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Man Hospitalized After Near Drowning at Venice Beach

(LOS ANGELES) -- A man is in the hospital after a near drowning Thursday evening in Venice Beach.

The Los Angeles Fire Department says the 27-year-old man was pulled from the high surf.

Lifeguards and LAFD performed CPR and the man was transported to the hospital.

Although the surf is starting to subside, LA County lifeguards say it will be all hands on deck in preparation for the holiday weekend.

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Irvine Attorney Faces New Trial in Drug-Planting Case

(IRVINE, Calif.) -- A retrial is underway for an Irvine attorney accused of trying to frame a PTA volunteer by planting drugs in her car, allegedly in retaliation for the way she treated his son.

Kelli Peters broke down in tears in court Thursday after coming face to face with Kent Easter, the man accused of framing her.

Easter remains free on bail, facing charges of false imprisonment by fraud or deceit. A previous trial ended in November in a deadlock, 11-1, in favor of convicting Easter.

Prosecutors say Easter called 911 Feb. 16, 2011, accusing Peters of being under the influence of drugs. Easter has never denied making that phone call.

After authorities found the drugs in Peters' car, they detained her for two hours and searched her home, but didn't find any other drugs, leading investigators to shift their attention to Easter.

Prosecutors say the Easters accused Peters of not properly supervising their son, a student at the elementary school where Peters volunteered.

In opening statements, Easter's lawyer said it was the man's wife, Jill, who planted the drugs. "Jill was the operator behind the incident," the lawyer said.

Jill Easter pleaded guilty last year to false imprisonment and was sentenced to 120 days in jail, a term she completed.

If convicted, Kent Easter faces three years in prison.

The trial continues next week with Peters back on the stand.

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Legislation to Cut Down on Kids Cutting Class Heads to Governor

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Legislation aimed at cracking down on kids ditching school in California is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after being passed in both legislative houses.

"Each year approximately one million California elementary school children are truant from class," Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement. "Good education policies are meaningless if students aren’t at their desks."

The new legislation aims to modernize state and local systems to track and prevent truancy and chronic absence. Officials said should it be signed into law, the legislation would also seek to help schools and counties work with parents to address the core reasons behind truancy and chronic absence.

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USC Football Player Josh Shaw Admits He Lied About Rescuing Nephew

(LOS ANGELES) -- Southern California cornerback Josh Shaw told school officials that he lied about how he suffered his ankle injuries over the weekend, according to a statement released by the school. He has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities by the university.

Shaw initially claimed he was injured after leaping from the second story of an apartment complex to save his 7-year-old nephew, who was struggling in the pool.

“We are extremely disappointed in Josh,” USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian said in a statement.  “He let us all down. As I have said, nothing in his background led us to doubt him when he told us of his injuries, nor did anything after our initial vetting of his story.

“I appreciate that Josh has now admitted that he lied and has apologized. Although this type of behavior is out of character for Josh, it is unacceptable. Honesty and integrity must be at the center of our program. I believe Josh will learn from this. I hope that he will not be defined by this incident, and that the Trojan Family will accept his apology and support him.”

USC did not release details on how Shaw injured himself. They open their football season Saturday hosting Fresno State.

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Police Investigating Reported Fight in Venice Beach

(LOS ANGELES) -- Police are investigating a reported fight in Venice Beach Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Police Department says officers responded to a report of people fighting near Ocean Front Walk at about 10:30 p.m. But when officers arrived, the "involved parties had left the scene."

Anyone with information on the people involved in this reported fight is asked to call Pacific Division Detectives 310-482-6334 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.

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