California fairs shutter thrill ride after ‘Fire Ball’ accident leaves 1 dead and 7 injured in Ohio

Fair and amusement park operators throughout California ordered the immediate closure of a popular thrill ride after a similar attraction in Ohio broke apart suddenly, leaving one person dead and seven others injured.

The “Fire Ball” ride — a pendulum-type apparatus that spins and swings riders…

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California deputy attorney general charged with possession of child porn

A California deputy attorney general has been charged in San Diego federal court with possessing child pornography at his Coronado home.

Raymond Joseph Liddy, 53, was arrested Tuesday and has pleaded not guilty. He was granted release in lieu of $100,000 bond during an arraignment the same day…

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Small fire interrupts Blue and Expo service in downtown L.A. for Metro commuters

A signal box fire at the 7th/Metro Center station in downtown Los Angeles triggered a shutdown of subway service early Thursday morning along the Blue and Expo lines, according to officials.

The blaze erupted in a signal box after 7 p.m. Wednesday, in an area where out-of-service Blue and Expo…

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Essential California: USC says it ‘could have done better’

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, July 27, and here’s what’s happening across California:

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USC ‘could have done better’

USC President C. L. Max Nikias admitted Wednesday that the university “could have done better” in how it handled former…

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Wrong-way driver causes crash that kills 3 on 101 Freeway in Ventura

A two-car crash involving a wrong-way driver left three dead on the eastbound 101 Freeway in Ventura late Wednesday, the CHP said.

The accident occurred around midnight just before the Telephone Road offramp, an official with the California Highway Patrol said. Two of the dead were in one car and…

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Justin Bieber accidentally strikes photographer with his pickup, police say

Justin Bieber accidentally struck a photographer with his pick-up Wednesday night in Beverly Hills, police said.

The 57-year-old photographer was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to Beverly Hills police Sgt. Matthew Stout.

Bieber stayed at the scene and…

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Irate commuters in Playa del Rey are getting their traffic lanes back. Now about that street parking…

Los Angeles transportation officials will restore traffic lanes along Vista Del Mar after angry commuters, frustrated by bumper-to-bumper traffic and soaring drive times, petitioned and threatened to sue.

The city will remove street parking to add an additional lane in each direction along the…

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Man sentenced to 115 years for fondling women while impersonating a police officer

A 41-year-old Anaheim man was sentenced this week to 115 years to life in prison for impersonating a police officer and fondling two women, officials said.

Twice less than a week apart, Christoph Moore stopped women in the Hollywood area while pretending to be a police officer and touched them…

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Two San Diego County shopping malls swarmed by thousands of street racers performing stunts

Several thousand street racers converged on mall parking lots in Escondido and then in Carlsbad on Tuesday night, pulling dangerous driving stunts in the middle of a crowd of onlookers before police shut them down.

They apparently first started gathering in the Carmel Valley area of San Diego,…

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L.A. sheriff says he’ll appeal decision barring him from giving prosecutors a list of problem deputies

Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell will ask the state Supreme Court to review a recent lower-court decision that barred him from giving prosecutors the names of deputies with histories of serious misconduct, he said in a statement Wednesday.

The appeal, which has not yet been filed, will…

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