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August 18, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
I'm no Type A personality, but I can say that there are few things worse than living with a terrible roommate. One of those is having to find a new roommate, fast. But finding a compatible roommate can be a long, hard quest. To help ease that burden, we scoured the Internet for roommate-finding apps and websites. Here are some of the best we found. Roommates: Finding the perfect roommate is comparable to finding a significant other. That's why the Roommates app by ApartmentList, a rental real estate search engine start-up, took a few pointers from online dating services that sync to the user's Facebook account to build a profile and pre-screen potential dates -- or, in this case, roommates.
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March 30, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
Authorities have arrested a man suspected of stabbing his roommate to death at their West Hollywood apartment complex, officials said. Deputies went to the suspect's apartment in the 900 block of Palm Avenue about 5 p.m. Saturday to conduct a welfare check, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. When they arrived at the scene, the deputies were told that the individual who lived in the unit may have killed his roommate and may be trying to kill himself, authorities said.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A small-town girl comes to the fictional University of Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of being a fashion designer and encounters a roommate who is clingy to the point of psychotic. Starring Minka Kelly as that starry-eyed newcomer and Leighton Meester as her 1,000-yard-stare nemesis, "The Roommate" is a waste all around of young, attractive actresses, Los Angeles locations and the time of anyone unlucky enough to sit through it. Without tension or suspense, the film is too gloomy and chaste to be a naughty exploitation picture but also too brainless to work as anything more real.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Kate Mather
An Arizona grand jury has indicted Darren Sharper on five sexual assault and drug-related counts, the latest development in multiple sexual assault investigations against the former NFL star that have kept him in a Los Angeles jail. The indictment on two counts of sexual assault and three counts of administering dangerous drugs involve attacks that occurred in Tempe, Ariz., on Nov. 20, 2013, police said Wednesday. In all, the former New Orleans Saints safety, 38, is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least eight women in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Tempe.
BUSINESS
December 19, 2010 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I have rented a three-bedroom unit for two years. About eight months ago, I lost my job and could no longer pay my rent. Rather than be evicted, I found a roommate who now pays half the monthly rent. From the beginning, my roommate has written a separate check for his half of the monthly rent and I write my own check for the other half. I give both checks to the rental office, which is the place designated for payment in my rental agreement. When I took the two checks to the office last week, the new resident manager told me she would not accept the checks.
NEWS
December 13, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
A Florida man has been charged with second-degree murder after shooting his drunken roommate in an argument over how to cook pork chops, said the Orlando Sentinel , citing Holly Hill, Fla., police. The 55-year-old man allegedly shot and killed one of his three roommates on Tuesday night, according to the article, after the roommate arrived home drunk, police said. When police arrived at their home, they found the 35-year-old victim dead on the floor with the alleged shooter sitting nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A woman wounded in a double shooting in Littlerock early Thursday is expected to survive, authorities said. The woman, whose name was not released, was shot along with her boyfriend during a dispute the couple was having with their roommate, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. Her boyfriend was pronounced dead at the scene. The three lived in the 37500 block of 82 nd Street East, a rural area on the edge of Angeles National Forest. Just after 12 a.m. Thursday, an argument that had stretched long into the night boiled over when the roommate grabbed a gun and shot the couple.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Victoria Kim and Rick Rojas
The ex-roommate of Maribel Ramos was arrested Friday on suspicion of murder after the missing Army veteran was found dead Thursday near Modjeska Canyon in Orange County, authorities said. Ramos, a 36-year-old Cal State Fullerton student just a few weeks shy of graduation, had been missing since the first week of May. Orange police said a body found in the brush Thursday in unincorporated Orange County near Santiago Canyon Road and Jackson Ranch Road was identified as Ramos after an autopsy.
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May 21, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
The roommate of Maribel Ramos, who was missing for weeks before she was found in the brush of an Orange County canyon area, was charged Tuesday in the Army veteran's death, prosecutors said. Kwang Choi Joy, 54, has been charged with one felony count of murder, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in state prison if convicted. Joy, who was arrested Friday after being questioned by investigators, is being held on $1 million bail.
