Orange County supervisors voted Tuesday to join U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ lawsuit challenging California’s so-called sanctuary state legislation prohibiting law enforcement from fully cooperating with federal immigration-enforcement authorities.

The California Values Act prohibits local law enforcement officials throughout the state from asking about immigration status. It also bars local authorities from holding undocumented immigrants in jails until federal authorities can pick them up.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to keep a 24-hour shelter in Antelope Valley open through the end of October, extending a declaration that homelessness in the area is a crisis.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended keeping the 93-bed shelter open at the High Desert Multi-Ambulatory Care Center in Lancaster.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A body believed to be that of a model and aspiring actress who disappeared from Hollywood last month was pulled from a shallow grave in Northern California Tuesday, and police said a man who committed suicide following a recent police chase was likely involved in her death.

Los Angeles Police Department Capt. William P. Hayes said the body found in the Spenceville Wildlife Area about 40 miles north of Sacramento won’t be positively identified until an autopsy is conducted Wednesday, but investigators believe it is that of 25-year-old Adea Shabani.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Police Tuesday identified two men facing murder and attempted charges in connection with a shooting at a homeless encampment near the Pasadena (110) Freeway in Montecito Heights that left one man dead and a second victim wounded last month.

The crime, which occurred about 5 a.m. Jan. 21 near Avenue 52 and Griffin Avenue, was gang-related and the victims were chosen at random, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – In the face of vehement opposition from cities, Orange County supervisors Tuesday scrapped a plan to erect large tents in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel to temporarily house transients from Santa Ana and the Santa Ana riverbed.

The supervisors, with Chairman Andrew Do absent, also voted unanimously to spend $70.5 million on services for mentally ill transients.

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FULLERTON (CNS) – A woman walking her bicycle across a Fullerton street was struck by a car and killed Tuesday.

The 65-year-old woman was not in a crosswalk when she was struck about 6 a.m. at Brookhurst Road and Valencia Drive, according to Fullerton police Sgt. John Radus.

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MANHATTAN BEACH (CNS) – Pancreatic cancer awareness among Americans is increasing, according to a survey commissioned by the Manhattan Beach-based Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

When respondents were asked in December to name the first five types of cancer that came to mind, 24 percent mentioned pancreatic cancer, up from 19 percent the previous year, and 13 percent of those asked had heard of PanCAN, a nonprofit organization that fights the disease via research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Marvel Studios founding Chairman David Maisel and media entrepreneur Scooter Braun Tuesday announced the formation of a new entertainment joint venture, Mythos Studios, which has acquired a 50 percent stake in Aspen Comics.

Mythos Studios has also acquired the entertainment rights for Aspen Comics’ intellectual property, including the artwork, characters and worlds created by its late founder, Michael Turner.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A state appellate court panel Tuesday rejected an appeal from an ex-convict who contended that he was “bamboozled” into accepting a nearly 17-year state prison term and lifetime sex offender registration for trafficking a 17-year-old girl and a 23-year-old woman in South Los Angeles.

The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal turned down Benjamin Pennington’s contention that a judge should have held a hearing to determine whether another attorney should have been appointed on his behalf at his October 2016 sentencing, about two months after he pleaded no contest to one felony count each of human trafficking of a minor for a commercial sex act, human trafficking and dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime.

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – The 32-year-old son of a Huntington Beach surfing legend was sentenced Tuesday to 23 years in prison for attempting to hire hitmen, who turned out to be undercover police officers, to murder his brother’s ex-wife.

Joseph Jordan Taylor pleaded guilty a week ago to solicitation to commit murder and attempted murder in an agreement with prosecutors.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $20,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest or conviction of whoever gunned down a young couple in Lancaster last fall.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended the reward, saying investigators have no viable clues but believe witnesses may have seen the suspects or know who they are.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adjourned its meeting Tuesday in memory of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., eight days before the 50th anniversary of his death.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who moved to adjourn in the name of the civil rights leader, will dedicate the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Tree Grove on 15,000 square feet of land at the highest point of the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Saturday.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – In a bid to find another operator for a Long Beach medical center set to close down in July, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday urged state officials to extend a deadline for the hospital to meet earthquake safety requirements.

Supervisor Janice Hahn recommended sending a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown and the county’s legislative representatives in support of Assembly Bill 2591, which would push the seismic retrofit deadline for Community Medical Center Long Beach from June 2019 to 2025. AB 2591 is sponsored by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, who represents Long Beach.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles County officials agreed Tuesday to lease a former juvenile court building to a community justice organization set to be booted from its home in Inglewood.

The Youth Justice Coalition will sign a 10-year lease at $75,000 per year for the David V. Kenyon Juvenile Justice Facility on South Central Avenue in the unincorporated neighborhood of Florence.

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – The Orange County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a funding agreement for a new mental health wing at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the first in-patient facility for children to be built in the county in decades.

The $1.25 million agreement funds services at CHOC’s new wing through June 2020.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – An herbalist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and practicing medicine without a license in a case stemming from the 2014 death of a 13-year-old boy in the Harbor Gateway area.

Timothy Morrow — whose attorney appeared in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on his behalf — was ordered not to practice medicine or hold himself out as a doctor without a medical license, according to Frank Mateljan with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

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NORWALK (CNS) – A Utah man pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually abusing a young Southland girl over a seven-year-old period and was immediately sentenced to 12 years in state prison.

