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California man pleads guilty to smuggling gun parts to Syria

Aug. 14, 2018 1:40 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The chief executive of a California check cashing business pleaded guilty Monday to helping smuggle rifle parts and other military equipment to rebels in his native Syria. Rasheed Al Jijakli, 57, was arrested last year and charged in federal court with violating U.S. laws that...

Ex-choir coach returned to US to face molestation charges

Aug. 13, 2018 9:10 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A former vocal coach for a boys' choir who was charged with molesting a 13-year-old appeared in a California courtroom on Monday, more than a decade after he fled the United States to avoid prosecution. Roger Alan Giese, 43, was ordered held on $60 million bail pending arraignment,...

Man charged in California wildfire refuses to go to court

Aug. 9, 2018 7:35 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A man charged with starting a Southern California wildfire that has burned 12 cabins and forced at least 20,000 people from their homes refused to go to court Thursday, delaying his initial court appearance. The arraignment for Forrest Clark was supposed to be Thursday, but the...

The Latest: Southern California fire expanding into forest

Aug. 7, 2018 12:09 AM EDT

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 9 p.m. A wildfire south of Los Angeles is growing rapidly as it plows through the Cleveland National Forest. The blaze that erupted Monday has scorched 6 square miles (16 square kilometers), destroyed one building and prompted...

5 killed after plane nosedived into California parking lot

Aug. 6, 2018 6:40 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — On a breezy morning, Floria Hakimi smiled as her photo was snapped on the steps leading up to a small plane that was supposed to usher her to a workshop for real estate agents in Southern California. "Flying out to LA," she posted on her Instagram account with the photo of her...

The Latest: Pilot's emergency call didn't specify problem

Aug. 6, 2018 1:33 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a small plane crash in Southern California (all times local): 10:20 a.m. An investigator says the pilot declared an emergency but didn't state the nature of his problem before a Cessna nosedived into a Southern California parking lot, killing all five people on board....

5 killed when small plane crashes in California parking lot

Aug. 5, 2018 6:36 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Five people on board a small airplane were killed but nobody on the ground was hurt when the twin-engine Cessna crashed Sunday in a Southern California parking lot, authorities said. The pilot of the Cessna 414 declared an emergency before crashing about a mile (1.6 kilometers)...

Latest: 5 killed in plane crash in California parking lot

Aug. 5, 2018 4:52 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a small plane in Southern California (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Authorities say five people on board a small plane were killed but nobody on the ground was hurt when the Cessna crashed in a Southern California parking lot. Federal Aviation...

Authorities say 5 on board dead after small plane crashes in Southern California parking lot; nobody on ground hurt.

Aug. 5, 2018 4:48 PM EDT
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say 5 on board dead after small plane crashes in Southern California parking lot; nobody on ground hurt.

Prosecution: California killing motivated by anti-gay hate

Aug. 2, 2018 5:26 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man charged with the murder of a University of Pennsylvania student carried out the killing because the victim was gay, prosecutors said Thursday. A hate crime sentencing enhancement was being added to a murder charge against 21-year-old Samuel Woodward in the...