Daily Brief: Senate Panel Approves Garcetti Ambassador Nom, Jamie Lynn Spears Speaks Out

Also, four suspects were arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of off-duty LAPD officer Fernando Arroyos

» Senate Panel Approves Ambassador Nomination for L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti The mayor’s nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to India was confirmed Wednesday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. [KTLA]

» Four Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Off-Duty LAPD Officer Los Angeles County Sheriff’s officials announced Wednesday morning that four people have been arrested in connection with the killing of off-duty LAPD officer Fernando Arroyos during an armed robbery. The department would not release the identities of those arrested. [NBC Los Angeles]

» Ronnie Spector, Lead Singer of The Ronettes, Dead at 78 The 1960s girl group icon, whose infectious voice propelled hit records like “Be My Baby” and “Baby, I Love You,” died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. [New York Times]

» Cannabis Compounds Prevented COVID From infecting Human Cells in Lab Study Researchers from Oregon State University tested the effects of two compounds commonly found in hemp, which ultimately blocked the virus that causes COVID from penetrating healthy human cells. [Fortune]

» Jamie Lynn Spears Opens Up About Her Role in Britney Spears Conservatorship During an interview with ABC News’ Juju Chang on Good Morning America, the 30-year-old singer, actress, and younger sister to pop star Britney Spears said she she “didn’t understand” the conservatorship and that communicating with her sister’s legal team about it “did not end well.” [The Hollywood Reporter]


» SAG Awards Nominations: ‘Succession,’ ‘Squid Game,’ ‘Power of the Dog,’ and ‘House of Gucci’ Among Top Contenders The telecast hosted by Taye Diggs will air live on TNT and TBS

» Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Taco Bell Employee The 41-year-old victim was shot Saturday night while working at a drive-thru window after refusing to accept a counterfeit $20 bill

» Kim Kardashian, Floyd Mayweather Accused of ‘Pump and Dump’ Cryptocurrency Scam in New Lawsuit The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Federal Court by a plaintiff in New York who claims to have lost money in a purchase of EMAX tokens



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