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POSTED April 5, 2012 1:03 a.m.

• Driver arrested for texting with baby in lap: TORRANCE (AP) — Police say they’ve arrested a Hawthorne woman who was driving on a freeway while texting and holding her baby daughter in her lap.

The Los Angeles Daily says 29-year-old Shawndeeia Joann Bowen was arrested at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday after a motorist on Interstate 405 saw her and called police.

Police say Bowen wasn’t wearing a seatbelt while holding her 1-year-old on her lap, and neither was her four-year-old daughter. Her two-year-old son was in an unsecured car seat.

The woman’s three children were taken into protective custody.

Bowen was already on five years of probation for a child abuse charge she pleaded no contest to in 2010 and was driving on a suspended license.

Bowen was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment. Bail was set at $131,000.



• Moreno Valley school board member charged: RIVERSIDE  (AP) — Riverside County prosecutors say a Moreno Valley school board member already charged with attempted murder is facing new felony charges, including rape, pimping and pandering, in an unrelated case.

Mike Rios was taken into custody Wednesday night near his home.

Prosecutors say the victims include four women and two young girls.

They say investigators found Rios used a variety of ways to get the women and girls to work for him as prostitutes. Prosecutors say he told at least one woman that he was a member of the Moreno Valley school board and asked her if she needed a job.

Rios is charged in a second criminal case with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of dissuading a witness.



• Hollie Cavanaugh fails to ignite on ‘Idol’: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hollie Cavanaugh didn’t give the judges a good feeling on “American Idol.”

The demure 18-year-old singer from McKinney, Texas, fizzled Wednesday with her rendition of “Flashdance” by Irene Cara during an evening of 1980s tunes on the Fox talent competition. After her performance, “Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez warned Cavanaugh to stop listening to everyone and “let it go” when she’s performing on stage. Steven Tyler was more blunt.

“Your pitch was all over the place,” he said. “I’m so sorry to tell you.”

The panel also wasn’t in love with Elise Testone’s take on “I Want to Know What Love Is” from Foreigner. Tyler told the rocker, who impressed with Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” last week, that he didn’t think it was the “right song choice,” while Randy Jackson informed the 28-year-old teacher from Charleston, S.C., that she was “much better than this.”

“It was just out of tune everywhere for me,” he said.

There was much more praise for the other finalists, including 20-year-old face painter Colton Dixon of Murfreesboro, Tenn., with Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”; growly 21-year-old pawn shop worker Phillip Phillips of Leesburg, Ga., with Genesis’ “That’s All”; and 17-year-old student Deandre Brackensick of San Jose, Calif., with DeBarge’s “I Like It.”

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