LOS ANGELES (AP) - The LAPD is struggling to recruit enough qualified candidates as fewer people are applying to join the nation's third-largest police force. The LA Times reports the department is down more than 100 officers since the decline began several months ago. The department has to hire about 350 officers a year to account for attrition and officials worry they could be understaffed for years if the current trend continues.
VICTORVILLE, Calif. (AP) - School officials say a high school security guard in San Bernardino County died of a heart attack after he helped break up a fight between two students. Djuan "DJ" Kelly complained of shortness of breath and chest pain before collapsing Monday near Victor Valley High School. Paramedics treated the 53-year-old Kelly at the scene before rushing him to a hospital, where he died.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court seems likely to reinstate the trespassing conviction of a man who was caught protesting military activities in a zone designated for demonstrators outside the main gate at Vandenberg Air Force. The justices did not seem interested today in the larger First Amendment issues that protester John Apel sought to raise. The court instead focused on a federal law giving commanding officers authority to prevent people from entering military installations.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Santa Ana is among 20 U.S. cities chosen as the first partners in a national initiative aimed at boosting the ranks of college grads. The Lumina Foundation today promised as much as $200,000 to the cities over three years. The foundation's goal is to raise the percentage of Americans with college degrees from 38 percent to 60 percent by 2025.
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