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George Clooney gets arrested, the people demand a mugshot

DC Rally Protests Sudanese Regime's Food Blockade

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Actor George Clooney waits to be arrested during a demonstration outside the Embassy of Sudan March 16, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

George Clooney and his father were arrested Friday at a protest in Washington D.C. outside the Sudanese Embassy. Clooney, with organizers Amnesty International and United to End Genocide, the Enough Campaign, aim to draw public attention to the crisis in the Nuba Mountains, and call for swift action from world leaders to prevent an even larger-scale humanitarian disaster. Protesters accuse Sudan's president of blocking food and aid from getting to the hundreds of thousands of people.

The public attention piece is sort of working. The people are demanding his mugshot.


Will San Pedro's landslide stand its ground against the weekend weather?

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Workmen are shown at the site of a slow-moving landslide on Paseo del Mar in San Pedro.

Heavy rains expected in Los Angeles this weekend have the potential to push an already sliding section of San Pedro closer to the sea. The slow-motion cliff-crumble has already caused sections of road to break apart, leaving holes in some areas, and sending chunks tumbling to a watery grave.

Residents and engineers say the earth has not moved since the Nov. 20 landslide, but they're still wary of the weekend storm, aka Sloshin' 2: Hypothermia Boogaloo.

City officials say no homes are in immediate danger, but they are taking the threat seriously and sealing off the unstable area, notes the L.A. Times.

Debris cleanup from the November's slide will remain on hold even after the rain passes, however. Officials say the area will not be safe to do that kind of work until the bluff stands its ground for at least six months or a year. An engineering survey is expected to be complete in April.


Fatal morning accident sends light pole crashing onto I-210 Freeway

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A fatal crash on the 210 Freeway in Rancho Cucamonga closed lanes of westbound traffic on Friday morning. The accident, which occurred near Amethyst Avenue, was reported around just after 5:00 a.m.

The incident involved a 1996 GMC Suburban traveling about 70 mph in the westbound carpool. The vehicle, according to a written statement by officials, veered to the right crossing all lanes of traffic and climbed an embankment where it overturned and hit a metal light pole, causing it to fall onto the freeway.

The 68-year-old San Bernardino man behind the wheel was killed, and his 14-year-old female passenger was reportedly injured and taken to a local hospital, according to the California Highway Patrol, notes the Press Enterprise.  

"The primary cause of this collision is still under investigation," according to the statement. Traffic has resumed to normal speeds.


Under pressure: San Onofre nuclear plant's tube troubles expand

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File: The San Onofre nuclear power plant

More problems at San Onofre: Four more tubes that carry radioactive water at the nuclear power plant failed pressure tests, bringing the total number to seven.

The four tubes failed Thursday, SoCal Edison announced. Three had failed Wednesday.

"This is a significant issue," said NRC spokeswoman Lara Uselding. "A tube rupture is really the concern."

The utility shut down the plant's Unit 3 reactor and began testing samples from thousands of tubes in its steam generators on Jan. 31 after a leak was found. Traces of radiation escaped during the leak, but officials said there was no danger to workers or neighbors.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Thursday it was sending a special team of inspectors to try to determine why the metal tubes, which were installed only a few years ago, have become frail enough to pose a risk of leaks.


Jewish family's Sherman Oaks home is a target of anti-Semitic scrawling, again

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Swastikas marked on three Sherman Oaks homes this week are being categorized as hate crimes, authorities say, because the victims of the vandalism are Jewish.

Residents woke Wednesday to find Nazi iconography on the cars, walls, gates and mailboxes of their Leghorn Avenue community. A second-generation Holocaust survivor who lives in the predominantly Jewish neighborhood was visibly shaken by the event, NBC LA reported.

Resident Jennifer Niman, whose grandparents perished in the Holocaust, remarked to KTLA, that "this is not something you want to walk out and see in Sherman Oaks," continuing, "It's like Germany 1938."

Niman, who told the Jewish Journal that her neighbors were too upset to speak with the media, wondered about the houses that were defaced. "There are 12 Orthodox Jewish families on the block," she said. "Why pick these three?"