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Apr 1, 2015

Investigators recover skeleton found in hills above Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Coroner’s office investigators on Wednesday recovered skeletal human remains found in the Hollywood Hills above Los Angeles, but said it was too early to tell the age or gender of the body or say how it came to be there.The bones were discovered by hikers on Tuesday afternoon in a wash running through the hills, and crews spent about five hours excavating them on Wednesday, Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey said.

Harvey said personal effects including a backpack were found near the body but that it had not been identified. A forensic anthropologist would try to determine the gender, he said.

Apr 1, 2015

Grandson of Getty oil founder discovered dead in Los Angeles home

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty was found dead on Tuesday afternoon at his home in Los Angeles, the family said in a statement.

Andrew Getty’s parents, Ann and Gordon, confirmed the 47-year-old’s death and requested privacy for the family during “this extremely difficult time”, adding that further details would be released as they became available.

Apr 1, 2015

Grandson of Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty found dead in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The grandson of billionaire Getty oil founder J. Paul Getty, Andrew Getty, was found dead at age 47 on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The cause of death was not immediately clear, the paper said.

Celebrity news website TMZ reported that Getty, the son of Gordon Getty and an heir to his grandfather’s oil fortune, was found in a bathroom of his Hollywood Hills home about 2 p.m. under suspicious circumstances and that a former girlfriend was being detained as a potential witness or suspect.

Mar 30, 2015

Stanford University investigating ‘troubling’ cheating allegations

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A Stanford University provost is urging faculty members to talk to students about academic dishonesty after a “troubling number” of cheating allegations surfaced in one class, prompting the school to open an investigation.

“Among a smattering of concerns from a number of winter courses, one faculty member reported allegations that may involve as many as 20 percent of the students in one large introductory course,” Stanford Provost John Etchemendy said in a letter sent to faculty members last week.

Mar 28, 2015

Angie’s List halts expansion over Indiana law seen targeting gays

March 28 (Reuters) – The company behind the Angie’s List
business-rating website on Saturday put on hold a planned
expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters over a new Indiana
law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to
gay people.

The decision by Angie’s List Inc comes amid
criticism of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act,
which was passed overwhelmingly by both champers of the
Republican led-state legislature and signed into law on Thursday
by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Mar 26, 2015

Father of ex-Los Angeles cop wanted for murder charged with lying to FBI

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former Los Angeles police officer’s father, who authorities say helped his son flee across the border to Mexico to avoid facing murder charges, was arrested on Thursday and accused of lying to federal agents, the FBI said.

Victor Solis, 53, was taken into custody at a home where he lived in Lancaster, east of Los Angeles, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. He was expected to make an initial appearance in federal court later on Thursday afternoon.

Mar 26, 2015

California man stands by claim that girlfriend was kidnapped: attorneys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lawyers for a Northern California man who told police his girlfriend was abducted for ransom, an incident now called a hoax by authorities, said on Thursday their client stood by his story and had been drugged and restrained by the kidnappers.

Aaron Quinn called police on Monday to report that his live-in girlfriend, Denise Huskins, had been taken hours earlier from his home in the Bay Area community of Vallejo by kidnappers who demanded $8,500 in ransom.

Mar 24, 2015

Police search for California woman said kidnapped for ransom

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Local authorities and FBI agents were searching on Tuesday for a 30-year-old woman whose boyfriend said she had been kidnapped from his Northern California home by suspects who had demanded a ransom.

According to her boyfriend, Denise Huskins was “forcibly taken” from the home in the East Bay city of Vallejo early on Monday morning, Lieutenant Kenny Park of the Vallejo Police Department told a news conference.

Mar 20, 2015

Woman reported missing near California university found

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 22-year-old woman reported missing near a Southern California university nearly two weeks ago was found in “good physical condition,” police said on Friday, although they released few additional details about the case.

Sahray Astina Barber was seen on March 9 leaving her apartment across the street from Cal State San Bernardino at about 6 a.m. on her way to work at another school campus, but she never arrived at her job. Her laptop and some other personal items were found in bushes near her apartment complex.

Mar 19, 2015

Rookie LAPD officer sought in murder likely fled to Texas: FBI

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A rookie Los Angeles police officer accused of killing a man after a fight in the bar district of a Southern California community was driven to a Texas city on the Mexican border by his father last week and has not been seen since, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

Henry Solis, a 27-year-old probationary officer, is accused of shooting Salome Rodriguez Jr. multiple times on March 13 near several nightclubs in downtown Pomona, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. Solis was off duty at the time.