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Could a nasal strip rule trip up California Chrome's Triple Crown chances?

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California Chrome is bathed in preparation for the 139th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 15, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

California Chrome (No. 3), ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in Baltimore.

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California Chrome (No. 3), ridden by Victor Espinoza, crosses the finish line to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday in Baltimore.


SoCal equestrian heartthrob and triple crown challenger California Chrome could face a problem in his bid to win all three major horse-racing championships: A New York state rule that bars the use of equine nasal strips.  

The L.A. Times reports Sunday that the horse's trainer raised the possibility that California Chrome may not race unless the race allows his horse to wear the adhesive, which is used by human and horse athletes alike to help them breathe during competition. 

California Chrome has won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness races. If he wins at New York's Belmont Stakes, he'd be only the 12th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history and the first since 1978.

The Times reported that trainer Art Sherman would be speaking with California Chrome's owners about the issue.

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It's an expensive world after all: Disneyland hikes ticket prices

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Reflections of the Disneyland California Adventure rides before "World of Color" show.

It may be nicknamed the Happiest Place on Earth, but no one ever called it the cheapest.

Disneyland reportedly upped the prices for single tickets to its California theme park by $4 Sunday, and hoisted the cost for some its premium admissions considerably as well. Deadline Hollywood reports:  

Today the price of a one-day, one park ticket for visitors 10 years and older increased $4 to $96, with the cost of a Disneyland/California Adventures Park-Hopper shooting up to $150 from $137 for adults. Disney also bumped up prices for SoCal Select (+$10 to $289), Deluxe (+$20 to $519), Premium (+$30 to $699), and Premier (+$50 to $1,029) passes. 

The site reports that Disney has also suspended sales for its popular "SoCal Annual Passport," a favorite among Southern Californians who want regular weekend access to the park. Folks who've already purchased passes and those whose passports have recently expired will be able to renew. 

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Pasadena power outage leaves city in the dark

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The view (or lack thereof) from East Villa Street and North Altadena Drive in Pasadena. A power outage let a large section of Pasadena darkened Monday night.

A large power outage left city streets and homes in the dark in Pasadena Monday night.

A Pasadena Water and Power spokeswoman said a couple thousand homes in southeast Pasadena were affected. 

Update 8:54 p.m.: PWP: Power will be back within the hour

Pasadena Water and Power says power for the southeast areas of the city will be restored within the hour. 

They say they've determined the cause to have been a mylar balloon that got caught in the city's wires.

8:44 p.m.: Pasadena power outage leaves city in the dark

PWP spokeswoman Wendy De Leon said the lights went out at around 7:30 p.m.. Initial reports suggest the outage was caused by a mylar balloon getting tangled in the utility's wires.

"Unfortunately because mylar balloons have metal in them, when they hit our wires, they cause outages. That's why it's really important for people to dispose of their balloons when they're done with them," she said. 

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Officer is released from hospital after fatal Beverly Hills crash

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A female officer who was critically injured in a crash Friday that killed her partner in Beverly Hills was released late Saturday, LAPD confirmed. 

The officer, a trainee who had recently joined the force, left Cedars Sinai Hospital late Saturday, Los Angeles police told CBS2. LAPD declined to release her name. 

An investigation is still underway in the deadly crash, with police not sure what caused a truck to slam into the police cruiser on Robert Lane and Loma Vista Drive. LAPD Chief Beck said preliminary findings indicated that the accident may have been caused by a brake failure on the part of the truck.

The neighborhood was known by residents to have very steep streets, and it is a difficult area for truck drivers to drive in, Beck said. 

A 16-year veteran, Nicholas Choung Lee, 40, was killed in the accident. He leaves behind a wife and two young daughters.

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Calderon investigation: State Sen. Ron Calderon arraigned on corruption, money laundering charges (Updated)

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Mark Geragos, attorney for State Senator Ron Calderon, says his client "is in relatively good spirits, given the situation. It's obviously a very trying situation for him."

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Mack Jenkins said Ron Calderon's indictment is "the first step in a long process of seeking out justice for corrupt politicians."

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State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, left, smiles as he walks through the Capitol with his brother, then-Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier., Tuesday, March 6, 2007.


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State Sen. Ron Calderon was arraigned in federal court Monday afternoon on charges that were outlined in an indictment announced last Friday by the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles. The public corruption charges include bribery and money laundering.

Calderon, handcuffed and shackled at the waist, pleaded not guilty. He will be released on a $50,000 bond, which was signed by his wife. 

The trial date was set for April 22.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mack Jenkins, who is leading Calderon's  prosecution, said this is "the first step in a long process of seeking out justice for corrupt politicians." When the indictment was announced last Friday, federal officials said their investigation is continuing.

Meanwhile, Calderon's senate colleagues continued to consider his fate Monday afternoon in Sacramento. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Calderon would be given a week to resign or take a leave of absence before the senate moves ahead with a suspension vote.

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