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Authorities issued evacuation orders Saturday as a wildfire in Los Angeles County spread thousands of acres close to a major highway and threatened nearby structures, officials said. The blaze that is being called the Post Fire burned more than 5.6 square miles near the Interstate 5 freeway in Gorman, which is about 62 miles northwest of Los Angeles, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The flames broke out at around 1:45 p.m., authorities said. An investigation is ongoing.

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Authorities say they have identified a homicide victim whose remains were first found in a Southern California city 41 years ago. The Orange County Sheriff's Department says the victim was a Panamanian native named Maritza Glean Grimmett who was 20 years old at the time of her disappearance. Children first found the victim's human skull while playing in an area in Orange County. The investigation involved a DNA analysis of the victim's remains. The analysis helped authorities discover relatives, they say. The investigation is ongoing.

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A heat wave will bring dangerously hot temperatures to the Midwest and Northeast next week, with health officials urging people to make plans now to stay safe. The National Weather Service says the heat will ramp up Sunday in the center of the country before spreading eastward, with some areas likely to see extreme heat reaching daily records, especially in the Ohio Valley and Northeast. People are encouraged to stay in air-conditioned spaces, drink plenty of water and check on neighbors and relatives who might be vulnerable.

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A Los Angeles County firefighter has been killed after responding to a vehicle fire at a quarry in a desert community north of Los Angeles. L.A. County Fire Chief Anthony Marrone says an explosion occurred shortly after a firefighting crew arrived at the quarry in Littlerock around 2:10 p.m. Friday, killing the 19-year veteran firefighter who was based in the nearby city of Palmdale. Marrone says he doesn't know how the fire in the front end loader started or what exploded. He says the Los Angeles County Sheriff鈥檚 office will conduct an investigation. The name of the firefighter has not been released.

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The San Francisco park where a grandmother was beaten and then later died will now bear her name. Family and friends will gather Saturday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially usher in the newly named Yik Oi Huang Peace and Friendship Park. According to a website maintained by Huang鈥檚 family, the park will be a 鈥渧isible tribute to an Asian immigrant working-class woman.鈥 The 88-year-old was on her morning walk on Jan. 8, 2019, when she was attacked. She died a year later while receiving long-term care in a hospital. Keonte Gathron, a teen at the time, was arrested in connection with the assault. He's still awaiting trial.

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A couple hiking in the desert south of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California has been rescued after running out of water. The Riverside County Sheriff鈥檚 Office says a man called 911 and reported that his girlfriend was dehydrated and weak. A search and rescue helicopter crew on June 9 found the couple in an area known as Painted Canyon. Temperatures reached triple digits that day. The Sheriff鈥檚 Office posted a video online showing the helicopter hovering above the couple lying on the desert floor. The man and women were then hoisted into the helicopter one by one.

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A weekend of commencement ceremonies at a half-dozen California universities is underway with no immediate sign of the major campus protests against the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza that have led to clashes with police and numerous arrests. Officials appealed Friday for celebrations of graduates without disruptions at schools including the University of California鈥檚 campuses in Los Angeles and Santa Cruz, where major protests occurred over recent weeks. At Santa Cruz, the chancellor and provost announced they would not be attending ceremonies in hope of preventing protests targeting them. Commencement events are also occurring through the weekend or into next week at UC鈥檚 San Diego, Davis, Santa Barbara and Riverside campuses.

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Some shelters south of the U.S. border are caring for many more migrants now that the Biden administration stopped considering most asylum requests. But the impact appears uneven more than a week after the temporary suspension took effect. Shelter directors say they have plenty of space south of Texas and California. But as many as 500 deportations from Arizona each day are straining shelters in Mexico鈥檚 Sonora state. They also expect longer stays as migrants try to snag appointments through the CBP One online app. And an exemption for unaccompanied minors has some advocates worried that mothers will send their children across the border alone.

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California has become a leader in curbing methane emissions from dairy farms, a major source of the greenhouse gas. In recent decades, digesters that convert cow manure and other organic waste into biomethane to create electricity or to fuel vehicles have spread nationally, and the number is expected to grow. But this touted climate solution is controversial: Environmental justice organizations say mostly low-income, Latino communities are dealing with pollution generated by nearby digesters, and they want California to stop providing financial incentives for more. They say policies favor large industrial dairies, entrenching unsustainable animal agriculture and encouraging production of waste.

