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This just in … The state’s Department of Justice is opening a civil rights investigation into the L-A County Sheriff’s Department. Attorney General Xavier Becerra says the probe was prompted by allegations of excessive force by deputies … retaliatory actions and other incidents involving department managers and personnel. Becerra says there’s no comprehensive oversight of the agency.

At least three people are nursing injuries suffered in a fire that gutted a vacant two-story home in Hollywood and damaged three structures nearby. The fire on Bronson Avenue sent a thick plume of smoke into the sky … and it took crews about an hour to fully contain it. A fire captain says three people were taken to hospitals for minor injuries.

COVID-19 vaccination efforts are continuing today … but it’s still a mystery how long supplies of the vaccine will hold out. The county is expecting to receive about 1-hundred-44-thousand more doses next week … but the vast majority of them will be reserved for people in need of their second dose of the medication. At the current pace … it’ll be summer before shots are made available to the public at large.

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Numbers of new cases in the county have been stabilizing in recent days … and the testing positivity rate is dropping … along with the number of people in hospitals. But even though the numbers are leveling off … they’re still exceedingly high … and health officials say the virus is still rampant throughout the area. The slow pace of vaccine rollout means people need to keep wearing masks … staying home as much as possible and avoid gatherings with others.

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Is being evicted dangerous for your health? A new U-C-L-A study says it might be. Researchers say people who are forced to move for financial reasons are significantly more likely to report un-met medical needs. They say the study shows that efforts are needed to ensure health care for people forced to move … and to prevent people from being forced out of their homes in the first place.

Have you gotten your Mega Millions ticket yet? Tonight’s drawing is worth about a billion dollars … making it the third-largest jackpot in U-S history. Nobody has won the jackpot in the multi-state game in 36 drawings … the longest drought in the game’s history. The winning numbers will be chosen at 8 tonight.

It’ll be mostly cloudy across the Southland this afternoon … with about a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers. Highs will be around 60 at the beaches to downtown L-A … the mid-50s to low-60s in the valleys.

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