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OC sheriff investigating its own use of informants

The Orange County Sheriff's Department says deputies need training on which records on jailhouse informants need to be disclosed to prosecutors and defense attorneys.

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Obama commutes sentences for 58 federal prisoners

President Obama Meets With Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in Washington, D.C.

A judge bemoaned the life sentence she was about to impose on Charles C. Brown was overly harsh. This week, relief finally came to Brown and 57 other offenders — including three from California.

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Hillary Clinton's East LA rally draws protesters


Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton spoke at East Los Angeles College on Cinco de Mayo — and anti-Clinton protesters held a demonstration outside the campus.

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Santa Monica closer to vote on slow growth

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Supporters of a proposed initiative to restrict development say they have enough signatures to qualify for November ballot. Community appears divided on issue.

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How Beyoncé, Radiohead and others are changing the way albums are released

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Artists are increasingly using social media and multimedia experiences to generate excitement for their new releases, and it's a trend that we'll only see more of.

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Aid groups criticize US plan to ship peanuts to feed Haitian kids

Sacks full of peanuts are displayed for sale at a market in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Aid groups say they are dismayed by a planned influx of American-grown peanuts from a U.S. agricultural surplus that they fear could undercut a vital cash crop in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

On paper, the USDA's plan to send surplus peanuts to feed 140,000 malnourished Haitian school children sounds commendable. But aid groups say it could devastate Haiti's peanut farmers.

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FDA to enforce new rules on e-cigarettes

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Hundreds of electronic cigarette brands will have to undergo federal review to stay on the market. The changes will also limit e-cigarette sales to minors and require new health warnings.

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Fight brewing over new school accountability system

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What metrics should the state use to judge schools? And how much should individual school districts get to decide? That's at the heart of a state policy fight.