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Authorities accused of ignoring calls, using county aircraft

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Lt. Edison Cook has filed a lawsuit against the county claiming members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department air support division intentionally missed calls for support, the L.A. Times reports.

Deputies were instructed by supervisors, he said, to "slow down on service calls in order to miss calls for service." Cook claimed he was told by a supervisor not to "field too many ships because then it would look like we could get along without overtime." 

At the time of the alleged directives, Sheriff Lee Baca was regularly citing "missed calls" to the Board of Supervisors as a negative consequence of budget cuts, the Times notes.

In 2010 Cook received an email from an Aero Bureau sergeant that read, "If we go short and calls are missed we need to record the missed calls and provide our executives with the proper records so they can fight the fight," the lawsuit alleges.

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NSFW 2012: Anti-Kony activist Jason Russell detained for public masturbation, vandalism

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Jason Russell of Invisible Children speaks at TEDxSanDiego in December 2011

Invisible Children co-founder Jason Russell was detained in Pacific Beach in San Diego on Thursday night for allegedly being drunk in public and masturbating, according to San Diego Police Department, reports NBC San Diego.

The 33-year-old other face of KONY 2012 was allegedly found masturbating in public, vandalizing automobiles and was believed to be under the influence of something, according to authorities.

The incident reportedly occurred at the intersection of Ingraham Street and Riviera Road.

UPDATE 1:59 p.m. Police said Russell was cooperative when they arrived, and they took him to a hospital. NBC San Diego also had the statement from Invisible Children on what it called a personal health issue:

Jason Russell was unfortunately hospitalized yesterday suffering from exhaustion, dehydration, and malnutrition. He is now receiving medical care and is focused on getting better. The past two weeks have taken a severe emotional toll on all of us, Jason especially, and that toll manifested itself in an unfortunate incident yesterday. Jason’s passion and his work have done so much to help so many, and we are devastated to see him dealing with this personal health issue. We will always love and support Jason, and we ask that you give his entire family privacy during this difficult time.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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