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Los Angeles police are seeking a search warrant for the Reddit website as they try to identify the person who leaked a racism-tainted discussion between City Council members and a powerful labor leader, causing a scandal that has rocked the community and shaken faith in its lawmakers. The LAPD said Tuesday that it's trying to determine the origin of the recording that was posted on Reddit last month. Police want to determine whether the recording was made illegally. The recording captured then-council President Nury Martinez and Councilmen Gil Cedillo and Kevin de León scheming to protect their political clout. It also featured offensive and bigoted remarks against Blacks and others. Martinez resigned. The other council members have refused repeated calls to do so.

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Journalists from an investigative news outlet in El Salvador have sued NSO Group in U.S. federal court after the Israeli firm’s powerful Pegasus spyware was detected on their iPhones. In January, the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab internet watchdog reported that dozens of journalists and human rights defenders in El Salvador had their cellphones repeatedly hacked with the spyware. Among them were journalists at the El Faro news site. El Faro’s co-founder and director says in a Wednesday statement that “these spyware attacks were an attempt to silence our sources and deter us from doing journalism."

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A former elections manager who prosecutors say assisted in a security breach of voting equipment in a Colorado county has pleaded guilty under a plea agreement that requires her to testify against her former boss. Sandra Brown entered her pleas Wednesday. She is one of two employees accused of helping Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters allow a copy of a hard drive to be made during an update of election equipment last year in search of proof of the conspiracy theories spun by former President Donald Trump. She won't be sentenced until right after she testifies at Peters' trial next year.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) _ These Pennsylvania lotteries were drawn Wednesday:

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The world’s largest volcano is oozing rivers of glowing lava and drawing thousands of awestruck viewers who jammed a Hawaii highway that could soon be covered by the flow. Mauna Loa awoke from its 38-year slumber Sunday, causing volcanic ash and debris to drift down from the sky. On Wednesday, a main highway linking towns on the east and west coasts of the Big Island became an impromptu viewing point. Thousands of cars jammed the highway near Volcanoes National Park. Anne Andersen left her overnight shift as a nurse to see the spectacle. She was afraid that the road would soon be closed.

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The White House says Thursday's state dinner for the president of France is meant to highlight the ties that bind the United States and its oldest ally. First lady Jill Biden and White House staff previewed the arrangements on Wednesday. Maine lobster poached in butter, beef with shallot marmalade and a trio of American cheeses are on the menu. Dessert is orange chiffon cake, with roasted pears and creme fraiche ice cream. A glitzy White House state dinner is a high diplomatic honor reserved for only the closest U.S. allies. Thursday's affair will be the first one of the Biden administration.

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