Timothy John Bennett, who admitted a felony count of continuous sexual abuse, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – American Airlines announced Tuesday that it is planning to offer non-stop service from Los Angeles International Airport to Buenos Aires, making it the only carrier at LAX to offer a direct route to the Argentine city.

“This is an exciting announcement for Los Angeles,” said Suzanne Boda, senior vice president-Los Angeles for American Airlines, who called it “yet another example of American Airlines’ continued commitment to grow and strengthen our hub in the city of Angels.”

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POMONA (CNS) – A Santa Clarita woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and other counts for allegedly driving the wrong way in a stolen pickup truck that crashed into four vehicles on the Foothill (210) Freeway in Claremont, leaving one man dead and several others injured.

Nicole Danielle Thibault, 28, could face up to 57 years to life in state prison if convicted of one count each of murder and grand theft and six counts each of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to name the Hollywood intersection where Pink’s Hot Dogs is located as “Pink’s Square.”

Pink’s opened in 1947 at the corner of La Brea and Melrose avenues. Its original owners, Paul and Betty Pink, had started out with a pushcart in 1939.

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TORRANCE (CNS) – Police in Torrance Tuesday announced the arrest of a 35-year-old man who was driving a pickup truck that had been stolen a day earlier, less than a mile from where he was stopped.

Officers on a routine patrol about 1:20 a.m. Monday in the area of Felbar Avenue and 187th Street made contact with the suspect, later identified as Torrance resident Jeremy Brown, who was behidn the wheel of a 1995 Dodge pick-up displaying paper plates, according Torrance police Sgt. Ronald Harris.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to oppose proposed state legislation that would allow developers to build housing projects near rail stations or bus lines that are taller or denser than local zoning laws permit.

Senate Bill 827 could significantly reshape neighborhoods in urban areas all over the state by overriding local zoning laws, but a resolution introduced by Councilman David Ryu and approved on a 14-0 vote contended the bill is too broad in scope and would effectively eliminate “the ability for the city to engage in planning self-determination.”

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NEWHALL (CNS) – The co-owner of a Newhall barbecue restaurant was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail and ordered to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender for sexually battering a former employee.

Sam Albert Gardian, 50, was also ordered to complete 26 anger management classes and serve three years on probation, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A warming trend got underway Tuesday in the Southland, where temperatures are expected to rise by several degrees.

The higher temperatures are the result of warm gusty winds, which will sweep the region through Tuesday morning, and a ridge of high pressure from the Pacific, which will shift to the east later this week, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kathy Hoxsie.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The USC Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy and Ethics received a $3 million donation from the Doris Bay Trust, the university announced Tuesday.

“This will truly change how the Saks Institute is able to study and make policy recommendations for those who suffer from mental illness,” said institute founder Elyn Saks, a USC law professor since 1989. “I am over the moon with excitement and looking forward to our next chapter.”

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Thirty-one people have applied to be the next Los Angeles Police Department chief, and surprisingly, LAPD Assistant Chief Beatrice Girmala, who had been considered a top contender, is not one of them, it was reported Tuesday.

The 31 applications were received by Friday, which was the end of a three-week application window, said Steve Soboroff, president of the Police Commission, the civilian panel that oversees the department, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles Dodgers announced a $2 million donation Tuesday to Habitat for Humanity of Puerto Rico to help fund construction of homes on the hurricane-ravaged island.

Dodger utility player Kike Hernandez, a native of Puerto Rico, and his fiancee Mariana Vicente added $225,000 they collected in a pair of fundraising efforts to the gift.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Police Tuesday sought help from the public to find the suspect or suspects involved in the beating death of a security guard in the Westlake area two years ago.

Carlos Martinez, 66, was beaten — possibly with his own baton — about 9:30 p.m. on March 22, 2016 as he was returning home from work and looking for a place to park near Second Street and Loma Drive, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

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PARAMOUNT (CNS) – A 23-year-old partially blind and mentally disabled Riverside County woman who went missing in Paramount more than a week ago has been found, authorities reported Tuesday.

Adriana deJesus had last been seen about 10 a.m. March 19 walking away from a coffee shop in the 1600 block of Paramount Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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WILMINGTON (CNS) – Police Tuesday sought public help to solve the killing of a man who was gunned down while sitting in a vehicle in Wilmington.

Roberto Fuentes, 31, was shot about 1:30 a.m. Saturday at F Street and Island Avenue and died at a hospital, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

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COMPTON (CNS) – Authorities Tuesday announced a $10,000 reward for information that helps them find out who took 31 firearms from a vault in the old Compton City Hall building, where they were being stored following the disbanding nearly 20 years ago of the city’s police department.

Investigators believe the firearms were taken some time between March 6 and Aug. 31, 2017, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department, whose leadership opposes the new California sanctuary law that limits cooperation with federal immigration officials, says it is providing public information on when inmates are released from custody.

As of Monday, an existing “Who’s in Jail” online database includes the date and time of inmates’ release — a move agency officials say will enhance communication with its law enforcement partners, the Orange County Register reported.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose Tuesday to its highest amount since Sept. 2, 2015, increasing four-tenths of a cent to $3.55.

The average price has risen 22 consecutive days, increasing 12.8 cents, including three-tenths of a cent on Monday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

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RANCHO PALOS VERDES (CNS) – One person was killed Tuesday and two others, including a firefighter, were injured in an early morning house fire in Rancho Palos Verdes.

The blaze at the single-story home was reported around 12:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of Trudie Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

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