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LA councilman pledges $1 million in grants for immigrants’ legal services

Saying the lives of immigrants have become more uncertain under President Donald Trump’s policies, a Los Angeles councilman Friday announced more than $1 million in grants for three immigrant advocacy groups aimed at providing legal help to immigrants facing deportation or to help them gain citizenship.

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NASA weighing risk of adding crew to megarocket’s first flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA is weighing the risk of adding astronauts to the first flight of its new megarocket, designed to eventually send crews to Mars.

The space agency’s human exploration chief said Friday that his boss and the Trump administration asked for the feasibility study. The objective is to see what it would take to speed up a manned mission; under the current plan, astronauts wouldn’t climb aboard until 2021- at best.

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Former LA County Sheriff Lee Baca’s re-trial gets underway

Opening statements got underway Friday in the trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca who is charged with a trio of counts related to a jail corruption scandal that involved inmate abuse.

Jury selection for the trial took almost three days.

The panel of four women and eight men seated Friday listened as U.

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California’s storm-lashed roads, dams could cost $1B to fix

FRESNO >> The bill to repair California’s crumbling roads, dams and other critical infrastructure hammered by an onslaught of storms this winter could top $1 billion, including nearly $600 million alone for damaged roadways that more than doubles what the state budgeted for road repair emergencies, officials said Friday.

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Neiman Marcus smash-and-grab robbery may have involved at least 11 suspects

CANOGA PARK >> Customers and employees fled the Westfield Topanga mall’s Neiman Marcus Friday morning as an organized crew of nearly a dozen shoplifters stormed into the store in a brazen attempt to steal expensive items, police said.

Video obtained by the Los Angeles Police Department shows the suspects entering the store wearing all black or gray-hooded sweat shirts, said Officer Carlos Valdivia of the LAPD’s Topanga Community Police station.

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FBI ‘pursuing every lead’ in search for missing San Fernando teen

The FBI joined Los Angeles police on Friday in the search for a 14-year-old boy from San Fernando, vowing they are “pursuing every lead" to find the teenager, who has been missing for a week.

Law enforcement personnel searched a roughly three-block radius near the Cesar Chavez Learning Academy in San Fernando for information that might lead them to Elias “Eli" Rodriguez, who was last seen around 1:30 p.

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Hollywood stars call for activism against Trump at ‘United Voices’ rally

Beverly Hills >> Using their names and fame to stand against what they call President Donald Trump’s policies of “exclusion and division," some of Hollywood’s biggest movie and television stars addressed a crowd of hundreds Friday at the United Voices rally in support of immigrant rights and creative expression.

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LAPD Human Trafficking Task Force finds San Fernando teen girl missing for a month

SAN FERNANDO >> Authorities on Friday said a 15-year-old girl who went missing in San Fernando more than a month ago was found with the efforts of the LAPD Operation-Valley Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force.

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