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Two people have been killed in a single-engine plane crash in Northern California. The Alpine County Sheriff鈥檚 Office says the crash occurred Thursday, about 10 miles south of South Lake Tahoe. Deputies were notified of an overdue aircraft around 1 a.m. Thursday and the Luscombe 8A aircraft鈥檚 GPS transponder showed that the plane was in a mountainous area near Luther Pass. The two occupants were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been made public. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was investigating the crash.

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Tony Bennett鈥檚 two daughters are suing their brother, alleging he mishandled and failed to disclose some of their father鈥檚 assets in his role as trustee of the late singer鈥檚 estate. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York by Antonia and Johanna Bennett accuses D鈥橝ndrea 鈥淒anny鈥 Bennett of not accounting for all of the proceeds from this year鈥檚 sale of Tony Bennett鈥檚 catalog and certain image rights to the brand development firm Iconoclast. Danny Bennett, who was the singer鈥檚 manager and runs the family trust, didn鈥檛 respond Thursday to an email and phone message seeking comment on the lawsuit. The sisters are seeking unspecified 鈥渆quitable relief鈥 as well as a full accounting and inventory of the trust.

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Top executives at a California telemedicine company were arrested for allegedly distributing Adderall online and conspiring to commit health care fraud through reimbursements for the medication. U.S. Justice Department officials say Ruthia He, the founder and CEO of Done Global Inc, and clinical president David Brody were arrested Thursday for allegedly setting up their company to provide easy access to Adderall and other prescription stimulant drugs. They also allegedly lied to pharmacies and health insurance providers about their practices. If convicted, He and Brody both face up to 20 years in prison.

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The president of California State University, Los Angeles, says demonstrators protesting Israel鈥檚 war against Hamas in Gaza are no longer welcome on campus after some of them occupied and trashed a building while she was inside. 聽The takeover later ended with no arrests. A university spokesperson says protesters barricaded the building at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Most employees got out by 6 p.m. but President Berenecea Johnson Eanes stayed after midnight with a small group of administrators to manage the situation. Most of the protesters left around 1:15 a.m. Thursday and a few others left when police ordered them out. A university spokesperson said the demonstrators caused significant damage.

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The chefs heading Team USA at an international food competition this week in New Orleans are incorporating flavors of their native California in dishes featuring New Orleans regional ingredients. The team is led by Stefani De Palma, who helped the San Diego restaurant Addison earn a three-star rating in the Michelin Guide. Her assistant is Bradley Waddle a 22-year-old who has worked for famous California chef, Thomas Keller. Among their creations at the Bocuse d'Or Americas competition this week is what De Palma called a California Celebration of Louisiana shellfish. Also: a 鈥渞efined鈥 corn dog with alligator sausage encrusted with a batter of buttermilk, grits and corn meal.

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A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was convicted of accepting bribes to let drug-filled cars enter the United States from Mexico. Authorities say Leonard Darnell George would give traffickers a one-hour window to reach his lane at a San Diego border crossing. He allowed at least 19 crossings between late 2021 to June 2022. Prosecutors say he pocketed at least $13,000 per vehicle, and text messages show at one point he received $68,000 for letting in four vehicles. George was convicted by a federal jury late Monday. He will be sentenced in September. His attorney did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

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Prosecutors say a man charged with taking three people hostage while robbing a Southern California bank last month had been released from prison a day earlier. The 53-year-old was indicted on robbery charges after investigators said he claimed to have a gun, jumped over the teller counter and began stuffing cash in his pockets at a BMO bank in Anaheim on May 8. Officials say the man ordered the bank manager and two other employees into a storage room. He was arrested at the scene. Prosecutors said Wednesday he had been released from San Quentin on May 7.

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The 2024 BET Awards are fast approaching. Oscar-nominated actor Taraji P. Henson will host the BET Awards for a third time. Performers include Lauryn Hill and her son YG Marley, Ice Spice and Tyla. Drake leads the nominations with seven, followed by Nicki Minaj, who boasts six. J. Cole, Sexyy Red, SZA and best new artist Grammy winner Victoria Mon茅t tie with five nods. A few months after wowing audiences while headlining the 2024 Super Bowl halftime show, Usher will also receive coveted lifetime achievement BET award. The BET Awards will air live on June 30 at 8 p.m. Eastern on BET from the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles.

