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Central Americans fear Trump may axe immigration program

LOS ANGELES — Irma Acosta has spent the last two decades enrolled in an immigration program that has helped her get a work permit, put three children through school in her native Honduras and obtain health insurance to cover her cancer treatment. Now, the 51-year-old hotel housekeeper from Los Angeles fears it could all come to an …

California woman killed at concert remembered for huge heart

PLACENTIA, Calif. — The pictures on display behind the row of candles show a glowing, smiling woman. In one, she is jumping in the air wearing cowboy boots, her hair flying behind her. That is how friends and family recalled 38-year-old Nicol Kimura at a vigil on Sunday evening, a week after she and 57 …

Immigrants line up to renew work permits as program ends

LOS ANGELES — The line stretches down the block before the sun rises in Los Angeles, made up of immigrants seeking help to renew their work permits under a program that has shielded them from deportation but is now nearing its end. Ivan Vizueta, a 25-year-old from Long Beach, California, brought a folding chair and …

Mexico diplomat talks immigration in California trip

LOS ANGELES — After a day huddling in California’s capital on immigration, trade and climate, Mexico’s top diplomat is hitting Los Angeles to close out a two-day visit to the immigrant-friendly state. Mexico Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgary’s trip to California comes at a critical time in relations between his country and the United States …

Victims of California plane crash identified by relatives

RIVERSIDE, Calif.—A plane that crashed into a California neighbourhood and destroyed two homes was carrying husband-and-wife pilots and their grown daughter, and a mother and daughter who were friends of the family, relatives said Wednesday. Stacey Pierce survived the fiery crash and was seriously injured while her parents, the 83-year-old pilot Nouri Hijazi and his …

Immigration courts to focus on detainees, not kids’ cases

WASHINGTON –U.S. immigration courts are making a change to focus on deportation hearings for immigrants jailed by the federal government, giving less urgency to cases of children and families who were stopped on the U.S.-Mexico border and released. Chief Immigration Judge MaryBeth Keller said in a memo Tuesday that the top priority for immigration judges …

Panel OKs parole for former Manson cult member Van Houten

CHINO, Calif.—A California panel recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten more than four decades after she and other cult members went to prison for the notorious killings of a wealthy grocer and his wife. The now-66-year-old Van Houten was “numb” after the panel announced its decision following a five-hour hearing …

Asians slower to seek immigration protection over stigma, fear, language barriers

LOS ANGELES — Asians have been slower to sign up for President Barack Obama’s reprieve for young immigrants in the country illegally, and community advocates are ramping up efforts to reach thousands more who are eligible for his expanded immigration plan. Many advocates have blamed the low turnout among young Asian immigrants for the administration’s …

19 measles cases reported with ties to Disney theme parks

SANTA ANA, California — Nineteen people from three states who visited Disney theme parks in California last month have now fallen ill with measles, health officials said Friday. The patients all visited Disneyland or Disney California Adventure between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20, the California Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Agency …

Body of Marine’s missing wife found in mine shaft

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — For nearly two months, Southern California sheriff’s deputies and a legion of volunteers scoured the vast, rough terrain peppered with abandoned mine pits and deep bodies of water where the 19-year-old pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine disappeared. The search finally ended Saturday when a body was spotted with a video …