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Evidence of Russian Meddling in 2016 Election Is ‘Incontrovertible’, McMaster Says

The indictments come as part of Mueller’s larger investigation looking into possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign associates and Russia. Earlier this week, CNN reported that even amid several intelligence officials expressing to a Senate panel that Russia had interfered in 2016 and had plans for 2018, Trump was still not convinced on the matter, according to three sources familiar with the President’s thinking. McMaster, Lieutenant General, National Security Advisor to Donald Trump delivers a speech at the 2018 Munich Security Conference on Feb. The charges included conspiracy to defraud the United States. (Credit: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)
“As you can see with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain, whereas in the past it was difficult to attribute for a couple of reasons,” McMaster said while speaking at the Munich Security Conference just a day after the Justice Department announced several indictments in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference. Evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election is “now really incontrovertible,” White House National Security Advisor H.R. H.R. McMaster has said previously it had been difficult to say definitively because “technically it was difficult” but “also you didn’t want to divulge your intelligence capabilities.”
“But now that this is in the arena of a law enforcement investigation it’s going to be very apparent to everyone,” McMaster said. Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion. 17, 2018. After the Justice Department’s Friday announcement, Trump tweeted: “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for President. McMaster said Saturday. The results of the election were not impacted. The Trump campaign did nothing wrong – no collusion!”

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He said that despite the evidence Russia attempted to interfere, he believed it may “reevaluate what it’s doing,” adding, “All that has done is appeal to those big fringes while uniting all of our politics actually against Russia and Russian interference.”
On Friday, the DOJ announced charges against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 election.

Registered Independent Voters May Soon Outnumber Republicans in California

Democrats account for 45% of California’s registered voters, giving the party a 19 percentage point advantage over the GOP, the state registration figures show. As the June 5 primary election approaches, Democrats still dominate California’s voting rolls and the percentage of independent voters continues to rise, according to new figures provided by the secretary of state’s office. 38.581572
-121.494400 If the trend continues, as expected, California’s pool of independent voters could soon surpass the number of Republicans in the state. People vote at a polling station in Los Angeles in November 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Just shy of a quarter of the state’s voters now forgo any party label, registering as “no party preference,” a slight increase from last year. Read the full story on LATimes.com. The Democratic Party’s slice of the electorate in non-presidential election cycles has remained relatively stagnant for two decades, while the Republican Party’s registration slipped by 10 percentage points.

Helicopter Surveying Earthquake Damage in Mexico Crashes, Killing at Least 13

A military helicopter carrying officials surveying earthquake damage crashed Friday night in the southeastern Mexican state of Oaxaca, killing at least 13 people, Mexican officials said. (Credit: Patricia Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images)
Twelve people died at the site of the crash in Santiago Jamiltepec, while another person died in the hospital, the state attorney general’s office said. It’s a military helicopter,” Cruz said. Both men survived and only suffered “slight concussions,” the Interior Ministry tweeted. Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete Prida and Oaxaca’s governor, Alejandro Murat, were flying near the quake’s epicenter to evaluate damage when the helicopter crashed. “This can’t be possible, oh my God.”

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The 7.2 magnitude earthquake and a magnitude 5.8 aftershock — both with epicenters in Oaxaca state — struck the region Friday, the US Geological Survey reported. “A helicopter carrying the governor and the others went down,” he said. My condolences to their families and my wishes for a prompt recovery to those injured,” the President tweeted. When addressing the helicopter crash on Twitter, Peña Nieto said there were no reports of fatalities directly linked to the quake and aftershock. Efrain de la Cruz, mayor of Santiago Jamiltepec, was on the phone with CNN en Español’s Mario González when the crash occurred. Fifteen others were injured. It is unclear how many of the victims were on the helicopter and how many were on the ground. “Unfortunately, people on the ground lost their lives and others were wounded. “A helicopter is down, a helicopter is down. Three of the dead were children, the office said. 17, 2018. Oh my God! Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the crash took place while the helicopter was landing. Soldiers of the Mexican army walk in front of the rugged military helicopter and van in Santiago Jamiltepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on Feb.

