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USC Breaks Silence On Deaths Of 7 Students This Semester

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — USC is mourning the loss of several students this semester, but they have not all died of suicide, the university’s president, Carol Folt, said in a statement. Seven USC students have died since the fall semester began in the last week of August. Folt said the losses are devastating and heartbreaking for the school. But in a letter to parents, she said that it is “not correct” that most of the deaths were the result of suicide. “These tragic losses have resulted from a number of different causes. In some cases the cause of death is still undetermined, and in others loved ones do not want details disclosed,” Folt said in the letter. USC’s chief health officer, Dr. Sarah Van Orman, said the university believes the deaths happened off-campus. Speculation over the deaths has been rampant on the campus. “I’m glad the university recognized it and is kinda bringing this issue to light,” one student said. Students in need of immediate help were encouraged to call USC’s 24-hour wellness line at (213) 740-WELL (9355). Anyone concerned about a friend or fellow…

Forecasters Expect Arctic Blast to Break More Than 200 Records Across U.S.

Don your jackets and mittens, East Coasters. You’re going to need them. The next five to seven days won’t just be cold — they’ll be record breaking. That’s according to data from the National Weather Service, which predicts that more than 200 record lows could be tied or set from Monday to Wednesday. It’s all part of the Arctic blast that’s hitting the East Coast, bringing below-freezing temperatures to some places. On Monday, temperatures are expected to plummet in the Great plains, before moving farther east on Tuesday and Wednesday. Record low temperatures are possible across Texas, Oklahoma and parts of the Ohio Valley starting Tuesday morning. By Wednesday, more than a dozen record lows could be set in the Deep South and the Gulf Coast, according to CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward. Some places in the East could experience temperatures on Wednesday afternoon that are up to 30 degrees below average.

Here’s Where Veterans Day Deals and Freebies Are Being Offered to Those Who Served

Observed annually in the United States on November 11, Veterans Day is a holiday to honor and remember those who have served in the armed forces. To thank the more than 19 million veterans in the United States, many restaurants and businesses are offering freebies and deals to those who served. Some are even extending their generosity to active military and their family members. Here are a few of the places to redeem those Veterans Day deals. But wait! If you’re hoping to get in on these sweet deals, don’t forget to bring a valid military ID or other proof of service. And while all of these places plan to be open on Veterans Day this year, there are many that choose to close for the holiday, so be sure to check before you go. Restaurants Chili’s is offering veterans and active military members a free meal from a selection of menu items including Chicken Crispers, Margarita Grilled Chicken and Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadillas. Applebee’s also has active and retired military members covered with a free dine-in meal. Cracker Barrel is serving up a Southern homestyle holiday, thanking veterans with a complimentary Pumpkin Pie Latte or Double Chocolate Fudge…

Man Accused of Murder After Man Dies, Child Badly Injured in Alleged DUI, Hit-and-Run Crash in San Bernardino

Police arrested a Rialto man Saturday night after he ran through a red light and plowed into another vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, killing a man and critically injuring a young child, before running away from the crash scene, officials said. Jeffrey Michael Lukes, 37, was booked on suspicion of murder following the violent 3:50 a.m. crash at 5th Street and Mount Vernon Avenue, according to the San Bernardino Police Department. Coroner’s records indicated the crash occurred a little over a mile to the east, at 5th Street and Mountain View Avenue. A 56-year-old San Bernardino man died in the crash, and a child described as 4 or 5 years old who was riding as a passenger with him was hospitalized in critical condition, according to police officials and San Bernardino County coroner’s records. Jeffrey was at the wheel of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck heading south on Mount Vernon Avenue when he blew through a red traffic signal at 5th Street, officials said. A Honda Civic containing the two victims was headed east on 5th Street. “The driver of the pickup truck,…

EXCLUSIVE: Family Member Of Palmdale Rape And Kidnapping Suspects Claims Victim Made Up Story

