SAN DIEGO (AP) - Prosecutors in San Diego say three members of a Mexican drug cartel who pleaded guilty to plotting the abduction of three drug dealers have been sentenced to spend several years in U.S. federal prison. A judge called the plot "cold-blooded" yesterday and sentenced Carlos Alberto Andrade to nearly 13 years in prison. Two others got 7½ years apiece. The trio were accused of conspiring to kidnap three San Diego dealers they suspected had stolen their methamphetamine.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officials say two people are dead and three others are hurt after fire tore through a Los Angeles apartment building early this morning. Fire officials said more than 100 firefighters battled the flames in the two-story structure for almost an hour. Police said two bodies were found in the building. Fire officials told City News Service arson and homicide investigators were sent to the scene, along with dogs trained to detect accelerants.
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California city has granted a private group a permit to hold a Vietnamese new year's parade over objections that it will exclude gay and lesbian residents. Members of a gay and lesbian group pleaded with the Westminster City Council to deny the permit to the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California at a meeting last night, but the vote to grant it was unanimous.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California officials are considering whether to change a decades-old anti-crime regulation and allow prostitutes to receive money from a victim compensation fund if they're raped or beaten. Currently those harmed in violent crimes can be paid for medical costs and related expenses, but prostitutes are excluded because their activities are illegal. California is the only state in the nation with such a provision.
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