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Detective in Harvey Weinstein case encouraged accuser to delete data from her phone, documents show

By James Queally The detective who was once at the center of the sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein told one of the disgraced mogul’s accusers to delete information from her cellphone before turning it over to prosecutors, according to a document made public Wednesday. NYPD Det. Nicholas DiGaudio, who… [READ MORE HERE] Source: LA…

Fresno City College student body president charged with rape

By Melissa Etehad The student body president of Fresno City College was arrested Tuesday and charged with two rape-related felonies and one misdemeanor, including allegations that he used a foreign object to penetrate one woman, according to police records. Christopher Washington, president of Fresno City College… [READ MORE HERE] Source: LA Times

'Queen of Funk' Chaka Khan named 2019 Rose Parade grand marshal

By Hannah Fry Chaka Khan, the 10-time Grammy-winning singer known as the “Queen of Funk,” will be the grand marshal of the 2019 Rose Parade, organizers announced Wednesday. The 130th Rose Parade, held on New Year’s Day, will feature the theme “The Melody of Life” in celebration of music, a universal language,… [READ MORE HERE]…

California regulator slams 2 utilities with $13 million in fines for gas leaks and safety violations

By Hannah Fry The California Public Utilities Commission issued $13 million in fines to two state utilities this week, saying safety violations and faulty equipment injured several people and caused at least one explosion. The agency on Tuesday fined Southern California Edison $8 million for failing to maintain… [READ MORE HERE] Source: LA Times

Essential California: Change Prop. 13? It could happen in 2020

By Benjamin Oreskes , Shelby Grad Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Oct. 17, and here’s what’s happening across California: TOP STORIES For four decades, the most potent brand in California politics has been Proposition 13, the 1978 ballot measure that limited property tax increases… [READ MORE HERE] Source: LA…

Potentially deadly infection hits California sea lions

By Associated Press A rescue center says California sea lions are coming down with a potentially fatal bacterial infection in near-record numbers. The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito says more than 220 sea lions rescued this year have been diagnosed with leptospirosis. It’s the second-largest outbreak recorded by… [READ MORE HERE] Source: LA Times