LOS ANGELES — Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., has introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, making good on a promise he made to move the process forward.


Sherman, an 11-term Democrat who represents part of the San Fernando Valley, was the first to draft and circulate articles of impeachment last month. He formally introduced the measure, HR 438, on the House floor Wednesday afternoon.


The measure accuses Trump of obstruction of justice and seeking to “use his authority to hinder and cause the termination” of an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn, including “through threatening, and then terminating, James Comey.”


Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, who had previously held a joint news conference with Sherman supporting the effort to impeach Trump, was the only co-sponsor of the measure.


—Los Angeles Times


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‘Extremely rare’ shark attack on kayaker triggers 4-day closure of Santa Cruz beaches


LOS ANGELES — A shark attack on a kayaker’s boat Tuesday near a famous surfing spot in Santa Cruz has triggered a four-day swimming ban and closure of beaches in the area.


The attack was reported just after 11 a.m. about a quarter of a mile from Steamer Lane, a popular surfing location, according to the Santa Cruz Fire Department. When the shark chomped on his boat, the kayaker was tossed into the water.


The kayaker was not injured, but his boat suffered “extensive damage,” the Fire Department said.


Steve Lawson told KPIX-TV in San Francisco that he thought he had hit a rock, but he then saw the shark “holding the front of my boat and he let go and I went over.”


Lawson, who has been kayaking for 25 years, was not fazed, telling the television news station that “things happen and it was not a big deal.”


But Santa Cruz officials aren’t taking any risks.


By Tuesday afternoon, signs were posted at beaches within a mile of the attack and water activities were prohibited until sunrise Saturday.


“Attacks like these are extremely rare in Santa Cruz County, and we are so thankful that the kayaker was uninjured,” Santa Cruz Fire Chief Jim Frawley said in a statement. “This is a reminder that swimming in the ocean does carry some risk and we encourage all swimmers, surfers and kayakers to be mindful of their surroundings and follow directions of lifeguards and Marine Safety staff.”


—Los Angeles Times


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Boy, 12, arrested with gun in Chicago alley


CHICAGO — Chicago police took a 12-year-old boy into custody Tuesday night after finding him with a handgun in a West Side alley.


Anthony Guglielmi, the top police spokesman, said officers responding to a call of a person with a gun in the Lawndale neighborhood arrived about 8 p.m. to the 1800 block of South Kostner Avenue and found the boy with a weapon.


They located his mother about 30 minutes later, and he was charged as a juvenile with unlawful use of a weapon, he said.


A few days ago, police were alerted about a video on social media showing a group of boys, one of whom pulled out a weapon as he was talking to at least one man in a passing vehicle. Guglielmi said the boy was not the boy in that video and police were still investigating that incident.


The boy arrested Tuesday night told officers he was a gang member, police said.


—Chicago Tribune


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Former Brazilian president Lula sentenced to 9.5 years for corruption


RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was convicted on Wednesday and sentenced to nine years and six months in prison for corruption.


Lula, as da Silva is known, was accused of allowing corruption to flourish during his two terms as president beginning in 2003, and of personally benefiting from the schemes.


Judge Sergio Moro announced the decision in the Brazilian city of Curitiba.


Lula was charged with receiving bribes from a construction company in the form of renovations on a seaside apartment in Guaruja on the Atlantic Coast. In exchange, Lula allegedly ensured favorable treatment of the construction firm’s contract bids to Petrobras, the oil company part-owned by the state.


Lula denied having intended to buy the seaside apartment, which was never in his name.


The charges were part of an investigation known as “Lava Jato” (Operation Car Wash), which has thrown Brazil’s political class into tumult. Lula is one of the South American country’s most popular political figures and the corruption probe’s most prominent target so far.


The former president recently announced his intention to run for the presidency again.


During several hours of questioning in a hearing in May over his alleged entanglement in the multi-billion-dollar bribery scheme, Lula said his accusers “had nothing.”


He had previously denied the charges, which he describes as politically motivated ploys to keep him from seeking another term in 2018 elections.


—dpa


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