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Demonstrators Dragged Off by Police as Disability Advocates Protest Outside Sen. McConnell’s Office

Several dozen protesters were arrested Thursday after they gathered and chanted outside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office over the GOP health care bill. Alison Barkoff, protest participant and director of advocacy for the Center for Public Representation, told CNN, “This is a tax cut to the wealthiest Americans on the backs of people with disability.”
“These are literally people outside who are taking over McConnell’s office who are on ventilators and wheelchairs,” she said. In a statement, they said about 60 protesters gathered for a “die-in” to fight back on the health care bill, which will drastically cut back federal support of Medicaid. U.S. 38.886043

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Republicans Finally Unveil Secret Senate Health Care Bill; McConnell Hopes for Vote Next Week “Many of the people with disabilities were forcible removed. “Many of the demonstrators, as part of their protest activities, removed themselves from their wheelchairs and lay themselves on the floor, obstructing passage through the hallway and into nearby offices,” the police statement read. Capitol Police arrest a protestor against the Senate Republican’s draft healthcare bill outside the office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Washington, DC, on June 22, 2017. Reporters tweeted photos of the protesters being carried out by Capitol Police. One of the protesters who was arrested, Mike Oxford, told CNN that the police acted professionally and used accessible paddy wagons with wheelchair lifts to transport the protesters with mobility disabilities. They were literally carried from the space out to a separate area.”
The 28 female and 15 male protesters who were arrested were transported to Capitol Police headquarters for processing, authorities said. LC — the 1999 Supreme Court Ruling that first recognized disabled people’s right to live in communities rather than institutions. “The American Health Care Act caps and significantly cuts Medicaid which will greatly reduce access to medical care and home and community based services for elderly and disabled Americans who will either die or be forced into institutions,” Bruce Darling, an ADAPT organizer taking part in the protest, said in a statement. Forty-three protesters were arrested and charged with “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding,” Capitol Police said in a statement. That’s truly un-American.”
The statement also stated the group’s protest falls on the 18th anniversary of Olmstead v. McConnell’s office referred to Capitol Police for comment. (Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
“Don’t touch Medicaid, save our liberty,” the protesters chanted outside his office. “Our lives and liberty shouldn’t be stolen to give a tax break to the wealthy. The protest was organized by ADAPT, a national disability rights organization.

Former El Monte High School Wrestling Coach Gets 1 Year in Jail for Having Sexual Relations With 3 Girls

28, 2017, officials said, while Vaca was a wrestling coach at Arroyo High School
He pleaded no contest to oral copulation of a person under 18 and sexual penetration by a foreign object earlier this month, officials said. 34.068621

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High School Wrestling Coach Charged With Having Sexual Relationships With 3 Students in El Monte A former wrestling coach at an El Monte high school was sentenced to a year in jail in connection with having sexual relations with three girls, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. is seen in a photo released by authorities on Feb. David Vaca Jr. 3, 2017. The crimes occurred between June 1, 2015 and Jan. David Vaca Jr., 21, of West Covina, was also sentenced to five years of probation. A prison term of three years and eight months was suspended, according to the DA’s office. Vaca was ordered to attend 52 sex compulsion classes, to stay away from the victims for 10 years and to register as a sex offender.

Wet Winter Brings Lampreys – ‘the Stuff Nightmares Are Made of’ – to NorCal River

