Deputy arrests man found sleeping in car containing drugs and an explosive device

A driver who passed out at a gas station early Friday morning was holding a methamphetamine pipe in his hand when a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputy found him slumped over the steering wheel, according to authorities.

But that wasn’t the motorist’s only problem. The deputy also discovered…

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More than $17 million in illegally harvested sea cucumbers traded out of San Diego, indictment says

An investigation into wildlife crime has led to the federal indictment of a father-son duo who federal prosecutors say smuggled illegally harvested sea cucumbers worth more than $17 million into San Diego and then sold them to Asian markets.

The U.S. attorney’s office filed charges Wednesday against…

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Woman who lied about having breast cancer ordered to repay nearly $130,000 in donations

A woman was sentenced to nearly six months in jail Thursday after she lied about having breast cancer and bilked donors out of thousands of dollars for treatments she never received, prosecutors said.

Lacy Johnson, who pleaded no contest in January to grand theft, was ordered to repay the nearly…

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15-year-old pedestrian killed in front of family after suspected drunken driver loses control

A 15-year-old boy was killed in Lancaster late Thursday when a car operated by a suspected drunken driver rolled over and struck the teen, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The boy’s mother told KTLA that her son’s name was Adrian Smith and said he was crossing the street…

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Hollywood resident dead after men kick in his door and shoot him, police say

Two men are in custody and one man is dead in what Los Angeles police said was a targeted killing in Hollywood on Thursday night.

“They basically kicked in the door, shot the guy and left,” said Officer Aareon Jefferson.

About 11 p.m. two men burst into Brian Delatorre’s apartment in the 1500 block…

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L.A. teachers union faces tough questions in wake of charter election wins

Los Angeles’ teachers union, for decades a dominant political force in school district politics, suffered a crushing defeat this week that speaks to a larger power shift away from labor and toward the growth of the well-heeled charter school movement.

Two candidates opposed by United Teachers Los…

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22-year-old immigration activist and Cal State L.A. student detained by Border Patrol

A 22-year-old immigration activist and college student was detained Thursday by federal authorities, less than a month after her mother was taken into custody by federal agents during a massive cocaine bust in Los Angeles.

Claudia Rueda was taken into custody while moving her family’s car outside…

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Man tries to set diners on fire at Denny’s in Bay Area

A man tried to light several diners, including a small child, on fire at a Denny’s restaurant in Northern California, police said.

Hayward police Sgt. Ruben Pola said the 43-year-old man had been eating breakfast Thursday when he took out a small container of flammable liquid and sprayed it on…

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Brush fire burns 3 acres at Claremont Colleges nature preserve

Firefighters were battling a 3-acre brush fire Thursday evening at a nature preserve in Claremont.

The fire was reported about 5:45 p.m. in the 1500 block of North College Avenue, said Robert Diaz, a supervising dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

More than two hours later,…

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