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WASHINGTON — In a private call with federal prosecutors across the country, Attorney General William Barr’s message was clear: aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence.

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NEW YORK — Stanley Crouch, a contentious and influential critic, columnist and self-taught Renaissance man who in fiction and nonfiction was inspired by his knowledge and love of blues and jazz and his impulse to step over the line, died Wednesday at age 74.

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While DJ Jaffe was working as an advertising executive on Madison Avenue, he and his wife became the caretakers of his wife’s half sister, who had moved from Milwaukee as a troubled teenager to live with them in their Manhattan apartment when she was a troubled teenager. Before long, she bec…

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SANTA ANA — A Palmdale man ejaculated into tissue and then spread his semen on a co-worker’s computer mouse, in her honey jar and in half- consumed bottles of water on her desk in their La Palma office, a prosecutor told an Orange County Superior Court judge Thursday, while the defendant’s a…

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SACRAMENTO — California companies must warn their workers of any potential exposure to the Coronavirus and must pay their employees workers compensation benefits if they get sick with the disease under two laws that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday.

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LOS ANGELES — The median price of a single-family home in Los Angeles County jumped last month, but sales of existing homes declined, the California Association of Realtors said Thursday.

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COMPTON — The reward for information leading to the gunman who shot two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at a Compton rail station has soared to $640,000, and more than $800,000 has been donated toward their medical care, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Thursday.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The gulf between President Donald Trump and public health officials over wearing face masks keeps widening, undercutting medical experts who say consistent face covering is one of the best tools — short of a vaccine — to fight the spread of the Coronavirus.

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JERUSALEM — Eating apples dipped in honey on Rosh Hashana is a Jewish tradition to symbolize a sweet start of the New Year. But in Israel, bitterness prevails on the eve of the holiday as the country faces a second nationwide lockdown to stem a raging Coronavirus outbreak.

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Amid all the talk about opening schools, closing schools or partially opening schools comes a report that among Americans under 40, “over 1 in 10 respondents … did not recall ever having heard the word ‘Holocaust’ before.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The gulf between President Donald Trump and public health officials over wearing face masks keeps widening, undercutting medical experts who say consistent face covering is one of the best tools — short of a vaccine — to fight the spread of the Coronavirus.

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MOSCOW (AP) — Colleagues of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Thursday that a water bottle with a trace of the Novichok nerve agent was found in his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk after he fell ill on a flight from there to Moscow last month.

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LOS ANGELES — Another three dozen Coronavirus-related deaths were reported Thursday by Los Angeles County health officials, who again issued a call for people get a flu shot and continue taking precautions against the spread of infection.

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LOS ANGELES — Expressing doubt over the sheriff’s version of events leading to the arrest of a local reporter,  a civilian commission that oversees the agency asked county attorneys on Thursday to prepare a report on legal responsibilities involved in law enforcement activities at protests —…

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JUNIPER HILLS — The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department ordered evacuations early Thursday afternoon for residents in Juniper Hills, and Paradise Springs, including Devils Punchbowl as the Bobcat fire grew northward.

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PALMDALE — Palmdale School District will spend $229,103 to obtain Division of the State Architect certification on the never-opened former The Guidance Charter School campus.

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JUNIPER HILLS — The Bobcat fire jumped Highway 2 Tuesday evening and ignited an estimated 700 to 1,000-acre spot fire in Cooper Canyon, about four miles south of Juniper Hills.

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PENSACOLA, Fla. — Hurricane Sally lumbered ashore near the Florida-Alabama line Wednesday with 105 mph winds and rain measured in feet, not inches, swamping homes and trapping people in high water as it pushed inland for what could be a slow and disastrous drenching across the Deep South.

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LOS ANGELES — Downward trends in Coronavirus cases and testing-positivity rates could allow Los Angeles County to move into the next tier of the state’s economic-reopening matrix by sometime in October, the public health director said Wednesday, but pending Labor Day numbers could potentiall…

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LOS ANGELES — Crew members on a dive boat say they were never instructed on emergency procedures before a predawn fire swept through the vessel as it was anchored off the South California coast, killing 34 people as they slept below deck, according to federal documents released Wednesday.

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LOS ANGELES — When Leonardo Cuadrado saw the raging fire tearing through an East Los Angeles neighborhood off in the distance, his first thought was that he hoped no one had been hurt.

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ROME (AP) — A 20-year-old California man charged with murdering an Italian police officer apologized in court Wednesday, saying he was “filled with remorse” and hoped one day the slain man’s family would forgive him.

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LANCASTER — Deputy-involved shootings and body worn cameras were at the forefront of the discussion Tuesday night during the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station Community Advisory Committee meeting.

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PALMDALE — Mayor Steve Hofbauer and Mayor Pro Tem Richard Loa donated $1,000 each of their personal money toward the reward fund to help in the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for the ambush shooting of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies in Compton on Saturday.

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Many people have been profiteering from the Coronavirus pandemic in Mexico; prices for oxygen cylinders, medicinal alcohol and face masks all have skyrocketed. But perhaps the cruelest are the so-called pirate ambulances that take advantage of patients’ desperation.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee law requiring doctors to inform women that drug-induced abortions may be reversed is critical for women who may change their minds halfway through the procedure, the state’s top legal chief said.

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GENEVA — Independent experts for the UN’s top human rights body accused the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday of crimes against humanity, highlighting grisly cases of torture and killings allegedly carried out by security forces who used techniques like electric …

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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Pioneering sports administrator Joanne Washburn, who spent 39 years at Washington State and was involved in a landmark lawsuit to bring equality to women’s sports, has died at the age of 83.

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SACRAMENTO — A growing number of mayors across the country support giving cash to low-income families with no restrictions on how they can spend it — part of a growing movement to establish a guaranteed minimum income to combat poverty and systemic racism.

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BOGOTA, Colombia — César García, a veteran reporter for The Associated Press who ventured across Colombia to tell the story of the nation’s armed conflict, has died. He was 61.

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When Bruce Williamson Jr. was a child growing up in Los Angeles and singing gospel music at local churches and on the radio, he was billed as “the little boy with the big voice.”

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PALMDALE — The City of Palmdale has been awarded $500,000 in grant funding from the California Department of Housing and Community Development under the Local Early Action Planning Grants Program (LEAP).

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WASHINGTON — Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with two Gulf Arab states at a White House ceremony that President Donald Trump declared will mark the “dawn of a new Middle East,” casting himself as an international peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jack “Murf the Surf” Murphy, who was behind one of the biggest jewel heists in US history, gained membership in a surfing hall of fame and served time for murder, has died in Florida. He was 83.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) — A Koreatown man was sentenced today to 17-and-a-half years in federal prison for convincing teenage girls to send him sexually explicit images, then coercing his victims to send more with threats of publishing the images he initially obtained.