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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
San Bernardino police are investigating a possible hate crime in which a wooden swastika was apparently set on fire. Authorities said residents in the 2800 block of Sepulveda Avenue called police just after midnight Sunday to report a wooden swastika ablaze in the middle of the street. Officers arrived and found a resident had already extinguished the fire, said Lt. Paul Williams. It was unclear whether the incident was targeted to anyone specifically. “We need a victim to have a hate crime,” Williams said.
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SPORTS
July 10, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Davy Arnaud, captain of the Montreal Impact, recently received a death threat after his mistake led to a loss, leading his club and Major League Soccer to file a report with Montreal police. Arnaud lost control of the ball in a home game June 29 against the Colorado Rapids, who won, 4-3, in stoppage time. Colorado's Chris Klute stole the ball from Arnaud, setting in motion a counterattack that led to the winning goal by Tony Cascio. Arnaud took full responsibility for the decisive play.
NATIONAL
July 8, 2013 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
Tracy Martin, the father of the teenager shot by George Zimmerman, took the stand Monday to rebut claims about who is heard screaming on a 911 recording that could be pivotal in the jury's deliberations in the high-profile murder trial. In the first full day of the defense's case, the sides sparred over whose voice is heard in the background of a call placed to authorities. The issue of who is crying out for help could be important as the jury tries to decide who the aggressor was: Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer, or Trayvon Martin, the teenager.
NATIONAL
July 1, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Two police investigators outlined their interviews with George Zimmerman as the prosecution and defense in the murder case sparred over inconsistencies in the neighborhood watch volunteer's statements about how he met and shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager. Zimmerman, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of Martin, 17, on Feb. 26, 2012, in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman has said he shot Martin in self-defense. Zimmerman talked to police right after the shooting, then again after midnight at the police station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 | By Richard Winton
The body of a man was found Tuesday at the base Boelter Hall on the UCLA campus, officials said. UCLA police are investigating but released few details. UCLA spokesman Phil Hampton said officials don't know if the body is that of a staff member, student or visitor. It appears the man either fell or jumped from the building, which has many engineering classrooms. The hall is on the south side of the campus. ALSO: L.A. election: Garcetti supporters cite Greuel's DWP, union ties Shooter 'pumped four rounds' into 10-year-old girl, official says South L.A. voters arrive at polls with firm opinions, research notes richard.winton@latimes.com
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles police officer Brett Goodkin is about to make his big-screen debut, playing a bit role as a cop in "The Bling Ring," Sofia Coppola's movie about fame-obsessed San Fernando Valley youths who burgled the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan. But as the director prepares to unveil the picture at the Cannes Film Festival, the LAPD investigator is hardly basking in the glory of his 15 minutes of fame. Instead, he's facing the imminent prospect of losing his job, as a disciplinary panel prepares to rule on the results of an internal investigation into his simultaneous involvement in the real-life case and the film.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Police were investigating a shooting Monday in El Sereno that sent a man to the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Police responded about 7:10 a.m. to Monterey Road and Huntington Drive, where a man described as a Latino in his 30s was sitting in a white pickup truck when he was shot multiple times, said an official with the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities have shut down the area while detectives investigate. The man was taken to a hospital, but his condition was not immediately known.
NATIONAL
April 21, 2013 | Andrew Tangel, Sergei Loiko and Alana Semuels
The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings remained under heavy guard in a hospital Saturday, with an injury to his neck complicating how he would be interrogated and held for trial. The neck wound apparently did not initially silence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, who was swearing profusely in the ambulance ride after his final confrontation with the FBI, according to a source familiar with the case. The Justice Department remained quiet Saturday on whether officials had been able to question Tsarnaev, or whether they would attempt to do so before he consults an attorney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
Authorities said they investigated for months before arresting three teenage boys Thursday for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl who later took her own life. The alleged attack took place last fall. Eight days after the incident, the girl -- a student at Saratoga High School in Santa Clara County -- took her own life, authorities said. Santa Clara County Sheriff's Lt. Jose Cardoza told the Associated Press Thursday night that investigators on the high school campus developed information for several months that led to the arrests.
WORLD
April 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Canadian police are reopening their investigation into the alleged gang rape of a 17-year-old girl who later hanged herself, saying new information has come to light, according to Canadian news media. Police have faced a torrent of criticism for not pressing charges against four youths accused by relatives of Rehtaeh Parsons, whose alleged assault, continued bullying and later suicide spurred outrage in Canada and abroad. Her parents said classmates shared photos of the attack online but that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told them there weren't grounds to bring the case to court.
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