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The drought that is plaguing California is worse than originally expected, say officials. Suraya Fadel reports.
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Many schools are sending notes home to parents, telling them their children are overweight. By October, many parents will get what is called “healthy or unhealthy” letters. Kids call them “fat letters.” In tonight’s CBS 2 report, Suraya interviews Lauren Schmitt, a registered dietitian, who starts the school year by checking out the weight of hundreds of preschoolers in the San Fernando Valley. Suraya Fadel Reporting.

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Police across Southern California are beefing up patrols following Wednesday night’s crime spree in Hollywood. Approximately 40 people had gathered in the area near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue around 9 p.m., knocking people down and taking their cell phones. Merchandise and cash registers were stolen from local businesses and windows broken throughout the neighborhood.

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Angelenos rallied for justice Tuesday night in the  wake of the weekend acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of  Florida teen Trayvon Martin. KCAL9’s Suraya Fadel reports.

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The successful return of Home Flipping in California is indicative of the housing market’s recovery. Experts are saying that recent home flipping is coming back due to low interest rates and the recent strength of the housing market. According to real estate data firm, Property Radar, the number of homes sold over recent months that have been flipped, or bought and re-sold within six months, has reached it’s highest level since 2005. Suraya interviews a home flipper and shows a home that was just purchased to flip as well as a newly completed flipped home. Suraya Fadel Reporting

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A multi-million dollar settlement has been reached after residents fell victim to stray voltage from a local Edison substation. The substation sits right next to Knob Hill, a neighborhood in Redondo Beach.

Simona Wilson filed a lawsuit against Southern California Edison after suffering from low-voltage electrocution due to her shower-head becoming electrically charged. Her home’s gas line was reportedly also carrying a charge.

A jury ruled in her favor, and Wilson was awarded $4.05 million for her damages.

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Police are on the hunt for the man accused of robbing dozens of gas stations across Southern California. KCAL9’s Suraya Fadel reports.

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As part of the CHiPS for KIDS Toy Donation Kick-Off, the City of Industry and a jolly Saint Nick are combining forces to help needy kids. Suraya Fadel reports from the El Tepeyac restaurant as part of this annual California Highway Patrol and CBS event.

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Preparations were underway in many Southland households for their turkey meal. Some last-minute shoppers were scrambling at grocery stores for the essentials: canned cranberry sauce, potatoes, turkey and gravy. The mad dash is on and the aisles are packed as last-minute shoppers stock up for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving meal. Suraya Fadel reports.

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Business owners say the price of seafood will likely skyrocket because of the storm. Suraya Fadel reports.

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