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9 Southern California residents accused in a large-scale international sex trafficking ring

Sat, 27 May 2017 21:51:04 GMT

Federal authorities have accused nine Southern California residents of participating in a large-scale, international sex trafficking ring that abused and enslaved hundreds of Thai women who had been recruited with promises of a better life in the U.S. The nine defendants were among 20 people arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Austin, Houston and Chicago in connection with the sex trafficking and money laundering operation, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Minnesota.

California brain surgeon pleads not guilty to sex charges

Sat, 27 May 2017 04:42:04 GMT

This undated photo provided by the Watsonville Police Department shows Dr. James Kohut. On Friday, May 26, 2017, Kohut, a California brain surgeon pleaded not guilty to 10 felony charges accusing him of sexually assaulting two boys and a girl under 14 years old.

Trump Budget Cuts Funding for Calif. Quake Warning System

Sat, 27 May 2017 00:20:46 GMT

Plans for a West Coast earthquake early warning system, designed to one day give notice of an imminent temblor, would likely be killed under President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget. If approved, the White House plan for the fiscal year ending in September 2018 would eliminate funds needed to develop the system , which already has components in place in California.

US plans first test of ICBM intercept, with NKorea on mind

Fri, 26 May 2017 19:30:22 GMT

In this May 21, 2107 file photo people watch a TV news program showing a file image of a missile launch conducted by North Korea, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea. With North Korea's nuclear missile threat in mind, the Pentagon is planning a missile defense test next week that for the first time will target an intercontinental-range missile.

Massive landslide cuts off part of California's Big Sur area

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:31:02 GMT

A massive landslide that went into the Pacific Ocean is the latest natural disaster to hit a California community that relies heavily on an iconic coastal highway and tourism to survive, and it adds to a record $1 billion in highway damage from one of the state's wettest winters in decades. The weekend slide in Big Sur buried a portion of Highway 1 under a 40-foot layer of rock and dirt and changed the coastline below to include what now looks like a rounded skirt hem, Susana Cruz, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Transportation, said Tuesday.

Tacos for iftar? Ramadan, and a new era, start Friday

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:40:13 GMT

The holy month, which starts Friday and is observed by 1.5 billion Muslims, involves two key things -- community-wide fasting during the daylight hours and the breaking of that fast, just after sunset, with a huge meal known as iftar. For Hamida, and thousands of other Muslims in Southern California, the iftar table is becoming a place to forge bonds with non-Muslim neighbors.

Memorial Day travelers won't be lonely

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:14:10 GMT

Travelers walk through Terminal 6 at LAX, which was unveiled October 19, 2016. The $70.5 million investment by LAWA and Westfield partners includes 22,299 square feet of new dining and retail locations inspired by Sunset Boulevard.

Landslide piles onto California's infrastructure woes

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:51:12 GMT

Swinging from a five-year drought to massive rainfall has pummeled the state's structures and roads. Damage to the state highway system is estimated to exceed $1 billion, according to the California Department of Transportation's estimates.

Claremont couple becomes realty TV stars flipping vintage Southern California homes

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:12:05 GMT

This J Street house in Ontario needed some exterior cosmetic updating in a "before" photo from "Vintage Flip." You never know what you'll get with an old house after peeling through layers of carpet, wallpaper and paneling, but Jessie and Tina Rodriguez love finding out. To the Claremont couple, it's part puzzle and part their profession with a genuine love of old homes that motivates them.

From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:35:43 GMT

Oprah Winfrey told students to live with purpose. President Donald Trump said to ignore the naysayers.

Unusual mass attack injures 8 California guards, 7 inmates

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:46:29 GMT

Officials say several California prison guards and inm... . FILE - This Aug. 17, 2011 file photo shows a correctional officer in one of the housing units at Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif.

Unusual mass attack injures 8 California guards, 7 inmates

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:46:28 GMT

In this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, correctional officers keep watch on inmates in the recreation yard at Pelican Bay State Prison near Crescent City, Calif. Officials say several California prison guards and inmates were taken to hospitals after a fight between two inmates quickly raged out of control Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Treasury Chief to Congress: Raise Debt Limit Before August

Thu, 25 May 2017 06:19:38 GMT

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told lawmakers on Wednesday that they should vote to increase the government's borrowing authority - and avert a disastrous economic default - before their August recess. The timeline is earlier than previous estimates.

Jury rules with school in fight over California strawberries

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:58:19 GMT

A renowned strawberry researcher in California broke patent law and violated a loyalty pledge to his former university by taking his work with him to profit from it in a private company, a jury in San Francisco decided Wednesday. Professor Douglas Shaw formed his own research firm with others after retiring from the University of California, Davis, where for years he had overseen the school's strawberry breeding program, developing a heartier and tastier fruit.

8 California guards, 7 inmates sent to hospital after brawl

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:58:18 GMT

A fight between two California prisoners quickly raged out of control Wednesday and forced correctional officers to open fire to stop a melee that sent eight guards and seven inmates to hospitals, corrections officials said. Guards in three gun towers fired 19 bullets from semi-automatic rifles and three hard foam rounds to stop large groups of prisoners from attacking guards who were using pepper spray and batons to break up a fistfight at high-security Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border.

Jury rules with school in fight over California strawberries

Thu, 25 May 2017 01:58:17 GMT

File - This April 7, 2014, file photo shows Douglas Shaw, a UC Davis plant science professor walking through strawberry fields in Watsonville, Calif. Jurors have sided with a California research university in its dispute with a renowned plant scientist credited with developing tasty strawberries as a professor there.

Playboy model who shot nude of unwitting woman due in court

Wed, 24 May 2017 21:16:10 GMT

Dani Mathers, the 2015 Playboy Playmate of the Year, posted then quickly deleted this body-shaming Instagram photos of a woman changing at her gym. The internet was not happy with her.