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  • UCLA football player is suspended indefinitely following arrest in rape case
    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...

  • Model sues Bill Cosby, alleging sex assault at Playboy Mansion in 2008
    Model sues Bill Cosby, alleging sex assault at Playboy Mansion in 2008

    Bill Cosby's troubles got worse Tuesday when a woman sued him in a Los Angeles federal court, alleging the legendary comedian sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008.

    The civil suit by Chloe Goins comes as L.A. County prosecutors are already reviewing a criminal investigation by the...

  • UCLA pre-med student charged in killing of sorority member Andrea DelVesco
    UCLA pre-med student charged in killing of sorority member Andrea DelVesco

    For more than a week, the circumstances surrounding the death of a 21-year-old UCLA student were a mystery.

    Firefighters found Andrea DelVesco's body in a burning Westwood apartment a block from the campus, where she was a fourth-year psychology student.

    As details about her life emerged, Los Angeles...

  • 2 men arrested in slaying of UCLA student Andrea DelVesco, LAPD says
    2 men arrested in slaying of UCLA student Andrea DelVesco, LAPD says

    Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a UCLA student whose body was found inside a burning apartment a week ago, Los Angeles police said Monday.Detectives with the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division used forensic evidence and witnesses’ statements to link...

  • UCLA student found dead in apartment fire faced party drug charges
    UCLA student found dead in apartment fire faced party drug charges

    A UCLA student whose body was found Monday inside a burning apartment near the Westwood campus had been charged with multiple felony counts of possessing club drugs, according to court records.

    Meanwhile, grief counselors were meeting with students as classes started on campus Thursday.

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  • Hearing set for Sean 'Diddy' Combs over UCLA arrest
    Hearing set for Sean 'Diddy' Combs over UCLA arrest

    Prosecutors on Wednesday set a hearing to determine whether rap mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs will face charges after he was arrested in June on suspicion of attacking a UCLA intern and an assistant football coach during a dispute over his son, a player on the Bruins squad.

    At an informal hearing scheduled...

  • Sean 'Diddy' Combs' company: He was defending himself
    Sean 'Diddy' Combs' company: He was defending himself

    Sean "Diddy" Combs was defending himself in an incident at the University of California, Los Angeles, that led to his arrest, a representative for the hip-hop mogul said Tuesday.

    "The various accounts of the event and charges that are being reported are wholly inaccurate," Nathalie Moar, a rep...

  • Graduate student accused of groping women at UCLA

    A 24-year-old UCLA graduate student from China has been arrested on suspicion of groping several women at the university’s Westwood campus, authorities said Tuesday.

    Pengcheng Bao, a doctoral candidate in chemistry and biochemistry, is accused of grabbing three female students on their upper thighs...

  • Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong: 'We will win'
    Hong Kong student protest leader Joshua Wong: 'We will win'

    By his own admission, Joshua Wong isn’t physically intimidating.

    An unlikely hero of last year’s Hong Kong protests demanding free elections, the slender 18-year-old with a bowl haircut and black-framed glasses laughs off Beijing propagandists’ claims that he is in Los Angeles this week for military...

  • USC-UCLA rivalry week high jinks start up early
    USC-UCLA rivalry week high jinks start up early

    UCLA and USC students have been pulling pranks on each other for what seems like forever. UCLA dumped manure from a helicopter on the USC campus more than a half-century ago, and USC fans set 20,000 crickets free in a UCLA library. But for the last 30 years, the primary targets of the rivalry-week...

  • Man arrested on charges of stealing 55 Apple laptops from UCLA
    Man arrested on charges of stealing 55 Apple laptops from UCLA

    The man sought in connection with stealing at least 55 laptops from a UCLA library has been arrested, officials announced Wednesday.

    Seyed Ali Pakizehkar Hesari, 29, of Los Angeles was taken into custody late Tuesday on suspicion of stealing the Apple laptops, valued at $33,000, from a campus library...

  • UCLA's legal fees in fatal lab fire case neared $4.5 million
    UCLA's legal fees in fatal lab fire case neared $4.5 million

    After UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran walked out of court in June, his lawyers issued a news release hailing the "first-of-its-kind" deal that all but freed him from criminal liability in a 2008 lab fire that killed a staff researcher.

    The "deferred prosecution agreement" that allowed Harran...

  • Former UCLA campus leader pleads no contest to sexual battery
    Former UCLA campus leader pleads no contest to sexual battery

    A former student government commissioner at UCLA pleaded no contest to multiple counts of sexual battery and simple battery and one count of false imprisonment, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced Wednesday.

    Omar Arce, 22, was arrested in April after a female student accused him of sexually assaulting...

  • Black UCLA employee claims racial profiling in arrest by campus police
    Black UCLA employee claims racial profiling in arrest by campus police

    A 46-year-old African American UCLA facilities employee arrested for obstruction and resisting arrest by campus police last week is accusing the department of racial profiling and violating his civil rights.

