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Powerball Ticket Worth Nearly $2.5 Million Sold in Long Beach

With no tickets matching all six numbers, the grand prize is expected to roll over to an estimated $50 million for Saturday’s drawing, the release stated. In this file photo, people buy Powerball lottery tickets at the Bluebird liquor store in Hawthorne.  

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-118.193739 The winning numbers for Wednesday were 8, 20, 46, 53 and 54, with a Powerball number of 13. The ticket holder has 180 days to claim his or her winnings. Pacific Market will receive a retailer bonus of $12,345 for selling the ticket. A winner has not stepped forward to claim the prize, which is worth nearly $2.5 million, lottery officials said. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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Powerball Ticket Worth Nearly $2.5 Million Sold in Long Beach

In this file photo, people buy Powerball lottery tickets at the Bluebird liquor store in Hawthorne. The lucky ticket — which missed only the Powerball number — was purchased at Pacific Market, located at 2990 Pacific Avenue, the California Lottery said in a news release. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A Powerball ticket that matched five of the six numbers in Wednesday’s night drawing was sold in Long Beach, according to lottery officials. Wednesday’s jackpot was worth an estimated $40 million.

SoCal Wildflower ‘Super Bloom’ Getting Crushed by Crowds of Visitors Going Off-Trail

The eruption of flora — perhaps the largest in more than a decade — has drawn a steady stream of eager flower-peepers, including naturalists, tourists and hordes of amateur photographers seeking the perfect trophy shot for their social media accounts. Unfortunately, this extraordinary bloom has also caused many visitors to stray from established foot paths and sent them tromping through fields of California poppies and other flowers, crushing their delicate petals and stems. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Visitors take photos of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park, in Death Valley, California, March 3, 2016. 34.734904
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Parts of Southern California Experiencing Wildflower ‘Super Bloom’ (Credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
After a record series of winter storms buried the Sierra Nevada in snow, and filled rivers and lakes to the brim, a “super bloom” of desert flowers has sprouted in long-parched Southern California and painted the landscape in swaths of bright red, orange, yellow and purple. If it ain’t drought that’s keeping the flowers down, it’s the visitors.

Judge Sets Marion ‘Suge Knight’ Trial Date for January 2018

Footage from a security camera shows Knight — who has pleaded not guilty and says he acted in self-defense — plowing his truck into the men. Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, in orange jail attire, appears with attorney Matthew Fletcher in Los Angeles criminal court April 8, 2015. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

A judge set a trial date for next year in the murder case of former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight, characterizing it Thursday as a “must-go date” in a legal saga that has dragged on for more than two years. On Thursday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald S. “It’s far away, but it’s a step,” she said. “We need this trial to move forward — closure.”
Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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Judge Sets Marion ‘Suge Knight’ Trial Date for January 2018

Former rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, in orange jail attire, appears with attorney Matthew Fletcher in Los Angeles criminal court April 8, 2015. Carter’s daughter, Nekaya, who has portrayed past delays as justice deferred for her father, said she was grateful for the progress. 34.054911
-118.243480 Coen set the trial for Jan. Knight fled the scene, but later turned himself in. 8, 2018, saying he expected the proceeding to take about a month. Knight, 51, is accused of barreling his red truck into two men in the parking lot of a Compton burger stand in late January 2015, killing 55-year-old Terry Carter.

Trump Says ‘Something Should Happen’ Regarding Syrian President After Chemical Attack

John McCain, an Arizona Republican, told reporters Thursday that it’s his “understanding” that Trump is consulting with Mattis and national security adviser H.R. Fifty people. He said the US has spent too much money in foreign wars in countries like Iraq when the government should be focusing its resources on spending to rebuild the US’ infrastructure, for example. But on Syria, where a messy civil war has pitted Syrian government forces and their allies, moderate US-backed rebel forces and jihadist groups like ISIS against each other, Trump has often focused on the fight against ISIS — insisting defeating the group is paramount over any considerations of removing Assad from power. “Yesterday’s chemical attack, a chemical attack that was so horrific in Syria against innocent people, including women, small children and even beautiful little babies, their deaths were an affront to humanity,” Trump said, speaking in the Rose Garden alongside Jordan’s King Abdullah. Defense Secretary James Mattis will lead Trump through his available options, including what the potential consequences for military action could be. There are few US interests in Syria, and becoming engaged in military conflict there would undoubtedly mean American deaths. Trump 2016 talk on Syria
Trump did not lay out a clear position on the campaign trail with regard to military action in Syria. The number of US troops in Syria under Trump is already nearly doubling as US officials announced last month plans to send an additional 400 US servicemembers to the war-torn country. Trump in October slammed Obama’s decision to deploy fewer than 50 special operations forces to Syria, arguing that Obama “just doesn’t know what he’s doing.”
But Trump wouldn’t say whether he was opposed to deploying troops in Syria, simply slamming Obama for sending such a small number. He must pay a punitive cost for this horrific attack,” they said. “You either do it or you don’t do it. (Credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
“I think what Assad did is terrible. That type of cooperation seems further out of sight as Trump said Wednesday that Syria’s apparent chemical weapons attack changed his view of Assad, explaining it “crossed a lot of lines for me.”

