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March 8, 2014 | By Tony Perry
The pilot killed in the crash of an F/A-18C Hornet in northern Nevada was identified Saturday as Marine Capt. Reid Nannen. Nannen, 32, of Hopedale, Ill., was killed March 1 when the plane crashed 70 miles east of the Naval Air Station at Fallon, Nev. He was a student at the TopGun school there. Nannen's permanent assignment was at the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan, and he had twice deployed to Afghanistan during his 10-year career. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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March 7, 2014 | By Michael Finnegan
A minor earthquake near Marina del Rey gave the Westside a mild jolt Friday evening. The quake measured 3.2, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at 8:16 p.m. The epicenter was a mile southeast of Marina del Rey. The quick shake was categorized by the Geological Survey as weak to light across much of the L.A. basin. ALSO: Strong winds, high surf forecast for Southern California Third-graders caught smoking pot at school face disciplinary action Hunt continues in Fontana for mountain lion deemed 'imminent threat' Twitter: @finneganlatimes michael.finnegan@latimes.com
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March 7, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies say that a Newsweek reporter's story exposing what the magazine claims is the founder of Bitcoin did quote them and the man featured in the article accurately, a spokesman said. The San Gabriel Valley suburb of Temple City  was inundated by reporters Thursday after Newsweek alleged resident Dorian Nakamoto was really "Satoshi Nakamoto," the man behind the virtual currency. In the Newsweek article he is quoted as telling the reporter "I'm no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it" while deputies are present.
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March 7, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Sacramento authorities are investigating what looks to be a failed attempt to steal the Golden Spike from the California State Railroad Museum late Wednesday. The case housing the spike, which is actually a twin of the ceremonial one used by Leland Stanford to join the rails of the First Continental Railroad, was damaged, said Steve Van Etten, California parks peace officers supervisor. “There's no evidence that any artifact in the museum was stolen or damaged,” Van Etten said.
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March 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- An 18-year-old man suspected of being a prolific graffiti vandal in Vista, Calif., has been arrested, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said Friday. The 303 acts of graffiti vandalism that the man, Bladimir Lopez, has been linked to have cost the city approximately $89,500 to clean, the department said. Lopez was arrested at home. The Sheriff's Department uses a computer system called Graffiti Tracker to gather information about instances of graffiti and to look for patterns, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Jason Wells
Authorities continued their hunt Thursday morning for what they said was an "aggressive" mountain lion that killed a 100-pound German shepherd in Fontana and came at police officers "a total of four times" amid a hail of bullets before retreating. Authorities said they do not believe that the large cat -- deemed an "imminent threat" to public safety -- was hit by the gunfire, prompting an overnight search that continued into the predawn hours Thursday. Fontana police said in a statement that the incident began about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday when a resident in the 4100 block of Fox Borough Drive heard his dog crying out and went outside to find a large mountain lion standing over his dead 100-pound German shepherd.
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March 6, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A 67-year-old man who was working outdoors on his property died Thursday after suffering numerous bee stings, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. When deputies, responding to an emergency call, arrived at the Valley Center property, the man was already unresponsive, officials said. The man may have disturbed a beehive while burning brush. The county medical examiner will determine the cause of death. The man's name was not released. About 55 people die in the U.S. each year from bee, wasp or hornet stings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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March 6, 2014 | By Tony Barboza, Adolfo Flores and Joseph Serna
Two Southern California high schools were placed on lockdown Thursday as police investigated a bomb threat and a call of a student being held hostage at gunpoint. The two unrelated reports were deemed hoaxes by authorities. Beverly Hills police received a call about 2:45 p.m. from a person claiming to be a 16-year-old being held hostage by a man with a gun at Beverly Hills High School, said Lt. Lincoln Hoshino. Though many students had already gone home, those who remained were placed on lockdown while officers conducted a full search of the campus.
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March 6, 2014 | By Christopher Goffard
Counties in California have failed to properly document how $1.7 million in Indian gaming money was distributed, according to an audit released Thursday by the California state auditor's office. State lawmakers earmarked $39 million for the Indian gaming special distribution fund between the fiscal years 2010 and 2013, money which was then distributed to local governments to offset the impact of casinos in the area. The money often funds public safety, public health and roads projects.
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March 6, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities on Thursday called off the search for a mountain lion that killed a 100-pound German shepherd in Fontana after an “exhaustive” 24 hours. “We believe the contact our officers had with the mountain lion [Wednesday] scared it back into the canyon," Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones said in a statement. Officers responding to the incident shortly after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday initially scared off the large cat from a home's front yard after firing multiple rounds. B ut it returned four times, coming toward officers before returning to the gorge, according to police.
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