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Winter flooding and copious spring snowmelt have brought frightening-looking creatures to Northern California waterways in a sight one observer called “the stuff nightmares are made of.”
They’re Pacific lampreys, a parasitic type of primitive fish, resembling eels, that latch onto to their prey with a round, sucker-like mouth. Lamprey are native to fresh waters of California, having a life cycle similar to salmon. Tour guide Jana Frazier, who works for the California Department of Water Resources, took the video this week. 16, 2010. But they’ve showed up en masse at a state fish hatchery on the Feather River near the Oroville Dam, which was severely damaged in the wet winter. Frazier said she saw one steelhead take a look at lamprey and “split,” swimming rapidly away. Juveniles live in state rivers for severals years, then head out to the Pacific Ocean to mature, attaching to host fish and feeding off them. Fish and Wildlife Pacific Region by Sept. 39.513775
-121.556359 A Pacific lamprey’s mouth is shown in a photo posted to Flickr by U.S. With their teeth-filled sucker mouths, the fish are scary-looking, but they’re harmless to humans, Frazier said. The dam’s spillways were severely damaged during record-breaking rain in January and February. They return to the rivers in spring, swimming upstream to spawn and then die. They’re native to state waterways, but they aren’t typically seen near Lake Oroville. “This was literally the perfect storm,” she said of the conditions. Meanwhile, repairs are continuing at Lake Oroville, the tallest earthen dam in the U.S. The water is so high at the fish ladder that the lamprey are able to ascend, going into locations where they’re not normally seen. Lampreys are shown in a photo from Northwest Power and Conservation Council’s Flickr account on July 29, 2011. “You’ve got nothing to worry about if you go wading or swimming in the river,” she told television station  KCRC in Redding. “Creepy, but so cool!” the Lake Oroville Visitors Center said in posting video of the lampreys on its Facebook page. On Tuesday, dozens of lamprey could be seen – squiggling like tentacles  – in the hatchery’s viewing windows that allow visitors to watch salmon and steelhead ascend to their spawning grounds. The Feather River Fish Hatchery was built by the state to replace salmon and steelhead spawning areas that were lost when the dam was completed in 1967.

O.C. Man Visits Disneyland for 2,000th Consecutive Day

The Disneyland Annual Passholder says the theme parks give him something to look forward to every day, the release stated. A Huntington Beach man “marked a milestone of Super Hero proportions” on Thursday when he visited Disneyland for the 2,000th consecutive day, the resort announced. 1, 2012, according to a Disney news release. Jeff Reitz visited Disneyland for his 2,000th consecutive time on June 22, 2017. He said he will continue to treat himself to the daily Disneyland visits “for as long as he can,” according to the release. Reitz noted that he enjoys the attractions — his favorite ride is the Matternhorn Boblseds — and shows, as well as listening to the music when he enters the park, and interacting with cast members. “Even doing like Walt, and sitting down and people watching – just enjoying the atmosphere,” Reitz said. That’s been a bonus.”

-117.918974 “It wasn’t about going for records or anything like that. He has gone every day ever since. (Credit: Disney)
Jeff Reitz, an Air Force veteran, began his daily visits to the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on Jan. “I’m still having fun with it, that’s the only reason I’m still doing this,” Reitz said.

As 4th of July Approaches, Orange County Authorities Demonstrate Dangers of Fireworks

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With the Fourth of July — and the many fireworks displays that come along with it — quickly approaching, Orange County officials on Thursday held a demonstration as they warned of the dangers associated with fireworks, which are illegal in most of O.C. 33.717471

Gas Prices Across U.S. Are Falling Fast; Trend Expected to Hold Through July 4

Customers wait in line at a gas station on May 10, 2017, in San Anselmo. “Literally everyone predicted oil prices would be in the $50s, and some thought it would get to $65 to $70 because of OPEC’s actions.”
Instead, oil prices closed at a nine-month low of $43.23 a barrel Tuesday, before rebounding slightly on Wednesday. “If wholesale prices predict retail, and I do believe they do, we’re poised for some very cheap gas ahead,” Kloza said. In addition, gas stations are required to sell a special type of gas, known as the summer blend, that creates less smog — but also pushing prices slightly higher. Those prices likely overstate what most drivers are actually paying. Oil prices have dipped into bear market territory and gasoline prices have followed, falling every day since June 2, according to AAA. And the outlook for the rest of the month is good: Wholesale gas prices suggest that prices drivers pay will keep falling, and this weekend could bring the cheapest prices so far in 2017, said Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for the Oil Price Information Service, which tracks pump prices for AAA. In California, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $2.99 on Tuesday, compared to $3.05 a month ago, data from AAA shows. Every state in the south — and even a few in the north — has some stations already selling gas for below $2 a gallon according to The average price nationally for a gallon of regular is now $2.28, down 10 cents since the start of the month. Gas for less than $2 a gallon is becoming more common. The start of summer is typically not a time for cheap gas, because people drive more and demand for gasoline goes up. Are Falling Fast; Trend Expected to Hold Through July 4

Customers wait in line at a gas station on May 10, 2017, in San Anselmo. U.S. “There’s a lot of oil out there right now, and that oil is being turned into gasoline,” said Kloza. “It’s been that kind of year,” he said. Kloza said for the first time this century, prices at the pump could be cheaper over the July 4 holiday weekend than during the previous Christmas and New Year. (Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

The recent drop in the cost of oil has been a happy surprise for drivers, who are enjoying the cheapest gas prices at the start of summer in 12 years. (Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Gas Prices Across U.S. The cheapest state right now is South Carolina, where gas is selling for an average of $1.96 a gallon, according to AAA. Several other states, including Oklahoma, Alabama and Mississippi, are poised to fall below the $2 a gallon average within days. shale oil producers that have ramped up output in recent months, balancing out efforts by OPEC and Russia to limit supply and drive up prices.

