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Police Searching For Suspects Following Violent Sherman Oaks Home Invasion

SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA) — Los Angeles police said they are searching for several suspects after a violent home invasion robbery in Sherman Oaks. Police arrived shortly after 10 p.m. in the 4500 block of Tyrone Avenue after a report of a robbery. According to a neighbor, one of the victims knocked on his door in his underwear with his hands bound asking for help. One of the victims said that a group of men impersonating police officers knocked on the door of the home and stole jewelry and other items.

One Year Later: Reflecting on the Devastating Woolsey Fire

Nearly a year ago, the Woolsey Fire ripped through Ventura and Los Angeles counties, leaving destruction in its wake. Afer igniting on Nov. 8, 2018, the wildfire blackened more than 96,000 acres, or 151 square miles, destroyed more than 400 buildings and claimed three lives. But the damage inflicted by the fire is was not limited to property or physical injury. The fire took a toll on the mental health of those who lived through it. Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News on Nov. 6, 2019.

25-Year-Old Accused of Pointing Gun at Mt. San Jacinto College Students Taken Into Custody at LAX

A 25-year-old man suspected of pointing a gun at students in a Mount San Jacinto College cafeteria was taken into custody at Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday after a more than three-hour campus lockdown, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. Reports of a man with a gun on campus at about 9:30 a.m. spurred calls for students and staff to shelter in place as a sheriff’s SWAT team swept through the San Jacinto campus, searching for the armed man. The suspect, Greg Abejon, was detained hours later at LAX while trying check in for a flight “in an attempt to flee the country,” the Sheriff’s Department said. Multiple people had told deputies they saw a man, who they recognized as a student, walking through campus with a gun, according to authorities. The school has not confirmed whether Abejon is enrolled at the college. “He entered the cafeteria, where there were students, walked up to a table, pointed the firearm at them and then exited the building,” Riverside Sheriff’s Deputy Robyn Flores said on Facebook. No shots were fired and no injuries were reported, Flores said.…

Manhunt Continues in Massacre of Family in Mexico; Man Previously Arrested Was Not Involved, Officials Say

As two countries grieve the ambush killings of six children and their mothers, Mexico’s president has set up a special commission to find the killer or killers. More than 200 shell casings were found at the scene of Monday’s attack near the Sonora-Chihuahua border, commission member Marcello Ebrard said Wednesday. Secretary of Security Alfonso Durazo said gun caps at the scene came from a weapon made in the US. But the discoveries haven’t gotten officials any closer to arresting whoever killed three mothers and six of their children in the grisly attack. The three mothers drove together in a convoy for added protection, family members said. “All of a sudden, bullets just rained from above, from on top of a hill, down on top of them,” said Lafe Langford, a relative of the victims. “The mothers were dead. There were seven wounded children that were alive.” The nine killed had dual US-Mexican citizenship, were members of a Mormon community that appeared to be fundamentalist. The community is separate from the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A man arrested was not involved in the…

Goldstein Investigates: LA Spending Millions In Overtime Pay For City Workers

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – In the past five years, the city of Los Angeles has spent more than $2 billion in overtime payments for city workers, according to a report released Wednesday. City Controller Ron Galperin published the report that not only looked at overtime trends, but also made recommendations for the city to decrease its overtime spending — including better monitoring of overtime hours. According to the report, in the last fiscal year alone, 53% of city employees worked overtime — collecting $470 million for 8.59 million hours of overtime. Leading the charge were employees of the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Los Angeles Police Department, who together were responsible for roughly 75% of overtime spending. In those two departments, 91% of employees clocked overtime hours in the past fiscal year. Eighteen firefighters made more than $200,000 in overtime pay and 11 civilians made more than $100,000 in overtime pay. One firefighter finished the year with 5,616 hours of overtime, and a city traffic officer reported 3,702 hours of overtime. In the report, Galperin noted that the highest percentage of overtime pay came…

Inglewood Wins Court Battle To Build Clippers Arena, Affordable Housing Advocates Vow Appeal

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Wednesday threw out a lawsuit seeking to block the proposed L.A. Clippers arena in the City of Inglewood in a battle with residents who say the site should instead be used for affordable housing. RELATED: Inglewood Residents Take Clippers To Trial Over Affordable Housing The $1.2 billion development on 22 acres of city-owned land between Prairie Avenue and West Century Boulevard was opposed in court documents filed in June 2018 by the Uplift Inglewood Coalition. Activists from the group claim the city violated the state’s Surplus Land Act by failing to give first priority to a possible affordable housing development before entering an exclusive negotiating agreement with developers. RELATED: “Best Home In All Of Sports:” Clippers Unveil Plans For New Inglewood Stadium Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy rejected that argument in a 31-page opinion, however, instead accepting the city’s position that the site had been reserved for years for the purpose of economic development. “The City did not abuse its discretion in determining the property remains necessary for the agency’s use and is not surplus…

Asylum Seekers Forced to Wait in Mexico Live in Fear as Violence Flares Near U.S. Border

A Salvadoran woman seeking asylum in the United States spends her days holed up in her cousin’s cramped slum house just across the border in Mexico — too scared to leave after receiving a savage beating from two men three weeks ago while she was strolling home from a convenience store. The assault came after she spent four months in captivity in Mexico, kidnapped into prostitution during her journey toward the U.S. The woman, 31, is among 55,000 migrants who have been returned to Mexico by the Trump administration to wait for their cases to wind through backlogged immigration courts. Her situation offers a glimpse into some of the program’s problems. Critics have said the administration’s policy denies asylum seekers like the Salvadoran woman fair and humane treatment, forcing them to wait in a country plagued by drug-fueled violence — illustrated this week by the slaughter near the U.S. border of six children and three women. All were U.S. citizens living in Mexico. The Trump administration insists that the program is a safe alternative in collaboration with the government of Mexico, even as the president vows…