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Nicole Kidman's co-stars like Meryl Streep and Reese Witherspoon paid her tribute as expected when she received the AFI Life Achievement Award in April. But when the telecast of the event airs on TNT Monday night, viewers may be surprised to see young actors thanking the Aussie Oscar winner for giving a boost to their early careers. Miles Teller told the audience at the Dolby Theatre that Kidman was both producer and co-star on his first film, 2010's 鈥淩abbit Hole.鈥 And Zac Efron says Kidman helped pull him past his teenage identity when they co-starred in the 2012 film 鈥淭he Paperboy.鈥

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Two advocacy groups have asked a judge to unseal court records and preserve public access to hearings in the class action lawsuit against the federal Bureau of Prisons over the sexual abuse of incarcerated women at a now-shuttered California prison. The bureau announced suddenly on April 15 that it would close FCI Dublin and transfer about 600 women despite attempts to reform the facility after an Associated Press investigation exposed rampant staff-on-inmate assaults. The legal nonprofit Public Justice and the ACLU of Northern California on Wednesday jointly filed a motion for increased transparency in the case, which is set for trial next June. The prisons bureau didn鈥檛 immediately comment.

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The president of the University of Miami has been chosen to become the next chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, where the retiring incumbent is leaving a campus roiled by protests over Israel鈥檚 war in Gaza. Dr. Julio Frenk was selected by regents of the University of California system Wednesday at a meeting on the UCLA campus where there were a swarm of security officers. Frenk is a Mexico City-born global public health researcher. He will succeed Gene Block, who has been chancellor for 17 years and announced his planned retirement long before UCLA became a national flashpoint for U.S. campus protests this spring.

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Quincy Jones, casting director Juliet Taylor, filmmaker Richard Curtis and James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli are getting honorary Oscars. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the five Wednesday. They'll receive their golden Oscar statuettes at an untelevised ceremony in Hollywood in November at the 15th annual Governors Awards. In a statement, Academy president Janet Yang said, 鈥淭he recipients of this year鈥檚 Governors Awards have set the bar incredibly high across their remarkable careers, and the Academy鈥檚 Board of Governors is thrilled to recognize them with Oscars."

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A kite surfer was rescued after using rocks to spell out the word 鈥淗ELP鈥 when he became stranded on a Northern California beach last weekend. Cal Fire says the kite surfer got stuck Sunday on a narrow beach at the base of towering bluffs with the tide coming in. His 鈥淗ELP鈥 sign was spotted by a private helicopter and authorities were alerted. A rescue helicopter hoisted the kite surfer to the top of the cliff and he did not need medical attention. The area about 65 miles south of San Francisco is described as somewhat remote, with beaches that are notorious for strong winds, rip currents and cold water.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to back out of a deal he made last year to pay doctors more money to treat Medicaid patients. It's part of his plan to cover an estimated $45 billion budget deficit this year. But Newsom might not have a choice. Doctors have placed a measure on the November ballot that could force California to pay them more to treat Medicaid patients. It's the latest example of budgeting by the ballot box in California. The Newsom administration has had conversations with stakeholders about potentially pulling this measure from the ballot. The deadline to do so would be June 27.

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Police have thwarted attempts by pro-Palestinian demonstrators to set up a new encampment at the University of California, Los Angeles. Previous camps at UCLA were cleared after an attack by counterprotesters this spring. The university says 27 people were arrested late Monday. Police say they repeatedly tried to set up tents, canopies and barriers in various locations, disrupting final exams and causing damage. They were cited for willful disruption of university operations, and one for interfering with a police officer. Similar demonstrations on campuses across the U.S. and in Europe have called for an end to support for Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza.

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A federal appeals court has upheld California鈥檚 ban on gun shows at county fairs and other public properties, deciding the laws do not violate the rights of firearm sellers or buyers. The 3-0 decision Tuesday by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a federal judge鈥檚 ruling in October that blocked the laws. That judge said lawful gun sales involve commercial speech protected by the First Amendment. But the appeals court decided the laws prohibit only sales agreements on public property 鈥 not discussions, advertisements or other speech about firearms. The decision will be appealed.

