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CALIFORNIALOS ANGELES — A series of winter storms is bearing down on California and officials are also preparing for possible flooding and posting mudflow warnings for burn areas in the San Gabriel Mountains and in Malibu. The National Weather Service said a band of moisture that starts in Hawaii points directly at Central California. Meteorologists said the Central Valley will get 1 to 3 inches of rain by Monday with up to 15 inches of rain in the Sierra, which could prompt flooding in streams and rivers. Northern California is expecting 5 inches of rain over the weekend.
Suspected killer’s lawyer raps policeLOS ANGELES — The lawyer for a mechanic accused of the “Grim Sleeper’’ serial killings has criticized Los Angeles police for releasing photographs of women seized at the suspect’s home. In a statement to ABC News, Louisa Pensanti said the photos include family and friends of suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr. who are now under intense public and police scrutiny. She also said investigators’ comments at a news conference were “a deliberate tainting of public opinion and the jury pool.’’ Investigators could not immediately be reached for comment.
Man shoots his pregnant wifeDENVER — A police SWAT team surrounded a suburban Denver house where a man shot his pregnant wife yesterday, and some residents in the neighborhood were evacuated. Officials in Castle Rock said the woman was in stable condition. She was able to flee the home with a child after the shooting. No names were released.
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