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June 13, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Matt Stevens
The rifle a gunman used to kill five people during a rampage in Santa Monica last week appears to have been modified accommodate large-capacity magazines. During the assault, John Zawahri, 23, had 40 magazines capable of holding 30 rounds each, authorities said. Zawahri fired about 100 shots during his assault, which lasted about 10 minutes, said law enforcement sources who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case was ongoing. He fired at passing cars, a bus, pedestrians and police.
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June 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna and Robert J. Lopez
Three men linked to a shooting near Santa Monica College that left one man dead and another victim critically wounded are due in court Thursday. Christopher Chonan Osumi, 19 and Meliton Lorenzo Lopez, 23, were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of murder and were being held in lieu of $1-million bail. Noah Jason Farris, 32 , was arrested for allegedly being an accessory to a felony. Farris served time in state prison and was under the supervision of county probation authorities, police said in a statement.
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June 13, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
The gunman who killed five people during a shooting rampage through Santa Monica left a farewell note expressing remorse for killing his father and brother, police said Thursday evening. John Zawahri, 23, also wrote that he hoped his mother would be cared for financially and said goodbye to several friends, the Santa Monica Police Department said. At a news conference  Thursday  night, police gave their most detailed account yet of how Zawahri made his way from his father's home on Yorkshire Avenue to the Santa Monica College library, where he was fatally wounded by authorities last Friday.
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June 13, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three people died Thursday night in Pico Rivera after two compact cars collided, authorities said. The victims appeared to have been ejected from one of the vehicles in the crash near San Gabriel River Parkway and Rose Hills Road near the 605 Freeway, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. "It's terrible," Lt. Andrew Meyer of the agency's Pico Rivera station told The Times. He said information coming from his deputies at the scene was preliminary. They were gathering evidence and trying to piece together what transpired.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A former Simi Valley elementary school teacher was due in court Wednesday on charges she had an unlawful relationship with a student. Malia Brooks, 32, who worked at Garden Grove Elementary, was arrested by Simi Valley police Tuesday on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a child under 14 years old, KTLA reported. She was being held in lieu of $2-million bail and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning, Ventura County Sheriff's Department records show. Officials with the Simi Valley Unified School District alerted police in February, telling authorities the relationship between the student and Brooks had been going on for four months, the Ventura County Star reported.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A recording of the discussion among emergency personnel related to Paris Jackson's apparent suicide attempt last week has been released to the media. In the recordings, obtained by the Associated Press, paramedics are told Michael Jackson's teenage daughter had taken 20 Motrin pain reliever pills and used a knife to cut herself. The night before the apparent suicide attempt, Paris  tweeted : "yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay.
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June 12, 2013 | By Bob Pool
The creator of a 200-pound pink bulldog statue that was stolen in West Hollywood is willing to give another of his sculptures in exchange for it, authorities said Wednesday. The pink bulldog was part of an installation of six sculptures placed in a West Hollywood median of Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday, ahead of the city's annual Gay Pride parade. Someone made off with the 200-pound artwork early Monday, city officials said. "They're so fun that people might not take them seriously," said Andrew Campbell of the West Hollywood Economic Development Division.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A Metro bus and tow truck collided in downtown Los Angeles early Wednesday, seriously injuring both drivers and sending the truck careening into a convenience store. The crash occurred about 5:10 a.m. at 5th Street and Broadway. TV news video showed the mangled front of the bus and the tow truck's cab pancaked. Both drivers had to be removed with the Jaws of Life, a Los Angeles Fire Department official said. The bus driver, a 35-year-old woman, was critically injured and taken to a local hospital.
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June 12, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
It was a “perfect storm” of coincidences that led Debra Fine into a quiet neighborhood in Santa Monica last week at the exact moment a gunman set off on a chaotic rampage. A former Disney executive who had quit her job to spend more time with her 15-year-old twins, Fine was headed to record an audition to submit to the Voice. Singing, she said, is her passion. With President Obama in town, and sections of Sepulveda Boulevard blocked off, Fine headed along the side streets off Pico Boulevard.
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June 12, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Three men with suspected links to a street gang have been arrested in connection with a shooting near Santa Monica college that left a victim dead and another critically wounded, law enforcement authorities said Wednesday evening. The shooting was reported Tuesday in an alley in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue after a gunman walked up to two men and opened fire, the Santa Monica Police Department said. The attack was city's third shooting incident in five days, including a rampage Friday in which a gunman killed four people and fatally wounded another before he was slain by officers.
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