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Mexican authorities are using a simple but harsh tactic to deal with migrants trying to get to the U.S. They're wearing them out until they give up. Mexico is driven by mounting pressure from the U.S. to block millions of people headed north. But the country doesn't have the funds to deport migrants. So instead migrants are churning in limbo in Mexico. Authorities round them up across the country and dump them in southern Mexican cities of Villahermosa and Tapachula. Some migrants have been punted back as many as six times. A psychologist at the only migrant shelter in Villahermosa says, 鈥淢exico is the wall.鈥

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Inspired by her beloved dog, Jennifer Aniston will soon become a children鈥檚 author. The 鈥淔riends鈥 star has a four-book deal with HarperCollins Publishers and animation studio Invisible Studio for a series of works featuring the animated dog Clydeo, based on the actor鈥檚 own rescue pet, Clyde. The first book, 鈥淐lydeo Takes a Bite Out of Life,鈥 with illustrations by Bruno Jacob, is scheduled for release on Oct. 1. Clydeo is already a favorite on social media, with more than 100 million views across platforms since Aniston first posted about him on Instagram in 2021.

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A bill to allow local advisory boards to keep COVID remote meeting rules has failed in the Legislature. The debate centered over making it easier for board members to participate or giving Californians the chance to address public officials face to face. Supporters included Disability Rights California and groups representing local governments. They said the state has a responsibility to allow more people to participate on boards and commissions. But press and government transparency advocates saw the bill鈥檚 failure as a 鈥渃ritical victory for open government.鈥 First Amendment Coalition advocacy director Ginny LaRoe said videoconferencing is already available under a variety of circumstances and shouldn't be the only option to keep tabs on government.

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In the Philippines, where colonial rule under Spain and later the United States endured for nearly four centuries, June 12 is the real Independence Day. It marks the pivotal moment when the island nation first made a bold move for autonomy. The revelry Wednesday surrounding Philippine Independence Day stretches far beyond the Southeast Asia archipelago. Millions of Filipinos across the U.S., Europe, Australia and around the world will be able to find gatherings close to home. The occasion鈥檚 growing reach and inclusive ethos demonstrate how much the Filipino diaspora has asserted cultural pride and flourished around the globe.

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The Rev. James Lawson Jr. has died. He was 95. His family said Monday that Lawson died peacefully on Sunday. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called Lawson 鈥渢he leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.鈥 Lawson and King were both 28 years old when they bonded over the ideas of Indian leader Mohandas Gandhi. Lawson schooled civil rights activists to withstand brutal treatment from white authorities. He shaped the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee to organize the sit-in movement, and he organized the sanitation workers strike that brought King to Memphis. Lawson said decades after King鈥檚 assassination that he was still anxious and frustrated because their work remains unfinished.

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A Southern California socialite has been sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the hit-and-run deaths of two young brothers in a crosswalk more than three years ago. A Los Angeles jury in February convicted her of murder. Authorities said Rebecca Grossman, wife of a prominent Los Angeles burn doctor, fatally struck 11-year-old Mark Iskander and his 8-year-old brother Jacob while speeding. The deadly crash occurred on the evening of Sept. 29, 2020, in Westlake Village in western LA County.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Oscars, announced 17 people elected to its board of governors Monday. The 2024-2025 board of governors include both-first timers, like director Patricia Cardoso, and veterans like Rita Wilson, Warner Bros. co-chair and CEO Pam Abdy and composer Lesley Barber. Those elected to the board for the first time include production designer K.K. Barrett and producer Jennifer Fox. All will join the likes of Ava DuVernay, Lou Diamond Phillips, Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Reitman, Ruth E. Carter and Jason Blum on the 55-person board representing the organization鈥檚 19 branches.

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Paul Mescal, Rita Moreno and Quentin Tarantino are getting awards at the annual Academy Museum Gala in October. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures announced the three honorees and the gala's starry host committee Monday. The event is only in its fourth year but has established itself as a reliably impressive gathering of the biggest stars in entertainment. This year鈥檚 co-chairs include Nicole Kidman, Salma Hayek Pinault, Eva Longoria and Tyler Perry. The event, set for Oct. 19 in Los Angeles, functions as a fundraiser for the museum, including its exhibitions, education initiatives and public programming.

