L.A. prosecutors form special Hollywood sexual assault task force

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey announced the creation of a special task for examining the allegations of sex abuse roiling Hollywood.

Lacey made the announcement Thursday as local law enforcement agencies investigate allegations made against such Hollywood heavyweights as producer…

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CHP officer claims discrimination over his Air National Guard service

A lawsuit filed by a California Highway Patrol officer is alleging discrimination and harassment in his Central California station over his requests for leave to serve in the Air National Guard.

Officer Christopher Lutz alleges that his supervisors in the Oakhurst Station, east of Merced, made…

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‘Dreamer’ who sued Trump for being deported is arrested after entering the country illegally again

A 23-year-old man who sued the Trump administration over his deportation to Mexico but later dropped the suit was arrested early this week after illegally reentering the country for a second time, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Juan Manuel Montes-Bojorquez entered the country…

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ACLU study blasts Bakersfield police, Kern County Sheriff’s Office for ‘disturbing pattern’ of force

The American Civil Liberties Union called for major reforms in the Bakersfield Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, releasing a scathing report that detailed repeated allegations of excessive force and the misuse of police dogs to injure and intimidate suspects.

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Woman drives stolen U-Haul into downtown produce market and rams a police car along the way

A woman driving a stolen U-Haul truck led police on a wild chase through downtown Los Angeles on Thursday and appeared to be singing or talking to herself as she swerved through traffic and ultimately plowed into vegetable crates and a police cruiser inside a pedestrian produce market.

The pursuit,…

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Suspect attacks officer, steals cop’s gun during wild Long Beach pursuit

A car theft suspect attacked a Long Beach police officer, stole the officer’s gun and carjacked another vehicle before leading officers on a wild pursuit Wednesday night, authorities said.

A Long Beach police officer detained the suspect, identified only as a 27-year-old city resident, after responding…

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#MeToo moves from social media to the streets with march in Hollywood on Sunday

Survivors of sexual assault and harassment gathered Wednesday in Beverly Hills to announce the “Me Too Survivors’ March” on Sunday afternoon in Hollywood.

As traffic moved slowly along Wilshire Boulevard, more than a dozen women and men stood together, holding signs that read “#MeToo March” and…

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Gunfire prompts evacuation of Vons supermarket in Cheviot Hills

An eruption of gunfire near a Vons supermarket in Cheviot Hills prompted the store’s evacuation Wednesday evening, police said.

A man on a bicycle opened fire on another person around 6 p.m. near a Vons store in the 9800 block of National Boulevard, near Manning Avenue, according to Los Angeles…

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Essential California: The new fire crisis in wine country

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Nov. 9, and here’s what’s happening across California:


New crisis in wine country

A month after wildfires ripped through Santa Rosa, a city of more than 160,000, there are debates about the fate of working-class…

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Westside parking lot operator charged with bilking VA out of $11 million

A Santa Monica parking lot mogul was arrested Wednesday and charged with bilking the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs out of $11 million in a bribery scheme centered on leases at its Los Angeles campuses.

Richard Scott, 58, owner of Westside Services, is accused in a federal complaint of keeping…

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