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  • 2 wounded at LA school when gun in backpack fires

    THOMAS WATKINS Associated Press

    THOMAS WATKINS,Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A gun in a 10th-grader's backpack accidentally discharged when he dropped the bag, wounding two students at a high school Tuesday, Los Angeles police and school authorities said. A 15-year-old girl was in critical condition with a head wound and a 15-year-old boy suffered a neck wound, said Deputy Chief Patrick Gannon. Both were hit with the same bullet. The student who brought the gun apologized before running to a classroom, Gannon said. "He said, 'I'm sorry,' when the...

  • Police building booby trapped, bikers eyed

    THOMAS WATKINS Associated Press Writer LO S ANGELES

    Authorities are investigating whether a motorcycle gang rigged a Southern California police building with booby traps after becoming angry when police monitored the funeral of a member. Hemet police spokesman Lt. Duane Wisehart said Thursday it was one of several possible motives being considered regarding the attacks. "They are definitely one of the suspects," Wisehart said. "It's coincidental at minimum." About 30 members of the Vagos, California's largest motorcycle gang, were arrested Wednesday as part of a crackdown in...