    Claudius E. Gaines III was arrested after being stopped on Strathmore Drive shortly before...

  • UCLA flood: Repaving of Sunset Boulevard sinkhole set to start today
    UCLA flood: Repaving of Sunset Boulevard sinkhole set to start today

    Repaving of a damaged portion of Sunset Boulevard was scheduled to get underway Sunday afternoon five days after a water-main break damaged the thoroughfare and flooded structures at the adjacent UCLA campus.

    Officials declined to say when the roadway would reopen.

    The break, which occurred at...

  • Woman killed in head-on collision on Sunset Boulevard is identified
    Woman killed in head-on collision on Sunset Boulevard is identified

    A woman killed in a head-on collision on Sunset Boulevard in Westwood on Saturday evening has been identified.

    The victim is Sheri Myers Olmon, 54, of Santa Monica, said Lt. Fred Corral, of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

    Olmon was killed when the driver of a blue 2013 Maserati headed...

  • One person killed and three injured in crash in Bel-Air
    One person killed and three injured in crash in Bel-Air

    A head-on collision on Saturday involving a Maserati near the entrance to Bel-Air left one person dead and three injured, police and fire officials reported Saturday.

    Preliminary information indicated that two vehicles were involved in the 6 p.m. crash in the 10200 block of Sunset Boulevard at...

  • Woman accused in $20-million extortion plot pleads not guilty
    Woman accused in $20-million extortion plot pleads not guilty

    A woman accused of falsely claiming she was sexually assaulted and tortured by the son of a Saudi sheik pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of conspiring to extort $20 million from the man's family.

    Two attorneys, one of them once connected to disgraced former Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona,...

  • Witness: Four men attacked Israel supporters with sticks in L.A. clash
    Witness: Four men attacked Israel supporters with sticks in L.A. clash

    Four men who were arrested for allegedly attacking pro-Israel demonstrators with sticks were agitating the crowd with taunts before the confrontation turned physical Sunday, one witness said.

    Judy Friedman, who works for a Los Angeles-based legal affairs group, said she was in a car just ahead...

  • Fight at pro-Israel rally started over stomping of Palestinian flag
    Fight at pro-Israel rally started over stomping of Palestinian flag

    A pro-Israel demonstration outside a federal building Sunday in Westwood turned physical after protesters ripped a Palestinian flag away from a passing vehicle and began stomping on it, according to media reports.

    People in the vehicle got out and tried to retrieve the flag at about 5:45 p.m. and...

  • UCLA professor strikes deal in lab fire case, avoids prison
    UCLA professor strikes deal in lab fire case, avoids prison

    UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran struck a deal with prosecutors Friday that all but frees him from criminal liability in the 2008 laboratory fire that killed a staff research assistant.

    Charged with four felony counts of willfully violating state occupational health and safety standards...

  • 'Girls Gone Wild' founder Joe Francis arrested on assault charge
    'Girls Gone Wild' founder Joe Francis arrested on assault charge

    "Girls Gone Wild" founder Joe Francis spent the night in jail following an arrest on misdemeanor assault charges, authorities said Saturday. 

    Francis, 41, was arrested Friday evening at an office building in the 10900 block of Wilshire Boulevard after he was involved in "pushing and shoving," according...

  • Two LAPD officers hurt in three-car accident in Westwood

    Two Los Angeles police officers were injured Friday evening in a three-car accident at Selby Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard in Westwood, authorities said.The crash occurred about 6:45 p.m. One officer was taken to the hospital in serious condition. His partner was treated and released at the scene...

  • UCLA students on lookout after man spotted peeping in dorm showers
    UCLA students on lookout after man spotted peeping in dorm showers

    UCLA students have been asked to be on the lookout after a man was spotted peeping at women as they showered in a dorm, police said.

    UCLA police said the first of two incidents occurred about 3 p.m. April 3, when a female student said she noticed a man peering at her over a neighboring shower stall...

  • Two more arrests as UC teaching assistants' strike spreads

    Two picketers were arrested at UC Santa Cruz Thursday as a strike by unionized teaching assistants and tutors widened to all nine UC undergraduate campuses.

    The walkout began at the Santa Cruz and Berkeley campuses on Wednesday and expanded Thursday across the UC system for what organizers said...

  • UCLA student commissioner to be arraigned on false imprisonment charge
    UCLA student commissioner to be arraigned on false imprisonment charge

    A student government commissioner at UCLA was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment after a fellow student alleged he had sexually assaulted her within the past several months, university police said.

    Omar Arce, 21, is scheduled to be arraigned on the false imprisonment charge Friday after...

  • UCLA student commissioner arrested for alleged false imprisonment
    UCLA student commissioner arrested for alleged false imprisonment

    A student government commissioner at UCLA has been arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment, officials said.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department records show that undergraduate student Omar Arce, 21, was arrested early Wednesday by university police. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

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  • California pols, others weigh effects of McCutcheon ruling
    California pols, others weigh effects of McCutcheon ruling

    Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling striking down limits on what wealthy donors can contribute to political campaigns overall drew a lot of hand-wringing from good government groups and some candidates.

