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April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A homeless man convicted of trespassing at Selena Gomez's home was charged Monday with stalking and violating a court order to stay away from the former Disney star. The charges filed against Che Cruz come just days after he pleaded no contest to trespassing at Gomez's home, after which he was sentenced to 45 days in Los Angeles County jail and ordered to stay away from the star's home. Cruz, 20, was arrested March 30 inside a bathroom of a guest house on the property being purchased by Gomez, 21, authorities said.
April 6, 2014 | By Gale Holland
It was billed as a guided tour for downtown residents, church and business groups and elected officials to see skid row for themselves. As the group headed out on foot from L.A.'s Midnight Mission, it was confronted by demonstrators whistling, drumming and chanting: "You're not welcome here!" and "You're the problem!" That was in June 2011. A year later, Deborah Burton, a community organizer who was once homeless, was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery on two tour leaders.
April 5, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Don Mattingly is in charge, and everybody best get on board. He claims nothing is different, but deeds speak otherwise. He has the security of a new three-year contract and is acting like it. That four outfielders for three spots? How about five outfielders? Saturday afternoon became the first time Mattingly had all of his outfielders healthy at the same time this season to face a left-handed starting pitcher. And he did what he never would before. He not only sat one of his left-handed-hitting outfielders, he sat both Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford against Madison Bumgarner.
April 4, 2014 | By Maura Dolan, Patrick McGreevy and Paige St. John
SAN FRANCISCO - For more than two decades, Leland Yee climbed the political ladder in San Francisco. A child psychologist turned politician, Yee straddled opposing camps in the city's bare-knuckled political fights, appealing to both right and left and catering to constituents with a strong, attentive staff. Elegant in appearance and charming in manner, he courted financial contributors and built a reputation as a canny pol with an enviable knack of identifying the high-profile issue of the day and then weighing in before a thicket of cameras.
April 4, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A Long Beach couple are expected in court Friday to face murder charges in the death of their 1-month-old son. Police said that Joshua Licon, 28, and Nereyda Licon, 32, were responsible for the death of their son, who wasn't breathing when they took the baby to the hospital May 30, 2013. Doctors pronounced the child dead and the coroner began investigating the case as a suspicious death. The coroner described the cause of death as "sudden unexplained infant death" and said "under nutrition" was a significant contributing factor.
April 4, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles city prosecutors say they plan to charge a student government commissioner at   UCLA with  three counts of sexual battery, one count of false imprisonment and one count of battery. Omar Arce, 21, was arrested early Wednesday by university police after a female student accused the student government commissioner of sexually assaulting her over the last several months, said UCLA police spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein. If convicted, Arce faces up to 4½ years in prison, according to the Los Angles city attorney's office.
April 3, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
It was the Clippers versus the Dallas Mavericks, so it almost seemed predetermined when the Clippers fell behind by double figures and trailed late in the fourth quarter. Then something unexpected happened, at least if you used the team's three previous meetings this season as a script. And it wasn't good for the Clippers. Dallas actually held on this time, emerging with a 113-107 victory Thursday night at Staples Center that bolstered the Mavericks' playoff hopes. BOX SCORE: Mavericks 113, Clippers 107 Of course, given the teams involved, there was nothing easy about it. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki made a pair of three-pointers as part of a 10-0 run that transformed a tie score into what looked like a mild runaway midway through the fourth quarter.
April 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
Singer Chris Brown has been taken by U.S. marshals from the Los Angeles County jail system so he can appear at his assault trial in Washington, D.C., later this month. Brown's attorney, Mark Geragos, confirmed Thursday that the R&B singer had been taken by federal marshals to the San Bernardino County jail while he awaits transportation to Washington, D.C. Inmate records show he was taken from "LA cell block" at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. Law enforcement sources said he was set to be flown out to the East Coast on Thursday, the same day a hearing had been scheduled for a motion by Geragos seeking to block Brown's transfer to federal authorities, arguing it would hurt his ability to confer with his client before the trial.  Geragos had also sought permission to transport the singer himself, but as soon as the motion was filed, the attorney said federal authorities took his client.
April 3, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
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 he was taken to the West Hollywood sheriff's station, said Nancy Greenstein, a spokeswoman for the UCLA Police Department. The school's student body president initially announced that Arce had faced a sexual assault charge, but Greenstein said that was inaccurate.
April 2, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON - Muriel Bowser, a relatively little-known District of Columbia councilwoman, triumphed in Tuesday's Democratic mayoral primary over incumbent Vincent Gray, whose tenure has been tarnished by a corruption scandal. The win most likely means she will be the next mayor in the overwhelmingly Democratic city. Bowser emerged as the front-runner in a field of seven challengers after federal prosecutors tied Gray to an illegal "shadow campaign" that helped him win the mayor's race in 2010.
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