‘I Couldn’t Sit There and Watch’: Good Samaritans Save CHP Officer From Brutal Beating in Fairfield; Suspect Arrested

On Tuesday, the two men united for the first time since the incident, where both said they felt they were placed in the situation to serve a purpose. “It was time to do what I could to get in there … The suspect, identified as Gary Cosovich of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on a peace officer, KTXL reported. “She went down. Joel Jones was driving with his wife on I-80 in Fairfield when he saw the driver strike vehicles. A CHP officer pulled over behind the vehicle and asked the driver to get out of the truck. You get involved,” Bunting said. “Somebody [had] to stop him before somebody [got] killed,” Jones told the television station in an interview on Tuesday. “I just rushed him and somehow, it was like a hook or a half punch, or a half forearm, half something. Don’t ask me where the force came from. I don’t know about Star Wars, but the force was there. “We’re family no matter what.”

-122.039966 At that point, the suspect approached the officer and punched her, according to Jones. We flew, he flew five yards and so did I. and make sure he doesn’t get up or do any more damage.”
The two men were eventually able to get control of the driver. Then he stomped her. His feet are up in the air.”
Jones was trying to subdue the suspect on the ground when another man, Greg Bunting, saw the scuffle and made the decision to stop and help. Meanwhile, Jones’ wife comforted the injured CHP officer and prayed with her. The couple called 911; a short time later, the driver slowed down and stopped. Joel Jones, left, and Greg Bunting, right, reunited on June 20, 2017, days after they came to the aid of a CHP officer who was being attacked by a suspect in Fairfield. “She staggered, he punched her again,” Jones said. “We’re family,” Jones said, putting his arm around Bunting and shaking his hand. (Credit: KTXL)
The incident began Saturday morning, when witnesses reported seeing a driver in a Ford truck hitting vehicles between Highway 50 in Rancho Cordova and Interstate Canyon on Saturday morning, according to KTLA sister station KTXL in Sacramento. The officer suffered cuts, bruises and numbness and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Bay Area television station KRON reported. Her injuries were not life-threatening, a CHP official told the station. “You don’t turn your back on people who need you. “Absolutely,” Bunting responded, patting Jones. He punched her three more times. Started stomping her.”
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Two good Samaritans came to the aid of a California Highway Patrol officer who was being beaten by a suspect in Fairfield over the weekend. “I couldn’t sit there and watch what I thought was going to be a murder,” he said.

Lawyers Settle Criminal Cases Against Father Detained by ICE While Dropping Off Daughter at Highland Park School

Avelica-Gonzalez, a Mexican citizen who has lived in the United States for 25 years, has remained in immigration detention for nearly four months. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Lawyers Settle Criminal Cases Against Father Detained by ICE While Dropping Off Daughter at Highland Park School

Fatima Avelica, left, with sister Yuleni, mother Norma and aunt Martina Avelica earlier this month at L.A. Superior Court to support her father, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, an immigrant who was detained by ICE agents as he drove her to school in Highland Park. Read the full story on Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents pulled him over and detained him in Highland Park, six blocks from the Lincoln Heights school where he had dropped off his 12-year-old daughter minutes before. ICE officials had cited a deportation order based on the former misdemeanor convictions as the reason for picking him up. Fatima Avelica, left, with sister Yuleni, mother Norma and aunt Martina Avelica earlier this month at L.A. Another daughter in the car with him, now 14, sobbed as she recorded cellphone video of the encounter. Related stories

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Immigrant Arrested by ICE While Dropping His Daughter Off at School in Highland Park His lawyers hope that with the changes, ICE will grant his release and cancel his deportation order. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

Lawyers for a father detained by immigration officials after dropping off his daughter at school in Los Angeles settled the two decades-old misdemeanor convictions that prompted his arrest. Superior Court to support her father, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, an immigrant who was detained by ICE agents as he drove her to school in Highland Park. Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 49, instead pleaded guilty to lesser vehicle code violations.

