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  • USC

    USC assistant basketball coach charged with taking bribes in nationwide FBI sting

    Four college basketball assistant coaches, including USC’s Tony Bland, were among 10 people indicted by federal authorities Tuesday on fraud and corruption charges that allege hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes were offered to student athletes. The charges culminated a three-year federal investigation into corruption in the sport that also ensnared a representative of Adidas, agents and financial advisers, alleging they sought to influence the schools, shoe sponsors...

    Scott Wolf

  • Teacher unions

    CSU, professors reach tentative deal to extend contract

    Labor peace between Cal State University administrators and professors is likely to continue into 2020, thanks to a tentative contract extension. CSU administrators and the California Faculty Association announced the agreement Tuesday. If ratified, the two-year extension would keep an agreement in place through mid-2020 and provide for consecutive faculty pay raises that would begin to go into effect in 2018. The twin raises are expected to result in some $120 million in new...

    Andrew Edwards

  • Hurricanes

    President Trump fixes gaze on Puerto Rico, will visit Caribbean islands next week

    WASHINGTON >> Suddenly, just about all President Donald Trump can talk about is Puerto Rico. After not mentioning the hurricane-devastated island for days, Trump on Tuesday pushed back aggressively and repeatedly against criticism that he had failed to quickly grasp the magnitude of Maria’s destruction or give the U.S. commonwealth the top-priority treatment he had bestowed on Texas, Louisiana and Florida after previous storms. Trump announced he would visit the U.S.

    By Laurie Kellman and Darlene Superville The Associated Press|

  • Trials

    Long Beach students burned man’s body, then went shopping at the mall, prosecutor says

    Two Long Beach high school students beat a man, strangled him and then burned his body in Rancho Palos Verdes before going shopping with the cash they stole from the victim, authorities said as trial began Tuesday for one of the accused killers. The suspects, a pair of seniors at Long Beach Poly High School, called a taxi to take them to the mall immediately after torching 42-year-old Christopher Waters’ SUV with his body inside, Deputy District Attorney Brian Kang told...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Residential fires

    Residents escape Naples Island blaze that started in garage

    Residents were able to escape unharmed, but a home was left with significant damage when a fire broke out in a Naples Island garage in Long Beach on Monday night, according to authorities. The blaze started around 6:25 p.m. in the 100 block of Corinthian Walk, which is near the center of the affluent community, fire officials said. Fire crews responded and found flames coming from both levels of a building at the rear of the property, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Shootings

    Man found shot to death on Carson street

    A man was found shot to death on a Carson street Tuesday morning, sheriff’s deputies said. Deputies found the man at Idabell Avenue and Fairhaven Street when they responded to a report of gunshots at 2:30 a.m., sheriff’s Deputy Kimberly Alexander said. The man suffered one wound to his body and was pronounced dead at the scene, she said. There was no suspect information available. The victim’s name was not immediately released.

    By staff and wire reports|

  • Shootings

    Father arrested with baby after allegedly shooting mother in San Pedro

    A man who allegedly shot the mother of his child Tuesday in San Pedro was arrested a short time later holding their baby, police said. Officers responded to the shooting shortly before 9 a.m., when the woman ran into the Harbor Interfaith Services family shelter in the 600 block of 10th Street and told workers she had been shot, said Tahia Hayslet, executive director of Harbor Interfaith. “She ran into our office for safety. She is a neighbor from a few houses...

    Larry Altman

  • Beer

    Like beer? Like to run? These clubs are made for you

    Beer and running have finally found a happy medium through a growing social trend: pub runs. Throughout Southern California, more and more running groups are meeting in the vicinity of local breweries to run a few miles before mingling over beers. The point of the pub runs is not to become a stronger or faster runner — although one certainly can reap these benefits as well — but to have a place where one can socialize over beer. Ultra marathoner Justin Flores, 30, of...

    By Jackie Moe @jackieemoe on Twitter|

  • Assault and battery

    Former CSULB student charged with trying to stab detective on campus

    A 23-year-old woman has been charged with trying to stab a detective while fleeing from police at Cal State Long Beach earlier this month, according to authorities. Police said the woman, who used to be a student at CSULB, attacked the detective while he was chasing her on Sept. 15. Authorities got a call that day about someone vandalizing part of the campus’ Child Development Center and stealing something from the building, university police said in a news...

    Jeremiah Dobruck

  • Air shows

    Breitling aerial thrill show with Blue Angels, vintage aircraft this weekend at Huntington Beach

    HUNTINGTON BEACH Blue Angels and Snowbirds, hoverboards and vintage aircraft, and even the Air Force fifth-generation F-35A fighter plane will be in the skies this weekend for the second Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow. After some touch-and-go moments when the show’s event planner asked the Huntington Beach City Council for some help with costs, which came mostly in the form of raised parking rates for the show, the high-flying extravaganza is returning to the city Friday,...

    Greg Mellen

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