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  • An Amber Alert was issued this afternoon after two women posing as social service workers allegedly abducted a 4-year-old girl from her Thousand Palms home.
  • Last night in South LA an unidentified gunman was wounded when LAPD officers returned fire. The shooter did not strike anyone when he initiated fire.
  • They're still working on fixing the giant sinkhole on a busy portion of the 215 freeway; southbound lanes opened this morning, while northbound lanes are expected to open tomorrow evening.
  • Police are looking for the man who dropped off a 47-year-old Panorama City man at Mission Hospital this morning, then fled. The victim, who had been shot, died while at the hospital.
  • Money woes cutting into your grocery budget? Learn how to grow your own food, and save some cash.
  • Absurd truth or urban legend, only time will tell: American Idol host Simon Cowell wants to be frozen via cryogenics upon his death.
  • What do you do if you're one of the kids who starred in the movie that won the Best Picture Oscar last night? That's go to Disneyland!
  • As Angeleno viewers may have guessed, many exterior scenes from TV's The Office are filmed in the Valley. LA Observed has the location information.