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Vallejo cops who killed Willie McCoy will return to duty next week VALLEJO - The six Vallejo police officers who shot 20-year-old Willie McCoy in the drive-through of a Taco Bell restaurant are all expected to be back on full duty by next week, department spokesman Sgt. Jeff Tai confirmed Thursday to this newspaper.

That Time Jussie Smollett Hosted A TV Show About Lynching Victims By Mike Roe with John Horn. Actor Jussie Smollett allegedly staged his own beating due to being dissatisfied with his salary on the Fox TV show Empire, according to the Chicago Police Department. The alleged attack included placing a noose around his neck.

Liccardo under fire over previously undisclosed downtown condo property near Google development SAN JOSE - San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo failed to disclose a downtown condominium owned by his wife near a controversial Google development, raising questions about whether his interest in the property would have disqualified him from votes related to the project and other decisions he made.

Man tied to '73 killing of California girl mulls extradition - A Colorado man arrested after DNA tied him to the 1973 killing of an 11-year-old California girl has yet to decide if he will fight extradition. The Colorado Springs Gazette reports 72-year-old James Neal, of Monument, nodded at his crying relatives as he was led into court for a brief appearance Thursday.

Padres announce Machado's $300 million, 10-year deal SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have announced their $300 million, 10-year deal with All-Star infielder Manny Machado, more than two days after the deal was agreed to. Machado will be introduced Friday at spring training in Peoria, Arizona.

The Latest: Case dismissed amid review of Houston cop's work HOUSTON - The Latest on the fallout following a deadly drug raid in Houston :. Prosecutors have dismissed one of the cases being re-examined because they involved a Houston officer accused of lying in an affidavit that led to a deadly drug raid.

Feds: El Chapo's sons indicted on drug conspiracy charges - The Sacramento Bee Two sons of notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have been indicted on drug conspiracy charges, the Justice Department said Thursday. Joaquin Guzman Lopez, 34, and Ovidio Guzman Lopez, 28, are charged in a single-count indictment that was unsealed last week in Washington.

NJ lawmakers advance bill to pressure Trump to release taxes - President Donald Trump could miss out on being on the 2020 ballot in New Jersey if he doesn't disclose his tax returns under a bill now advancing. The Democratic-led state Senate passed legislation Thursday inspired by the Republican president's failure to disclose his tax returns.

This Fortune 500 healthcare company just landed in Sacramento, and promises 2,000 new jobs On Thursday, the city welcomed its first major catch, Centene, a Missouri-based national healthcare insurance giant and Fortune 500 company that had been looking for a place to build a West Coast headquarters.

Ex-Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling released from federal custody HOUSTON - Former Enron Corp. CEO Jeffrey Skilling has been released from federal custody. Skilling was discharged Thursday after serving 12 years in prison and six months in a halfway house after being convicted for his actions that led to one of the worst corporate meltdowns in history.

Feds: El Chapo's sons indicted on drug conspiracy charges WASHINGTON - Two sons of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman have been indicted on drug conspiracy charges. The Justice Department says Joaquin Guzman Lopez and Ovidio Guzman Lopez were charged in a case unsealed in Washington last week. Prosecutors allege the two brothers conspired to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana in the U.S.

Seven dead coyotes strung from a fence in California causes stir, but it's not a new practice Ranchers killing predatory coyotes stalking their cattle is common and hanging the carcasses of coyotes as a social statement and to warn off other coyotes is not unheard of. To prove that point, we found a 1937 Life Magazine image showing freshly killed coyotes hanging by their legs from a fence in Texas.

The Latest: Judge delays ex-trainer's hearing in abuse case - The Latest on a court hearing for a former athletic trainer accused of sexually abusing students :. A federal magistrate judge has delayed a change-of-plea hearing for a 78-year-old man accused of coercing and enticing underage boys when he was an athletic trainer at Custer County District High School decades ago.

UN chief discusses Yemen, Venezuela with Pompeo Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo focusing on the redeployment of forces from Yemen's key port and the situation in Venezuela. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Yemen and Venezuela were the main focus of their 30-minute meeting Thursday afternoon, which was requested by Pompeo.

Winter Weather Advisory issued February 21 at 3:11PM PST expiring February 21 at 10:00PM PST by NWS Los Angeles / Oxnard CA Winter Weather Advisory: Cuyama Valley; San Luis Obispo County Interior Valleys until 10:00 PM.

State Parks prepares for possible wildflower superbloom California State Parks is getting ready for a possible superbloom this spring. State Parks officials explain these rare floral displays may occur during years of heavy rainfall that follow a drought. The drought eliminates grasses and weeds that take up nutrients, thereby creating conditions in which wildflowers thrive.

Don Chew, leading U.S. badminton figure, is a target of SafeSport allegations Don Chew, one of the most influential figures in American badminton for the past three decades, is the subject of misconduct complaints made to the U.S. Center for SafeSport and U.S. Olympic Committee, according to a confidential email from USA Badminton chief executive Jeff Dyrek obtained by the Orange County Register.

Man charged with murder in Oakland homeless camp fatal shooting Frank Kennedy, 23, who authorities said tried to alter his appearance after the killing, is charged in the fatal shooting of Robert Tuck III, 33. Besides murder, Kennedy is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm in a city, and carrying a concealed firearm within a vehicle.

Charter school disclosure bill on fast track after push by Gavin Newsom Connie Leyva, who authored the bill, said she anticipates lawmakers will send it to Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom's desk next week. "The governor's office asked us to do this bill," said Leyva, a Chino Democrat.

New major heathcare employer marks construction milestone for Natomas headquarters Centene, a national healthcare insurance giant, marks a construction milestone at its new West Coast headquarters in Natomas on Feb. 21, 2019. The company is expected to add several thousand workers to the Sacramento region in the next few years.

San Ramon: City Center Bishop Ranch lands new shops, restaurants Sephora, Bamboo Sushi, George and Unionmade are the other merchants that have signed leases that will enable them to open sometime in 2019, according to Sunset Development, the principal developer of City Center Bishop Ranch.

PG&E says splitting utility would improve wildfire safety, but there’s a downside In a lengthy filing with the California Public Utilities Commission, the troubled utility said separating its gas and electric divisions into separate companies "has the potential to reduce the total risks managed by a single entity." The separation could "improve the development of each entity's safety management system," it added.

There's snow in LA, Inland Empire and people don't know how to react Thursday's storm had many people across Southern California asking themselves "what is this white stuff falling from the sky?" Snow and hail were seen throughout the region Thursday morning and into the afternoon as the snow level dropped as low as 1,400 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Here's Everything You Need To Know About USC's Many, Many Scandals In July 2017, the Los Angeles Times reported a major scandal that appeared stranger than fiction: Carmen Puliafito, the dean of USC's medical school and a nationally recognized opthamologist, had cavorted with a prostitute and criminals, used hard drugs with them both on and off campus, and tried to cover up a fellow drug user's overdose.

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