Real estate investor fined $17,000 over excess L.A. City Council campaign donations

The Los Angeles City Ethics Commission imposed a $17,000 fine Tuesday on a real estate investor who wrote checks through more than a dozen different companies to help elect Councilman Mitch O’Farrell.

The checks, signed four years ago by investor Leeor Maciborski, came from limited liability companies…

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Getty Center closed early after receiving bomb threat

A bomb threat phoned into the Getty Center in Brentwood caused the Los Angeles Police Department to evacuate and later close the facility Tuesday afternoon.

According to LAPD spokesperson Officer Drake Madison, the bomb threat was called in shortly before 3 p.m. The bomb squad was notified but…

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UCLA finance official arrested on charges of embezzling from the last college he worked for

A UCLA finance director was arrested earlier this month and charged with embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from City University of New York when he worked as a finance official there.

Between 2008 and 2012, according to a complaint filed by the U.S. attorney for the southern district of New…

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Afghan family detained at LAX is granted permanent residency

An Afghan family of five who was detained by immigration officials for two days at Los Angeles International Airport last month has been granted permanent residency status in the U.S., attorneys representing the family say.

After interviewing the family for more than three hours Thursday, U.S….

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Man charged with stealing FBI agent’s gun and other gear from car trunk

A suspected gang member has been charged with stealing FBI gear — including a gun, ammunition, badge, credentials and body armor — from a special agent’s car.

The March 23 indictment comes nearly a year after the equipment was stolen from the agent’s trunk as he went for a morning jog near the…

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Suspect in Fresno shooting rampage spoke about racial conflict and black nationalism

The suspect in a series of shootings in downtown Fresno wrote frequently about the conflict between whites and blacks and did not seem well in recent days, according to family members.

Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, has been arrested after a shooting spree killed three people. Police have not provided…

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Man kills 3 people in shootings in downtown Fresno

A man shot and killed three people in downtown Fresno on Tuesday before surrendering to authorities, the Fresno Police Department said.

The suspect was identified as Kori Ali Muhammad, a 39-year-old man who was wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard outside a motel Thursday,…

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Man with burn marks on hands linked to ATM explosions in L.A., Burbank, police say

Whether it’s stealing a whole ATM or taking one apart, thieves will do just about anything to crack into a machine to get to the loot.

Using explosives, however, was a first for Burbank, according to police.

On Tuesday, authorities said they have charged Yakov Rozenoyer with doing just that.

He…

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L.A. Police Commission approves new rules for LAPD officers before they fire their guns

The Los Angeles Police Commission voted Tuesday to require officers to try, whenever possible, to defuse tense encounters before firing their guns — a policy shift that marks a significant milestone in the board’s attempts to curb shootings by police.

The new rules formally incorporate a decades-old…

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Deported veteran’s pardon gives him hope of returning to U.S., but it’s no guarantee

Since learning he’d been pardoned by Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday, Hector Barajas-Varela, a deported U.S. Army veteran, has more hope that one day he will be able to reenter the country he considers home.

Brown’s pardon for Barajas-Varela and two others — the first time a governor has taken such…

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