CNN 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.

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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.”
Hundreds Rescued From Floodwaters In San Jose; Audio ExcerptRescuers chest-deep in water steered boats full of people, some with babies and pets, on Tuesday from a San Jose neighborhood inundated by water from an overflowing creek. At least 225 residents were taken to dry land and rinsed with soap and water to prevent them from being sickened by floodwaters that had traveled through engine fuel, garbage, debris and over sewer lines, San Jose Fire Capt. Mitch Matlow said.
Jury Selection To Begin In Retrial For Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca; Audio ExcerptJury selection will begin Wednesday in the second trial for former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca. U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson said that about 250 potential panelists would be summoned to the new downtown federal courthouse to begin the selection process, which could last for the remainder of the week.
Torrance Refinery Being Sued For Nuisance; Audio ExcerptThree citizens are suing the Torrance Refining Co. and its new owners, alleging an ongoing nuisance at the facility stemming from the environmental fallout of an explosion in 2015. The Los Angeles Superior Court proposed class-action lawsuit was filed Friday, a day before a fire and another explosion at the refinery took about a half-hour to distinguish and forced the brief shutdown of Del Amo Boulevard.
Report: LA County Economy On Upward Swing, But More Higher-Paying Jobs Needed; Audio ExcerptThe county’s unemployment is down and its economic output is up, but experts say more high-paying jobs are needed to replace those giving way to lower-wage service-sector positions. Los Angeles County’s gross domestic product grew by 2.2 percent in 2016, down slightly from the 3.6 percent the previous year but ahead of the national rate, according to a report by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The report further predicted that the county’s GDP would grow by 2.7 percent over the next two years, also higher than the nation.
With More Rain Forecast, Crews Work To Reinforce Oroville Dam; Audio ExcerptIn California, construction crews are trying to lower the level of Lake Oroville and repair emergency spillways at the Oroville Dam, about 75 miles north of Sacramento, to prevent catastrophic flooding downstream. A secondary spillway was opened Monday after the main spillway, which is supposed to safely release water when the lake level is too high, had developed a huge hole, as we reported. Rain is forecast for later this week in Northern California, and nearly 200,000 people who live downstream have been evacuated from the area.