AG Becerra Discloses Facebook Probe, Sues Tech Giant Over Its Refusal to Release Documents

California’s attorney general disclosed an ongoing probe into Facebook’s privacy practices Wednesday, as it sued the company over its repeated refusal to turn over documents and answer questions. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his probe has been going on for more than a year. He said he was disclosing it now because his office was making a public court filing to force the company to comply with subpoenas and requests for information. “Facebook is not just continuing to drag its feet in response to the Attorney General’s investigation, it is failing to comply,” the lawsuit said. The lawsuit was filed in state Superior Court in San Francisco. The California probe, one of many legal and regulatory inquiries into Facebook, began as a response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal and grew into an investigation into whether Facebook misrepresented its privacy practices, deceived users and broke California law. Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm, gathered details on as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission. The Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook $5 billion this summer for privacy violations in an investigation that also grew out of…

Scientists Discover New HIV Strain for First Time in Nearly 2 Decades

For the first time in 19 years, a team of scientists has detected a new strain of HIV. The strain is a part of the Group M version of HIV-1, the same family of virus subtypes to blame for the global HIV pandemic, according to Abbott Laboratories, which conducted the research along with the University of Missouri, Kansas City. The findings were published Wednesday in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. HIV has several different subtypes or strains, and like other viruses, it has the ability to change and mutate over time. This is the first new Group M HIV strain identified since guidelines for classifying subtypes were established in 2000. It is important to know what strains of the virus are circulating to ensure that tests used to detect the disease are effective. “It can be a real challenge for diagnostic tests,” Mary Rodgers, a co-author of the report and a principal scientist at Abbott, said. Her company tests more than 60% of the world’s blood supply, she said, and they have to look for new strains and track those in circulation so “we can accurately detect it, no matter where it…

More Than 2 Million Pounds of Chicken Products Recalled Over Metal Contamination Concerns

An Arkansas-based poultry producer recalled more than 2 million pounds of products, some of which were shipped to California, after discovering they may be contaminated, federal regulators said Wednesday. Simmons Prepared Foods discovered metal may have made its way into a variety of ready-to-cook chicken products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a news release. The items in question were produced from Oct. 21 until Monday, Nov. 4, and shipped to Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. The recalled products have the establishment number P-1949, P- 486 or P-5837 written inside the USDA mark of inspection. Regulators released a full list of the items and images of their labels. So far, no one has reported having an adverse reaction after consuming the chicken, officials say. But the USDA urged anyone who may have the products in their freezer to throw them away. Questions about the recall can be directed the Donald Miller, Simmons Prepared Foods’ senior vice president of sales, at 888-831-7007. Those with food-safety questions can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854.

Mike Bohn to Be Named USC Athletic Director: Source

After a quarter century of entrusting former Trojan football stars with the direction of its athletic department, USC has tapped an outsider to be its next athletic director. Mike Bohn will be named to the position on Thursday, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told the Los Angeles Times. He’ll be the first to assume the post without any previous ties to the university since Mike McGee, who, until now, had been the only outsider ever to lead USC athletics. USC had zeroed in on Bohn as its choice last week, but his hiring, according to a person familiar with the situation, was delayed as the university conducted background checks. Bohn, who spent the last five years at Cincinnati in the same position, will be introduced at a news conference at USC on Thursday. McGee also came to USC from Cincinnati. Read the full story on LATimes.com.

1 Dead, 2 Wounded in Shooting at Church’s Chicken in San Diego

Police are searching for a gunman who shot three people — killing one — at a fast food restaurant in San Diego Wednesday. Authorities say the shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at a Church’s Chicken on Del Sol Boulevard in the Otay Mesa area. The suspected gunman had been in the restaurant earlier, when he tried to pay with a counterfeit $100 bill, San Diego police told KTLA sister station KSWB in San Diego. One victim died at a hospital. Two others are hospitalized in unknown condition. The shooter escaped the scene in a light-blue sedan, officials said. san lice describe the suspect as a black man in his 30s measuring about 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing a white, long-sleeved shirt and basketball shorts with a Chargers beanie.

Pedestrian Killed in Baldwin Park Hit-and-Run

Police sought a driver who struck and killed a pedestrian before speeding off in Baldwin Park on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The deadly hit-and-run took place about 5:30 p.m. in the 14600 block of Pacific Avenue, just east of Vineland Avenue, Baldwin Park Police Department Lt. Andy Velebil said. The involved vehicle fled the scene, he said. A description of the car or the driver was not available as the investigation remained in its early stages. Officials described the victim as male and said he appeared to be an adult. Anyone with information can reach Baldwin Park police at 626-960-1955.

Former LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Rumored to Become Interim Police Superintendent in Chicago

When Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck walked away from a 40-year police career in 2018, he said bull riders know when its time to get off the bull. But it appears Beck could climb back on the bull. Rumors swirling across Chicago say Beck is the top contender to be the interim police superintendent as the city conducts a national search for a top cop. Beck declined to comment, but several law enforcement sources close to him said he is working to finalize an agreement to temporarily lead the nation’s second-largest municipal police force. He is expected to meet with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot later this week. “Charlie Beck was the right man for the job when he was the chief in Los Angeles,” Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff said Wednesday. “For that job in Chicago, he is the right person.” Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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