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RivCo man accused of killing fiancé then fleeing to Mexico will stand trial for murder

A 39-year-old man accused of killing his fiance at her Woodcrest home and fleeing to Mexico, then returning to the United States where he was apprehended almost three years later, must stand trial for murder, a judge ruled today. Eduardo Avalos Escoto allegedly killed 42-year-old Brandie Frazier in 2019. Brandie Frazier (Courtesy of Riverside County

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Two SoCal men charged with using darknet to sell 124K fentanyl-laced pills and nearly 20 lbs of meth

Two Los Angeles men who allegedly supplied fentanyl-laced pills and methamphetamine for a drug trafficking organization that used the darknet and encrypted messaging to sell narcotics to people in all 50 states are facing federal charges, officials announced today.   The two-count indictment charges Omar Navia, 38, of South Los Angeles, and Adan Ruiz, 27, of

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Leaders decry killing of elderly Jewish man at dueling Israel-Palestine rallies in Thousand Oaks

Los Angeles officials expressed outrage today over the death of a 69-year-old man who was struck in the head Sunday at dueling demonstrations in Westlake Village concerning Israel’s war with Hamas. “We cannot turn away from this. For the fourth time this year, Los Angeles has suffered yet another major antisemitic crime,” Los Angeles City

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Cruise, GM’s robotaxi service, suspends all driverless operations nationwide

By WYATTE GRANTHAM-PHILIPS AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Cruise, the autonomous vehicle unit owned by General Motors, is suspending driverless operations nationwide days after regulators in California found that its driverless cars posed a danger to public safety. The California Department of Motor Vehicles this week revoked the license for Cruise, which recently

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US government says it plans to go after legal goods tied to illegal fentanyl trade in new strategy

By JULIE WATSON Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — As overdose deaths continue at a record pace, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced a new government-wide strategy Thursday involving scores of agencies that will target the precursor materials used by traffickers to make fentanyl and other synthetic drugs. Under the plan, CBP will work with

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GM self-driving car subsidiary withheld video of a crash, California DMV says

By Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN (CNN) — The California Department of Motor Vehicles Tuesday revoked Cruise’s permits to test and operate fully driverless vehicles on the state’s roads. The California DMV said, in part, it was because Cruise, which is GM’s self-driving vehicle technology subsidiary, withheld video and information about a crash involving a pedestrian. The

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Driver in Malibu crash that killed 4 students charged with murder, prosecutor says

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 22-year-old driver of a BMW that struck and killed four Pepperdine University students in Malibu last week has been charged with four counts of murder, authorities said Wednesday. Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced the charges against Fraser Bohm at a Wednesday news conference. He didn’t immediately say

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California regulators suspend recently approved San Francisco robotaxi service for safety reasons

By MICHAEL LIEDTKE AP Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have revoked the license of a robotaxi service owned by General Motors after determining its driverless cars that recently began transporting passengers throughout San Francisco are a dangerous menace. The California Department of Motor Vehicles’ indefinite suspension of the Cruise robotaxi service comes

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States sue Meta claiming its social platforms are addictive and harming children’s mental health

By BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer Dozens of US states, including California and New York, are suing Meta Platforms Inc. for harming young people’s mental health and contributing the youth mental health crisis by knowingly designing features on Instagram and Facebook that addict children to its platforms. The lawsuit filed in federal court in California

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