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Authorities: U Penn student stabbed more than 20 times

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Authorities say a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student whose body was found buried in a shallow grave at a California park had been stabbed more than 20 times. No weapon has been found. The Orange County Register reports that authorities are investigating whether the killing was an act of rage. Orange …

Authorities arrest friend in death of U Penn student

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Authorities on Friday arrested a friend in the killing of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student whose body was found buried in a shallow grave at a California park. Samuel Lincoln Woodward, 20, of Newport Beach was taken into custody for investigation of homicide after DNA evidence linked him to the …

Food, showers, tents: Does the help help the homeless?

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mohammed Aly does not see why he shouldn’t try to ease the lives of Orange County’s homeless. But the authorities — and many of his neighbours — disagree. Aly, a 28-year-old lawyer and activist, has been arrested three times as he campaigned on behalf of street people. Recently, he was denied permission …

Questions arise after US frees asylum seeker on life support

COLTON, Calif. — As the eldest son among 15 children, Senegalese tailor Saliou Ndiaye was his family’s greatest hope for a better life in a city rife with unemployment where many still travel by horse-drawn cart. He learned to sew as a child, and for years sent money to his parents – first, from his …

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 …

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