Police Officer Wounded in Stabbing at Airport in Michigan; FBI Investigating Possibility of Terrorism

Michigan Gov. All passengers are safe and were evacuated, the airport said on Facebook. The FBI said it believed the attack was an “isolated incident” and is investigating whether it was an act of terrorism. “My thoughts and prayers are with all of our law enforcement officers who work to service and protect us each and every day,” Weaver said in a statement. About 800,000 passengers took flights through Bishop last year, according to statistics from the airport. A spokesperson for the Canadian Embassy in Washington said the Canadian government and law enforcement agencies are “engaged and are cooperating fully” with their American counterparts. A police officer was stabbed in the back and neck Wednesday at an airport in Flint, Michigan, and the suspect is in custody and being questioned, according to authorities. President Donald Trump has been briefed on the attack, an administration official told CNN. He was stabbed on the public side of Bishop International Airport’s main terminal, according to the Transportation Security Administration. “We are aware of reports that the attacker made statements immediately prior to or while attacking the officer, but it is too early to determine the nature of these alleged statements or whether or not this was an act of terrorism,” the FBI said. A law enforcement official said the stabbing appears to have targeted law enforcement. David Kaiser, a spokesman for the Michigan State Police. A US official told CNN that, based on preliminary information, it appears the suspect has traveled between the United States and Canada multiple times. The police officer, identified as Lt. The airport’s Police Department has six full-time and six part-time police officers. The airport is closed until further notice. Jeff Neville, is in stable condition, said Lt. Rick Snyder and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver responded to the stabbing with words of support for officers. 43.012527
-83.687456 “(P)lease keep the attacked officer in your thoughts & prayers,” Snyder said on Twitter. US law enforcement officials are working with Canadian authorities to learn more about the ties the suspect has to Canada, according to a law enforcement source.

Officer Found Not Guilty in Milwaukee Police Shooting That Sparked Unrest

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The shooting sparked days of unrest in the Sherman Park section of Milwaukee, a city long torn by racial tensions. The shooting death sparked days of unrest in Milwaukee. His testimony centered on the 1.69 seconds separating the two shots. In Cincinnati, a jury began deliberations Monday in the retrial of former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing in the fatal shooting of a motorist during a July 2015 traffic stop. Heaggan-Brown experienced the encounter in “real time,” not in frame-by-frame motion as it was shown to the jury, Willis said, according to WTMJ. Willis testified that Heaggan-Brown acted in “accordance with his training,” CNN affiliate WTMJ-TV reported. Smith exit the vehicle. Members of Smith’s family could be heard crying in the courtroom as the verdict was read. Heaggan-Brown knew at the time he fired that second shot that Sylville Smith had already disarmed himself,” Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm told the jury, CNN affiliate WISN-TV reported. Heaggan-Brown had previously said he believed Smith “was reaching for his waist so he discharged his weapon a second time.”
In an interview with WITI, Smith’s brother Sedan said: “It’s the longest 30 seconds of my life to be able to just watch the video.”
Heaggan-Brown is the third US law enforcement officer to be tried for a shooting in the last week. An autopsy showed that Smith had a gunshot wound through his upper right arm and another to his right upper chest. The defense attorney called for a mistrial, saying the family’s response could influence the jury, according to CNN affiliate WITI-TV. Dominque Heaggan-Brown is seen in a booking photo obtained by KTLA sister station WITI. We have to go back — and I can’t tell exactly how many frames but we have to go back two-tenths or three-tenths of a second — we have to go back several frames … to delve into the decision-making process that goes into firing this shot.”
Willis, who wrote the use of force manual used by Milwaukee police officers, told the jury that Heaggan-Brown justifiably responded to a “deadly threat,” WISN reported. Heaggan-Brown still faces charges in an unrelated sexual assault investigation for which he was fired from the police department. The suspect ran across a lawn, turned a corner and headed toward a fence but slipped before reaching it. “And our argument is that justification did not change over the course of 1.69 seconds between shots.”
The defense rested Monday after calling its lone witness, Robert Willis, an expert in police use of force, according to WISN. “I saw Mr. Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith during an August 2016 foot chase, was found not guilty of first-degree reckless homicide on Wednesday. Heaggan-Brown’s former partner, Ndiva Malafa, testified last week they were chasing Smith, 23, because they saw he had a gun. “He knew that Sylville Smith was attempting to surrender.”
But defense attorney Jonathan Smith argued his client followed training and fired the second, fatal shot because he believed his life was in danger. Last week, members of Sylville Smith’s family gasped as body camera footage of the August 13 foot chase was played in court. The shaky footage shows him trailing behind Heaggan-Brown, who is chasing Smith. On Friday, Minnesota police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year. Smith was on the ground when he received the fatal shot. The video picks up as Malafa jumps out of this squad car. “It’s not. Conen denied the request. Judge Jeffrey Conen had instructed the jury of nine women and three men to consider lesser charges in the reckless homicide trial. The jury heard closing arguments and deliberated about five hours Tuesday. “Mr. Smith was armed with a Glock .40-caliber Model 22 semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine containing 23 rounds. But the former officer’s attorney countered that his client made a split-second decision to protect his life and that of another officer. At that moment, I believe I started to — I see him running northeast. The jury began deliberations on Tuesday, less than a year after the shooting in northwest Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood. He testified the officer’s decision to fire again was made before he even pulled the trigger. “The state admits that the first shot was a justified shot,” the lawyer told the jury, according to the station. Malafa also guided the jury through the footage frame by frame, the station reported. Prosecutors said his first shot was justified, but not the second, according to WISN. Body-camera video from another officer — played for the jury last week — showed that Heaggan-Brown shot a second bullet into Smith’s chest after the suspect hurled his weapon over a fence and had his hands near his head. The prosecutor argued that Heaggan-Brown fatally shot Smith as the suspect attempted to surrender. Out of the corner of my eye, I see Heaggan-Brown chase him as well,” Malafa testified, WITI reported. Malafa’s body camera footage was played several times in court, according to WTMJ. 43.038902

