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USC's Josh Shaw suspended indefinitely for fabricating heroic story

latimes.com — USC cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted that his story about rescuing his nephew from a swimming pool over the weekend is a "complete fabrication" and that he has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities, the university announced Wednesday.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @ClayTravisBGID: This story is insane. RT @LindseyThiry: #USC’s Josh Shaw admitted he lied, but still questions to be answered. latimes.com/sports/usc/usc…

Aug 28, 2014

RT @slmandel: Pat Haden tells the LA TImes that USC had vetted Josh Shaw's story 12 times. ((via @LindseyThiry): latimes.com/sports/usc/usc…

Aug 28, 2014

RT @LindseyThiry: #USC's Josh Shaw admitted he lied, but there are still questions to be answered. latimes.com/sports/usc/usc…

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Credibility at stake for university-run media in Josh Shaw situation

latimes.com — The dramatic -- and now debunked -- tale of Josh Shaw rescuing his 7-year-old nephew from drowning didn't originate with a newspaper or television station covering USC. Instead, six paragraphs published at 3:29 p.m. Monday on the athletic department's website transformed the senior defensive back into the subject of national adulation in a matter of minutes.
Aug 27, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Wow. The bogus USC rescue story originated with USC's own media unit. latimes.com/sports/usc/usc…

Aug 27, 2014

Now-debunked Josh Shaw tale originated w/ USC athletic department latimes.com/sports/usc/usc…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @underoak: The bogus USC rescue story originated with USC's own media unit. latimes.com/sports/usc/usc… (quotes @welchsuggs of UGA) via @LexAlexander

Aug 27, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Wow. The bogus USC rescue story originated with USC's own media unit. latimes.com/sports/usc/usc…

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High surf hits the Southland

latimes.com — The Malibu Pier was shut down Tuesday evening and an unconscious surfer was pulled from rough waters nearby earlier in the day as high waves began pounding Southern California beaches.
Aug 27, 2014

RT @MeredithFrost: Awesome shot of the big waves happening at The Wedge in Newport Beach (Photo: Don Bartletti) lat.ms/1td8api pic.twitter.com/7btqeKNUkh

Aug 27, 2014

RT @frankshyong: .@latimes photo gallery of today's waves in Malibu, or in other words, whoooooooooosshhhhhhhh ow.ly/ANCta

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What happens when you say Hello Kitty is not a cat? Kitty chaos

latimes.com — So you pour your heart and soul into essays about race and prisons ... then an anthropologist tells you that Hello Kitty isn't a cat and, well, the Internet explodes (complete with Aaron Paul animated GIF). I did a story Tuesday about a couple of Hello Kitty-related events coming to Los Angeles.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @LATreadersrep: RT @latimes: Here's what happens when you inform the world that Hello Kitty is not a cat lat.ms/1q6mRYF

Aug 28, 2014

RT @latimes: Here's what happens when you inform the world that Hello Kitty is not a cat lat.ms/1q6mRYF

Aug 28, 2014

"Hello Kitty is not a cat, she is a girl. Please do not make/use animal references." latimes.com/entertainment/…

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Central California residents rely on bottled water as wells run dry

latimes.com — Extreme drought conditions have become so harsh for the Central Valley community of East Porterville, many of its residents dependent on their own wells have run out of water. Roughly 300 homes have received a three-week supply of bottled water after Tulare County officials discovered their wells had gone dry.
Aug 27, 2014

RT @skarlamangla: It finally happened: Water runs out in California community; residents now relying on bottled water latimes.com/local/lanow/la… @VeronicaRochaLA

Aug 27, 2014

RT @skarlamangla: It finally happened: Water runs out in California community; residents now relying on bottled water latimes.com/local/lanow/la… @VeronicaRochaLA

Aug 27, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: It's happening: Central Californians are getting bottled water because their wells have run dry. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: It's happening: Central Californians are getting bottled water because their wells have run dry. latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @latimes: Central California residents rely on bottled water as wells run dry lat.ms/1tci7TL