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White House, UK Blame Syrian Gas Attack on Country’s President (Warning: Graphic Video) “These heinous actions by the Assad regime cannot be tolerated. Tillerson’s tough words also extended to Russia, Syria’s primary benefactor, whom he warned to “consider carefully their continued support for the Assad regime.”
Both Trump and Tillerson’s comments made clear the President’s thinking on the US role in Syria has changed in the wake of the chemical attack, whose victims were seen writhing in agony in videos broadcast around the world. But the White House’s frank admission that Assad would remain in power in Damascus for the foreseeable future was a break from the past and a reflection that Trump plans to bring US foreign affairs in a new direction. This capability provides Assad a strategic advantage in his brutal slaughter of innocent civilians, both through the use of chemical weapons as well as barrel bombs, which kill far more men, women and children on a daily basis … Ultimately, the grounding of Assad’s air force can and should be part of a new comprehensive strategy to end the conflict in Syria.”
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Trump on Wednesday called the chemical attack that killed more than 70 people in Syria as a “heinous” act that had changed his views on Assad. President Donald Trump said Thursday that “something should happen” with regard to Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in the wake of this week’s chemical attack, which US officials say he perpetrated. The Trump administration has mustered the display of outrage that many world partners were seeking, including convening an emergency session at the United Nations Security Council, chaired by US Ambassador Nikki Haley. Trump’s comments came shortly after CNN learned that the President is considering military action in Syria in retaliation for the chemical attack. He’s there, and I guess he’s running things, so something should happen.”
Trump is expected to meet with his national security team later Thursday in Mar-a-Lago, according to a White House official. “There is not a fundamental option of regime change, as there has been in the past,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday. “But the answer is no, I haven’t.”
US officials told CNN the Pentagon has long-standing options to strike Syria’s chemical weapons capability and has presented those options to the administration. “I think what happened in Syria is a disgrace to humanity. Beneath his pledges to “bomb the sh** out of ISIS” and eliminate the terrorist group entirely, Trump offered little insight into his plans for accomplishing that goal or the philosophy that would drive his actions on the military front. Trump argued last May that the US should have “stayed out of Syria” altogether and suggested he wouldn’t seek to deepen the US’s military involvement in the country as president, certainly not to target Assad. The message from the United States must be that this will not stand. Little has materialized on the possibility of any joint US-Russian action as the adversarial relationship between the two countries has persisted despite Trump’s campaign talk of improving relations. President Donald Trump speaks to the press on Air Force One on April 6, 2017.Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Florida Thursday for a first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump, hoping that a basket full of “tweetable” deals will help avoid a public clash.Trump had yet to arrive to Florida, but the pair will gather later at his Mar-a-Lago resort — which the US president likes to call the “Winter White House” — for what promises to be a masterclass in studied informality. The sources stressed a decision has not been made. McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham issued a joint statement earlier in the day calling for military action, recommending an international coalition “to ground Assad’s air force.”
“We agree with the President that Assad hasl crossed a line with his latest use of chemical weapons. He puts 50 people,” Trump told CNN. While Trump declined to say directly whether he believes Assad should be deposed, Tillerson said Thursday afternoon that Assad’s fate is “uncertain” and that the US is taking steps to bolster an international effort to remove Assad. But during the campaign, and in years prior, Trump also displayed skepticism if not outright opposition to the US’ military presence in the Middle East. It shouldn’t be allowed to happen,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. We must show that no foreign power can or will protect Assad now. The United States stands with our allies across the globe to condemn this horrific attack and all other horrific attacks, for that matter.”
Earlier this week, the Trump administration had offered a pessimistic view on Assad’s fate in Syria, citing political realities there as a reason the brutal dictator isn’t likely to leave anytime soon. “Right,” Trump said when “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough asked Trump to confirm that he “wouldn’t have fought Assad.”
“But I’ll go after ISIS big-league,” Trump said, adding that the US has “bigger problems than Assad.”
Rather than deepening the US military footprint in Syria, Trump often focused his talk of solutions to the war there on brokering an arrangement to jointly target ISIS with Russia, which backs the Syrian government regime and has also targeted US-backed rebels. And Trump, whose transactional views of foreign policy are openly expressed, sees little reason for the US to become more engaged. Fighting ISIS
Still, he argued against the Obama administration’s failure to broker a deal with the Iraqi government to keep a US military presence in the country rather than completely withdrawing, arguing that it created a power vacuum that allowed ISIS to thrive. Trump, who has argued in favor of targeting ISIS while largely ignoring Assad, told some members of Congress in the wake of the chemical attack that he is now considering military action there and recognizes the seriousness of the situation, a source familiar with the calls told CNN. “I don’t want to mention that,” Trump said when asked if he told members of Congress he plans to take military action. McMaster on Syria. I think what happened in Syria is one of the truly egregious crimes. Trump at one point floated increasing US troop levels in Iraq during the campaign, though his position remains unclear on how much he would like to see the US military’s ground footprint increased — if at all. While he initially supported the Iraq War, Trump became a fervent critic of the war and made his opposition to the war a core part of his presidential campaign. They added: “In addition to other measures, the United States should lead an international coalition to ground Assad’s air force. The lack of options in Syria isn’t a new conundrum — President Barack Obama often cited the country’s civil war as the predicament that haunted him most. He does not know what they will recommend to him, but believes they will provide him with an “excellent” option. Four years after Obama failed to gain support from Congress for a strike on Assad’s positions, there remains little appetite for a broader scale American effort there. It shouldn’t have happened. The source said the President had not firmly decided to go ahead with it but said he was discussing possible actions with Mattis. The White House official confirmed that in addition to Mattis, three other Cabinet secretaries are currently in Mar-a-Lago, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. McCain and Graham weigh in
Sen. The US has led a coalition bombing campaign against ISIS targets in Syria and has special operations forces posted there, but has resisted any direct military action against the Assad regime.