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Wisconsin Governor Activates National Guard After Milwaukee Protests Intensify In the body camera audio, which was activated 30 seconds after the shooting, Heaggan-Brown was heard yelling at Smith: “Stop reaching.” He moved Smith’s hand away from his waist, the criminal complaint said. The second shot was justified, Willis told the jury, because officers are trained to assume a suspect may have more than one weapon. I observed the firearm and at that point, we made eye contact. The reaction to the video, including sobs from Smith’s family, caused the judge to clear the courtroom. Heaggan-Brown, 25, faced 60 years in prison. “So when we see the trigger being pulled, we have to not consider that the moment of decision,” he said.

Riverside Police Rescue Puppy From 133 Degree Car

Riverside Police Rescue Puppy From 133 Degree Car

A puppy that was rescued in Riverside on June 21, 2017 is shown in an image provided by the Riverside Police Department. The puppy was transported to the veterinary services division at the Riverside Police Department where she is receiving treatment, according to police. A puppy that was rescued in Riverside on June 21, 2017 is shown in an image provided by the Riverside Police Department. Police in Riverside rescued a 2-month old puppy from inside a car where temperatures reached 133 degrees on Wednesday. 33.953349
-117.396156 Police discovered that the temperature inside the vehicle at the time of the incident was 133 degrees. The owner was cited for the incident. Two officers found the female pit bull mix inside a car in downtown Riverside and were able to rescue her before she suffered serious injuries, police said.

LAPD Can’t Hold Impounded Cars Without Good Reason, Appeals Court Rules

In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

LAPD Can’t Hold Impounded Cars Without Good Reason, Appeals Court Rules

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-118.243685 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski, seen in 2015, wrote that the government must offer proper justification for impounding a vehicle. U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals revived a class-action lawsuit against the police for holding vehicles for 30 days. The court said impounding a vehicle must be justified under the 4th Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches and seizures. “A seizure is justified under the Fourth Amendment only to the extent that the government’s justification holds force,” Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for the panel. “Thereafter, the government must cease the seizure or secure a new justification.”
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Los Angeles police may not hold impounded cars for 30 days without justification, a federal appeals court decided Wednesday. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Alex Kozinski, seen in 2015, wrote that the government must offer proper justification for impounding a vehicle.

Santa Monica Woman Issues Warning to Others After Yearlong Battle With Late-Stage Skin Cancer

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With Wednesday marking the first full day of summer, a young Santa Monica mother who was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma shortly after giving birth to her son opened up about her yearlong battle with skin cancer as she sought to educate and warn others. 34.019454
-118.491191 Erin Myers reports from Santa Monica for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on June 21, 2017.