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April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 26-year-old Santa Ana man has been charged with the murder of a 12-year-old girl who died when the suspect allegedly slammed into her family's car during a high-speed chase, the Orange County District Attorney's office said. Aleksander Apostoloic, charged with killing the girl and injuring her brother and mother, is set to be arraigned Monday afternoon. Apostoloic has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, hit-and-run driving, evading arrest and residential burglary, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
SPORTS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Jeff Gottlieb
Five former Bell council members - all convicted but facing retrial on additional corruption-related charges - must decide Thursday whether to take a plea bargain that could put them behind bars for up to four years. The Los Angeles district attorney's office offered the deal on the condition that George Cole, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo, Victor Bello and George Mirabal each agree to it. If not all of them sign off on the deal, the offer would be taken off the table and the former city leaders would head to a second trial with a judge who has indicated repeatedly that she has grown weary of the 2010 Bell salary scandal.
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