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Morning Scoop: Prison cellphones, noodle nitpicking, cuts and the Station fire

October 2, 2009 |  9:12 am

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Happy Friday from the City Desk. Some California stories to help you finish off your work week well informed.

The U.S. Forest Service was looking to save money. So three weeks before the Station fire began, officials there issued a cost-cutting order to reduce the use of state and local firefighters, The Times has found.

Will they lose their noodles over a law? Asian noodle makers are fighting a state regulation that requires them to refrigerate noodles, something never done, traditionally.

The FBI is investigating allegations of excessive force by Burbank police officers.

A ministry director based in Miami has been charged with the 1981 killings of a Cabazon Indian Reservation tribal leader and two others. Authorities allege he killed the people to keep them from exposing illegal activities on the reservation.

Los Angeles County's top prosecutor brushes off criticism of his pursuit of Roman Polanski, saying, "It's about completing justice."

Why is it taking so long for Castaic to get its own high school?

Diesel emissions have dropped radically at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, thanks to a new program.

Contraband cellphones are a growing presence in state prison. Prison officials say they've confiscated 4,130 this year, more than in the previous three years combined.

We'll bring you more news as we get it. See any news you think we should be covering? Drop me a line at nita.lelyveld@latimes.com

-- Nita Lelyveld

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