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April 11, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Christine Mai-Duc, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
WILLOWS, Calif. -- Investigators on Friday sifted through the wreckage of the fiery Northern California crash that killed 10 people, including five high school students, and said they did not yet know what caused the driver of a FedEx truck to veer across a freeway median and hit the students' bus head-on. California Highway Patrol Lt. Scott Fredrick said it remained unclear whether the FedEx driver - who officials said was among those killed - had fallen asleep, whether his freight truck had some type of mechanical failure or if it was involved in separate collision that preceded the fiery crash.
April 11, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer and Richard A. Serrano
The Justice Department and FBI have opened an investigation of Los Angeles nutritional products company Herbalife Ltd., which has been fighting critics who say it's operating an illegal pyramid scheme. Law enforcement sources confirmed the investigation. The FBI started looking into the company "more than several months ago," said a person who has been briefed on the investigation. "We are doing our job of getting to the bottom of this issue," said the official, who asked not to be identified because the investigation is ongoing.
April 11, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton and Richard Serrano
Shares of Herbalife Ltd. suffered their biggest loss in more than a year Friday following a report that criminal authorities are investigating the Los Angeles nutritional products company. The FBI has launched a criminal investigation of Herbalife and its web of independent distributors, a federal law enforcement source told The Times. A federal law enforcement official in New York confirmed Friday that the FBI had opened an inquiry into Herbalife but did not know first-hand the extent of the investigation.
April 11, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes and David Zahniser
Investigators looking into sexual harassment accusations against Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar "did not locate any evidence to support that the alleged discrimination, retaliation, or harassment occurred," according to a section of their final report. Former Deputy Chief of Staff Francine Godoy sued Huizar last year, alleging she faced retaliation and discrimination after refusing to provide "sexual favors. " Huizar has said that he and Godoy had a consensual affair and called the accusations "malicious and false.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Winton
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and two other NFL players are under investigation by Miami police in connection with an alleged sexual assault. Kaepernick, along with teammate Quinton Patton and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, are named in a Miami police report filed by a woman. The woman, who told police she's previously had a sexual relationship with the star quarterback, said she met the players April 1 at an apartment where they were mixing drinks and watching a basketball game.
April 10, 2014 | Wire reports
Colin Kaepernick, the young San Francisco 49ers quarterback who guided the team to the Super Bowl and a conference championship game during his first two seasons, is under investigation by Miami police for possible sexual misconduct last week at a hotel, the Miami Herald reported. Also listed on the police incident report are his teammate Quinton Patton, 23, a second-year pro, and Seattle Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, 27. Though no charges have been filed, the report indicates that a woman - who said she had a sexual relationship with Kaepernick in the past - told police on April 3 that she passed out in the hotel about midnight April 1. She woke up at a Miami hospital the next morning, the report says, with no idea how she got there.
April 10, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - An inspectors general report released Thursday faulted the FBI for failing to conduct a "more thorough assessment" of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, saying such an investigation might have turned up evidence about his growing embrace of Islamic militancy and his possible threat to the United States. But the report's unclassified summary stopped short of saying a closer examination of Tsarnaev would necessarily have prevented the April 15, 2013, attack, which killed three people and injured more than 260. Acting on a 2011 tip from Russian intelligence, the FBI investigated Tsarnaev before last year's bombing, but closed the inquiry after the bureau found no links to terrorism.
April 9, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
An outside investigator has been brought in to examine a classroom altercation between a teacher and student that resulted in the Santa Monica High School instructor being placed on leave and the pupil's arrest. Supt. Sandra Lyon said the report is expected by the end of spring break next week. Lyon has come under fire for her remarks after a cellphone video of the classroom fight went viral. The superintendent was sharply critical of the teacher, and pledged support to the student's family.
April 8, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Peaches Geldof, 25-year-old socialite, model, writer, television personality and runway-show regular, was found dead at her home in Kent, England, on Monday. Foul play wasn't suspected but police are investigating the death they called "sudden and unexplained. " [Los Angeles Times] Model Chanel Iman might be engaged to rapper A$AP Rocky, Page Six reports. [New York Post] Jennifer Lawrence was a bridesmaid at her brother's wedding, and she's  featured - along with the rest of the wedding party - on the cover of Martha Stewart Real Weddings special edition wearing a pale strapless bridesmaid dress from J. Crew.
April 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
In Los Angeles, patrol officers are caught disabling recording equipment that was in place to keep them honest. In Santa Monica, a high school student demonstrates why the wrestling coach is the last faculty member to mess with. And in Glendale, a young woman challenges the definition of "hands-free" driving after getting a ticket for talking on a phone tucked into her head scarf. These three police blotter tales have little in common, except that I've assembled them in a nice spring bouquet, along with a prickly observation or two. First the LAPD.
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