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The former home of the late Ursula K. Le Guin is being readied to become a base for contemporary authors. Literary Arts announced Monday that Le Guin鈥檚 family had donated their three-story house to the Portland, Oregon-based community nonprofit for what will become the Ursula K. Le Guin Writers Residency. Le Guin was a Berkeley, California, native who in her early 30s moved to Portland with her husband. Le Guin wrote such classics as 鈥淭he Left Hand of Darkness鈥 and 鈥淭he Dispossessed鈥 in a studio on the second floor. She died in 2018 at age 88.

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Authorities are investigating a large brawl at a popular Northern California lake that left one person shot to death and two others hospitalized with serious stab wounds. Emergency personnel responded Saturday following reports that a fight had gotten out of hand at Lake Berryessa north of San Francisco. A Napa County sheriff鈥檚 spokesperson says one of the stabbing victims has been released, while the other remains hospitalized. That person was arrested in connection with the shooting, but authorities declined to identify him before he鈥檚 booked this week. An unknown number of people sought treatment for injuries that were not life-threatening.

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Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Hollywood for the LA Pride Parade, one of the biggest events during a month of celebrations honoring the LGBTQ+ community in and around Los Angeles. Rainbow flags ruled the day as revelers cheered Sunday's lively procession that featured 鈥淪tar Trek鈥 star and activist George Takei as the Icon Grand Marshal. On Saturday night, Latin pop superstar Ricky Martin headlined a concert dubbed Pride in the Park at Los Angeles State Historic Park. Other events scheduled for Pride Month include celebrations at Dodger Stadium and Universal Studios Hollywood.

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More sweltering heat appears to be headed to parts of Arizona and Nevada this week. The National Weather Service said Sunday that an excessive heat watch is in effect Tuesday through Thursday for the Phoenix metro area plus other portions of south-central and northwest Arizona. Temperatures could reach 111 degrees Fahrenheit or higher during that span. Last Thursday, Phoenix hit 110 degrees for the first time this year with a record-setting high of 113 degrees. Dangerously hot conditions are being forecast for central Las Vegas with highs ranging from 108 degrees Tuesday and 111 degrees Wednesday.

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Howard University is cutting ties to Sean 鈥淒iddy鈥 Combs, rescinding an honorary degree that was awarded to him and disbanding a scholarship program in his name. The decision Friday follows a recently released 2016 video that appeared to show him attacking singer Cassie. A statement released on behalf of the Board of Trustees says the behavior shown in the video is 鈥渋ncompatible鈥 with the university's core values. It adds that Combs was deemed 鈥渘o longer worthy鈥 to hold the honor. An email seeking comment was sent to a Combs鈥 spokesperson by The Associated Press on Saturday. Diddy apologized last month for his actions shown in the video.

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California officials say a suspect who was being held on charges connected to a 2022 mass shooting in the state capital has died in his cell. The Sacramento County Sheriff鈥檚 Office says the 29-year-old male inmate died at the Sacramento County Main Jail around 2:15 a.m. Saturday. Public defender Norman Dawson identified the man as Smiley Martin, his client who was awaiting trial on three felony charges stemming from an April 3, 2022, shooting in Sacramento that killed six people and wounded 12 others. The sheriff's office says deputies were conducting a cell check and found an unresponsive inmate. The deputies and then fire department personnel attempted life-saving procedures but he was pronounced dead. The Sacramento County Coroner鈥檚 Office will determine the cause of death.

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Police in Los Angeles say a shooting near a college killed a man and wounded four other people. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says authorities responded to a call shortly before 8 p.m. Friday that shots were fired in Compton. When authorities arrived, they saw about 100 people leaving a home and headed inside to find a man had been shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other four victims were taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. KCAL-TV reports deputies say the shooting happened near Compton College but was not connected to the school. There was no information immediately available about a suspect.

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The weeklong heat wave that baked most of the U.S. Southwest in temperatures well into triple digits is on its last legs, but forecasters are still urging people to be cautious. A slight easing of temperatures is expected through the weekend, with Phoenix and Las Vegas falling short of besting any new records. An excessive heat warning continues through Saturday in Las Vegas, where it's never been hotter this time of year. It was a record-high 110 degrees Fahrenheit in Las Vegas on Friday, 113 degrees F in Phoenix and 100 degrees F in Albuquerque. Even in Florida, forecasters say heat indices have been topping triple digits and records were expected to fall for some cities in the central part of that state.