Party Held in Newport Beach for Woman Who Has Lived With Dialysis for 40 Years

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Hundreds of thousands of people with advanced kidney disease, like Celia Kanter, require dialysis treatments to clean their blood. 16, 2018. But far fewer people in the world, also like Kanter, have lived with dialysis for 40 years. (Credit: Scott Smeltzer / Times Community News)

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Party Held in Newport Beach for Woman Who Has Lived With Dialysis for 40 Years

Celia Kanter, 77, right, receives a certificate of recognition for her 40 years on dialysis at the Newport Beach Dialysis center on Feb. Celia Kanter, 77, right, receives a certificate of recognition for her 40 years on dialysis at the Newport Beach Dialysis center on Feb. She inspires others with her warmth and energy, her friends say. Read the full story on LATimes.com. 16, 2018. Kanter, 77, celebrated life and persistence Friday with a party at the Newport Beach Dialysis center, where she takes treatments three days a week for about 3½ hours per session.

Rape Allegations Made Against Harvey Weinstein by Italian Model Likely to Bring Charges: Sources

film producer Harvey Weinstein poses during a photocall at the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel in France, on May 23, 2017. Some legal experts said these additional witnesses could bolster what they described as a “he said, she said” case. Though the case is far from overwhelming — the sources said detectives have found little physical evidence of an attack and have been unable to secure proof that Weinstein was at the hotel when the woman says the rape occurred — prosecutors will have one additional weapon at their disposal: a California law that allows them to introduce allegations by other women, even those that do not result in criminal charges. According to law enforcement sources, detectives believe the case is promising because the woman told her story to three people, including her priest, relatively soon after the alleged attack. County district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to file charges. It involves an Italian model-actress who alleges Weinstein raped her in a Beverly Hills hotel room five years ago. LAPD detectives also have obtained bills showing she was at the hotel at the time, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. 34.073620
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LAPD Submits 3 More Cases of Alleged Sexual Assault by Harvey Weinstein Read the full story on LATimes.com. U.S. film producer Harvey Weinstein poses during a photocall at the Cap-Eden-Roc hotel in France, on May 23, 2017. The LAPD has forwarded its findings to the L.A. (Credit: YANN COATSALIOU/AFP/Getty Images)

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Rape Allegations Made Against Harvey Weinstein by Italian Model Likely to Bring Charges: Sources

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In the months since a long list of famous women across the globe began accusing producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, one Los Angeles case is emerging as the most likely to result in criminal charges.

10 Freeway Reopens After Fiery Fatal Crash; Incident Remains Under Investigation

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At Least 5 Dead, Eastbound 10 Freeway Closed After Fiery Crash Involving Multiple Vehicles in Rialto Area 17, 2018. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
All lanes of the 10 Freeway in Rialto reopened Saturday, a day after a fiery crash that killed five people. Erin Myers reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Feb.

Several Camp Pendleton Marines Convicted on Sex Assault, Child Porn Charges, Records Show

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-117.161084 Several Camp Pendleton-based Marines have been found guilty in recent weeks of crimes including rape and child pornography, with other similar cases still pending in the military criminal justice system, records show. The cases are coming to light due to a series of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by the San Diego Union-Tribune over the past four months. Documents released by the Marines revealed that some of the most serious cases were tied to senior leaders like ex-Chief Warrant Officer E. 26, 2016, at Camp Pendleton, when he distributed a digital image of a child engaging in sex. Highly redacted records trace DeLeon’s crimes back to Nov. Read the full story on LATimes.com. The judge sentenced him to seven years behind bars, but a pretrial agreement capped his imprisonment at five years. Three days earlier, he had communicated to an unidentified person his desire to molest “a little girl,” an act he thought “sounds amazing,” according to his records. At a Camp Pendleton court-martial last month, a military judge convicted DeLeon of possessing and distributing child pornography.

