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Man found fatally shot inside Compton home

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 35-year-old man found inside a Compton home early Saturday.

Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified the victim as Darrell Lynn Echols of Los Angeles. 

Deputies responded around 2:14 a.m. to reports of shots fired inside a home in the 2600 block of West 134th Street, according to a Sheriff's Department statement.

The man had been shot in the upper body, deputies said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Motorcyclist dies while fleeing police in Burbank

A motorcyclist who was fleeing from police in Burbank early Saturday died when he ran into a fire hydrant and a light pole.

Coroner officials identified the motorcyclist as 40-year-old Clayton Griggsby of Pasadena.

The fatal crash occurred about 2:48 a.m. at the intersection of Riverside and Bob Hope drives, according to a statement from the Burbank Police Department.

An officer near the intersection of Alameda Avenue and Buena Vista Street saw a motorcycle skid halfway through the intersection after nearly hitting a vehicle stopped at a red light, police said.

The officer attempted to pull over the motorcycle driver, who sped away, driving into oncoming traffic. The officer stopped the pursuit because of the motorcyclist's reckless driving.

Several minutes later, the officer discovered the motorcyclist had struck a fire hydrant and a light pole. 

Burbank firefighters pronounced the man dead at the scene, police said. 

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Man killed in Long Beach officer-involved shooting is identified

Los Angeles County coroner officials on Saturday identified a young man who was fatally shot by a Long Beach police officer.

The victim, who died Friday in a home in the South Wrigley area, was identified as 18-year-old Carey Smith-Viramontes of Long Beach.

An officer went to the home in the 2300 block of Eucalyptus Avenue in response to a report of a missing young girl, according to a statement from the Long Beach Police Department.

The officer learned the girl was inside the house with a young man with whom she once had a relationship. 

Police said there was a restraining order against Smith-Viramontes because of previous domestic violence allegations. 

"The male adult armed himself with a knife," the police statement read. "Fearing for the safety of the parties, the officer discharged his weapon, striking the suspect."

Smith-Viramontes was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. 

The Los Angeles County district attorney and the Long Beach police are investigating the shooting....

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Bighorn sheep that escaped zoo and was hit by car dies

A bighorn sheep that escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday and was struck by a hit-and-run driver has died, officials said.

The adult female sheep escaped from an exhibit about noon and made its way over the hills of Griffith Park toward the Greek Theater, where it was struck by a vehicle, said April Spurlock, a zoo spokeswoman. 

Witnesses told park officials that they saw the driver continue driving after hitting the animal. 

Veterinarians at the scene tranquilized the animal, but it died before they could begin treating it, Spurlock said.

"We suspect it died after it was hit, but we're not sure," she said.

Spurlock said it's unknown how the sheep was able to get out of the exhibit. She did not know the age of the animal or whether this is the first time a bighorn sheep has escaped from the zoo. 

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Bighorn sheep that escaped from zoo struck by hit-and-run driver

A bighorn sheep that escaped from the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday afternoon was struck by a hit-and-run driver before workers could get to the animal, officials said.

The sheep was hit on a street near the zoo in Griffith Park after the animal escaped about 1:20 p.m., Lt. Richard Parks told the Associated Press.

Zoo personnel launched a search soon after the animal went missing, he said. It was not clear how the sheep managed to get out of the facility.

The driver that hit the animal fled the scene, Parks said.

The animal’s condition was not immediately known.

Zoo officials could not be reached for comment.

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Student sit-in continues at UC Berkeley over tuition hikes

A student sit-in protesting tuition hikes at the University of California continued at UC Berkeley's Wheeler Hall for the third day Saturday, while others planned to make a peaceful presence felt at the football game between Cal and Stanford.

Students planned to wear green ribbons at the annual Big Game at California Memorial Stadium, a symbol of the financial burden of the fee hikes. On Thursday, UC regents voted 14-7 to permit fees hikes of as much as 28% over the next five years, depending on state funding; Gov. Jerry Brown and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), both regents, voted against the measure.

“The aim is not to disrupt the game or the proceedings around it, but to spread awareness of the regents’ vote and its effect on students,” the group occupying Wheeler Hall, known as the Open UC,” said on its blog. Students have been posting updates on Twitter using hashtags #OccupyWheeler and #fightthehike.

Students began trickling into Wheeler Hall in the heart of the Bay...

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