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Las Vegas has set a new record high for the second day in a row and Albuquerque tied its high mark. But forecasters say the weeklong heat wave that baked most of the U.S. Southwest earlier than usual in temperatures well into triple digits is on its last legs. Slightly cooler weather is expected through the weekend. The National Weather Service warns it will be short-lived relief before unseasonably hot weather returns next week. Excessive heat warnings expired Friday evening across most of the Southwest, but continue through Saturday in Las Vegas, where its never been hotter this time of year. It was a record-high 110 degrees in Las Vegas on Friday, 113 in Phoenix and 100 in Albuquerque.

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Dick Van Dyke has won a historic Daytime Emmy at age 98. The actor was honored as guest performer in a daytime drama series for his part as an amnesiac on Peacock's 鈥淒ays of Our Lives.鈥 He is the oldest Daytime Emmy winner. 鈥淕eneral Hospital鈥 earned four trophies, including for best daytime series, writing and directing. Thorsten Kaye of 鈥淭he Bold and the Beautiful鈥 won lead actor honors. Michelle Stafford of 鈥淭he Young and the Restless鈥 won as lead actress. Robert Gossett of 鈥淕eneral Hospital鈥 and Courtney Hope of 鈥淭he Young and the Restless鈥 won supporting acting honors at the 51st annual show.

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Harvey Weinstein's lawyers argue he didn't get a fair trial in Los Angeles when he was convicted of rape and sexual assault in 2022. The brief filed Friday with California鈥檚 Second District Court of Appeal comes six weeks after Weinstein's similar conviction in New York was overturned on appeal. His lawyers argue in the LA case that the judge was wrong to exclude evidence that the Italian model and actor that Weinstein was convicted of raping was in a sexual relationship with the director of a film festival. It also argues that the judge was wrong to allow jurors to know about Weinstein's New York conviction.

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A state judge has ordered academic workers at the University of California to temporarily halt their weekslong strike over the war in Gaza. An Orange County judge issued the emergency restraining order on Friday after UC officials argued the ongoing strike would cause irreversible harm as students are nearing finals. United Auto Workers Local 4811 represents 48,000 graduate students who work as teaching assistants, researchers and other academic employees on the 10-campus UC system. The union started its strike May 20 to protest campus treatment of members who participated in pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

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The former Los Angeles police detective who was convicted of lying on the witness stand in the O.J. Simpson trial three decades ago is now barred from law enforcement. That's due to a California police reform law meant to strip the badges of police officers who act criminally or with bias. Mark Fuhrman is now 72 and he retired from the LAPD in the 1990s. Fuhrman, who is white, was one of the first two police detectives sent to investigate the 1994 killings of Simpson鈥檚 ex-wife and her friend. Fuhrman was charged with perjury and pleaded no contest in 1996. He declined to comment Friday.

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Los Angeles hospitals are closing maternity wards at a faster pace than the region's declining birth rates. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital is fighting the trend, but leaders say the nonprofit's program is at risk. Last year, the hospital ran a $42 million deficit. MLK鈥檚 chief executive Dr. Elaine Batchlor said a recent $20 million grant from Los Angeles County will keep it open until next summer, but it won鈥檛 fix the primary funding problem: Medi-Cal doesn鈥檛 pay hospitals and doctors enough to keep up. Lawmakers approved a rate increase that went into effect in January, but the state鈥檚 multibillion-dollar deficit makes further raises unlikely.

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Records have tumbled across the Southwest United States as temperatures soared past 110 degrees in parts of California, Nevada and Arizona. At a campaign rally for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Phoenix, 11 people fell ill from heat exhaustion Thursday afternoon and were taken to the hospital. All were treated and later released. The National Weather Service says the Southwest's first heat wave of the year is expected to keep a grip on the region for at least another day. New record highs Thursday included 113 in Phoenix and 111 in Las Vegas. Death Valley National Park set a new daily high of 122.

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A California Supreme Court ruling will allow the University of California to build new student housing at Berkeley鈥檚 historic People鈥檚 Park. The court on Thursday has ruled that a new law enacted last year invalidates the claims by two local organizations that sued the school, saying that more students living in downtown Berkeley would add noise pollution to an already dense area. The project set off years of protests over the landmark that is a touchstone of counterculture.