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The University of Southern California has announced a new president to usher in "a new era."

The university said Wednesday that Carol Folt will become the university’s 12th president. The announcement comes a week after news broke of a massive college bribery scandal involving USC and other universities across the country.

Folt most recently was chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She will become USC’s president on July 1, taking over from interim President Wanda Austin, who stepped in after former President C.L. Max Nikias resigned last summer.

Nikias stepped down amid reports the school ignored complaints of widespread sexual misconduct by a longtime campus gynecologist.

USC says Folt will "promote positive cultural change and uphold the highest values of excellence, integrity and trust across USC."

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Prosecutors have charged a mother with murder in the death of her 9-year-old daughter, whose body was found in a duffel bag along a suburban horse trail near Los Angeles.

Twenty-eight-year-old Taquesta Graham was charged Wednesday in the death of Trinity Love Jones.

It’s unclear whether she has an attorney. Graham is expected to be arraigned later Wednesday.

Also charged with murder in the case is Graham’s boyfriend, Emiel Hunt. His arraignment is set for April 16.

On March 5, a park worker found Trinity at the bottom of an embankment in the suburb of Hacienda Heights. She had been wearing pants with a panda pattern and a pink shirt that said, "Future Princess Hero."

A huge memorial for the girl sprung up after community members heard about the case.

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Authorities say a bobcat that survived a Southern California wildfire has been hit and killed by a car.

The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area tweeted Monday that the adult male bobcat known as B-361 died last week.

The animal was struck by a car in Calabasas, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of downtown Los Angeles.

Scientists had been tracking B-361 as it roamed between the burned and unburned areas of Malibu Canyon. The area was scorched by last year’s Woolsey Fire, which destroyed 1,600 structures and left three people dead.

A necropsy is planned.

B-361 is among several bobcats and mountain lions monitored by researchers in the wilderness areas of greater Los Angeles.

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Authorities have arrested a woman on suspicion of murder after the body of her 9-year-old daughter was found in a duffel bag along a suburban horse trail near Los Angeles.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials say Taquesta Graham is expected to be charged on Wednesday. It wasn’t known Monday if she has an attorney.

Prosecutors last week charged Graham’s boyfriend, Emiel Hunt, with murder in the killing of Trinity Love Jones.

The girl’s body was found March 5 in the suburb of Hacienda Heights. She was wearing a pink shirt that said, "Future Princess Hero."

Graham was extradited from Texas to Southern California last week and was initially held on an unrelated warrant.

Prosecutors said the 38-year-old Hunt has a previous child abuse conviction from 2005 in San Diego County.

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A California horse-racing track announced Thursday a ban on drugs and whips on race days after the 22nd horse died at the track since late December 2018.

“Today, I’m announcing The Stronach Group will take the unprecedented step of declaring a zero tolerance for race day medication at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields,” the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita Park, said in a Thursday statement. “What has happened at Santa Anita over the last few weeks is beyond heartbreaking. It is unacceptable — unacceptable to the public and, as people who deeply love horses.”

Joint injections, shockwave therapy and anabolic steroids are among items facing more restrictions. Whips are only permitted to “be used as a corrective safety measure,” according to the statement.

The announcement comes after a horse, Princess Lili B, broke both legs during training and was euthanized, according to The New York Times.

Horse racing officials indefinitely shut down the Los Angeles race track March 5 after 21 horses died since the winter season began Dec. 26, 2018. Officials reopened the track Wednesday, TheNYT reported.

Investigators are trying to discover the cause of the deaths, so far to no avail. In the meantime, the park is implementing the bans in an attempt to make the track safer. No other track has ever banned whips and drugs on racing day, according to the Stronach Group’s statement.

The park’s owner said the winter’s unusually cold and wet weather could be contributing to the horse fatalities.

“We think that [rain] could definitely contribute even though our experts are telling us not,” Stronach Group COO Tim Ritvo told The Associated Press at the time of the March 5 closure. “The tracks out here are built not for weather like that.”

Experts have not been able to find any major irregularities at the park, The Washington Post reported.

The California Horse Racing Board will holding a meeting on March 21 to assess the situation.

“First and foremost, we must do right by the horse. When we do right by the horse, everything – everything – will follow,” the Stronach Group’s statement reads.

PETA called in a March 2 statement for an investigation to determine if horses were being forced to train through injuries following the 20th horse death. (RELATED: Animal Rights Groups Sue Over Trump’s Plan To Keep Overpopulated Wild Horses From Getting Pregnant)

“[The industry has yet to do everything that can be done to prevent them. That changes today,” the group’s statement concludes.

