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How California’s ‘sanctuary state’ bill would further limit ICE’s ability to arrest immigrants

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Trump’s new White House communications director to appear in Southern California

President Donald Trump’s new White House communications director is scheduled to appear in Southern California, July 29-30. Anthony Scaramucci will participate in three panel discussions during PolitiCon at the Pasadena Convention Center....

By Brennon Dixson bdixson@scng.com @TheBrennonD on Twitter|

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  • Kidnapping

    Autistic teen takes bus home after thief steals car with him inside

    An autistic teenager took the bus home Friday morning after authorities issued an Amber Alert saying the car he’d been inside was stolen from outside a Jack in the Box in Paramount, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The boy, 17-year-old Frankie Barboa was in the back seat of a Honda Civic that was left running in a parking lot at 6601 Alondra Blvd. when the car was stolen just before midnight Thursday, sheriff’s Lt. Charles Calderaro said at...

    Jeremiah Dobruck
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  • Executive branch

    Sean Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

    WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned his position Friday, ending a rocky six-month tenure that made his news briefings must-see TV. He said President Donald Trump’s White House “could benefit from a clean slate.” Spicer quit in protest over the hiring of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci, objecting to what Spicer considered his lack of qualifications and to the direction of the...

    By KEN THOMAS and JULIE PACE Associated Press|

  • Hit-and-run

    Driver wanted in Lancaster hit and run that critically injured girl, 11

    A 25-year-old man is wanted in connection with a hit-and-run crash earlier this week in Lancaster that left an 11-year-old girl in critical condition, authorities said Thursday. The collision involving two vehicles occurred around 12:01 a.m. Tuesday at 20th Street East and Lancaster Boulevard, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. An 11-year-old girl, authorities added, was a passenger in a vehicle involved in the crash and is currently listed in critical...

    Wes Woods
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  • International incidents

    US to ban Americans from traveling to North Korea

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration will ban American citizens from traveling to North Korea, U.S. officials said Friday, following the death of university student Otto Warmbier who died in June after falling into a coma in a North Korean prison. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had decided to impose “geographic travel restriction” for North Korea, the officials said, which would make it illegal to use U.S. passports to enter the country. They said the...

    By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer|

  • War and unrest

    Syrian army and Hezbollah launch attack near Lebanese border

    BEIRUT — The Syrian army and members of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group launched a major ground offensive on Friday aimed at ending the yearslong presence of hundreds of militants in a border area between the two countries. The offensive was widely expected after negotiations with militants to leave the area failed over the past days. The battle will be fought by Syrian troops and Hezbollah gunmen on the Syrian side of the border while the Lebanese army will likely...

    By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press|

  • Politics

    Flags flown inverted outside city hall. Is San Bernardino in distress?

    SAN BERNARDINO >> Is the city in distress? Are we under attack? Well no, but the American flag along with its three counterparts — the California flag, the Vietnam War MIA/POW flag and the city’s flag — were seen flying at half-staff and upside down outside of San Bernardino City Hall Thursday. Mayor Carey Davis’ office immediately responded to the issue by sending crews to upright the flags. “Once we were informed of the issue, we...

    Doug Saunders
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  • Residential fires

    Pacoima home catches fire in early morning

    PACOIMA — A fire damaged a one-story home in Pacoima today, but no one was injured. The flames were reported at 3:50 a.m. at 12655 Montford St., said Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was knocked down in 15 minutes by 35 firefighters, she said. There were no immediate reports of displacements. The cause of the fire and the loss it created were not immediately determined.

    City News Service|

  • Lawsuits

    Long Beach man sues lottery commission after being denied $5 million scratchers win

    LOS ANGELES >> A Long Beach man sued the state and California Lottery Commission today, alleging he was wrongfully denied a $5 million Scratchers ticket prize because his 16-year-old son bought the winning ticket. Ward Thomas’ Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges failure to discharge a mandatory duty, breach of contract, negligence and both intentional and negligent representation. The suit seeks unspecified damages. A California Lottery representative...

    City News Service|

  • Local governments

    LADWP retirees bring in bigger pensions than city, county workers, audit says

    Workers who retire from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power enjoy a higher monthly pension, on average, than retired public employees from the city and county, according to an audit released this week by City Controller Ron Galperin. LADWP retirees received an average monthly pension payment of $5,212 in the fiscal year ending July 1, 2015, the audit said. That figure is higher than the $4,023 average monthly payment for other city retirees and the $3,881 pension...

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Water management

    LA restores historic water tunnel to turn Sierra snow runoff into drinkable water

    SYLMAR >> Michael Grahek trudged through the murk of a historic Los Angeles Department of Water and Power water tunnel, his flashlight sweeping its century-old concrete walls. His light then settled on some a strange outlines in the Sylmar shaft. “Notice the footprints,” said Grahek, LADWP manager of southern aqueduct and Owens Lake Operations and maintenance, pausing inside the arched tunnel. “Somebody stepped in the wet cement almost 100 years...

    Dana Bartholomew
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