3 Years After Torrance Refinery Explosion, Activists Protest Continued Use of Chemical

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On the third anniversary of the Torrance Refinery explosion, activist gathered to protest the continued use of a chemical they say is toxic. 33.835849
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Woman Suspected of Spitting on LAPD Officer in Viral Metro Red Line Video Charged With Battery

The confrontation began when an LAPD sergeant approached 18-year-old Bethany Nava and ordered her to take her foot off an empty seat, which is a code-of-conduct violation on Metro trains. Selena Lechuga pleaded not guilty to one count of battery on a peace officer Friday, according to Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office. 34.058043
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‘My Rights Were Violated:’ Student Speaks Out After Viral Video Shows Her Being Pulled Off Metro Train by LAPD Sergeant
Metro CEO ‘Extremely Disappointed’ by LAPD Treatment of 18-Year-Old Woman Pulled From Subway Train
Video: Student Says LAPD Officer Pulled Her Off Metro Train, Arrested Her for Having Her Foot on Seat 22, 2018. Lechuga was initially arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor battery, and the charge was formally filed Thursday, said her attorney, Nana Gyamfi. (Warning: Video contains explicit language)
Read the full story on LATimes.com. Lechuga was one of two women at the center of a controversial arrest at the Westlake/MacArthur Park station that was caught on video in late January. When Nava refused, the sergeant grabbed her by the arm and pulled her off the train, according to bystander video that was posted to Facebook earlier this year. Selena Lechuga is shown in a video posted on Facebook on Jan. (Credit: Brock Bryan)
A 22-year-old woman was charged with battery this week for spitting on a Los Angeles police officer during a confrontation at a Metro station that sparked criticism of the LAPD earlier this year, authorities said.

Four Popular Brands of Dog Food Recalled After One Tests Positive for Euthanasia Drug; FDA Investigating

umbrella have been recalled after a Washington, D.C. A representative from Smuckers tells WebMD “extremely low levels” of pentobarbital aren’t risky for animals, but that “the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards.” (The FDA also warned about bones for dogs.)
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-95.712891 television station tested one of the brands and found traces of a euthanizing drug used on dogs, cats, and horses in 60 percent of the samples. The investigation was spurred after the death of a Washington state woman’s dog a year ago. The station, which commissioned a lab specializing in food testing for contaminants, also tested around two dozen other brands over several months, but there were no significant findings. The Associated Press reported that shipments of cans of Gravy Train, Kibble ‘N Bits, Skippy, and Ol’ Roy wet food have been pulled back after pentobarbital was found in nine of the 15 cans of Gravy Train that TV station WJLA tested. Mael sent the food out for testing, and the lab found it contained pentobarbital, which is banned from use in pet or human food. Efforts are now focused on how the pentobarbital got into the Gravy Train samples, with the FDA jumping into the investigation; AP noted a supplier that provides one of the brand’s lesser ingredients is being looked at. Smucker Co. People notes that Gravy Train is produced by the Smucker Co.’s Big Heart Pet Brands, which also makes Meow Mix, 9Lives, and Pounce pet edibles. All four of Nikki Mael’s dogs got sick on New Year’s Eve 2016 after eating canned Evanger’s dog food, and one, Talula, didn’t make it. One somewhat stomach-churning possibility being looked at: animals that were put down somehow ended up in the pet food. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
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Suspect Discharges Police Rifle, Barricades Himself in Garden Grove Patrol Car After Evaluation by Mental Health Worker

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The incident began about 9:25 p.m. Crisis negotiators and a SWAT team were sent to the scene to negotiate with the man. Officers shot out the street lights with non-lethal rounds to gain a tactical advantage, Whitney said. But while in the car, the man was able to get into the front of the vehicle and get ahold of a semi-automatic patrol rifle. Please enable Javascript to watch this video
A patient at a mental health facility in Garden Grove was taken into custody after barricading himself in a patrol car and firing a single round from a police-issued rifle that was inside the vehicle, prompting an hourslong standoff, authorities said Wednesday. Related Story Armed Person Barricades Self Inside Police Patrol Vehicle in Garden Grove

He wasn’t under arrest and wasn’t handcuffed, police said. Wednesday. When officers arrived, a mental health worker at the facility asked them to wait while he did an evaluation of the patient, according to a Garden Grove Police Department news release. The man finally surrendered to police around 12:40 a.m. During the wait for the ambulance, the patient was placed in the back of a patrol car. He was identified by police as 33-year-old Stephen Matthews of New York. After the gunshot, an hourslong standoff began.

