Alleged smuggler arrested after woman dies hiding in his truck, federal officials say

A 26-year-old man was arrested Sunday after a Mexican woman he picked up near the border died while hiding in his truck, authorities said.

Efren Jimenez was taken into custody late Sunday when a father and son saw him dragging the woman’s body off a remote canyon road in San Juan Capistrano, according…

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Official: Oakland mayor bungled police sex misconduct probe

A court-appointed California investigator has blamed Oakland’s mayor and the city’s former police chief for mishandling and downplaying a sexual misconduct scandal in the city’s police department.

Investigator Ed Swanson in documents filed in court Wednesday puts much of the blame on former Police…

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Earthquake: 3.3 quake strikes near El Cerrito, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Wednesday afternoon one mile from El Cerrito, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 2.5 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was one mile from Kensington, Calif., one mile…

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Police looking for robbers who broke into a Hesperia home and tied up residents

Authorities are investigating a robbery in Hesperia during which as many as four men broke into a house, tied up the occupants and stole a car and other property.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department deputies from the Hesperia station responded to a call at 3:40 a.m. Wednesday in the 15300…

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1 dead, 1 wounded after gunman opens fire on car stopped at light in El Monte

Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives are investigating a deadly shooting in El Monte, where a driver stepped out of his car at a stoplight and opened fire on another vehicle Tuesday night, officials said.

The shooting occurred at the intersection of Garvey and Durfee avenues about 11…

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Lawyers settle criminal cases against Los Angeles father detained by ICE in front of daughter

Lawyers for a father detained by immigration officials after dropping off his daughter at school in Los Angeles settled the two decades-old misdemeanor convictions that prompted his arrest.

Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 49, instead pleaded guilty to lesser vehicle code violations.

ICE officials had…

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Swift, cold water of American River claims another life

The fast, frigid waters that have overwhelmed California rivers this spring and summer have claimed yet another life, according to officials.

On Tuesday, divers with the Placer County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of a swimmer from the North Fork American River in Auburn.

“That’s the third…

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Broiling California sees heat records fall

The heat wave hitting Southern California this week is one for the record books.

Temperatures topped 100 in the valleys and 120 in the low desert. Death Valley hit 127 — seven degrees shy of the hottest day ever recorded on the planet.

The National Weather Service said temperatures in some low…

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Firefighters rescue animals in pet store fire in South L.A.

Dozens of animals had to be rescued after a fire broke out in the middle of the night in a South L.A. pet shop on Wednesday, fire officials said.

Video from the scene in the 4700 block of South Broadway showed dozens of firefighters moving quickly in and out of the burning building carrying bird…

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No relief from heat for firefighters battling a blaze in the San Bernardino Mountains

Firefighters battling a growing blaze in the San Bernardino Mountains can expect a third day of sweltering heat and low wind Wednesday as crews struggled to contain the blaze.

The wildfire in the Holcomb Valley north of Big Bear Lake has scorched 1,200 acres and was 10% contained as of Tuesday…

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