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December 15, 2013 | By Jason Song
USC President C. L. Max Nikias was the 13th-highest compensated private university president in 2011, making nearly $1.4 million in total pay, while former UC President Mark G. Yudof was the eighth-best paid public education executive, according to an annual survey released Sunday. University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer made nearly $3.3 million, ranking him first among private college or university chiefs, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, while ex-Penn State University President Graham Spanier was the highest paid public president, making $2.9 million during the 2012 fiscal year.
December 4, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
Huntington Beach police have arrested six additional suspects on charges related to the disturbance at the end of the  U.S. Open of Surfing  in July. According to a statement from police, the arrests bring to 20 the number of people who have been taken into custody in connection with the melee July 28, when attendees of the surfing competition took to the streets of downtown Huntington Beach and caused several thousands of dollars in damage, the Huntington Beach Independent reported.
November 26, 2013 | By David Zahniser
The city of Los Angeles has spent $375,000 so far to fix up Getty House in the months leading up to Mayor Eric Garcetti's arrival, officials said Tuesday. Garcetti spokeswoman Vicki Curry said the General Services Department, which handles upkeep of city-owned properties, used the change in mayors this year to address "a significant backlog" of deferred maintenance on the property. The biggest share of the cost -- more than $247,000 -- went toward new paint and plaster repairs for the interior and exterior of the 8,076-square-foot English Tudor-style mansion, Curry said.
November 20, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The pit bull that was strapped with fireworks and set ablaze, only to be yanked from a truck bed and left for dead in the San Fernando Valley , is on the mend after several surgeries to repair burns that exposed bone. Staff members at Westlake Village Animal Hospital  told NBC4 they weren't sure the 3-year-old pit pull, nicknamed "Indy," would survive his injuries after he was left for dead July 4 in an alley between Kittridge and Hamlin streets in Winnetka. The badly burned dog was found and rescued the next day. Now, four months later, Indy's "wounds are totally healed," said Dr. Daniel Slaton at the animal hospital.
November 13, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
"Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell," the talk-and-comedy series hosted by Bell and executive produced by Chris Rock, has been canceled. The axing marks the first cancellation for FXX, the comedy-heavy satellite network of FX that launched in September. The series, which began on FX last year, had a loyal following but never gained a large viewership. "This was a decision that was made with a heavy heart," said an FX spokesman. The final original episode of the series, which features Bell commenting on pop culture and other issues, will air Thursday.
November 7, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Homicides are down 13% in Los Angeles in 2013 compared with last year, and the city is on target to have the lowest number of killings since 1966, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday. While overall crime is down about 5% compared with 2012, Beck said, the drop in homicides continues to amaze him. As of Thursday, the city reported 222 homicides. "That is 33 less homicides so far this year than last year," Beck said in a news conference at the Olympic police station.
November 3, 2013 | Eric Sondheimer
College football recruiters have suddenly concluded that Chris Brown, a senior offensive lineman at Los Angeles Loyola, is a big-time prospect. UCLA, USC, Texas A&M, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Mississippi, Oregon, Washington, Boise State, Washington State - they've all made scholarship offers since the season began. At the same time, the Internet recruiting experts who didn't have any stars marked on Brown's name in September have been left scrambling to catch up. Brown, 6 feet 6 and 290 pounds, is still trying to figure out how he became so popular.
October 30, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A record number of 21 endangered California condors were treated at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens for lead poisoning in October - more than half of what the center sees in a typical year, officials reported. The zoo's announcement comes just weeks after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring hunters to use non-lead ammunition in an effort to keep the toxic element from being passed on from carcasses to scavengers, such as condors. Adam Keats, senior counsel and urban wildlands program director for the Center for Biological Diversity, attributed the high quantity of condor poisonings to hunting.
October 16, 2013 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The city of Long Beach is announcing that it has achieved pension changes for all city employees after reaching a tentative agreement that asks four of the city's bargaining units to increase the amount employees pay into their retirements. The contracts represent the final piece of nearly three years of negotiations with nine unions that sought to lower pension costs as the city struggled financially. Since 2007, the city has eliminated 786 positions and slashed $134 million from its general fund.
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