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Aug 8, 2014

USC steps up security after murder of Chinese graduate student

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The University of Southern California announced a series of security improvements on Friday in response to the brutal murder of a Chinese graduate student who was beaten to death with a baseball bat last month near his off-campus apartment.

The measures mark the second major security upgrade since the 2012 murder of two graduate students from China sent shockwaves through the prestigious private school and ignited a debate over whether USC and the Los Angeles Police Department had provided adequate security in the neighborhoods surrounding the urban campus.

Aug 4, 2014

L.A.’s Sunset Boulevard reopens week after huge water main break

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sunset Boulevard reopened in Los Angeles on Monday, a week after part of the famed thoroughfare across America’s second-largest city was shut down when a water main ruptured underneath it, spouting a 40-foot geyser and flooding part of the UCLA campus.

Crews worked around the clock to fix the broken pipe, fill in the gaping hole left behind when it burst and re-pave the thoroughfare before the Monday morning commute, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Aug 4, 2014

Man killed, homes damaged in Southern California mudslides

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mudslides and flash floods that raged through Southern California mountains following heavy rains killed one man, damaged homes and cut off a foothill community, leaving rescuers clearing blocked roads and residents cleaning up on Monday.

The mudslides and flooding were triggered by weekend thunderstorms that unleashed some five inches of rain in less than two hours in parts of San Bernardino County, east of Los Angeles, San Bernardino firefighter and public information officer Chris Prater said.

Aug 1, 2014

Floor of UCLA’s famed Pauley Pavilion to be replaced after water main break

LOS ANGELES, Aug 1 (Reuters) – The wooden floor of UCLA’s
famed Pauley Pavilion, which recently underwent a multi-million
dollar renovation, will be replaced after it was flooded this
week when a major water main broke, the school’s athletic
director said on Friday.

The large pipe under Sunset Boulevard, just north of the
University of California at Los Angeles, ruptured under nearby
Sunset Boulevard on Tuesday, spouting a 40-foot geyser and
sending some 20 million gallons of water across the north end of

Jul 30, 2014

Water main break, geyser flood UCLA campus, strand motorists

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A major water main ruptured underneath a street near the University of California, Los Angeles on Tuesday, spewing a geyser that flooded parts of the campus and stranded motorists on surrounding streets.

The water flowed across the north end of the campus, submerging athletic fields and pouring into an underground parking structure, where crews helped motorists whose cars were caught in water up to their wheel wells, Los Angles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Jul 29, 2014

Tuberculosis patient who refused treatment arrested in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Northern California man who refused treatment and disappeared after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis has been arrested and admitted to a local hospital under guard, law enforcement and local health officials said on Tuesday.

Eduardo Rosas Cruz, 25, was ordered to remain isolated in a hotel room in Stockton, some 40 miles northeast of Sacramento, and take medication for tuberculosis in March after he was determined to have the infectious lung disease, San Joaquin County Public Health Services spokeswoman Krista Dommer said.

Jul 29, 2014

Four California teens charged in murder of China graduate student

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Four teenagers were charged with capital murder on Tuesday in the beating death of a graduate student from China not far from the University of Southern California campus in Los Angeles, prosecutors said.

Two of the suspects, 19-year-old Jonathan Del Carmen and Andrew Garcia, 18, could face the death penalty if they are found guilty at trial in the high-profile case.

Jul 29, 2014

Toy drone disrupts aircraft fighting California wildfire

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A private drone trying to film a wildfire that has charred nearly six square miles in Northern California briefly disrupted firefighting efforts, although workers had gained the upper hand against the blaze, officials said on Monday.

Fire officials spotted the drone over the so-called Sand Fire on Sunday and immediately called police to find the drone’s owner and have the toy grounded to avoid a possible mid-air collision, a California fire official said.

Jul 28, 2014

Crews make headway against destructive Northern California wildfire

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Firefighters began to gain the upper hand on Monday against a Northern California wildfire that has destroyed 13 homes and blackened nearly six square miles in the drought-parched foothills east of Sacramento, officials said.

Crews had built containment lines around roughly two-thirds of the so-called Sand Fire as of Monday morning, up from only 35 percent on Sunday evening, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

Jul 23, 2014

California police look for foul play in case of Marine’s missing wife

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California police investigating the disappearance of the pregnant wife of a U.S. Marine said on Wednesday they were trying to determine whether she was a victim of foul play or left voluntarily, despite court documents showing they suspect she was murdered.

Erin Corwin, 19, was reported missing on June 28 by her husband, Marine Corporal Jonathan Corwin, after she failed to return from what she told him was a day trip to Joshua Tree National Park, near their home on the military base in nearby Twentynine Palms.