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Halloween rainstorm expected to give Los Angeles area the chills

If trick-or-treaters don't get the chills from Halloween frights, they'll most likely get them from the weather on Friday as a storm is forecast to move into Southern California.

The first widespread rainfall "in quite some time" is expected to hit just in time for Halloween and last through the weekend, dumping up to an inch of rain along the central coast and nearly a half-inch elsewhere as it passes over the Southland, National Weather Service forecasters say.

In addition to umbrellas, trick-or-treaters would do well to bundle up as temperatures take a dip, making for a chilly Halloween, said Stuart Seto, a meteorologist with the weather service.

Daytime highs aren't expected to get past 70 degrees in most areas through the weekend, with evening temperatures dipping into the low 60s.

"It's actually going to feel like Halloween," he said.

The cold trough of low pressure will bring some periods of rain Friday afternoon, with the chance of showers increasing to 70% throughout the night...

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San Francisco takes stock of violence, damage after World Series win

Authorities in San Francisco are taking stock of the raucous fan celebrations that turned violent Wednesday night after the Giants won Game 7 of the World Series.

The assessment as of early Thursday: Two men were shot, one was stabbed and several officers were assaulted, according to police.

San Francisco streets lighted up after the win over the Kansas City Royals as Giants fans started bonfires at King and 2nd streets and Mission and 19th streets. 

Most of the flames were extinguished by firefighters and police officers. But as the celebrations continued throughout the night, the violence escalated, resulting in two gunshot victims and one man being stabbed several times, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Crowds also threw bottles and fireworks at officers.

Several arrests were made, but San Francisco police were not immediately able to provide the final tally early Thursday.

San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency also had to suspend service "due to safety...

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Berkshire Hathaway executive donates $65 million to UC Santa Barbara

The vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has donated $65 million to a UC Santa Barbara physics institute -- the largest single gift in the university's history.

Charlie Munger's donation is funding a new visitor housing facility for the school's Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, said Shelly Leachman, spokeswoman for UC Santa Barbara.

The three-story residence will house visiting scientists who participate in the institute's programs, Leachman said. The school has hosted thousands of the world's top scientists since 1979.

Munger said in a statement last week that the housing facility will help physicists know each other better and build trust, which is vital for reaching breakthroughs in the field.

"Now we can get people together from all over the world and these people can cross-fertilize each other," Munger said. "Physics is getting so hard now, they need all the help they can get."

The institute’s mission is to bring together the world’s leading scientists to collaborate...

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'Suge' Knight could face 30 years to life on new criminal charge

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight's latest criminal charge could get him 30 years to life in prison if he's convicted in a case involving the theft of a woman's camera in Beverly Hills, prosecutors said.

Knight, 49, and comedian Micah "Katt" Williams, 43, were each arrested and charged Wednesday with one count of robbery in connection with the Sept. 5 incident, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. 

Beverly Hills police Sgt. Max Subin said the incident began when Knight and Williams walked out of a studio and came across a photographer.

The two are accused of chasing the woman down an alley, where Williams "forcibly" grabbed the woman's camera, Subin said. She sustained minor injuries in the incident, he said.

Knight and Williams were gone by the time police arrived, Subin said.

Detectives spent weeks building their case, which remains ongoing, in order to obtain the arrest warrants, authorities said.

Because of an earlier conviction on a charge of assault with a deadly...

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Man shot, fires set as Giants fans celebrate World Series victory

A man was shot in the arm, fires were set and bottles were thrown at police officers late Wednesday as revelers celebrated the San Francisco Giants winning the World Series, authorities said.

Shortly after the game a man was shot in the Mission District, at 21st and Valencia streets, said San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy. The bullet hit his arm and he sustained non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect was at-large and there was no description available.

Some people started bonfires with debris in the Mission District, Shyy said. Most of the flames were extinguished by firefighters and police officers.

"There's a few more that were set that we're still working on," Shyy said.

TV news footage showed officers in riot gear deployed in the Mission District, as crowds took to the streets. After officers moved people out of the Mission District, fans moved to 24th Street and started dancing.

On Market Street, fans were throwing bottles at officers, Shyy said. It's unknown whether...

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Gunman who opened fire from Lawndale home shot, hospitalized

A 23-year-old man was shot by a deputy Wednesday after he opened fire from a home in Lawndale, prompting a neighborhood lockdown as authorities rushed to evacuate nearby residents.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said Travis Herr is hospitalized in stable condition.

Aerial TV footage showed the man as he exited a home holding a rifle and opening fire shortly before he went down in the 4200 block of 164th Street near the 405 Freeway.

The shots reportedly started from inside the home about 12:40 p.m., prompting Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies to evacuate nearby homes and put the neighborhood on lockdown.

“We’re evacuating some houses out there, containing the situation,” sheriff's Sgt. Robert Webber said. “We got a bunch of resources going out there.”

Authorities said Herr, a Lawndale resident, used multiple firearms to shoot at deputies, vehicles and homes.

A neighbor reported hearing gunshots and the first deputies to arrive heard them coming from inside the house,...

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