Man with machete fatally shot by Whittier police

Los Angeles Times

A man armed with a machete was fatally shot by police Wednesday morning in a Whittier neighborhood, officials said. Police received a call about 6 a.m. from a person reporting that a man was waving a machete in the 13400 block of Penn Street, Whittier Police Lt. Kent Miller told reporters at the scene. Officers talked to the man for a few minutes then was shot by police, Miller said. The two officers who were involved in the shooting then began performing CPR on the man, police said. Firefighters who arrived at the scene found the man in "traumatic cardiac arrest," said Inspector Rich Licon, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.


Man indicted on charges of setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York

Los Angeles Times

An indictment has been returned charging a New Jersey man with setting off bombs in New Jersey and New York. The eight-count indictment announced Wednesday charges 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahimi in the Sept. 17 attacks. The attacks included the detonation of a bomb in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood that injured 30 people. A pipe bomb was also detonated along a Marine Corps Charity race in Seaside Park, N.J. Rahimi was arrested two days later in Linden, N.J., after a police shootout.


What do Vin Scully and Tom Hanks have in common? Only the nation's highest civilian honor

Los Angeles Times

President Obama is honoring actors Robert DeNiro, Cicely Tyson, Tom Hanks and Robert Redford with the nation's highest civilian honor. They are among 21 people Obama plans to recognize with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Tuesday. Honorees from the sports world include former Lakers superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, fellow NBA great Michael Jordan and veteran Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. Entertainers include Ellen DeGeneres, Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen. Other honorees are philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, polymath physicist Richard Garwin, architect Frank Gehry, designer Maya Lin, "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels, attorney Newt Minow, mathematician and computer scientist Margaret H. Hamilton, and Eduardo Padrón, president of Miami Dade College in Florida.


Judge denies Bill Cosby's latest attempt to dismiss his sexual assault case

Los Angeles Times

A Pennsylvania judge has denied Bill Cosby's latest attempt to get his sexual assault case dismissed. Judge Stephen O'Neill on Wednesday rejected arguments that Cosby was unfairly prejudiced because prosecutors waited a decade to bring charges over a 2004 encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home. The ruling clears the way for the 79-year-old entertainer to go on trial by June. O'Neill also rejected the defense's request for competency testing for 13 other accusers who could be called as witnesses. The judge has not ruled on whether prosecutors can use Cosby's lurid 2005 deposition from a related lawsuit as evidence.


Fliers advertising 'UCLA White Students Group' removed from campus

Los Angeles Times

A handful of fliers posted at UCLA promoting a "white students group" that school officials say does not exist on campus have been removed, officials said Wednesday. UCLA Maintenance workers found three or four of the hand bills taped to buildings on Monday, said campus spokesman Tod Tamberg. "Recent rhetoric and ongoing riots have highlighted a danger to white Americans," the fliers declared. "We are a group that is interested in discussing what can be done ..." The fliers listed a website, a Twitter account and an email address for more information. Tamberg said that none of the groups listed were affiliated with UCLA and that the school had no white students group.