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Video shows police use stun gun on NBA's Jaxson Hayes
9/2/2021 4:42:33 PM

By Stefanie Dazio   LOS ANGELES (AP)—A Los Angeles police officer briefly pressed a knee to the neck of NBA player Jaxson Hayes as the New Orleans Pelicans center gasped “I can't breathe” seconds before another officer used a Taser on him during a struggle, according to body camera video released Friday. The officers went to Hayes' home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood on July 28 around 3 a.m. after his girlfriend's cousin called 911. The cousin said Hayes' girlfriend was sending her text messages saying he had become loud and violent and she...

Years in the making, R. Kelly sex abuse trial gets underway
8/25/2021 1:27:44 PM

NEW YORK (AP)—R&B star R. Kelly  is a predator who lured girls, boys and young women with his fame and dominated them physically, sexually and psychologically, a prosecutor said Wednesday, while a defense lawyer warned jurors they'll have to sift through lies from accusers with agendas to find the truth. The differing perspectives came as the long-anticipated trial began unfolding in a Brooklyn courtroom where several accusers were scheduled to testify in the next month about the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling singer whose career has been derailed by charges that...

Fire Preparedness urged as Southland nears peak fire season
8/25/2021 1:11:48 PM

LOS ANGELES—With hundreds of thousands of acres burning in Northern California and the Southland nearing its peak fire season, Los Angeles officials Monday urged residents to do their part to prevent blazes from starting and spreading. "As we've seen in the news each day, Northern California has multiple large brush fires burning. In fact, the frequency of these fires is outpacing last year's record breaking season, which saw over 4 million acres burned. Therefore, it is now more critical than ever that the people of Southern California become prepared for...

Virus outbreaks force early reversals on in-person learning
8/25/2021 1:05:07 PM

By Jeff Amy   ATLANTA (AP)—A few weeks into the new school year, growing numbers of U.S. districts have halted in-person learning or switched to hybrid models because of rapidly mounting coronavirus infections. More than 80 school districts or charter networks have closed or delayed in-person classes for at least one entire school in more than a dozen states. Others have sent home whole grade levels or asked half their students to stay home on hybrid schedules. The setbacks in mostly small, rural districts that were among the first to return dampen hopes for a...

Regulators give full approval to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
8/25/2021 12:59:35 PM

By Lauran Neergaard and Matthew Perrone   WASHINGTON (AP)—The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday, a milestone that could boost public confidence in the shots and spur more companies, universities and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory. The Pentagon immediately announced it will press ahead with plans to require members of the military to get the vaccine as the U.S., and the world, battle the extra-contagious delta variant. The formula made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech now carries the strongest endorsement from...

Students’ lack of routine vaccines muddies start of school
8/25/2021 12:55:00 PM

By Julie Carr Smyth COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—The vaccinations that U.S. schoolchildren are required to get to hold terrible diseases like polio, measles, tetanus and whooping cough in check are way behind schedule this year, threatening further complications to a school year already marred by COVID-19. The lag was caused by pandemic-related disruptions last year to routine doctor’s visits, summer and sports camps at which kids usually get their immunizations. Now, pediatricians and educators are scrambling to ensure that backlogs don’t keep kids from school or leave them...

Compton District 2 Councilman Isaac Galvan hit with two election charges
8/18/2021 8:08:52 PM

By Compton Bulletin Staff   COMPTON—Compton District 2 Councilman Isaac Galvan won his reelection in a tight race against Andre Spicer. The vote tally in the Compton General Election in June was a margin of one vote, 855 to 854, in favor of Galvan. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is now charging Galvan, who has been the District 2 councilperson since 2013, of cheating to get the votes he needed to beat Spicer. The District Attorney’s Office has also alleged that Galvan tried to bribe a Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder-County Clerk employee in...

Metro Board considers declaring water supply alert as drought worsens
8/18/2021 8:06:50 PM

LOS ANGELES—In response to worsening drought conditions, the board of Southern California's regional water wholesaler plans to consider declaring a Water Supply Alert Tuesday that calls upon residents to voluntarily conserve the precious resource. According to Metropolitan Water District officials, Southern California's water supply has been severely impacted by extreme drought in both the Northern Sierra and the Colorado River, saying crucial storage reservoirs have never been lower. As a way to safeguard storage reserves, the board will consider declaring a Water Supply...

California fire threatens homes as blazes burn across West
8/18/2021 8:02:50 PM

QUINCY, Calif. (AP)—Thousands of homes in Northern California remain threatened by the nation's largest wildfire as unstable weather creates a high danger of new blazes erupting across the West. Weekend thunderstorms across the northern Sierra didn't produce much rain, instead whipping up winds and unleashing lightning strikes that that bedeviled the more than 6,000 firefighters trying to contain the month-old Dixie Fire amid temperatures forecast to top 100 degrees (38 Celsius). “We're definitely still dealing with the possibility of lightning. Winds are all...

City of LA will offer discounted pet adoptions for vaccinated residents
8/18/2021 8:00:55 PM

LOS ANGELES—People vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to adopt a pet at a discounted rate this Saturday from LA Animal Services. Fully vaccinated people will be able to adopt a dog or puppy at no cost, excluding the $20 license fee, at all six LA Animal Services Centers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Would-be adopters who have received only one dose of the two-dose regimen will receive 50% off their canine adoption fee, excluding the $20 license fee. Adoption fees for cats and kittens will be waived due to an ASPCA grant. For people who have not yet been vaccinated, but...