 39-year-old man suspected of operating a brothel in Chino, authorities announced Thursday.

Luis Flores Lopez, 39, was arrested Wednesday and booked on suspicion of pimping and pandering, according to a statement from the San Bernardino…

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Murrieta couple charged with torturing 5-year-old boy until he went into a coma

A Murrieta father and his girlfriend have been charged with torturing the man’s 5-year-old son until he slipped into a coma, Riverside County prosecutors announced Thursday.

The father, Benjamin Whitten, and his live-in girlfriend, Jeryn Johnson, were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of torture, child…

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Suspected carjacker found dead after six-hour standoff with deputies in Bellflower

A suspected carjacker was found dead Thursday morning after barricading himself inside a Bellflower home for six hours, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The discovery was made around 9:30 a.m. but it was not immediately known how the man died, according to Deputy Juanita…

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Tommy Trojan, meet your female counterpart

Since the 1930s, the life-size bronze warrior Tommy Trojan has been the unofficial mascot of USC and a central campus gathering spot.

Now he has a female counterpart at USC Village — the $700-million complex of residential colleges, shops and restaurants just north of the main campus.

The new development…

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Earthquake: Magnitude 3.1 quake strikes near Banning

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Thursday morning six miles northeast of Banning in Riverside County, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 7:10 a.m. Pacific time at a depth of 9.9 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 11 miles from Beaumont,…

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No Powerball winner; jackpot jumps to $510 million

The jackpot for the multi-state Powerball lottery grew to $510 Thursday after no one picked all six winning numbers in the latest drawing, according to the California Powerball Lottery website

The winning numbers for the $430-million jackpot drawn Wednesday were 9, 15, 43, 60, 64, and the Powerball…

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Essential California: Confederate monuments in California come down

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Aug. 17, and here’s what’s happening across California:


They’re coming down

Memorials honoring Confederate icons and history are falling like dominoes across California and the country in the aftermath…

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Bay Area averages a car-to-car shooting on its freeways every week, CHP data show

For almost two years now, the San Francisco Bay Area’s freeways have averaged at least one car-to-car shooting a week.

The reasons for some are unknown, some others were the result of road rage, but most, according to the California Highway Patrol, are tied to gangs.

Since Nov. 1, 2015, there have…

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