PALMDALE (CBSLA) — A father and daughter stand accused of orchestrating a vicious rape and kidnapping, but the mother of one of the suspects — who’s also the ex-wife of the other — is defending her family and saying the victim’s story is completely made up. CBS2/KCAL 9’s Jeff Nguyen got an exclusive interview with Nicola Lawton, mother of 22-year-old Shaniya Lawton and ex-wife of 54-year-0ld Stanley Lawton. Both are in jail, accused of abducting a woman from North Las Vegas at gunpoint and assaulting her in Antelope Valley. Nicola Lawton says she first met the alleged victim on Friday, which is when she says she drove the woman and her own daughter to a child care class at a county building. But the LA County Sheriff’s Department says the woman, who was in her 40’s, was found left for dead Wednesday outside of Edwards Air Force Base, dumped there after being sexually assaulted and beaten at a home in Palmdale. Court papers say the victim was forced to pull money out of ATMs. Nicola Lawton says, however, that she drove the woman to an…

Caught On Camera: Westfield Valencia Town Center Brawl

VALENCIA (CBSLA) — Video of a massive brawl in the Westfield Valencia Town Center parking garage captures the chaos that greeted law enforcement officers when they arrived on the scene early Sunday morning. Witnesses say about sixty people were involved. One person was sent to the hospital, two people were arrested and dozens were running around screaming for help. “It was chaos immediately,” said bystander Megan Quinteros, who called 911 after she says an innocent man was punched, knocked out cold as he was walking to his car. She said people ran over to help him, including a man who was a paramedic. “It was insane,” Quintereos relates, “I mean it was exactly how they describe mob mentality and everyone was so drunk and they seemed so angry. So ready to kind of lash out on everyone basically.” Video shows when deputies arrived. Some people resisted arrest and were not complying with officers. Austin Dave was there and says the mob of people fighting were men and women and the number of people kept growing: “I would say it was pure chaos. Minutes before it…

Kaiser Permanente CEO And Affordable Health Care Advocate Bernard J. Tyson Dies

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — Health care provider Kaiser Permanente said Sunday its chairman and CEO, Bernard J. Tyson, has died unexpectedly at the age of 60. Tyson was the first African American to head Kaiser Permanente as CEO when he took that position in 2013 after filling a number of roles over three decades at the company. No other details were provided in the company’s announcement, which said that Tyson died in his sleep early Sunday. NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 25: Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson (L) and Denise Bradley-Tyson attend the 2017 Time 100 Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME) Tyson is survived by his wife, Denise Bradley-Tyson, and three sons, Bernard J. Tyson Jr., Alexander and Charles. The board of directors has named Executive Vice President Gregory Adams as interim chairman and CEO. Governor Gavin Newsom released a statement expressing his sorrow at the passing of the man he called a “dear friend:” “Bernard’s vision and influence made an impact at home and abroad, and he led…

Man Accused of Murder After Man Dies, Child Badly Injured in Alleged DUI, Hit-and-Run Crash iN San Bernardino

Police arrested a Rialto man Saturday night after he ran through a red light and plowed into another vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, killing a man and critically injuring a young child, before running away from the crash scene, officials said. Jeffrey Michael Lukes, 37, was booked on suspicion of murder following the violent 3:50 a.m. crash at 5th Street and Mount Vernon Avenue, according to the San Bernardino Police Department. Coroner’s records indicated the crash occurred a little over a mile to the east, at 5th Street and Mountain View Avenue. A 56-year-old San Bernardino man died in the crash, and a child described as 4 or 5 years old who was riding as a passenger with him was hospitalized in critical condition, according to police officials and San Bernardino County coroner’s records. Jeffrey was at the wheel of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck heading south on Mountain View when he blew through a red traffic signal at 5th Street, officials said. A Honda Civic containing the two victims was headed east on 5th Street. “The driver of the pickup truck, Jeffrey…

