BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - A Los Angeles police officer has been killed and another was critically injured when their cruiser was struck by a big rig at a Beverly Hills intersection. LAPD says the crash around 8 a.m. happened at Robert Lane and Loma Vista Drive in a residential area. Both were assigned to the Hollywood division. Initial reports say the truck driver may have lost control before his vehicle plowed into the cruiser.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California's unemployment rate decreased to 8.1 percent in January, down from 8.3 percent in December and from 9.5 percent a year earlier. The U.S. unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in January.
VISTA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Vista have arrested an 18-year-old man who's accused of more than 300 graffiti vandalism incidents across the city. San Diego County sheriff's Deputy Adrian Moses says it cost the city $90,000 to clean up the graffiti allegedly scrawled by Bladimir Alexis Lopez. Investigators were aided by Graffiti Tracker, a database designed to help identify graffiti vandals.
LAKE ELSINORE, Calif. (AP) - A humanist group that blocked construction of a veterans' memorial cross has now successfully challenged a memorial roadside cross in the same Southern California city. The Riverside Press-Enterprise says AnnMarie Devaney agreed to remove a cross she put up in Lake Elsinore where her son was struck by a car and killed. Devaney and her family took down the cross yesterday, but a half-dozen more soon appeared along the same stretch of road.
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