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Immigration, FBI Agents Conduct Raids in San Gabriel Valley Homes and Offices in Alleged Investors’ Visa Scam

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The suspects are believed to have collected as much as $50 million in bogus investments from dozens of Chinese people who were granted permission to live in the United States in exchange for the money. If a project ultimately meets the visa program’s requirements, the investors are granted permanent legal residence in the U.S. Teams of federal agents served search warrants on properties tied to three suspects, all Chinese nationals, who investigators believe ran a scam involving a little-known type of immigration visa reserved for high-end investors. To qualify for the visas, immigrants must invest at least $500,000 into new or struggling business ventures in the U.S. 34.033344
-118.037011 Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Immigration and FBI agents Wednesday raided the San Gabriel Valley homes and offices of people targeted in a large-scale visa and financial fraud investigation. Each year, the government issues thousands of visas through its Immigrant Investor Program. Federal agents raid an office in San Gabriel on April 5, 2017.

Surveillance Video Shows Man Becoming Violent, Assaulting Employee After Credit Card Declined at 7-Eleven in Santa Ana: Police

The man is described as white, 30 to 35 years old, about 5-foot-10 or 5-foot-11, between 180 and 200 pounds, with short black hair and a light complexion, police said. He violently pushes a cash register and printer off the counter, and shoves a basket of bananas to the floor. The incident occurred inside the 7-Eleven located at 902 W. Anyone who recognizes the suspect or has information about the case is encouraged to call Investigator Laura Delisle at 714- 245-8647 or email ldelisle@santa-ana.org. 33.745067
-117.876805 First St. Santa Ana police Wednesday released surveillance video showing a man who assaulted a 7-Eleven employee after his credit card was declined as they sought the public’s help in locating him, authorities said. The customer then walks over to the end of the counter where he throws bananas at another employee and pushes a second register off the counter, police said. 11, according to a Santa Ana Police Department news release. After the man’s credit card was declined, the angered customer reached over the counter and hit the employee in his head, the video showed. on Feb. His actions caused an estimated $700 of damage to the store, police said. He also had black prescription glasses.