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Immigration judges say a new quota system threatens to increase an already overwhelming backlog of cases in U.S. immigration courts.

The system pushes for judges to close 700 cases a year and calls for them to be evaluated on that quota.

Immigration Judge Ashley Tabaddor said in a March 12 letter to lawmakers that the change would create a perception of government interference in the handling of cases that will lead more immigrants to file appeals.

Tabaddor, who heads the National Association of Immigration Judges, says the move could also flood federal courts with cases.

It can take years to get a decision in the immigration courts, which have more than 800,000 pending cases.

The letter followed testimony last week before a House subcommittee by James McHenry, who oversees the nation’s immigration courts.

A message sent to immigration court officials was not immediately returned.

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An investigation has determined that one of the largest and most destructive fires in California history was sparked by power lines coming into contact during high winds.

The Ventura County Fire Department says Wednesday that the contact ignited dry brush on Dec. 4, 2017, and eventually blackened more than 440 square miles (1,139 square kilometers).

The Thomas fire destroyed more than a thousand structures in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and resulted in the deaths of two people.

The report says the power lines operated by Southern California Edison created an electrical arc, which deposited molten material onto the ground.

Edison didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.

The investigation was conducted by county and state officials.

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Los Angeles prosecutors have charged a man in the killing of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag along a suburban horse trail.

Emiel Hunt was charged Tuesday with murder in the killing of Trinity Love Jones.

The girl’s body was found March 5 in the Los Angeles-area suburb of Hacienda Heights.

Hunt faces arraignment Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pomona.

Authorities have not released information on the 38-year-old’s connection to the girl or information about how she was killed.

Prosecutors say Hunt has a previous child abuse conviction from 2005 in San Diego County.

If convicted, Hunt faces a sentence of up to 50 years to life in state prison.

Hunt was in custody and could not be reached for comment.

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Investigators have identified a Los Angeles-area girl found dead in a duffel bag along a suburban equestrian trail, and two people have been detained in connection with the case.

The coroner’s office determined that the girl was 9-year-old Trinity Love Jones and ruled her death a homicide, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said late Sunday.

The department has declined to say how the girl was killed but planned to release additional information later in the week.

The two people detained in Trinity’s deaths are considered persons of interest and their names have not been released.

Trinity’s body was found on March 5 partly protruding from the duffel bag at the bottom of an embankment in an unincorporated area of Hacienda Heights, southeast of Los Angeles.

Investigators believe her body was there less than 48 hours.

A sketch of Trinity released to help identify her showed her wearing a pink shirt that read, "Future Princess Hero."

A man who identified himself as Trinity’s father told KTLA-TV that his daughter was full of life and joy and that he’s in shock over her death.

"Words can’t explain what I’m feeling right now," Antonio Jones said. "I just want answers. I just want justice."

He declined to discuss details about the case or Trinity’s living situation.

Meanwhile a large memorial near where Trinity’s body was found continued to grow Monday, with people stopping by to add Disney balloons, teddy bears, flowers and photos of the bright-eyed girl. Signs read, "Justice for Trinity," and "Rest in Heaven, Princess."

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Neetu Chandak | Education and Politics Reporter

California police identified a dead girl’s body found in a duffel bag along a trail Sunday.

Pictured is 9-year-old Trinity Jones. Courtesy of LASD

Pictured is 9-year-old Trinity Jones. Courtesy of LASD

Investigators discovered Trinity Love Jones, 9, dead at the bottom of an embankment in unincorporated Hacienda Heights, California, Tuesday. Two persons of interest were detained, according to a Sunday statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD).

“Although the Coroner’s Office determined the death to be a homicide, the cause of death is being withheld,” LASD’s statement reported.

Investigators said Jones’s 55-pound body was in the bottom of an embankment for less than two days before she was found by police, the Los Angeles Times reported. More detectives are being assigned to the case.

“We have had thousands of tips come in from across the country,” LASD Capt. Kent Wegener said, according to the LA Times. (RELATED: Man Accused Of Punching Conservative At UC Berkeley Pleads Not Guilty)

Retired L.A. County Sheriff’s sergeant Dan Scott said it was “extremely rare to see a child’s body dumped,” the LA Times reported.

Antonio Jones claimed Trinity Jones as his youngest daughter and found out about her death over a phone call, according to KTLA.

“I just want answers,” Antonio Jones said, KTLA reported. “I just want justice.”

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