Washington

2 arrested after

flag burning

The U.S. Secret Service says two people were arrested during a Fourth of July flag-burning incident on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

The arrests were made about two hours before President Donald Trump paid tribute to the U.S. military during a speech at the Lincoln Memorial. The Secret Service says one person was arrested for felony assault on a police officer and malicious burning. The other was arrested for hindering a police investigation and resisting arrest.

It is not illegal to burn a U.S. flag, but the Secret Service says the burning occurred beyond the limits of a permit issued by the National Park Service.

Los Angeles

6.4M quake strikes near Ridgecrest

The strongest earthquake in 20 years shook a large swath of Southern California and parts of Nevada on Thursday, rattling nerves on the July Fourth holiday and causing injuries and damage in a town near the epicenter, followed by a swarm of ongoing aftershocks.

The 6.4 magnitude quake struck at 10:33 a.m. in the Mojave Desert, about 150 miles northeast of Los Angeles, near the town of Ridgecrest, California.

Multiple injuries and two house fires were reported in the town of 28,000. Emergency crews were also dealing with small vegetation fires, gas leaks and reports of cracked roads, said Kern County Fire Chief David Witt.

San Diego

Appeals court says no Pentagon cash for wall

An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico.

A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agreed with a lower court ruling that prevented the government from tapping Defense Department counterdrug money to build high-priority sections of wall in Arizona, California and New Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. of Oakland ruled definitively Friday that the administration couldn’t use Pentagon counterdrug money for the two projects covered in his May order or to replace 63 miles in the Border Patrol’s Tucson, Arizona, sector and 15 miles in its El Centro, California, sector.

The administration immediately appealed.

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