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Second suspect arrested in shooting of Los Angeles police car

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A second suspect was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a Los Angeles shooting over the weekend where two men opened fire on a police squad car.

James Brooks, 19, was taken into custody in Las Vegas by a joint FBI and Los Angeles Police Department task force, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Prosecutors said two officers on Sunday were driving their patrol car through a south Los Angeles intersection where rival gang members had been engaged in a firefight when their vehicle was fired upon.

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One of the officers returned fire, but no one was injured in the exchange.

Law enforcement officers around the country were on edge in the aftermath of a New York City ambush earlier this month in which two policemen were shot to death as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn.

Brooks’ arrest comes a day after accused gang member Christopher Taylor, 18, was charged with assault on a peace officer, assault with a semi-automatic firearm and shooting into an occupied vehicle in connection with the incident, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Taylor faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

The FBI spokeswoman referred further questions regarding the charges to Los Angeles police. But a LAPD spokeswoman could not provide additional information.

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The weekend shooting led the LAPD to issue a citywide tactical alert, allowing commanders to keep officers on duty beyond their shifts.

A perimeter was also established around several city blocks as police swarmed the area to search for the perpetrators.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Ryan Woo)

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Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks — and then banned the safety gear

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A Florida sheriff ordered his officers to not wear face masks -- and banned the safety gear from his office -- even as the southern US state has hit record daily coronavirus death tolls.

Sheriff Billy Woods, of central Florida's Marion County, emailed deputies Tuesday to tell them of the new mask prohibition, according to local paper the Ocala Star Banner, citing the message.

"My order will stand as is when you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn," the email read.

The sheriff allowed for certain exceptions, including for officers who work in prisons, schools, hospitals or with people suspected of being infected with the virus.

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Fast-moving brush fire north of Los Angeles has prompted mandatory evacuation orders for some 500 homes

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A fast-moving brush fire north of Los Angeles prompted mandatory evacuation orders for some 500 homes on Wednesday as firefighters battled the flames that had burned 10,000 acres by early evening, authorities said.

The Lake Fire erupted at around 3:30 pm (2230 GMT) near Lake Hughes, about a 90-minute drive from Los Angeles.

Rapidly-spreading flames had scorched some 10,000 acres (4,050 hectares) within a little more than three hours, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

"Multiple agencies are battling a brush fire near the Lake Hughes area in the Angeles National Forest," the department said in a tweet.

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‘Trump should know how to be in public with a woman who publicly humiliated him’: Trevor Noah jokes

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"The Daily Show's" Trevor Noah couldn't help but notice President Donald Trump's confusion during the Q&A of his daily coronavirus press briefing. Trump was asked about Vice President Joe Biden's pick as Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his running mate. In his attacks on Harris, Trump seemed to be spending more time defending Biden than he did attacking him.

Trump claimed the reason he was surprised Biden picked Harris is that she was "very very nasty to Joe Biden," he said she was "probably nastier even than Pocahontas," his nickname for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). "She was very disrespectful to Joe Biden."

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