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Deadly Oxnard crash prompts Metrolink to put locomotives at both ends of trains

As a safety precaution stemming from February's Oxnard crash, the Metrolink board on Friday approved an agreement that will allow the commuter railroad to place locomotives at both ends of its trains.

Metrolink, which serves six Southern California counties, will spend $23.9 million to lease 40 engines for one year from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.

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UCLA football player is suspended indefinitely following arrest in rape case

A UCLA football player has been arrested on suspicion of raping a fellow student at an off-campus party, the Los Angeles police said Friday.

Adam Searl, a punter on the team, was arrested and booked Thursday afternoon on three counts of suspicion of rape. He posted $300,000 bond and was released hours later, county jail records show.

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Bill Cosby, Gloria Allred to face off in deposition over molestation claims

Bill Cosby is expected to face tough questions from attorney Gloria Allred Friday in a deposition about allegations he molested her client at the Playboy Mansion when she was a 15-year-old.

The deposition contents, however, won't be made public until at least Dec. 22 as Judge Craig D.

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Spencer Stone 'awake, able to get out of bed' day after life-threatening stabbing

Spencer Stone, the U.S. airman who gained world fame for helping thwart an attack on a French train and recaptured it again as the victim of a Sacramento street brawl, is now "awake, able to get out of bed and in good spirits."

The press staff of the UC Davis Medical Center on Friday upgraded Stone's medical condition from serious to "fair," meaning his vital signs were stable and normal.

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L.A. drivers, beware: #Obamajam, two major sports matches will make traffic miserable

With President Obama visiting Los Angeles on Saturday and two major sports events scheduled on the same day, drivers are bracing for another #Obamajam.

Obama’s whirlwind fund-raising visit could create more headaches than usual because of the sports matches.

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L.A.'s epic task: Fixing buildings that earthquakes could flatten

Certain types of old concrete buildings have long been considered to have the most potential for loss of life in a major quake. 

Recent earthquakes have spotlighted the deadly potential of buildings held up by concrete. A 2011 quake in Christchurch, New Zealand, toppled two concrete office towers, killing 133 people.

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