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Headlines: ‘Birria’ Added to the Dictionary; Tropical Storm to Drop a ‘Year’s Worth’ of Rain

9:23 AM PDT on September 9, 2022

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—Tropical Storm Kay could potentially drop a "year's worth of rain" on drought-stricken Southern California today, raising fears of dangerous flooding. [CNN]

—Merriam-Webster has added the word "birria" to its dictionaries with the definition: "a Mexican dish of stewed meat seasoned especially with 'chili' peppers. [MW]."

—All northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway will be shut down at night in the next week to make repairs from the Route Fire. [ABC]

—Two people are dead after a plane crash yesterday at the Santa Monica Airport. [CBS]

—The term “squaw” will be scrubbed from 80 geographic features across California. [KTLA]

—15 "tiny houses" housing homeless veterans were destroyed by a fire at the Veterans Administration’s West Los Angeles Campus this morning. [KTLA]

—The L.A. Rams lost their first game of the NFL season, against the Buffalo Bills. [BBC]

—7 of the best art projects "and oddities" from this year's Burning Man. [Art Majeur]

—An argument in Downtown escalated into the fatal shooting of one man in his thirties last night. [ABC]

—Low income communities in Los Angeles are feeling the worst effects of the ongoing heat wave. [MSNBC]

—The trial of an FBI agent accused of selling classified information to the Armenian Mafia for cash, vacations, a motorcycle, and the services of a sex worker will begin next week in L.A. [LA Mag]

—Human trafficking victims from China were discovered at a cannabis farm in the Mojave Desert, where they were working without pay, growing and trimming herb for dispensaries. [NBC]

—Chipotle is hitting back at a thieving burrito scheme made viral on TikTok by removing the option order a taco online. [Yahoo!]

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