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2 killed, 6 hurt as LA crash mixes water, power

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven people suffered electric shocks including two women who were electrocuted Wednesday night as they rushed to help at a Los Angeles accident scene where an SUV knocked over a fire hydrant and a power pole, exposing live wires that electrified the gathering water, authorities said.

The two women were the first to reach the scene on a front lawn in the Valley Village area where the man driving the SUV was injured in the crash but was the only victim not shocked. They were taken in grave condition to a hospital where they were declared dead, said Los Angeles fire spokesman Erik Scott.

As more people approached the scene to help, more were shocked.

Investigators say lawyer smuggled drugs to inmate

REDWOOD CITY (AP) — Investigators say a lawyer smuggled drugs to an inmate in a Northern California jail.

The San Francisco Chronicle says 43-year-old Erika Jordening passed the drug to 43-year-old Aaron Rauls at the San Mateo County jail in Redwood City. The type of drug hasn't been disclosed.

Sheriff's Lt. Larry Schumaker says the transaction occurred Tuesday during a confidential meeting between the lawyer and her client, who was in jail on a drug charge.

Jordening has been booked for investigation conspiracy and bringing contraband into a jail facility. She remains jailed with bail set at $70,000.

Feds charge 27 in Calif-Mexico meth ring

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than two dozen people have been indicted for their roles in a bi-national drug ring that sent methamphetamine to Southern California from Mexico, authorities said Thursday.

Sixteen of 27 people who all face drug conspiracy charges were arrested Thursday as part of a 16-month investigation. The ring involved members of the La Familia Michoacan drug clan and members of two Latino gangs in Southern California, authorities said.