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LAPD officer accused of sex with 15-year-old cadet oversaw equipment at station

LOS ANGELES >> A 10-year Los Angeles police officer is now at the center of the department’s growing cadet program scandal. Robert Cain, 31, was taken into custody Thursday. He’s accused of having an unlawful sexual relations...

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  • 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|

  • Local budgets

    Montebello council to decide whether to lift hiring freeze as part of budget consideration Wednesday

    MONTEBELLO >> Montebello City Council members Wednesday will be asked to fill 10 city government positions, including two department heads, despite voting in May to impose a hiring freeze as part of a plan to gain support for a sales tax increase they hope will solve budget problems. The positions are now included in...

    Mike Sprague
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  • Local governments

    After ‘change of heart,’ LA convictions of immigrant dad detained by ICE settled

    Attorneys have settled a pair of criminal cases against a father who was detained by federal immigration officials while dropping off his daughter at school and are now considering their next steps in trying to secure his release. Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 49, has been held at the Adelanto Detention Facility in San Bernardino County since February. He was picked up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after he dropped off his daughter at a Lincoln Heights school. The...

    By Elizabeth Chou echou@scng.com @reporterliz on Twitter|

  • Health care policy

    GOP would halt Obamacare penalties, taxes

    WASHINGTON >> Top Senate Republicans prepared Wednesday to release their plan for dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law, a proposal that would cut and revamp Medicaid, end penalties on people not buying coverage and eliminate tax increases that financed the statute’s expansion of coverage, lobbyists and congressional aides said. Departing from the House-approved version of the legislation, which President Donald Trump privately called...

    By The Associated Press|

  • Legislature hearings

    U.S. officials retrace Russia threat to 2016 elections

    WASHINGTON >> U.S. officials sought Wednesday to underscore for lawmakers the threat Russia posed to the 2016 vote for the White House, outlining efforts to hack into election systems in 21 states and to fill the internet with misinformation during a divisive campaign season. Officials also revealed what appeared to be a breakdown in communications about how severe the threat appeared, and they reported tensions the Obama administration faced in trying to publicly warn of...

    The Associated Press|

  • Local governments

    LA County leaders approve millions for legal fund for immigrants facing deportation

    Los Angeles County will drop $3 million into a legal defense fund to help undocumented immigrants and others facing deportation after the Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to approve the allocation. The vote means the LA Justice Fund, first proposed in December by Los Angeles city and county officials in response to President Donald...

    Susan Abram
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  • House elections

    Republican Handel wins Georgia House race, thanks Donald Trump

    DUNWOODY, Ga. >> Republican Karen Handel won a nationally watched congressional election Tuesday in Georgia, and she thanked President Donald Trump after she avoided an upset that would have rocked Washington ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Returns showed Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, winning about 52 percent of the vote over Democrat Jon Ossoff, who won nearly 48 percent in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. “A special thanks to the...

    By Bill Barrow and Kathleen Foody Associated Press|

  • Local taxes

    Why La Habra Heights is considering a utility users tax to fix roads

    LA HABRA HEIGHTS >> Five years after residents overwhelmingly rejected a road tax, city officials are again considering asking voters for more money to fix their streets. Only this time, they’re looking at a utility users tax, instead of the property tax assessment that has been used since the 1990s to raise money. The city’s Road Advisory Committee at its 6 p.m. Monday is expected to...

    Mike Sprague
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  • Drug-related crime

    After cocaine bust at LA day care, authorities reveal ‘amazing’ drug operation

    Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Tuesday he is working to shut down a Highland Park day care facility where a multi-agency law enforcement task force recently seized about $430,000 worth of cocaine that was allegedly being delivered to the home-based business. Feuer filed a civil lawsuit against Felipe and Prodigios Garcia Talamante seeking the closure of their multi-unit residence at 5215 Marmion Way, not far from Monte Vista Street Elementary School and the Metro Gold...

    By Elizabeth Chou echou@scng.com @reporterliz on Twitter|

  • Executive branch

    Clamping down, Trump team puts the ‘brief’ in press briefing

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s White House is putting the “brief” in press briefings. Sean Spicer, the embattled press secretary, spoke for 30 minutes Tuesday and didn’t answer a number of basic questions, including whether the president believes Russia interfered in the 2016 election and whether Trump had seen the hotly debated Senate health care bill. Once more freewheeling exchanges, White House press briefings have been shrinking both...

    By JULIE BYKOWICZ Associated Press|

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