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New Chair Named to Fair Political Practices Commission

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that Jodi Remke has been appointed chairperson of the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

Remke's appointment doesn't require Senate confirmation, according to the governor's office.

Remke, 48, currently serves as presiding judge at the State Bar Court of California, and she's also board president of the National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards.

Remke will fill the chairperson post, which became vacant last year when Ann Ravel was appointed to the Federal Election Commission.

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Mother of Student Killed in Northern Calif. Bus Crash Sues Fed Ex

(LOS ANGELES) -- The mother of a student killed in the bus wreck in Northern California earlier this month is suing FedEx.

Some witnesses said they saw a FedEx truck on fire before its head-on collision with a bus carrying Southern California teenagers to a college tour.

Now, the mother of a 17-year-old killed in the crash is suing for $100,000,000, claiming FedEx trucks have a history of catching fire.

This is the first lawsuit filed in connection with the freeway crash that killed 10 people.

FedEx has not commented on the suit, saying it is focused on helping those affected. The company adds it is cooperating with authorities.

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TSA to Pay Hermosa Beach Mother After Breast Milk Disagreement

(HERMOSA BEACH, Calif.) -- The Transportation Security Administration has agreed to pay $75,000 to a Hermosa Beach mother who sued the agency after a disagreement over breast milk at a security checkpoint.

In 2010, Stacey Armato was at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport when she asked that two containers of breast milk not be X-rayed out of an abundance of caution.

Armato says she was harassed by TSA agents and forced to stand in a holding area.

"I was told right off the bat that the milk had to go through either X-ray or to be thrown in the trash," Armato said.

The settlement will be finalized next month.

As part of the agreement, TSA screeners will have to be retrained on how to deal with mothers traveling with breast milk.

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Pedestrian Killed in Early-Morning Hit-and-Run Collision

(LOS ANGELES) -- A pedestrian is dead after being struck by a vehicle in a hit-and-run collision in Los Angeles early Wednesday morning.

Police said the man was struck by a vehicle shortly before 1 a.m. on the 12100 block of South Figueroa Street. The driver then fled the scene.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The search continues for the driver of the vehicle involved.

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Carson Shooting Leaves One Dead

(CARSON, Calif.) -- One person is dead following a shooting in Carson on Monday night.

The shooting was reported just before 9 p.m. on the 22100 block of Neptune Avenue.

Officials from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said a man was found wounded at the scene, and was taken to an area hospital, where he died.

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