Two suspected burglars — who were allegedly caught in the act — may be linked to a string of recent “knock-knock” burglaries in the San Fernando Valley, investigators said Friday.

Officers with the sheriff’s Burglary-Robbery Task Force observed two suspects commit a residential burglary around 8:05 p.m. Wednesday in Van Nuys, according to the sheriff’s department. Investigators said they saw the suspects, who were in a white 2003 Audi A4 Sedan, slowly driving through neighborhoods.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A motorcyclist was seriously injured Friday in a collision with a vehicle on the San Diego (405) Freeway in Westwood, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash was reported about 2:35 p.m. on the northbound San Diego Freeway at Wilshire Boulevard, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A former baggage handler at LAX pleaded guilty Friday to a federal conspiracy charge stemming from a scheme to smuggle cocaine past security as part of a nationwide drug ring.

Antonio H. Botello, 24, was the last of three ex-baggage handlers in the case to plead guilty to participating in a scheme to help drug couriers smuggle cocaine through Los Angeles International Airport aboard commercial flights for delivery to customers on the East Coast.

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – The Santa Ana City Council voted unanimously Friday to seek legal options for the city to sue Orange County and force additional action by other communities to help hundreds of homeless people in the city.

The move comes three days after the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to cancel a plan to erect large tents in Irvine, Huntington Beach and Laguna Niguel to temporarily house transients from Santa Ana. The decision was made as a result of vehement opposition from the three cities.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Actor and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was recovering at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Friday after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery.

According to spokesman Daniel Ketchell, Schwarzenegger’s first words when he woke up after surgery were “I’m back,” his trademark film line.

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FULLERTON (CNS) – A 65-year-old woman who was walking her bicycle across a Fullerton street and was fatally struck by a vehicle was identified Friday by the Orange County coroner’s office.

Rondalee Whiterock of Carson City, Nevada, was not in a crosswalk when she was hit about 6 a.m. Tuesday, at Brookhurst Road and Valencia Drive, according to Fullerton police Sgt. John Radus and the coroner’s office.

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ALTADENA (CNS) – A 12-year-old girl who went missing in Altadena returned home Friday, authorities said.

Lorena Milian-Ramos had last been seen about 7:15 a.m. Thursday at her residence in the 100 block of East Woodbury Road, and authorities had sought public help to find her.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A federal appeals panel Friday rejected an attempt to revive an antitrust lawsuit alleging that Hollywood’s largest talent agencies illegally conspired to fix prices and control scripted television packaging.

In the memorandum, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena affirmed a Los Angeles federal judge’s dismissal last year of the suit over packaging fees brought by the boutique agency Lenhoff & Lenhoff against United Talent Agency and International Creative Management Partners.

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HAWTHORNE (CNS) – Hawthorne-based SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket Friday carrying 10 satellites for Iridium Communications from Vandenberg Air Force Base northwest of Los Angeles.

The Iridium-5 NEXT Mission launched at 7:13 a.m., and the satellites were successfully deployed about an hour later.

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BOYLE HEIGHTS (CNS) – A man in a rollover crash was pulled from his wrecked vehicle Friday by firefighters in Boyle Heights, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The crash took place at 3:55 p.m. at 2973 E. Marengo Street, department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles police will be conducting two sobriety/license checkpoints Friday evening in Los Angeles.

The first checkpoint will be conducted from 7 p.m. to midnight at the intersection of Figueroa and 9th streets, according to police. The second checkpoint will take place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., at the intersection of Central and Vernon avenues.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued a warning Friday about a possible scam involving persons claiming to be representatives of the Internal Revenue Service targeting ABC licensees.

According to the ABC, several licensed establishments in the Los Angeles area have reported receiving telephone calls from a person identifying themselves as an IRS representative and demanding they pay “back taxes” on their ABC license fees.

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LONG BEACH (CNS) – Authorities Friday identified a motorist who was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Long Beach.

Mario Reyes, 24, of Wilmington died at the scene of the collision, which occurred about 7 a.m. Thursday at Pacific Coast Highway and Judson Avenue, the coroner’s office reported.

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IRVINE (CNS) – An Orange County Fire Authority assistant chief said Friday the agency is overhauling its dispatch and deployment procedures in light of a report identifying a series of missteps that delayed response to an emerging 2017 wildfire by as much as 70 minutes.

That fire — the Canyon Fire 2 — grew into one of the most destructive blazes in county history, torching 9,200 acres and destroying more than two dozen structures, including 15 homes.

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GRANADA HILLS (CNS) – A man who was barricaded in a Granada Hills residence for about eight hours Friday surrendered to a SWAT team, and no one was hurt, police said.

Officers went to the 11800 block of Louise Avenue on a report of a possible assault, and learned that three people were inside the home, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A vacant building in the east Hollywood area was damaged by a fire Friday, but no one was hurt.

Firefighters sent to the 300 block of North Vermont Avenue about 9:30 a.m. extinguished the flames in the three-story building in 21 minutes, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.

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SANTA MONICA (CNS) – The McClure Tunnel, which connects the Santa Monica (10) Freeway to Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, will be closed for seven hours beginning at 10 p.m. Friday evening so workers can perform a number of maintenance tasks, Caltrans announced.

Also closed will be the 4th/5th Street on-ramp to the westbound Santa Monica Freeway, said Tim Weisberg of Caltrans.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Passover, the weeklong Jewish commemoration of what the Old Testament depicts as the deliverance of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, began at sundown Friday.

Jews gather for a ritual meal called a Seder, which means order. It features six symbolic foods, including matzo, a cracker-like unleavened bread symbolizing the Exodus from ancient Egypt when there was not enough time to let the bread rise.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Hector Barajas, a deported U.S. Army veteran from the Los Angeles area, says he’ll soon be coming home and be granted U.S. citizenship.

“I’m coming home, ma!” Barajas announced in a Facebook video Thursday from Tijuana.

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PALMDALE (CNS) – A man who was found shot to death in a truck in Palmdale was identified Friday.

James Dimas-Carrillo, 49, was found dead about noon Thursday in the 5900 block of East Avenue T, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. His home town was not known.

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