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Tsarnaevs' sister arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat

latimes.com — The sister of the men suspected of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings was arrested in New York on Wednesday on suspicion of threatening to bomb her boyfriend's ex, a police spokesman said. Ailina Tsarnaeva, 24, sister of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, turned herself in to the New York City Police Department, an NYPD spokesman told the Los Angeles Times.
Aug 27, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: The sister of the Boston bombing suspects has been arrested for making... a bomb threat. latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: The sister of the Boston bombing suspects has been arrested for making... a bomb threat. latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Aug 27, 2014

Scary. And sad. RT @kimmurphy: Tsarnaev sister arrested for making a bomb threat. ow.ly/ANFk0

Aug 27, 2014

RT @kimmurphy: Tsarnaev sister arrested for making a bomb threat. ow.ly/ANFk0

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Huge waves challenge Southern California surfers, lifeguards

latimes.com — Pounding surf off Newport Beach had already prompted several rescues Wednesday morning as onlookers gathered to watch surfers and bodyboarders take advantage of the huge waves, some estimated at more than 20 feet high. By 8 a.m., lifeguards had already pulled two swimmers out of the water after they presumably got caught in strong rip tides.
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Beverly Hills police express regret for holding black producer before Emmys

latimes.com — Beverly Hills police officials said Tuesday that it was "extremely unfortunate" that officers handcuffed and detained an African American film producer who was in the city to attend a pre-Emmy party.
Aug 27, 2014

RT @LAJourno: Beverly Hills police say they regret handcuffing, detaining black film producer before Emmys: latimes.com/local/lanow/la… pic.twitter.com/b7jjvB9bga

Aug 27, 2014

RT @LAJourno: Beverly Hills police say they regret handcuffing, detaining black film producer before Emmys: latimes.com/local/lanow/la… pic.twitter.com/b7jjvB9bga

Aug 27, 2014

RT @guyadams: Beverly Hills police arrest man on suspicion of being tall, black, and wearing boring clothes latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Aug 27, 2014

Beverly Hills police arrest man on suspicion of being tall, black, and wearing boring clothes latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

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Hello Kitty is not a cat, plus more reveals before her L.A. tour

latimes.com — Her expressionless mug has been featured on countless toys, not to mention bowling balls , motor oil , a Fender Strat , a pricey Judith Leiber clutch , sanitary napkins and mens underwear . She has inspired a controversial song by Avril Lavigne , works of sculpture by Tom Sachs and a pretty spectacular dress worn by Lady Gaga .
Aug 28, 2014

Hello Kitty is not a cat. The world just doesn't look the same. HT @terpsicoursey latimes.com/entertainment/…

Aug 28, 2014

Hello Kitty is not actually a cat but a British girl named Kitty White, Japan's Sanrio tells LA Times latimes.com/entertainment/…

Aug 28, 2014

Hello Kitty isn't a cat? OK, I guess Mickey Mouse isn't a rodent, and the two can date safely. latimes.com/entertainment/…

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'Cops' TV show crew member dies after being shot while filming in Omaha

latimes.com — A crew member for the TV show "Cops" died after he was shot while filming an episode for the long-running reality series when Omaha police responded to an armed robbery Tuesday night. One of the show's producers, Langley Productions, confirmed the death of crew member Bryce Dion in a statement.
Aug 28, 2014

Tragedy at 'Cops': Crew member killed by police while filming shootout latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Aug 27, 2014

Here's our latest on Omaha police killing a "COPS" crew member. Reality TV has a questionable safety record: latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Aug 27, 2014

Tragedy at 'Cops': Crew member killed by police while filming shootout latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @mattdpearce: Omaha police accidentally shoot and kill a "COPS" sound guy. The suspect had an airsoft pistol. latimes.com/nation/nationn…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @theryanparker: '#Cops' TV show crew member dies after being shot while filming in Omaha: lat.ms/YXAzmA