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National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Resigns; Audio ExcerptEmbattled National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday following reports that he discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian envoy prior to President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Lt. General Joseph Kellogg, Jr. has been named acting national security adviser, CBS News reported. On Friday, The Washington Post reported that Flynn addressed sanctions against Russia in a call with Kislyak. The report contradicted repeated denials from Trump officials, including Pence, who vouched for Flynn in a televised interview.
Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca Given A Week To Decide If He’ll Pay $100K Fine In Civil Suit; Audio ExcerptFormer Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca appeared in federal court in Riverside County Thursday to tell a judge if he planned to pay a pending $100,000 fine out as a result of a civil lawsuit that stems back to an inmate’s injuries in 2009. The federal civil rights lawsuit brought by Tyler Willis alleged he was beaten by deputies with flashlights, punched, kicked and shocked with a Taser, resulting in fractures and head injuries, while he was awaiting trial on charges of lewd acts with a child. He was convicted of those charges.
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Man Wanted For Assaulting Elderly Women In Series Of Violent Robberies; Audio ExcerptDetectives Thursday searched for a man who is wanted for robbing several homes at a senior housing complex in the Long Beach area.According to police, four robberies were reported between Feb. 2 and Sunday near Atlantic Avenue and Via Carmelitos.
City Hall Committee To Investigate Impact Of Trump’s Travel Ban On LAX; Audio ExcerptA City Hall committee will begin investigating Tuesday the impact President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration had on Los Angeles International Airport. Trump’s executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry to the U.S.,” was issued on Jan. 27. The order halted immigration to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Senate Confirms Betsy DeVos As Education Secretary, VP Pence Breaks Tie; Audio ExcerptSenate confirms Betsy DeVos as Education secretary after Vice President Mike Pence breaks 50-50 tie.
Police Fatally Shoot Suspect In Santa Monica; Audio ExcerptPolice Monday investigated an officer-involved shooting that took place in Santa Monica. The incident was reported shortly before 12:30 a.m. in the 3300 block of Pico Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Downey Student Arrested For ‘Implied’ Threat On Social Media; Audio ExcerptClasses began on a late schedule Monday for students at Warren High School, which was the subject of a threat that “implied violence” by a student on social media. Warren High School administrators notified Downey Police officials of the threat Sunday at about 8:30 p.m. A 16-year-old student, whose name was not released, was identified as the suspect and arrested.
Crews Clean Middle School Campus After Norovirus Outbreak; Audio ExcerptA Santa Monica middle school was closed Friday while crews work to eradicate all traces of a gastrointestinal norovirus. Officials with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District says 190 seventh-grade students from John Adams Middle School may have been exposed to norovirus during a field trip to Yosemite last week.
San Francisco Sues Trump Over His ‘Sanctuary City’ Order; Audio ExcerptSan Francisco is suing President Donald Trump, claiming an executive order over immigrant-protecting “sanctuary cities” is unconstitutional and a severe invasion of the city’s sovereignty. The lawsuit filed Tuesday says Trump is trying to coerce local authorities into abandoning sanctuary city laws and policies, which San Francisco has adopted.
Feinstein Won’t Back Sessions For Attorney General; Audio ExcerptThe top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee says she’ll vote against President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California says she can’t reconcile the independence required in the job “with the partisanship this nominee has exhibited.” Sessions was one of Trump’s earliest supporters.
High Wind Warning Issued For Riverside County; Audio ExcerptPotentially damaging winds will ramp up in Riverside County Friday morning. According to the National Weather Service, a high wind warning will remain in effect until 1 p.m. Saturday for the mountains, valleys and San Gorgonio Pass zone, which includes the cities of Banning and Desert Hot Springs. Top wind gusts in excess of 75 miles per hour are expected in certain spots in the mountains.
School Bus, 2 SUVs Crash In South LA; Audio ExcerptA school bus on its way to Mark Twain Middle School was involved in a three-car crash in South Los Angeles Friday morning. The crash happened at about 6:50 a.m. at 66th Street and Normandie.
LAPD Officers Not Charged In Shooting Death Of Ezell Ford; Audio ExcerptNo charges will be filed against LAPD officers in the fatal 2014 shooting of Ezell Ford, prosecutors announced Tuesday. A 28-page report (PDF) from the District Attorney’s Office states that Officers Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas acted legally and in self-defense when they shot Ford on Aug. 11, 2014, in the 200 block of West 65th Street in South Los Angeles.
Union Claims Bird Droppings, Mold Sickening Southeast LAPD Officers; Audio ExcerptMore than 100 LAPD police officers assigned to the Southeast Community Police Station are suffering variety of health-related issues due to mold and bird droppings in and around the South L.A. station, according to the Los Angeles Police Protective League.The union demanded Wednesday that the city take steps to remove mold and bird droppings found in and around the station on 108th Street in South L.A., and provide medical testing for personnel assigned to the facility.
Former President George H.W. Bush & Wife Barbara Hospitalized; Audio ExcerptFormer President George H.W. Bush was admitted to an intensive care unit on Wednesday, and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman. The 92-year-old former president was admitted to the ICU at Houston Methodist Hospital to “address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. McGrath said the former first lady was hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing. McGrath said Barbara Bush, who is 91, hasn’t been feeling well in the last couple weeks, “and it finally just got to the point this morning where she said she wanted to take it out of committee and have the experts check it out.” McGrath said the move was precautionary.
Barack Obama Holds Final Press Conference As President; Audio ExcerptWith just two days left in office, President Barack Obama held his 39th and last White House press conference on Wednesday.
Stolen Calif. Hospital Laptop May Have Medical Info On Some 3,600 Kids; Audio ExcerptOfficials at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles say a laptop stolen from a physician’s car last year may have contained personal health information for nearly 3,600 patients. The Los Angeles Daily News reported Monday thousands of families whose children were treated at the hospital will receive letters this week notifying them that their personal health information may have been breached. The laptop stolen on Oct. 18 was protected with a password, but officials say it’s unclear if it was encrypted and that’s why families will be notified.
Chargers To Introduce Anthony Lynn As Head Coach; Audio ExcerptFour days after hiring Anthony Lynn as the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, the team is set to make it official. Lynn, 48, will take over for Mike McCoy, who was fired Jan. 1 less than two hours after the Chargers concluded a 5-11 season with a 37-27 loss to Kansas City.
Armed Suspect Fatally Shoots Gas Station Clerk In Los Feliz; Audio ExcerptHomicide detectives Tuesday investigated the shooting death of a gas station clerk in Los Feliz. The shooting was reported just before 5:30 a.m. at a Chevron station located in the 2100 block of Vermont Avenue, according to police.

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