A strong earthquake centered off the Ventura County coast rocked parts of the Southland Thursday, swaying buildings in a wide area stretching from Woodland Hills to West Los Angeles to Burbank.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially reported the 12:29 p.m. shaker was a magnitude-5.0, but it was later upgraded to magnitude-5.3.

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LYNWOOD (CNS) – A 38-year-old woman suspected of killing her live-in boyfriend outside a coin-operated laundry in Lynwood was in custody Thursday.

A check of Los Angeles County sheriff’s inmate records showed the alleged shooter — identified as Elizabeth Bacilio Pulido — was arrested about 10:15 p.m. Wednesday and was being held without bail at the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood.

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CLAREMONT (CNS) – A domestic violence suspect was arrested by Claremont police Thursday after apparently trying to drive a pickup truck off of a cliff but getting stuck, authorities said.

The man surrendered shortly before 11 a.m. in the 4600 block of Mount Baldy Road, according to the county fire department, which had been summoned to the location about 45 minutes earlier by police who said the vehicle was “teetering on (a) cliff.”

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The supervisor of a pizza-style drug distribution ring that operated out of Van Nuys and used a fleet of cars and a staff of drivers to make rapid deliveries of heroin and cocaine pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal charge.

Adrian “Toro” Munoz-Garcia, 24, of Buena Park entered his plea to a single felony count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. Munoz-Garcia faces a prison term between 10 years and life when sentenced Oct. 15 in downtown Los Angeles, prosecutors said.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Cal/OSHA cited an Escondido-based roofing contractor that does jobs throughout Southern California for repeat violations of fall protection safety orders and proposed $134,454 in penalties, the state workplace safety agency announced Thursday.

A representative of California Premier Roofscapes said Thursday afternoon that the company had no immediate comment.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles Airport Commission Thursday approved a $4.9 billion contract for the design and construction of the planned Automated People Mover system that will carry passengers among terminals and connect with nearby rail lines.

The 30-year contract, awarded to a consortium of companies known as LAX Integrated Express Solutions, also covers operation and maintenance of the 2.25-mile elevated guideway.

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – Three Orange County residents face charges of distributing the powerful narcotic painkiller Fentanyl and counterfeit opioids through the dark web and U.S. mail, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Wyatt Pasek, 21, of Santa Ana, Isaiah Suarez, 22, of Newport Beach, and Duc Cao, 20, of Orange, were arrested Tuesday, after warrants were served at their homes, and charged Wednesday, according to Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Pope Francis Thursday named a Hollywood-born former dentist as auxiliary bishop in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest.

The pope named Msgr. Marc V. Trudeau, and the appointment was announced in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, according to the Los Angeles archdiocese. Trudeau will serve alongside the other five active auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A judge ruled that the former CEO of the Kardashian licensing company can take the part of his lawsuit against the famous family to a jury rather than an arbitrator.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michelle Williams Court denied a motion by attorneys for the family to force John LaBonty’s case into arbitration. Court heard arguments Tuesday before taking the case under submission and ruling on Wednesday.

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GARDENA (CNS) – Authorities Thursday identified a 20-year-old motorist who was killed, along with his passenger, when the Chevrolet Corvette that he was driving crashed into a building in Gardena and caught fire.

Jose Padilla of Hawthorne was ejected from the sports car and pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in the 13000 block of Crenshaw Boulevard.

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ALISO VIEJO (CNS) – Aliso Viejo voted Thursday to join several other cities in challenging California’s so-called sanctuary state legislation curtailing law enforcement from fully cooperating with federal immigration authorities.

The City Council heard more than six hours of commentary from the public before voting 4-1 in the wee hours of the morning to file an amicus brief supporting U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions’ lawsuit against the state. Mayor Pro Tem Ross Chun cast the dissenting vote.

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WESTMINSTER (CNS) – A former Huntington Beach police detective admitted Thursday that he stole cash collected for a colleague’s retirement gift and was immediately sentenced to 240 hours of community service.

Mario Ricci, 49, of Los Angeles, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of petty theft, was also placed on one year of informal probation.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Three gang members agreed Thursday to plead guilty to federal civil rights and racketeering violations for firebombing the homes of black residents in the Boyle Heights area four years ago in an effort to drive them out of the defendants’ Latino gang territory.

Jose “Lil’ Moe” Saucedo, 24, Edwin “Boogie” Felix, 26, and Jonathan “Pelon” Portillo, 23, admitted in plea agreements that they targeted the apartments in the Ramona Gardens housing complex because of the occupants’ race and color.

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LONG BEACH (CNS) – Authorities Thursday identified two men who were killed in a shooting at a Long Beach residence, where a third man was wounded.

The crime occurred about 12:05 a.m. Wednesday in the 5300 block of Orange Avenue, the Long Beach Police Department reported.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A woman who was sexually assaulted by a keyboardist — a longtime member of former Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s band — at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa in 2014 settled her Los Angeles lawsuit against the musician.

Shelby Pfeffer filed her lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against Scott Bennett in July 2016, alleging sexual battery, sexual assault, false imprisonment and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – President Donald Trump said Thursday he was unaware of a $130,000 payment his lawyer made to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump a decade ago and is suing him in Los Angeles over a non-disclosure agreement she signed before the 2016 election.