Couple Fights Back Against Stranger Who Attempted to Kidnap Child From Dunkin’ Donuts in Philadelphia

Police in Philadelphia are trying to identify the parents of a child who was the victim of an attempted kidnapping at a Dunkin’ Donuts in the city over the weekend. A woman can be seen standing next to the stroller, with her back turned to the stranger. Surveillance video captured the incident, which took place shortly before 10:15 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of Locust Street, according to the Philadelphia Police Department. He pushes him away from the child before chasing him outside. The stranger was still at the scene when police responded, and he was temporarily detained, KYW reported. “What we see on the video is what appears to be an attempt to abduct a baby, who was in a stroller,” Philadelphia police Capt. CNN contributed to this story. A witness who called police to report the attempted kidnapping told KYW in an off-camera interview that the man is a regular who is known for strange, sometimes lewd behavior, the station reported. By that time, the parents had left. Investigators released the footage on Wednesday as they asked for the public’s help to identify the victim’s parents. Anyone with information about the case is urged to call 215-686-8477 or text a tip to 773847. Before touching the child, the man shouted, “That’s my baby,” the witness said. When the woman realized her child was being touched, she immediately turned and hit the man before grabbing the stroller. 39.952584
-75.165222 The video shows a couple inside the Dunkin’ Donuts, when a man suddenly approaches a stroller from behind and places his hands on the child sitting in it. Police blurred the couple’s faces in the video, but nevertheless were hoping someone out there could identify the pair. A man can then be seen lunging at the stranger. The man has not been charged, and police said they need the couple to step forward to help build a case, according to the station. “It’s a rather peculiar set of circumstances, and we are actually asking for the parents — or who we believe to be the parents — to come forward and maybe give us a better idea of what happened out there,” Kinebrew said. Sekou Kinebrew told local television station KYW.

2016 Saw Rise in Hate Crimes, Many Against LGBTQ People: Study

Levin said the 2016 jump was driven by a combination of a 64% surge in violent aggravated assaults, an 18.5% rise in racially motivated crimes and a 24.5% increase in crimes against LGBTQ people. But the 2016 numbers did not surpass the 559 reported hate crimes in Los Angeles in 2001, said Brian Levin, the center’s director. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

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2016 Saw Rise in Hate Crimes, Many Against LGBTQ People: Study

LGBTQ activists and community leaders lie in the intersection of 1st and Main streets in Los Angeles in August 2016 to protest violence against transgender and "gender-nonconforming" people. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Reported hate crimes in Los Angeles increased 15% in 2016, with a marked rise in violence against LGBTQ individuals, according to a new analysis. 34.052227
-118.243660 LGBTQ activists and community leaders lie in the intersection of 1st and Main streets in Los Angeles in August 2016 to protest violence against transgender and "gender-nonconforming" people. Los Angeles police data show the number of reported hate crimes rose from 200 in 2015 to 230 in 2016, the highest number of such crimes seen in the city since 2008, according to an analysis by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at Cal State San Bernardino. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.

Trump Suggests Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice Committed Crime, Cites No Evidence

“I don’t expect they will (declassify) because I think this is just more obstruction,” Swalwell said. Yes, I think.”
Trump offered no evidence to back his allegations or any names of other Obama administration officials he said were also involved. President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah II in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 5, 2017. “If he’s going to make accusations of criminality of anyone, he needs to show evidence to support that kind of a charge,” Schiff said. “If he has evidence that she committed a crime, he actually can show us what his evidence is. (Credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump said former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice may have committed a crime when requesting to unmask the names of Trump’s associates who were incidentally mentioned on intercepted communications during the Obama administration. Right now he has a credibility problem because he’s been proved wrong a lot. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat on the intelligence panel, said he views the allegation as an attempt to divert attention from the ongoing probe into Russian contacts. “Obviously, that’s not something he was either able or willing to do with respect to his accusations against Obama. It’s not something I suspect he’s going to be able to do with Susan Rice either.”
Rep. … This seems nothing more than buying time and obstructionism.”
Trump did not repeat his claim at a White House news conference shortly after the Times interview. 38.907192
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He continued,”It’s such an important story for our country and the world. He did not suggest that his assertions came from new intelligence reports but said he would explain himself further “at the right time.”
Democrats on Capitol Hill blasted Trump. Rep. (Credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

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Trump Suggests Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice Committed Crime, Cites No Evidence

President Donald Trump speaks at a press conference with Jordan's King Abdullah II in the Rose Garden at the White House on April 5, 2017. It is one of the big stories of our time.”
Trump, asked by the Times, if he believed Rice committed a crime, responded, “Do I think? Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said that if Trump is going to accuse Rice of a crime, he should make the intelligence public.