LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities excavating a van found buried in mud following a sudden Southern California downpour discovered the body of a 49-year-old man inside and were investigating the cause of his death, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said detectives from its homicide bureau were called to the scene in Palmdale, some 40 miles (65 km) northeast of Los Angeles, on Tuesday afternoon when crews excavating the vehicle from a 12-foot-deep (3.7 meter) culvert found the body.
By Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) – A 16-year-old girl who was shot and critically wounded when a gunman opened fire at a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, earlier this month was released from a local hospital on Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, who was struck in the back by gunfire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on Oct. 1, was among the most seriously wounded survivors of the shooting rampage in which nine people were killed before the gunman took his own life.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A football player at the University of California, Los Angeles has been arrested on suspicion of raping a female student after an off-campus party last year, police said on Friday, and he was quickly suspended from the team.
Adam Searl, a 20-year-old walk-on punter from Irvine, California, was taken into custody on campus on Thursday, said Officer Jack Richter, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has seen a dramatic drop in support among likely California primary voters since May as rival Bernie Sanders has surged, a Field Poll released on Wednesday shows.
Less than half of likely Democratic voters in the June 2016 presidential primary in California, 47 percent, now say they will vote for Clinton, whose candidacy has been damaged by a scandal over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, according to the survey.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former Olympian and reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged in connection with a crash in Malibu earlier this year that killed a 69-year-old woman, Los Angeles prosecutors said on Wednesday.
Based on the facts in the case, prosecutors lacked evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that Jenner’s conduct was unreasonable, according to documents provided by Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two men were charged on Tuesday in the murder of a University of California, Los Angeles student and sorority member found slain in her burned-out apartment near the campus last week following an apparent botched robbery, prosecutors said.
Alberto Hinojosa Medina, 22, was charged with stabbing Andrea Lauren DelVesco to death on Sept. 21, then setting her apartment on fire before fleeing the scene, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a written statement.
By Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) – Thousands of bees swarmed through a suburban Phoenix neighborhood, stinging six people, including four who had to be hospitalized, before firefighters drove them off with foam and fire hoses.
One of the victims in the Tuesday evening bee attack in Gilbert, Arizona, was a firefighter who was stung 40 to 50 times after the insects got inside his special protective hood, said Mike Connor, a deputy chief with the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department. The firefighter was among those taken to a hospital for treatment.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man accused of killing his father, stepmother and two half-brothers in 1999, when he was 16, has been charged with their murders after being extradited back to the United States from Guatemala, prosecutors said on Monday.
Saulo Cesar Alvarado, 33, was charged with four counts of murder in connection with the case, which was delayed following his extradition from Guatemala in February while prosecutors sought successfully to have him tried as an adult.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Roberta Vinci’s stunning defeat of Serena Williams in the U.S. Open semi-finals on Friday triggered an immediate collapse in ticket prices for the women’s final, which now features two players who are virtually unknown outside the tennis world.
Williams, who dominates the women’s game, suffered one of the biggest upsets in tennis history when the unranked Italian sent her packing with a gutsy, come-from-behind 2-6 6-4 6-4 victory before an astounded crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium court in New York.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Big-wave surfer Shawn Dollar, who broke his neck in four places during a wipeout earlier this week, said in an interview published on Thursday that he immediately lost feeling in his arms and legs and didn’t know if he could make it back to shore.
Dollar, who holds the world record for the largest wave ever paddled into, suffered the neck injuries, along with head trauma, when he struck a large rock after wiping out on Monday while surfing along the Central California coast.