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Woman finds frog in salad at BJ’s restaurant in West Covina

By Stephanie K. Baer|

Suspected killer of Whittier police officer described shootout to detectives: ‘I know I smoked this one’

NORWALK >> The man police believe killed his cousin and a Whittier police officer later the same day described the deadly shootout with police in an interview with sheriff’s detectives, according to audio of the interview played in the fi...

By Joshua Cain and Sandra T. Molina|

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  • Heat waves

    British schoolboys don skirts amid shorts ban in heatwave

    LONDON (AP) — Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave. The schoolboys at Isca Academy in the southwestern city of Exeter donned skirts instead of the officially mandated gray slacks. Photos in British media show the boys wearing short-sleeved white shirts, school ties and the gray and white plaid skirts that the girls wear. Devon County Council spokesman David Beasley...

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  • Tropical storms

    Weakening Cindy spreads rain from Texas through Southeast

    NEW ORLEANS — Tropical Depression Cindy crept northward across Louisiana toward Arkansas after churning ashore as a tropical storm early Thursday, weakening steadily but still spreading heavy rain and thunderstorms over hundreds of miles of territory from east Texas through a broad swath of the Southeast. As a slow-moving tropical storm that formed Tuesday in the Gulf of Mexico, Cindy was blamed for one death: authorities said a 10-year-old boy vacationing with relatives on the...

    By KEVIN McGILL Associated Press|

  • War and unrest

    ISIS militants destroy 12th-century mosque in Iraq’s Mosul

    IRBIL, Iraq — The Islamic State group blew up a historic landmark in Mosul — the city’s famed 12th century al-Nuri mosque with its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba, from where the IS leader proclaimed the militant group’s self-styled caliphate nearly three years ago. The explosion destroyed another piece of priceless Iraqi cultural heritage but also sent a strong message to U.S.-led coalition forces and Iraqi troops closing in on the last stronghold...

    By BALINT SZLANKO Associated Press|

  • Executive branch

    President Trump disputes Russian interference in 2016 election

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on the assessment of 17 U.S. intelligence agencies that blame Russia for election meddling, questioning Thursday why the Obama administration didn’t try to stop it. “By the way, if Russia was working so hard on the 2016 Election, it all took place during the Obama Admin.,” the president tweeted. “Why didn’t they stop them?” All 17 intelligence agencies have agreed Russia...

    By VIVIAN SALAMA Associated Press|

  • Movie industry

    Ron Howard is new director of Han Solo ‘Star Wars’ film

    NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Howard is taking command of the Han Solo “Star Wars” spinoff after the surprise departure of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Lucasfilm announced their replacement director Thursday, two days after Lord and Miller left the project over creative differences. Howard gives the reeling production a veteran hand in the wake of Lord and Miller’s exit in the midst of shooting. Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, said...

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  • Terrorist attacks

    Champs-Elysees attacker pledged allegiance to ISIS, says French prosecutor

    PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor says a man who was killed when he drove a car packed with arms and explosives into a police convoy had pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State group. Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said Thursday the attacker had a huge cache of weapons both at home and in the vehicle used in Monday’s rampage. Molins says evidence from the investigation shows the suspect wanted to join IS forces in Syria and Iraq. The driver in...

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  • Sentencing

    Former Arroyo High School wrestling coach gets year in jail for sex with three underage students

    POMONA >> A former part-time wrestling coach at Arroyo High School in El Monte who was charged with carrying on sexual relationships with three underage students received a one-year jail term on Wednesday, authorities said. David Vaca Jr., 21, of West Covina pleaded “no contest” earlier this month to one count of oral copulation of a person under 18 years old and one count of sexual penetration by a foreign object, according to Los Angeles County District...

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  • Oddities

    Whoops! Glitch causes false report of 6.8 quake off coast of Santa Barbara

    LOS ANGELES >> The only tremors from a reported major earthquake off the California coast came on the internet. Seismologists said Wednesday’s automatically generated report of a magnitude 6.8 quake in the Pacific Ocean 10 miles west of Santa Barbara was a false alarm based on a quake that happened in the same area nearly a century ago. “The quake did happen, but it happened in 1925,” said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist from the US Geological...

    By Andrew Dalton The Associated Press|

  • Music festivals

    How should you get to Arroyo Seco Weekend? Here’s a few options to avoid traffic

    With music and arts festival Arroyo Seco Weekend coming up in less than five days, the city of Pasadena is preparing itself for huge crowds and a potential traffic mess. Here are some ways to stay safe and navigate through any possible transportation fiascos. Use the Gold Line “In terms of planning your trip wisely, consider using public transportation,” said William Boyer, Pasadena’s city spokesperson. “Use the Metro...

    By Elise Takahama etakahama@scng.com|

  • Crime

    Man caught with bag of powerful weapons while publicly urinating at Pasadena Gold Line station

    PASADENA >> What began as an investigation into public urination at a Pasadena Gold Line station on Wednesday led deputies to seize two guns, high-capacity magazines, suppressors and a machete from the suspect’s duffel bag, authorities said. Deputies first approached a man about 9 a.m. after spotting a man relieving himself in a planter along the sidewalk outside the Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Station at

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