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Less-than-totally-perfect weather comes to LA once again

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Once in awhile, downtown L.A. sees rain.

Surprised? A winter-like storm was blowing into L.A. County on Monday, bringing a chance of hail and thunderstorms, said the National Weather Service.

Showers may develop later in the day, with the possibility of hail in the afternoon.

Motorists should beware winter weather conditions in the mountains, especially along the I-5 through the Grapevine.

Warmer weather was initially expected to return Tuesday but — surprise again — the chill will persist and highs in L.A. will be only in the 50s.


11 officers fired 60 gunshots at carjacking suspect in Koreatown

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The "number of officers firing weapons" is likely to be the focus of an LAPD investigation, says the L.A. Times, after it was revealed that 11 officers fired more than 60 shots at an armed carjacking suspect who led police on a slow-speed chase on Thursday.

The fatal shooting occurred at a Koreatown gas station on Thursday when police fired at the suspect after he "pulled out his revolver and pointed it at people inside the store," said Cmdr. Andrew Smith on Friday. 

Video footage of the shooting shows officers opening fire as gas station owner, Harry Hahn, who was outside when the suspect pulled up, ducks for cover, reports NBC LA.

An investigation into the use of force will be supplemented by investigations by the district attorney's officer shooting team, and the Police Commission's inspector general into the number of units that responded to the chase and issues of public safety. 


L.A. police officer data hacked, private details published online

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More than 100 local law enforcement officers had their private information pilfered and published on a public website prompting a response from the FBI. 

An unnamed group, that claims to have found, and reported, objectionable photos of children in an officer's private e-mail account, anonymously posted hacked police data to a website. 

The swiped info -- including names, addresses and phone numbers from the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association website -- was linked to from a public Twitter account in a breach that was first reported by CNET on Tuesday.

The association, whose members include officials from the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, was contacted that morning by the FBI, according to LACPCA president Tony Vario.

Vario told the L.A. Times he was "appalled" that the website was compromised and claimed they will "pursue it [a case] on every level, state or federal." 


2 young men shot outside Los Angeles High School

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Los Angeles High School at Olympic & Rimpau.

Two young hispanic men were shot outside Los Angeles High School at Olympic and Rimpau boulevards, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, though the shootings were off campus.

The shooting started at 3:30 p.m., the LAPD's Cleon Joseph told ABC7. Police are searching for two suspects; the two victims, a 17- and a 20-year-old, have been taken to a local hospital, Joseph said.

It's unclear if the 17-year-old is a student at the high school.


Shepard Fairey pleads guilty in 'HOPE' poster criminal case

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Shepard Fairey unveiling his portrait of then US president-elect Barack Obama before it was installed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC (2009)

The civil lawsuit between artist Shepard Fairey and the Associated Press over the use of an image in his Barack Obama "HOPE" poster was settled out of court in 2011, however, the criminal case, stemming from Fairey's acknowledgement that he fabricated and destroyed information in the 2009 lawsuit, was just heard in a New York courtroom. 

Fairey pled guilty on Friday in federal court to one count of criminal contempt for misconduct he called  a "terrible decision." The Los Angeles street artist faces a maximum fine of $5,000 for the misdemeanor charge, and a maximum penalty of six months in prison. 

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement Friday that Fairey "went to extreme lengths to obtain an unfair and illegal advantage in his civil litigation." Upon realizing the image he'd used was not the image he thought, Fairy reportedly printed documents to support his claims, arranged for a witness to support false claims, and hid the truth until files were discovered.