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Mystery of how rocks move across Death Valley lake bed solved

latimes.com — Researchers Richard and James Norris were awestruck by the ferocity of the cracking sounds as a frozen lake in Death Valley National Park began breaking apart under sunny skies. As they watched, huge panes of ice were lifted by light winds and pushed against rocks weighing up to 200 pounds.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @latimes: Mystery of how rocks move across Death Valley lake bed solved lat.ms/1tcLLZ1

Aug 27, 2014

RT @kimmurphy: Over the years, 200-lb rocks have slid over the Death Valley sand when no one was looking, leaving swirling trails. ow.ly/ANFdZ

Aug 27, 2014

Over the years, 200-lb rocks have slid over the Death Valley sand when no one was looking, leaving swirling trails. ow.ly/ANFdZ

Aug 27, 2014

I didn't want playa rock mystery solved. But at least it's heck of story with dose of serendipity. @LouisSahagun latimes.com/local/lanow/la…

Aug 27, 2014

COOL! #NerdStatus RT @LATimescitybeat Why oh why were rocks moving across the desert in Death Valley? Mystery solved: lat.ms/1zHcHik

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Producer wrongly arrested accuses Beverly Hills police of mistreatment

latimes.com — Hollywood producer Charles Belk says he was arrested and mistreated by Beverly Hills police when he was taken into custody Friday night because he fit the description of an African American bank robber. Police say Belk "matched the clothing and physical characteristics" and that is why he was arrested as he left a restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @TheRyanParker: Producer wrongly arrested accuses Beverly Hills police of mistreatment: lat.ms/1p9rHiB

Aug 27, 2014

RT @LANow: Producer wrongly arrested accuses Beverly Hills police of mistreatment lat.ms/1tXLeqS

Aug 27, 2014

Hollywood producer accuses Beverly Hills police of mistreatment after pre-Emmy arrest. lat.ms/1p9rHiB pic.twitter.com/8ExHlVypwN

Aug 27, 2014

Producer wrongly arrested accuses Beverly Hills police of mistreatment: lat.ms/1p9rHiB

Amid outcry over police shootings, departments weighing cop cameras

latimes.com — It was a police shooting that initially triggered a public outcry similar to the recent confrontations in Ferguson, Mo. In 2011, police in the small community of Rialto in San Bernardino County shot and wounded a man who witnesses later protested was unarmed.
Aug 27, 2014

RT @latimes: Amid outcry over police shootings, departments across the country are debating body cameras for officers: lat.ms/1qiLG2n

Aug 27, 2014

RT @latimes: Amid outcry over police shootings, departments across the country are debating body cameras for officers: lat.ms/1qiLG2n

Aug 27, 2014

RT @latimes: Amid outcry over police shootings, departments across the country are debating body cameras for officers: lat.ms/1qiLG2n

Aug 27, 2014

RT @latimes: Amid outcry over police shootings, departments across the country are debating body cameras for officers: lat.ms/1qiLG2n

Gov. Brown OKs deal to triple funding for California's film tax credit

latimes.com — Gov. Jerry Brown has signed off on a deal that would more than triple funding for California's film and TV tax-credit program. The compromise would increase funding to $330 million a year over the next five years.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @ReelDirectory: Gov. Brown OKs tripling state film tax-credit funding to $330 million fb.me/1IBhDznNC

Aug 27, 2014

RT @latimesbiz: Gov. Brown OKs deal to triple funding for California's film tax credit lat.ms/1tVJcYj

Aug 27, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown OKs tripling state film tax-credit funding to $330 million. lat.ms/1lfjHS2 pic.twitter.com/saITGBUzA8

Aug 27, 2014

RT @ChrisMegerian: .@rverrier reported on the film tax credit deal w/ Jerry Brown earlier this morning: latimes.com/entertainment/…

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LAPD seeks witnesses in Venice Boardwalk beating

latimes.com — Los Angeles police Wednesday night were seeking witnesses to a brutal beating at Venice Beach that was captured on video footage and posted on YouTube. The attack took place Tuesday around 10:30 p.m. near the Boardwalk on Ocean Front Walk, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
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