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UCLA struggles to recover after 200 arrested, pro-Palestinian camp torn down

More than 200 people were arrested Thursday morning as police moved into the pro-Palestinian encampment at UCLA, dismantling tents and pushing out protesters in a clash that lasted hours.

The operation capped two days of upheaval on the Westwood campus that began when UCLA declared the encampment “unlawful” and continued when a group of pro-Israel counterprotesters attacked the camp Tuesday night, with police taking hours to stop the violence.

Early Thursday morning, officers wearing body armo

Police swarm Cal Poly Humboldt, arresting at least 25 and ending weeklong siege over Gaza war

Ending a weeklong siege, police on Tuesday arrested at least 25 protesters at Cal Poly Humboldt, where Gaza war demonstrators had occupied buildings and forced the campus to close.

The move came as pro-Palestinian protesters, who are demanding divestment from Israel and an end to the country’s military actions in Gaza, set up several new tent encampments at colleges and universities across California as tensions escalated.

Police were in a standoff with protesters on the Humboldt campus Monday

USC students protest the 'silencing' of valedictorian with cancellation of speech

USC students and pro-Palestinian activists march silently on campus Thursday to denounce what they say is the ‘institutional silencing’ of Asna Tabassum. The valedictorian’s graduation speech has been canceled.

USC students, faculty and pro-Palestinian protesters responded to a call to action Thursday to fight back against what they say is the “institutional silencing” of valedictorian Asna Tabassum.

“Let her speak! Let her speak!” the crowd of hundreds chanted, a few holding up signs bearing

Suspect in brutal Venice attacks charged with rape and attempted murder

Two women were brutally attacked near the Venice canals on April 6.

Prosecutors have charged a 29-year-old man with multiple counts of forcible rape and one count of attempted murder after attacking two women near the Venice canals earlier this month, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón announced at a news conference Monday.

Anthony Jones, 29, was arrested in San Diego last week after police identified him as a suspect in the violent attacks. He was brought back to Los Angeles and tak

LAFD recruit killed on 101 Freeway while responding to collision

Firefighters place a flag over the body of a Los Angeles Fire Department recruit killed Monday morning on the 101 Freeway.

A Los Angeles Fire Department recruit was killed Monday morning on the 101 Freeway in Studio City while rendering aid at the site of a traffic collision.

Jacob Fuerte, 22, was fatally injured shortly after 5 a.m. near Vineland Avenue. He was on his way to routine academy training in his personal vehicle when he stopped to assess the scene of a crash, said LAFD Capt. Erik S

L.A. Metro's D Line hits a milestone: Tunneling is complete for expansion to the Westside

A construction worker at the future Wilshire/Fairfax stop on Monday as L.A. Metro celebrated completion of tunneling for the subway’s D Line extension into the Westside.

After five years of construction and numerous delays, crews have finished tunneling operations for the 9-mile westward expansion of the Metro D Line, which will stretch from the current terminus in Koreatown to a new Westwood/VA Hospital Station.

The will add seven Metro stations and a high-speed connection from downtown Los A

License plate readers and video cameras are coming to Orange to fight crime, officials say

A Flock automated license plate reader camera in Costa Mesa. The city of Orange plans to add similar readers and cameras to fight crime.

Joining other Southern California municipalities, Orange has announced plans to add dozens of license plate readers and video cameras to its streets in an effort to catch criminals traveling through the city.

The move represents a significant step forward for Orange, which is “a little bit behind the curve” in crime-fighting technology, Police Chief Dan Adams

Hurricane Forecasters keeping an eye on 2 tropical disturbances over weekend

Hurricane forecasters are watching disturbances in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea this weekend, although neither system posed much of a threat to strengthen.

In the eastern Atlantic, a broad area of low pressure was producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms, according to the National Hurricane Center in its advisory issued at 2 p.m. Friday.

Meteorologists said there was just a 10% chance the disturbance grows into a stronger system over the weekend, and a 30% chance there is f

Pinellas deputies’ use of deadly force ruled justified in Safety Harbor shooting of Tampa man

The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney’s Office ruled Thursday that four Pinellas County sheriff’s deputies were justified in their use of deadly force in the killing of a carjacking suspect in Safety Harbor in June.

An investigation into the incident concluded the four deputies “were in the lawful performance of their legal duties and acting in the public interest to prevent future violent crimes” when they shot and killed the suspect, 43-year-old Robert Hubbard of Tampa.

Hubbard was suspected of

Tampa Seminole Hard Rock gambler robbed after openly celebrating $53K in winnings

A gambler who won $53,000 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino earlier this summer was followed back to his hotel and robbed after he publicly flaunted his cash prize, according to court records. The suspects got away with at least $10,000.

Before the robbery, the man “was taking pictures with his recently won cash,” according to a search warrant for one of the suspect’s cellular phone data filed by Tampa police. Surveillance footage from June 14, the night of the incident, shows three susp

Hillsborough man sentenced to life in prison for murder of 2-year-old boy

After a four-day trial and a guilty verdict, a Hillsborough man was sentenced to life in prison Thursday for the murder of a 2-year-old boy.

Kaydan Guerrero died under David Vasquez Malave’s care in July 2020 after the boy suffered a brain hemorrhage and other injuries. Vasquez Malave initially told police that the child had fallen out of the back seat of a car during a diaper change and hit his head.

Prosecutors argued that the boy’s injuries were not accidental. Medical experts said the inju

Antisemitic flyers found in three Tampa neighborhoods

TAMPA — For three consecutive weekends, Tampa Bay area residents discovered antisemitic flyers left outside their homes.

The flyers were found in bags of rice near porches and driveways this last weekend, the previous weekend and on Saturday, June 4, the Tampa Police Department confirmed in an email to the Tampa Bay Times. The flyers found June 4 were in Hyde Park, police say, then the following weekend in Beach Park. The most recent batch was left at homes on Davis Islands.

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