Rain expected this week may hamper Montecito and 101 cleanup efforts

Rain expected later this week could hamper the cleanup process for crews trying to remove tons of debris and mud from Montecito and surrounding areas, after mud flows killed 20 people and destroyed more than 100 homes last week.

The area is far from recovered from last week’s deluge. Officials…

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Earthquake: 3.1 quake strikes near South Landing

A shallow magnitude 3.1 earthquake was reported Tuesday afternoon eight miles from South Landing, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 12:17 p.m. PST at a depth of 5.6 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 66 miles from Clovis, 67 miles from Sanger,…

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Singer Seal faces investigation over woman’s battery allegation

The singer Seal is the subject of a sexual battery investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after a former Malibu neighbor made accusations against him, authorities said.

The woman made the accusation this weekend when deputies responded to a disturbance call in Malibu involving…

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L.A. County sheriff’s deputy charged with selling drugs, offering protection of other cops to dealers

A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with operating a large-scale drug trafficking operation in which he boasted that he hired other law enforcement officers to provide security to drug dealers and could assault people for his clients, according to court records.

Kenneth Collins,…

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Authorities release new details about children shackled and malnourished in Perris home

When Riverside County sheriff’s deputies entered the Perris house where a married couple was said to be holding their 13 children captive, they found a horrific scene.

There was a strong, foul smell. The house was filthy. Three young people were chained to pieces of furniture. Children were badly…

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Charles Manson’s grandson renews effort to claim remains of mass murderer

The grandson of Charles Manson has filed court papers seeking to obtain the remains of the late mass murderer from the Kern County coroner.

Jason L. Freeman’s Los Angeles Superior Court petition was filed Friday, four days after Judge David Cowan ruled that the appropriate court papers seeking…

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Do moon phases produce big earthquakes? Study debunks that idea

Huge earthquakes are not significantly influenced by the moon, a new study says.

The study, conducted by U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Susan Hough, looked at earthquakes of magnitude 8 or greater over the past four centuries. And a review of more than 200 earthquakes demonstrated that there…

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Slaying of Blaze Bernstein might be hate crime, parents say as new details emerge

The parents of slain college student Blaze Bernstein said it’s possible their son was the victim of a hate crime after new details emerged about his killing.

A law enforcement source told The Times that Bernstein was found with more 20 stab wounds, inflicted by a former high school classmate. The…

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California cannabis sellers want respect: Less ‘Cheech and Chong’ more three-piece suits

He was dressed in a three-piece suit. So Chris Coggan nearly went unnoticed when he dropped by a San Diego City Council member’s office last year to do some lobbying on marijuana laws.

“An aide came to reception and asked, ‘Where’s the pot guy?’” said Coggan, co-founder of Therapy Tonics and Provisions,…

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Ontario youth pastor arrested on suspicion of child sexual abuse

Police are searching for more victims who they say may have been sexually abused by Gerardo Custodio Jr, a 30-year-old youth pastor in Ontario who was arrested Sunday on suspicion of sexual abuse of minors.

Two women reported that the youth pastor of their church, Iglesia La Familia De Dios, sexually…

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