Statues Of Virgin Mary, St. Christopher Vandalized At West Covina Church; Audio ExcerptPolice are investigating graffiti sprayed on religious statues at a West Covina church as a possible hate crime Monday morning. The vandalism was apparently committed overnight between Friday and Saturday and discovered the following morning by a church groundskeeper at St. Christopher Catholic Church, 629 S. Glendora Ave. Graffiti was found scrawled on floors and on statues of the Virgin Mary and Saint Christopher.
South Korean Intelligence Says Kim Jong Un ‘Ordered’ Half Brother’s Killing; Audio ExcerptTwo North Korean ministries orchestrated the plot to kill Kim Jong Nam on the orders of his half-brother, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s spy agency has said. Lawmakers in Seoul, who were briefed by the country’s intelligence officials, said the North’s foreign ministry and ministry of national security had recruited one of the female suspects in Kim’s murder.
Pediatricians Warn Against Pot Use For Kids, Teens; Audio ExcerptAn influential doctors group is beefing up warnings about marijuana’s potential harms for teens amid increasingly lax laws and attitudes on pot use. Many parents use the drug and think it’s OK for their kids, but “we would rather not mess around with the developing brain,” said Dr. Seth Ammerman. The advice comes in a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, published Monday in Pediatrics. The group opposes medical and recreational marijuana use for kids.
Actress Struck, Wrong Obit Runs During Mistake-Filled Oscars; Audio ExcerptThe best picture envelope embarrassment wasn’t the only Oscars flub Sunday night. During the "In Memoriam" segment, a wrong photo was used during the rundown of celebrities and Hollywood talent who have died this past year. Instead of a photo of costume designer Janet Patterson, the image of producer Jan Chapman was mistakenly used. 16-year-old Moana star Auli’i Cravalho was struck in the head by one of the flags moving behind her as she performed the film’s Oscar-nominated song “How Far I’ll Go.”
White House Blocks News Organizations From Press Briefing; Audio ExcerptCNN and other news outlets were blocked Friday from an off-camera White House press briefing, raising alarm among media organizations and First Amendment watchdogs. The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were also excluded from the meeting, which is known as a gaggle and is less formal than the televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room. The gaggle was held by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
LAPD, FBI To Conduct Grid Search For Boy Missing For A Week; Audio ExcerptA $50,000 reward was offered Friday for information in the disappearance of a 14-year-old San Fernando boy who has been missing for a week. Elias Rodriguez was last seen at about 1 p.m. last Friday – just as a massive storm hit Southern California — in the 1000 block of Arroyo Street, after leaving school.
Violent Protest Near Disneyland Over Off-Duty Cop Firing Gun; Audio ExcerptScores of protesters clashed with police on the streets of Anaheim Wednesday night as they called for the arrest of an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who was caught on video firing his gun during a confrontation with teens outside his Anaheim home Tuesday afternoon, reports CBS Los Angeles. Anaheim police report about 24 arrests for misdemeanor charges including failure to disperse.
LA Mayor To ICE Agents: Stop Misrepresenting Yourselves; Audio ExcerptLos Angeles officials sent a letter to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency Thursday requesting that their agents stop posing as police officers. The letter, addressed to ICE Deputy Field Office Director David Marin, cited a Los Angeles Times report that claimed ICE agents were identifying themselves as “police officers during the course of immigration investigations and enforcement.”
Judge Sides With IMDb, Halts Actor Age Law; Audio ExcerptA California law that restricts a popular Hollywood website from posting actors’ ages raises First Amendment concerns and does not appear likely to combat age discrimination in the entertainment industry in any meaningful way, a federal judge said Wednesday.