    But at least one Republican operative saw the "McCutcheon ruling" as a boon for his party.

    It "will...

  • UCLA police clear officers accused by judge of excessive force
    UCLA police clear officers accused by judge of excessive force

    The UCLA Police Department has cleared two officers accused by an African American judge of using excessive force after stopping him for not wearing a seat belt.

    Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Cunningham III, a former police commission president, filed a complaint and later a legal...

  • Judge alleges racial profiling by UCLA police in $10-million claim
    Judge alleges racial profiling by UCLA police in $10-million claim

    An African American judge has filed a $10-million claim alleging excessive force and racial profiling by UCLA's campus police when he was handcuffed and put into a police cruiser after being stopped last fall for not wearing a seat belt.

    Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Cunningham...

  • George Thorogood sues Michaels stores over 'Bad to the Bone' T-shirts
    George Thorogood sues Michaels stores over 'Bad to the Bone' T-shirts

    George Thorogood is m-m-m-m-mad.

    The '80s rocker filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles against Michaels Stores Inc., accusing the retailer of selling T-shirts that infringed on the trademark he holds for "Bad to the Bone," the title of his 1982 smash hit.

    Michaels, which operates...

  • UCLA police look for suspect in sexual battery incident
    UCLA police look for suspect in sexual battery incident

    Police at UCLA on Wednesday were looking for a man who touched a woman on campus near the A-level of Murphy Hall.

    The man approached the victim Monday shortly before 7 p.m. and asked for directions, police said. Near the elevators, the man touched the woman and fled when she said she was calling...

  • UCLA to probe African American judge's excessive force claims
    UCLA to probe African American judge's excessive force claims

    UCLA is conducting an internal investigation into allegations by an African American judge that excessive force was used by campus police officers when they stopped him on suspicion of not wearing a seat belt.

    UCLA officials say David S. Cunningham III, a former Los Angeles Police Commission president,...

  • Judge handcuffed after refusing to stay in his car, UCLA says
    Judge handcuffed after refusing to stay in his car, UCLA says

    An African American judge who has accused UCLA police of excessive force ignored officers' orders to stay in his car, UCLA officials said Monday.

    David S. Cunningham III, a former Los Angeles Police Commission president, filed a complaint against the officers after they allegedly shoved him against...

  • Black judge handcuffed by UCLA cops 'even-keeled,' colleagues say
    Black judge handcuffed by UCLA cops 'even-keeled,' colleagues say

    Colleagues of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David S. Cunningham III, who has filed a complaint against UCLA police for excessive force, said they are shocked by the incident and don't believe the mild-mannered former police commissioner would have provoked authorities.

    “Calm and thoughtful...

  • State to audit UCLA sexual assault policies

    State auditors will review UCLA's sexual assault policies and procedures as part of a regular review of four state universities, officials said Monday.

    State Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) requested the audit of UC Berkeley and three other schools in August after he was contacted by an...

  • Preliminary UC plan calls for no tuition hike next year
    Preliminary UC plan calls for no tuition hike next year

    For the third straight year, UC students would see no tuition increase for the 2014-15 school year if state funding to the 10-campus system increases enough, according to a preliminary University of California budget released Monday.

    The budget proposal for next year said undergraduate tuition...

  • 'Death imminent' for 8-year-old boy found in washing machine

    An 8-year-old boy who was found last week in a washing machine filled with water is on life support with "death imminent," officials said Monday.

    The Castaic boy's condition was pronounced Sunday at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 

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  • LAPD deploys officers to Westside for possible Zimmerman protests
    LAPD deploys officers to Westside for possible Zimmerman protests

    Los Angeles police officials said Thursday afternoon that additional patrol units would be deployed to the Westside to brace for possible protests against the George Zimmerman trial verdict.

    The pre-deployment will allow officers to respond to any problems sparked by demonstrations that sprout...

  • Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security chief, to head UC
    Janet Napolitano, Homeland Security chief, to head UC

    Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, is being named as the next president of the University of California system, in an unusual choice that brings a national-level politician to a position usually held by an academic, The Times has learned. Her...

  • UCLA law institute on issues affecting gays receives $5 million
    UCLA law institute on issues affecting gays receives $5 million

    The Williams Institute, UCLA’s think tank on legal issues affecting gays and lesbians, has received a $5-million gift from its namesake donor, officials announced Tuesday.

    Including the new donation, UCLA alumnus Charles R. Williams has committed $15 million total to that research wing of UCLA’s...

  • UCLA chemistry professor ordered to stand trial in fatal lab fire
    UCLA chemistry professor ordered to stand trial in fatal lab fire

    UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran has been ordered Friday to stand trial on felony charges stemming from a laboratory fire that killed staff research assistant Sheharbano “Sheri” Sangji more than four years ago.

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench denied a defense motion to dismiss...

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