Right-wing rally planned for Laguna Beach sparks backlash, counter-demonstration against racism

A planned Sunday rally in Laguna Beach to draw attention to crimes committed by immigrants in the country illegally has sparked a counter-demonstration planned for Saturday.

Saturday’s rally, led by Indivisible OC 48, Indivisible OC 46 and Together We Will Orange County, begins at 10 a.m. at Main…

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Paintball attacks have nearly tripled in past year, LAPD says

Aron Marrujo was playing in the frontyard of a friend’s house when paintballs began raining from a passing car.

His cousin tried to shield him. But Aron, 9, was hit above his right eye. The wound required nine stitches. An inch lower and he might have lost his eye.

Aron, who is mildly autistic, is…

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What would L.A. do if white supremacists wanted to rally here? During emotional talk, city attorney weighs in

City Atty. Mike Feuer said Friday that he would urge Los Angeles officials to consider imposing restrictions or even deny permits to hate groups seeking to rally here in order to prevent the kind of violent clashes that erupted last weekend at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

Permits…

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USC downplays fundraising efforts of ex-dean at center of drug scandal

USC on Friday moved to further distance itself from the former dean of its medical school at the center of a scandal, downplaying Dr. Carmen Puliafito’s much-touted performance as a fundraiser for the university.

USC’s senior vice president for university advancement said in a letter to alumni…

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Third man convicted in beating death of USC graduate student Xinran Ji

A third person has been convicted in the beating death of a USC graduate student that shook the university community, Los Angeles County prosecutors said.

Jonathan Del Carmen, 22, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the July 24, 2014, killing of Xinran Ji, an engineering student from…

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Man charged in strangling death of a Lancaster repairwoman

A man accused of strangling a repairwoman in his Lancaster home pleaded not guilty Friday to murder, officials said.

Williams Franklin Hughes III, 30, is charged in the death of Lyndi Fisher, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. He is being held on $2.5-million bail.

Hughes…

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Far-right activist faces criminal charges in Berkeley violence caught on video

Five months after the so-called Battle of Berkeley began, Alameda County prosecutors are pressing charges against those accused of causing the violent clashes between far-right and far-left demonstrators.

The latest charged were filed this week against Kyle Chapman, an extreme-right organizer who…

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Dark Web drug network operated from gated community in Altadena, feds say

A group of Southern Californians have been accused of operating a multimillion-dollar drug distribution network on the dark Web from a gated community in Altadena, federal prosecutors said.

In an indictment unsealed in the Eastern District of California on Thursday, authorities charged William…

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UC Berkeley’s new chancellor brings optimism — and a world record — to an embattled campus

UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol T. Christ just can’t seem to resist.

As she walked the campus this week, she gravitated toward students and waded right in. She posed for pictures. She quickly connected with a freshman who shared her New Jersey background. She greeted new arrivals on orientation tours.

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Bay Area man celebrating honeymoon killed in Barcelona terror attack, father says

A California man was one of the 13 people killed in Thursday’s terror attack in Barcelona, his father told a Bay Area television station.

The father of Jared Tucker, a 42-year-old Lafayette resident, told KGO-TV that his son’s wife had tentatively identified his remains.

Tucker and his wife, Heidi…

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