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Officials: Jet fuel lands on Los Angeles school playgrounds

CUDAHY, Calif. (AP) — Jet fuel dumped by an aircraft making an emergency return to Los Angeles International Airport fell onto schools Tuesday. Los Angeles Unified School District police say about 40 children and adults were affected. The Los Angeles County Fire Department says skin irritations were treated with soap and water and no one needed to be taken to a hospital. The Federal Aviation Administration says in a statement that Delta Air Lines Flight 89 declared an emergency after departing Los Angeles International Airport for Shanghai, China. It landed without incident. The airline says the jet had an engine issue and dumped fuel to reduce weight.


California housing crisis: Oakland moms evicted by deputies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Homeless women ordered by a judge last week to leave a vacant house they occupied illegally in Oakland for two months have been evicted by sheriff’s deputies. They removed two women and a male supporter of the Moms 4 Housing group Tuesday from the home before dawn in a case highlighting California’s housing shortage and growing homeless population. The women had said they should be allowed to stay in the house that had been vacant for years. Authorities say 3 people inside the house were arrested on misdemeanor charges after they were given five minutes to leave and did not. 


Debate to highlight vanishing diversity in Democratic field

When Democratic candidates for president step up to debate Tuesday night in Iowa, there won’t be any black faces on the stage. Sen. Cory Booker’s decision to drop out of the 2020 race on Monday leaves only three people of color — Asian American entrepreneur Andrew Yang, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a Samoan American, and black former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick — still campaigning. And none of them qualified for Tuesday’s debate. The Democratic field’s eroding diversity comes as the party is navigating broader debates over how to reflect and embrace the crucial role minority voters play in choosing a presidential nominee.


137 mph wind gust at Tahoe resort; chains on I-80 in Sierra

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Chains or snow tires are required on much of Interstate 80 in the Sierra and most highways around Lake Tahoe after a winter storm packing winds in excess of 130 mph (209 kph) blew through the region. A winter weather advisory for the Reno-Tahoe area expired at 10 a.m. Tuesday. But a winter storm watch goes into effect Thursday when a stronger storm is forecast to bring up to 2 feet of snow to the mountains. Travel restrictions remain in place for about a 70-mile stretch of I-80 west of the California-Nevada line. Alpine Meadows reported a 137 mph wind gust early Tuesday.


Jury selection at Weinstein’s rape trial trudges forward

NEW YORK (AP) — A sixth day of jury selection at Harvey Weinstein’s New York City rape trial has ended after more prospective jurors told a judge they had already made up their minds about the movie mogul. More than 30 people of 110 screened in a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday claimed they couldn’t be impartial if asked to serve. Supermodel Gigi Hadid caused a stir Monday by emerging as a potential juror. The scene was more mundane on Tuesday, when one man said he didn’t know the defendant but couldn’t be fair because he had seen him several times “on the phone screaming at someone.”


Woman admits bringing 60 pounds of meth through Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 46-year-old California woman has admitted to bringing 60 pounds (27 kilograms) of methamphetamine through Kansas. Federal prosecutors say Maria Alvarez-Buenrostro pleaded guilty Monday to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Kansas troopers stopped her car Feb. 12, 2019, in Ellis County for a lane violation. A trooper found the drugs in 33 heat-sealed bags hidden in rear quarter panels and in both rear doors. According to the plea agreement, Alvarez-Buenrostro admitted she was taking the drugs to a dealer to sell. She will be sentenced April 16. She is facing at least 10 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $10 million.


Search warrants target illegal Southern California pot grows

AGUANGA, Calif. (AP) — More than 15,000 marijuana plants were eradicated and six people were arrested during raids on illegal grows in Southern California. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department says 13 search warrants involving marijuana cultivation were served Monday by deputies and state Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel in the unincorporated Aguanga area. In addition to the eradicated plants, 2,356 pounds of processed marijuana and 14 firearms were seized. The department says one of the grows was using an extremely toxic pesticide that is banned in the United States. Aguanga is about 55 miles north of San Diego.


Woman dies in custody at Los Angeles police station

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman died in custody Tuesday morning at a Los Angeles police station. It was not immediately clear why the woman had been arrested or how long she had been in custody at the 77th Street station south of downtown. Her name was not released.  Officials say the woman had complained of pain. She was believed to be about 50 years old. The woman was unresponsive in the station’s jail basement shortly before 6:30 a.m. She was later pronounced dead at the station. The Office of the Inspector General is investigating the death.   


Investigation underway into razor blades affixed to cars

TEMECULA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities in southern California have started an investigation into multiple reports of razor blades being found on cars in Temecula, including blades affixed to vehicle door handles. KCBS-TV reported Monday that resident Kristen Dalton reported the first incident Thursday to the Temecula Sheriff’s Department after she discovered multiple razor blades on her car door handle. Authorities say no one was injured during the incident. Police encourage people to use caution when opening their vehicle doors and immediately report any incidents to sheriff’s office authorities.


San Diego bans pot billboards near schools, playgrounds

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego City Council has approved a ban on marijuana billboard ads within 1,000 feet of schools, playgrounds, day care centers, youth centers and parks with playgrounds. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports Monday’s council vote was unanimous. The law will make 352 of the city’s 644 existing billboard sites eligible for marijuana ads. Councilman Chris Cate says the ordinance strikes a balance between protecting children from exposure to cannabis billboards and being constitutionally sound.  Phil Rath of San Diego’s Medical Marijuana Coalition says the law will help level the playing field between legal and illegal marijuana businesses. Critics wanted a tougher ordinance.  

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