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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
It was supposed to be the grand finale of the Red and Gold show, a decades-long tradition for the students of Rosary High School, an all-girls Catholic school in Fullerton. Instead, the raucous and creative performance showcasing school spirit ended in a blur when the stage collapsed Saturday night, sending two dozen students to the hospital with minor and moderate injuries. Investigators are now reviewing building permits to determine what restrictions applied to the stage. The performance took place at Servite High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Anaheim.
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WORLD
March 8, 2014 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - The FBI is deploying agents and technical experts to assist in investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet, based on the American citizenship of three of the passengers aboard the lost flight, a top federal law enforcement official in Washington said Saturday. He said that a fourth passenger, whom he described as an infant flying with the three Americans, also may be a U.S citizen. "This gives us entree" to the case, the official said, speaking confidentially because the FBI investigation is just beginning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Jason Song
Moving to strengthen its sexual assault policies, the University of California announced new guidelines Friday that require administrators to report more types of violence and harassment and provide more support and protection for victims. The changes come the same day as a deadline for colleges and universities to comply with revised federal laws aimed at more accurate reporting of statistics for serious crimes in and around campuses, including sexual assault. The new policy also is an attempt to deal with the enormous pressure many private and public universities are under to address the widespread problem of campus sexual abuse.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Ruben Vives, Matt Stevens and Kate Mather
A veteran Los Angeles police officer was killed and a rookie cop injured Friday morning when a dump truck slammed into their patrol car in Beverly Hills, marking the department's first on-duty death in six years. The officers - one a nearly 16-year department veteran, the other three months out of the academy - were responding to a call and heading northbound up a hilly Loma Vista Drive near Robert Lane when their cruiser was struck by the southbound truck about 8 a.m., LAPD officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Tony Perry
CAMP PENDLETON - The explosion that killed four enlisted Marines during a Nov. 13 training exercise was probably caused when a grenade round was accidentally "dropped, kicked or bumped," according to an investigation report released Thursday. The grenade set off an explosion in a stockpile of several hundred grenades and several larger shells that had been gathered for disposal. An armed grenade, like those that were set for disposal, can detonate after falling as little as 4 inches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
Former Sheriff Lee Baca and his top aide authorized the controversial handling of a Los Angeles County jail inmate who was found to be secretly working as a federal informant, according to a court filing by three of the deputies facing federal charges in connection with the incident. The allegations that the operation, dubbed "Pandora's Box" internally, was directed by Baca and former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka are not new. But the claims, filed this week in federal court, give the first indication of the defense strategy that will be used by the jailers accused of helping to hinder a federal investigation.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - An ambitious bill seeking to stem the rise of sexual assaults in the military died Thursday after senators from both parties refused to limit the role of commanding officers in deciding whether to prosecute such cases. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pushed the issue to prominence during this congressional session, arguing on behalf of victims who testified that they feared retaliation for pressing assault allegations up the military chain of command. Her bill - which won support from 17 of the 20 women in the Senate - would have shifted sexual assault investigations to military prosecutors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Probation officials are investigating how a group of third-graders caught smoking marijuana inside a school bathroom got their hands on the drug. KPIX-TV reported  three third-graders were found by another student Feb. 27 smoking weed inside a Sonora Elementary School bathroom. Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson told the station they were two 8-year-olds and a 9-year-old. The student told school officials, who reported the incident to police. The students were released to their parents, but investigators are trying to determine whether someone supplied the drug to the kids.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A Central California rancher is being investigated for possible animal neglect after two hikers came across 25 dead sheep that appeared emaciated and malnourished. “What I saw still haunts me,” one of the hikers, Adam Weismuller, told the Tribune . “It was the single most horrible thing I've ever seen.” The sheep were discovered Feb. 28 in the River View Estates area of Heritage Ranch, about 15 miles northwest of Paso Robles, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting death of a 60-year-old man found inside his Tujunga apartment Tuesday, three days after he had been shot. The body was discovered about 4 p.m. at his foothill home in the 10400 block of Plainview Avenue, said Los Angeles police Sgt. Thomas Wunsch. Officers discovered his body during a welfare check. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim No weapons were recovered from the apartment and investigators don't know if anything was taken from the home.
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