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LAPD hacked into iPhone of slain wife of 'Shield' actor, documents show

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles police investigators obtained a method to open the locked iPhone belonging to the slain wife of "The Shield" actor Michael Jace, according to court papers reviewed by the Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives found an alternative way to bypass the security features on the white iPhone 5S ...Read more

Dirty scopes suspected in three deaths

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LOS ANGELES--At least three patients died last year at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena in an outbreak suspected to have been caused by tainted medical scopes, according to a newly discovered regulatory report.

Huntington hospital officials had confirmed in August that three patients were sickened but declined to say more about their condition. ...Read more

Analysis: California's role in primary campaign season is muted

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LOS ANGELES -- You can't say it doesn't sting. California's role as the closing prize of the primary campaign season has been sundered by little Indiana, where a sweeping victory handed the title "presumptive Republican nominee" to Donald Trump.

Gone are visions of GOP candidates chowing down at In-N-Out, walking the beach in their oxfords, ...Read more

Maryland seeks federal OK to speed ex-inmates' Medicaid access

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WASHINGTON--Seeking to slash the red tape that keeps ex-prisoners with mental illness, drug addiction and other ailments from getting health coverage, Maryland is proposing to give thousands of newly released inmates temporary Medicaid membership with few questions asked.

The measure, described as the first of its kind in the nation, would help...Read more

Immigration: Down in farm country, up in some cities

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SEATTLE -- In the fruit and vegetable country around Seattle, farmworkers talk about smuggling fees as high as $8,500 per person and arduous, circuitous routes across the Mexican border. Under those conditions, thousands fewer are coming to work in the fields and farmers are desperate for more help.

But in Seattle, it's the opposite: More ...Read more

De Blasio's ambitious dreams face reality of flagging NYC growth

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NEW YORK -- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has reaped the benefits of an expanding city economy, spending billions on homelessness, labor contracts and public safety. Now, just as economists predict slowing job growth, he faces a budget buster so big that it may force restraint.

The city's public hospital system, the largest in the U.S., is ...Read more

Bernie Sanders' money tightens as California race looms

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As Bernie Sanders looks toward California to make a defiant final stand, he is bumping up against a dilemma that his campaign has not had to confront in some time.

He is running short on cash.

In no state is money more crucial for a candidate than in California. Its sheer size, in both geography and population, makes running in the state a ...Read more

Former Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah dies at 82

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Former Sen. Robert F. Bennett is dead at 82 after battling cancer and suffering a stroke.

The Utah Republican was a three-term senator and senior member of the Appropriations Committee who was a close adviser to the current Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

"Bob Bennett once said that there are two kinds of senators in Washington, ...Read more

Chicago resorts to rare legal maneuver in attempt to keep Lucas Museum in city

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CHICAGO -- Frustrated by a slow-moving lawsuit and aware this may be the last shot at keeping George Lucas from bolting for the West Coast, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration resorted Wednesday to a seldom-used legal maneuver to try to keep the movie mogul's museum project in the city.

In a 219-page filing, city attorneys asked the 7th...Read more

In LA, Bill Clinton lobs indirect jab at Donald Trump over Muslim ban

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LOS ANGELES -- Former President Bill Clinton, on a swing through Southern California on Wednesday, took an indirect jab at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, assailing his calls to ban Muslims from entering the country.

"Hillary, more than any other candidate in either party, has vociferously opposed this consistent ...Read more

California governor signs bills raising smoke age from 18 to 21

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a pack of bills that will raise the smoking age in California from 18 to 21, restrict the use of electronic cigarettes in public places and expand no-smoking areas at public schools.

However, Brown vetoed a bill that would have allowed counties to seek voter approval of local ...Read more

Homelessness increases in LA city, county

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LOS ANGELES -- Homelessness increased in the last year in the city and county of Los Angeles, leaving nearly 47,000 people in the streets and shelters despite an intensive federal push that slashed the ranks of homeless veterans by nearly a third, according to figures released Wednesday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

Nearly two...Read more

Cruise ship passengers in Cuba break away from guided tours for a look at real life

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ON BOARD THE ADONIA -- While still basking in the glow of the enthusiastic welcome they received from hundreds of Cubans at the dock in Havana, some Adonia passengers began to wonder Wednesday if two days of guided tours gave them an accurate picture of the harsh realities of everyday life on the communist-led island.

"I didn't feel any ...Read more

Students sue suburban school system, US over transgender access

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CHICAGO--A group of suburban students and parents is suing the U.S. Department of Education and Illinois' largest high school district after school officials granted a transgender student access to the girls' locker room.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday, the group contends that the actions of the Department of Education and ...Read more

Zika virus exposes need for greater public health funding, experts say

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WASHINGTON -- Government funding cuts are helping to fuel wide variations in states' ability to detect and respond to public health threats such as the Zika virus.

That was the overriding conclusion of a panel of experts who gathered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to discuss how to prevent and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.

The event ...Read more

Why Michigan has been lurching from crisis to crisis

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On Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama put a glass of filtered Flint, Mich., drinking water to his lips and took a sip.

His message was clear. "I've got your back," Obama told residents in a televised address, drawing cheers from the audience.

"I want all of you to know that I'm confident Flint will come back," Obama said, jabbing the ...Read more

Analysis: Cruz ran a good campaign — for 2012

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WASHINGTON -- He was the first of 17 Republicans to announce his presidential run in a commanding, preacherlike speech at a religious university.

A little over a year later, he stood in defeat in an Indianapolis ballroom, trying to contain his bitter disappointment as his wife fought back tears.

What happened in between was a tale of great ...Read more

Preliminary federal report describes Florida plane crash that left 3 injured

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The plane that crashed April 25 in the backyard of a Pompano Beach home had three fliers aboard with varying levels of pilot experience before their flight ended in a fireball.

The pilot, working for a flight school, and two students -- a private pilot and a pilot-rated passenger -- were seriously injured in the crash ...Read more

Can California Republicans say yes to Trump?

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WASHINGTON -- Fresno resident Jonathan Keller epitomizes the challenge facing presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as he seeks votes in California and beyond:

Can Trump attract enough alienated Republicans to win?

Until Tuesday, Keller had been supporting Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. He had contributed money to Cruz's campaign, ...Read more

'Never Trump' movement lives despite his Republican Party triumph

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WASHINGTON -- Now that he's vanquished all his rivals, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump faces perhaps the most daunting task of his unconventional White House run: rallying a deeply fractured Republican Party behind his candidacy.

If the immediate aftermath of the bombastic New York billionaire's dominating win in the ...Read more