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November 21, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Three white students at San Jose State University have been charged with misdemeanor hate crimes after allegedly hanging a Confederate flag in a shared dormitory suite and calling a black roommate "three-fifths," among other derogatory names. The three students -- Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield. Joseph Bomgardner, 19, of Clovis and Colin Warren, 18, of Woodacre -- also allegedly locked the roommate in his room, wrote a derogatory slur on a board in the living room and fastened a bicycle lock around his neck,  according to  the San Jose Mercury News.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
Authorities said Tuesday that they had arrested a man suspected of killing his 67-year-old roommate at their shared home in Westmont on Sunday. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies detained Toriano Benford, 43, at 12:20 p.m. on Monday as a suspect in the slaying of Ernest Dewitt Brannon, 67. Benford's bail was set at about $1 million. Authorities said Benford and Brannon, a minister, were both renting a room in a house in Westmont , an unincorporated neighborhood with one of the highest homicide rates in the county.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 59-year-old Monterey Park man has been arrested in connection with the death Wednesday of one of his roommates. Authorities found a 51-year-old male roommate dead on the floor of an attached garage after responding about 3:40 a.m. to the 500 block of Florence Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The man was not immediately identified. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim After four men who live at the location were detained for questioning, the Sheriff's Department announced that Yao Zhomg Shi, 59, would be booked on suspicion of homicide.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Cam Fowler
Hello, everyone! I want to start by saying what an honor and a thrill to be in Sochi, it's a truly amazing experience. We flew in from Atlanta on Sunday and arrived Monday. The NHL did a great job of setting things up for us and our families. It was a different experience sharing a plane with all different players playing for their respective countries but it was great. When we landed in Sochi we were greeted by some U.S. staff who helped us get organized. After that we took a bus to head over to the Olympic Village.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Lake Elsinore man was in critical condition after he was attacked by two unlicensed pit bulls, officials said Tuesday night. The man was bitten about 4:15 p.m. by his roommate's dog and one of his own dogs, said John Welsh, a spokesman for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. He said the roommate signed over his dog to be euthanized.  PHOTOS: Toddler mauled to death by pit bulls The vicitm was taken to a local hospital. His name and age were not released.
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February 11, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A good Samaritan saved a Riverside County man being mauled by pit bulls by ramming his van through a chain-link fence and scaring the dogs away, officials said Tuesday night. The 53-year-old victim was being attacked by at least two dogs when the good Samaritan drove by the Lake Elsinore scene around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. "The dogs scurried away when the man's van busted through the gate," department spokesman John Welsh said.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy - American student Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend were found guilty Thursday in the 2007 slaying of Knox's British roommate, as an Italian appeals court reversed the two defendants' 2011 acquittal. Judge Alessandro Nencini sentenced Knox to 28 years and six months in prison, more than the 26 years she received after being convicted in the first trial in 2009. The former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was sentenced to 25 years, the same sentence he received previously, and was instructed to hand over his passport and forbidden to leave the country pending confirmation of the decision by Italy's Supreme Court.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 15, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Roommate Sony, $28.95; Blu-ray, $34.95 This magnificently awful thriller stars Leighton Meester as a mentally unstable college student who becomes obsessed with her roommate (played by Minka Kelly) and meddles in her life to an increasingly deranged degree. This is a high-camp affair, with ludicrous plot twists, histrionic performances and character motivations that set the women's movement back about 50 years. It's like that old saying: Those who don't know "Single White Female" are doomed to repeat it. Director Christian E. Christiansen attempts to explain himself in a commentary track on the DVD and Blu-ray, which also includes deleted scenes and featurettes.
NATIONAL
November 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
An anonymous caller told police his roommate was headed to Yale University in New Haven, Conn., to shoot people, and witnesses spotted a man with a shotgun or rifle in the area, prompting Monday's campus shutdown, police said. In a phone call that lasted only a few seconds, a male caller told a 911 operator that "his roommate was on his way to the university, to Yale University, to shoot people," said New Haven Police Department spokesman David Hartman in a televised news conference.  No shots or injuries have been reported as police swarmed the Ivy League campus, and Hartman could not confirm any arrests or detentions, nor provide a description of the suspect.
WORLD
January 30, 2014 | By Tom Kington
FLORENCE, Italy -- American student Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend were found guilty on Thursday in the 2007 slaying of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher . It was the third verdict in the case for Knox, 26, and Raffaele Sollecito, 29, who were found guilty in 2009 of killing Kercher. That conviction was overturned two years later on appeal, only to have the decision later overruled. Knox was not in court Thursday when Judge Alessandro Nencini sentenced her to 28-1/2 years in prison, more than the 26 years she received at her first trial.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The tea had just arrived when "all hell broke loose. " It was as though someone picked up Canter's Deli and dropped it. Silverware, napkins and hot tea flew off Christopher Ducra's table and the restaurant went black before yellow emergency lights flickered on. He and his roommate rushed out of the building and into the middle of the street, hugging as the buildings thundered around them. Fairfax Avenue was still undulating, and a long stretch of swinging power lines cast an eerie blue light.
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