Man Gets 15 Years to Life After Pleading No Contest to Sexually Assaulting Lost 5-Year-Old Girl at Panorama City Mall

A Van Nuys man was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison after pleading no contest in the sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl who got lost at a Panorama City mall in 2016, prosecutors said Wednesday. He also admitted to the allegation that he kidnapped the little girl. 34.189857
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LAPD Seeks Additional Victims of Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Lost 6-Year-Old Girl in Panorama City Jorge Enrique Lopez-Maza is seen in a photo released by LAPD on April 25, 2017. She was approached by the defendant, who convinced the child to go with him to look for her grandmother. A good Samaritan heard the child yelling and chased the suspect several blocks to a market where police apprehended him, authorities said. The victim managed to get away and ran from him screaming. The victim was with her grandmother at the Panorama Mall on April 21, 2016, when the two became separated, according to witness testimony. Related Story Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Lost 5-Year-Old Girl at Panorama City Mall Ordered to Stand Trial

Instead, Lopez-Maza gained the victim’s trust and”lured” her to an isolated area of the parking lot, where he sexually assaulted the young girl behind some metal recycling bins, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which investigated the case. Jorge Enrique Lopez-Maza, 27, entered the plea to a count of lewd act upon a child during a court appearance Tuesday, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. In addition to being immediately sentenced to prison, Lopez-Maza has been ordered to register as a sex offender for life.

How to Pick the Perfect Mattress With Dr. Breus

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Report of at Least 20 Victims as Police Respond to ‘Active Shooter’ Situation at South Florida High School

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida is responding to reports of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Law enforcement and the District’s Special Investigative Unit are currently on site. — Broward Schools (@browardschools) February 14, 2018

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is now dismissing students. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school. — Coral Springs Police (@CoralSpringsPD) February 14, 2018

Aerial footage from WSVN showed a number of people lying on the ground outside the school, being treated for injuries and moved to ambulances. Some ran, while others walked quickly in orderly lines with their hands on or above their heads. Law enforcement is on site. Check back for updates on this developing story. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2018

Today, close to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s dismissal, students and staff heard what sounded like gunfire. Broward Sheriff says the shooter remains on the loose, as of 3:22 p.m. — Donald J. Shooter still at large. CNN affiliate WSVN is reporting that 20 people are injured, according to Broward County Fire Rescue. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. We are receiving reports of possible multiple injuries. Footage from the scene showed students streaming away from the school. The school immediately went on lockdown but is now dismissing students. Do NOT call our 911 or non-emergency number unless it is an emergency. The District will provide updates as more information becomes available. The day before the shooting, Parkland had been ranked the safest city in Florida, according to WSVN reporter Brian Entin. A student spoke to ABC News and told George Stephanopoulos “at least 3 people are dead outside my door.” He said he was evacuated from the school with other students, according to WSVN. #BSO is currently working a developing incident regarding a report of active shooter. Dozens of law enforcement vehicles are on site, including one tank, along with a team of heavily armed law enforcement officers. The shooter is still at large, the sheriff’s office said on Twitter. Police are working an active shooter scene, and ask that if you are in touch with your student you ask that they remain calm and barricaded until police come to their room, this is for everyone's safety. — Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018

My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. — Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) February 14, 2018

#UPDATE: Fire Rescue: At least 20 injured after shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School pic.twitter.com/uAXktQ8I0o
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Follow @browardsheriff for latest info on the #stonemanshooting. The Coral Springs Police Department tweeted that it is treating the incident as an “active shooter” situation. Avoid the area of Stoneman Douglas HS.