Asked by reporters aboard Air Force One if he knew about the payment, Trump said, “No.” Asked why his attorney, Michael Cohen, made the payment, Trump responded, “You’ll have to ask Michael Cohen. Michael is my attorney. You’ll have to ask Michael.”

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IRVINE (CNS) – A pickup truck driver was killed Thursday when he swerved into a Caltrans vehicle on the southbound 73 toll road in Irvine, authorities said.

The collision was reported shortly after 1 p.m. just south of Bison Avenue, shutting down the southland lanes at MacArthur Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer Paul Fox.

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SANTA ANA (CNS) – The former boss of disgraced ex-Santa Ana city councilman and Orange County public works executive Carlos Bustamante, who was convicted of sexually assaulting employees he supervised, lost her wrongful termination lawsuit against the county Thursday.

A jury rejected claims that Alisa Drakodaidis was wrongfully fired or terminated due to gender discrimination or as a whistleblower. The panel unanimously rejected the gender discrimination claim, and voted 10-1 in favor of the county on the wrongful termination and whistleblower retaliation claim.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A man who was among the first to be prosecuted under a state law that prohibits the purchase or sale of products containing ivory from animals was convicted by a Los Angeles jury of peddling elephant ivory, City Attorney Mike Feuer said Thursday.

Oleg N. Chakhov, 48, was sentenced to 10 days in county jail in lieu of a $5,000 fine and placed on three years of probation. He was also ordered to perform 30 days of community labor to forfeit all ivory from the case, and is prohibited from possessing any ivory items, Feuer said.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The City of STEM Science Festival began Thursday with an opening ceremony at Los Angeles City Hall featuring speeches from Mayor Eric Garcetti and TV personality Bill Nye.

What began as a week-long festival in 2015 has grown into a month-long series of events highlighting the importance of science, engineering, technology and math in the Los Angeles region and to promote STEM among youth, including a “Tech Talk” at UCLA at 2 Thursday afternoon, a March for Science LA Rally & Science Expo in Pershing Square on April 14 and a Women in STEM speakers panel at the Aquarium of the Pacific on April 24.

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CULVER CITY (CNS) – Police Thursday released security footage in hopes of tracking down three suspects who robbed a woman who was walking in a Culver City neighborhood.

The crime occurred about 9:15 p.m. Feb. 24 near Bristol Parkway and Green Valley Circle, said Culver City police Lt. Troy Dunlap.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Police went to 52nd Street Elementary School in South Los Angeles Thursday after receiving a report of a shooting that proved unfounded.

Someone called authorities shortly after noon to report “shots fired” at the campus at 52nd and Hoover streets, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering announced Thursday that it has begun preparing for soil testing at the Taylor Yard G2 property, a 42-acre parcel in the Cypress Park neighborhood that the city bought last year for $59.3 million as part of a larger revitalization effort along the Los Angeles River.

The city plans to convert the riverside parcel into open and recreational space, but officials last year said a significant environmental clean-up of the site is needed and could to take five to 10 years. The soil testing is expected to last about six months and preliminary results will be shared at a summer community meeting, according to the Bureau of Engineering.

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VALENCIA (CNS) – A U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds pilot who died when his F-16 Fighting Falcon crashed in Nevada was identified Thursday as a Valencia native.

Maj. Stephen Del Bagno crashed over the Nevada Test and Training Range around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to the Air Force. He was performing what the Air Force called a routine aerial demonstration training flight.

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LYNWOOD (CNS) – Animal control officers Thursday were investigating the death of an opossum found burned and hanging from a chain-link fence in a park in Lynwood.

The officers were canvassing a neighborhood near Yvonne Burke-John D. Ham Park at Josephine Street and Atlantic Avenue, where the animal was found on Monday hanging from a noose around its neck, said Ana Bustilloz of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A jury awarded $3 million in damages to a Los Angeles police officer who said she suffered a backlash by being placed under surveillance for complaining about sexual harassment by a supervisor.

The Los Angeles Superior Court panel deliberated for about an hour before returning its verdict in favor of Officer Linda Allstot on Wednesday. The damages will compensate her for her past and future emotional distress.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A judge dismissed part of a lawsuit filed against CBS and Big Ticket Television Inc. by a talent agency that alleges it has not received contractually obligated payments for “Judge Judy” for years due to show host Judy Sheindlin’s $45 million salary, but the plaintiff Thursday vowed to appeal.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne O’Donnell heard arguments and took the case under submission Tuesday before ruling later in the afternoon, court papers show. Rebel Entertainment Partners Inc. sued in March 2016, alleging Sheindlin’s salary is unreasonable and that the agency stopped receiving regular payments in 2010 although the show has grossed $1.7 billion since the 1996 premiere.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Authorities Thursday identified a homeless woman who died outside the Los Angeles Police Department’s downtown headquarters.

The woman was spotted by an officer about 9 a.m. Wednesday on the Second Street side of the building, between Spring and Main streets.

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Suge Knight, who has been in jail awaiting trial for murder, is being treated for an undisclosed ailment in the jail ward at the Los Angeles county jail, authorities said Thursday.

Knight was moved to the medical ward on Tuesday, said Deputy Charles Moore of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

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