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USBurned body found in Los Angeles encampment after fire attacks on homeless, report say

10:45  13 september  2019
10:45  13 september  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

Investigation to determine if charges filed in boat fire

Investigation to determine if charges filed in boat fire The captain and crew who leapt from a burning dive boat off Southern California saved themselves as 34 people perished below deck. Whether their escape from the Conception before dawn Monday was the only viable option, an act of cowardice or even a crime has yet to be determined, but the old saw about the captain going down with his ship is more an antiquated notion.

Authorities in Los Angeles on Thursday found a burned body stuffed in a shopping cart at a city homeless encampment, a report said.

The find comes after several recent fire attacks on the homeless in the city, The Los Angeles Times reported. It was unclear if the person was homeless, but the report said it was recovered at a spot in Van Nuys that is frequented by transients.

Burned body found in Los Angeles encampment after fire attacks on homeless, report say© FoxNews.com Left Coast News host Ethan Bearman and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo react on ‘Fox News @ Night.'

Homelessness in Los Angeles has been a top issue in the city that has attracted national attention after President Trump sent a team to take a firsthand look at the issue.

Vigil held for 34 killed in California dive boat fire

Vigil held for 34 killed in California dive boat fire SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The 34 people who died in a diving boat fire off Southern California are being remembered by those who shared their love of the sea. Hundreds turned out Friday evening for a vigil at a Santa Barbara park. The dead were "our friends and our family members. Our common love of diving binds us together for eternity," said Don Barthelmess, a local dive instructor. Thirty-four scuba tanks lined the stage. 

In July, Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a public invitation for the Republican president to walk the streets with him and see the suffering and squalid conditions. The mayor released a letter to Trump on Tuesday saying he looked forward to working together, but tensions between the White House and officials in heavily Democratic California were also on vivid display.

Garcetti, who said 36,000 people in the city are homeless on any given night, implied that he was ready to talk but wrote that “the federal government has woefully underfunded our housing safety net, contributing to homelessness” and slashed funding for new housing.

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“We must put politics aside,” he wrote.

The Associated  Press contributed to this report

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