Federal agent accidentally shoots deputy sheriff while unloading handgun

Los Angeles Times

Authorities say a federal agent accidentally shot a San Diego County sheriff's deputy in the leg at the sheriff's station in Lemon Grove while unloading a handgun that was seized by a joint task force Monday. The deputy's injury was not considered life-threatening, sheriff's spokeswoman Jan Caldwell said. The names of the deputy and the federal agent were not released. The agent and other members of the unnamed task force recovered the .22 Debate wrap-up, protests over Mexico's missing college students, West Hollywood fights a project at the site of Barney's Beanery, and the Colombian government and leftist rebels sign a historic peace agreement.


Cal State Northridge student fights off attempted kidnapper; manhunt underway

Los Angeles Times

A search was underway Tuesday for a man who attempted to kidnap and threatened to kill a female Cal State Northridge student. University police said the man approached the student on Dearborn Street near the campus about 3:40 p.m. The student said the man grabbed her in a bear hug from behind and warned her if she screamed he would kill her. But the woman fought her way free and fled to police. The man was described as white, age 25 to 30 and about 6 feet, 5 inches tall.


Investigators say Malaysian jet was downed over Ukraine by a Russian missile

Los Angeles Times

Dutch-led criminal investigators say they have solid evidence that a Malaysian jet was shot down in 2014 by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Central Crime Investigation department of the Dutch National Police, said Wednesday that communications intercepts showed pro-Moscow rebels had called for deployment of the mobile surface-to-air weapon, and reported its arrival in rebel-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine. From that and other evidence collected by the Joint Investigation Team, Paulissen told a news conference: "It may be concluded MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 missile launched by a Buk, brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation, and that after launch was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation." Debate wrap-up, protests over Mexico's missing college students, West Hollywood fights a project at the site of Barney's Beanery, and the Colombian government and leftist rebels sign a historic peace agreement. Debate wrap-up, protests over Mexico's missing college students, West Hollywood fights a project at the site of Barney's Beanery, and the Colombian government and leftist rebels sign a historic peace agreement.


Obama to nominate top diplomat in Havana to become U.S. ambassador to Cuba

Los Angeles Times

President Obama has tapped a career diplomat to be the first U.S. ambassador to Cuba in more than 50 years. The White House announced Tuesday that Obama plans to nominate Jeffrey DeLaurentis to the post. DeLaurentis currently is the top diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Havana. Senate confirmation is required but could be tough to win before Obama's term ends in January. Some Republican senators who oppose Obama's decision to normalize relations with Cuba have promised to block any ambassador nomination.


Mary McNamara named assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment

Los Angeles Times

Mary McNamara, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2015 for her television criticism, has been named The Times' assistant managing editor for arts and entertainment. McNamara, who joined The Times in 1990, has been an assigning editor for the Los Angeles Times Magazine, a feature writer for Life & Style and a reporter covering movies before becoming a television critic eight years ago. In awarding her the Pulitzer last year, judges cited McNamara's "savvy criticism that uses shrewdness, humor and an insider's view to show how both subtle and seismic shifts in the cultural landscape affect television." She also was a Pulitzer finalist for criticism in 2014 and 2013, and has won other awards for her criticism and feature writing. McNamara, who is on Twitter at @marymactv, has demonstrated great range in her 26 years at The Times.