Man Accused of Stabbing 2 Nephews Near Montclair

Deputies arrested a man after they say he stabbed two nephews during a dispute at a home near Montclair on Sunday morning. Delbert Ray Crawford, also known as Gilbert Crawford, 56, of Montclair was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury and disorderly conduct involving alcohol, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department officials and county booking records. The alleged attack unfolded shortly before 7 a.m. at a home in the 5400 block of Carlton Street, in an unincorporated county area near Montclair, the sheriff’s department said in a written statement. “When deputies arrived at the location, they determined Delbert Crawford stabbed his nephew with a knife and slashed his other nephew as he attempted to take the knife from Crawford,” according to the statement. Deputies found Crawford still at the scene and arrested him. No information regarding a motive in the stabbing was released. An update on the condition of the victims was not available. Bail was set at $70,000 pending Crawford’s initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in San Bernardino County Superior Court, records show.

Public Impeachment Hearings to Begin Wednesday

Back in 1973, tens of millions of Americans tuned in to what Variety called “the hottest daytime soap opera” — the Senate Watergate hearings that eventually led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. It was a communal experience, and by some estimates, more than 80% of Americans tuned in to at least part of the Watergate telecasts. They were offered by ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as PBS, which won acclaim and viewers by showing not only the live hearings but also the full-length replays in prime time. Seeing the witnesses lay out the case against the president moved public opinion decidedly in favor of impeachment. But this time may be different. When the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump begins its public phase on Wednesday, people will be watching on screens large and small. Many, in fact, are likely to be watching the proceedings on more than one screen, with real-time reinforcement of their preexisting views of Trump on social media platforms and other venues that did not exist in Nixon’s time. In the Watergate era, there was no Fox News or nationally prominent conservative talk radio…

Firefighters Working to Increase Containment of Barham Fire That Burned 80 Acres in Hollywood Hills

Crews on Sunday continued to work on containing the Barham Fire, which burned at least 80 acres in the Hollywood Hills as more than 230 firefighters battled the flames near the Warner Brothers Studios lot, the Los Angeles Fire Department said. Aided by wind conditions, firefighters managed to quickly stop the blaze from spreading after it erupted shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday near the 3600 block of Barham Boulevard. The wildfire was about 80% contained by Sunday afternoon. “The wind was working against the fire, pushing it away from structures, so we didn’t have that structure threat immediately,” LAFD Capt. Cody Weireter said. The blaze was burning in a patch of thick vegetation nestled in a triangle between Universal City, Warner Bros. Studios and the Hollywood sign. At one point, an onshore breeze fanned the fire in a different direction, but firefighters quickly adjusted and attacked the flames from the air, LAFD Assistant Chief J.D. Drake told KTLA Sunday. A structure defense group was on the ground, making sure that apartments on the west side of the fire were not exposed, Drake said. While there…

Barham Fire Now 80% Contained

TOLUCA LAKE (CBSLA) — Firefighters continued to battle a fire burning in the Hollywood Hills in Toluca Lake. Crews spent Sunday on foot, seeking out hotpots before any winds could spark more flames. The fire was 80% contained Sunday night after burning 80 acres. One firefighter was hurt by a falling boulder, but is expected to be okay. Officials anticipate reducing the LAFD presence to a “patrol only” status, and re-opening Forest Lawn Drive on Tuesday. “When we have the Santa Anas we know the direction of the fire. When we have a situation like this its a little more unstable,” said LAFD Battalion Chief J.D. Drake. The Barham fire erupted Saturday afternoon on Barham Boulevard and has burned 34 acres. At its height, the smoke and the flames could be seen from the 134 Freeway at the 101 Freeway, causing concern for residents and motorists alike. Deputy Chief Armando Hogan of the Los Angeles City Fire Department called the fire a “nuisance fire.” “This is more a nuisance fire than a huge threat,” he said. “In the surrounding communities, there is really minimal impact…

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