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Report: Police Deadly Force Incidents Decline in California By Don Thompson
7/10/2019 11:05:46 AM

SACRAMENTO (AP)—A new report spurred by national concern over fatal shootings by police shows 146 civilians and three officers died during law enforcement confrontations in California last year, with fewer violent encounters and suspect deaths than in previous years. It was one of five reports released Tuesday by the state attorney general's office. California also saw fewer hate crimes, homicides, violent and property crimes even after voters and lawmakers eased criminal penalties. The number of civilian deaths in police confrontations is down from each of the last two years,...

Police in Claremont Capture Three Compton Suspects Who Allegedly Robbed A Pharmacy
7/10/2019 11:03:54 AM

CLAREMONT (CNS)—Police captured three armed Compton residents who allegedly robbed a pharmacy in Claremont and led officers on a short vehicle chase, followed by a shorter foot pursuit, a police sergeant said Sunday. Police responded to the Claremont Pharmacy, 358 S. Indian Hill Blvd., a little after 11:10 a.m. Saturday regarding three people who went into the business wearing hooded sweatshirts and masks, said Claremont police Sgt. Robert Ewing. “Responding officers located the suspect vehicle as it was leaving and a pursuit ensued," Ewing said. “The...

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Defends Border Conditions
7/10/2019 11:02:25 AM

WASHINGTON (AP)—Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday defended conditions at U.S. Border Patrol stations following reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions that have heightened debate about President Donald Trump's immigration policy, a trademark issue for his reelection campaign. “It's an extraordinarily challenging situation,” McAleenan told ABC's “This Week.” The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog provided new details Tuesday about severe overcrowding in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, the busiest...

Serious Shakers Rattle and Awaken Locals from Safety Slumber
7/10/2019 11:00:44 AM

COMPTON—If the 6.4 earthquake that rattled the earth from Mexico to Nevada the morning of the Fourth of July didn’t get Southern Californians attention, the 7.1 encore two days later certainly did. To gain a better sense of the power of these two temblors, the deadly 1994 Northridge Earthquake in the San Fernando Valley registered right in between, 6.7. The difference in destruction and loss of life being location from population centers. The quakes last week struck in the far more sparsely populated Mojave Desert. And seismologists from the United States Geological...

Beloved Compton Resident Believed an Innocent Victim of Crossfire
7/10/2019 10:59:17 AM

COMPTON—Sixty-five-year-old Compton resident Rickie Cornell Starks hopped on his bike last Wednesday night and headed out to buy a pack of cigarettes from a local store at the corner of Spruce St. and Aranbe Ave. About the same time Compton Deputies spotted a black SUV driving erratically and began following it, suspecting a possible DUI. Suddenly high-powered rifle fire erupted from the passenger side of the Escalade riddling the deputy’s car and possibly an LASD helicopter that picked-up the chase, which ended 6 miles away in Inglewood. But back in Compton, Mr. Starks,...

R. Kelly Wants Ex-Wife to Stop Talking About Him Publicly
7/10/2019 10:52:35 AM

CHICAGO (AP)—Lawyers for R&B singer R. Kelly are asking a judge in Chicago to fine and jail his ex-wife for breaking a confidentiality clause in their divorce agreement. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg said in a Tuesday filing that Andrea Kelly appeared “on countless media outlets disparaging Robert Kelly and making accusations and charges.” The singer faces more than 20 sex-related counts in Cook County criminal courts alleging he abused and assaulted women. He denies all wrongdoing. Andrea Kelly's lawyer says the singer...

Ebony, Jet Fire Remainder of Staff, May Close its Doors for Good  By Miana Massey
7/10/2019 10:51:02 AM

It’s official, Ebony Magazine—along with its sister publication Jet Magazine—has potentially closed its doors for good. Former employees of the company took to Twitter last week using the hashtag #EbonyOwes to air out their frustrations with the company, as it has fired all of its employees with little to no notice. According to USA Today, members of Ebony magazine’s digital team say they’ve been fired and haven’t received their final paychecks in the latest controversy to hit the struggling publication that has chronicled black life in America for...

Dementia Tied to Hormone-Blocking Prostate Cancer Treatment By Lindsey Tanner
7/10/2019 10:36:53 AM

CHICAGO (AP)—Alzheimer's disease may be a risk for older prostate cancer patients given hormone-blocking treatment, a large, U.S. government-funded analysis found. Previous evidence has been mixed on whether the treatment might be linked with mental decline. But experts say the new results stand out because they're from a respected national cancer database and the men were tracked for a long time—eight years on average. Among 154,000 older patients, 13% who received hormone-blocking treatment developed Alzheimer's, compared with 9% who had other treatment or...

Stevie Wonder Says He's Getting a Kidney Transplant in Fall By Gregory Katz
7/10/2019 10:34:05 AM

LONDON (AP)—Stevie Wonder surprised concertgoers in London Saturday night by announcing that he will take a break from performing so that he can receive a kidney transplant this fall. The 69-year-old music legend made the announcement after performing “Superstition” at the end of a packed British Summer Time concert in London's sprawling Hyde Park. He said he was speaking out to quell rumors and sought to reassure fans that he would be okay. “I'm going to be doing three shows then taking a break,” he said. “I'm having surgery. I'm...

Taylor Swift pens scathing screed excoriating Scooter
7/4/2019 12:13:53 PM

By Lindsey Bahr   Taylor Swift is not staying silent over the sale of her masters to Scooter Braun. In a scathing Tumblr post Sunday, the pop superstar writes she is sad and grossed out that her music catalog now belongs to Braun, whom she accuses of subjecting her to years of incessant and manipulative bullying, referencing clashes with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. “This is my worst case scenario,” Swift writes. Braun's Ithaca Holdings announced Sunday that it is acquiring Big Machine Label Group, which released all of Swift's studio albums and owns...