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Posted by Staff  on 09/19/2014 at 6:12 PM

Researchers went off the deep end and counted the swimming pools in Los Angeles.

Their findings show that anyone who perceives the area as one big paradise of concrete holes and chlorine is all wet. For example, the well-to-do Beverly Hills has 2,481 backyard pools, while the economically disadvantaged neighborhood of Watts has none, according to the unusual study.

"It is clear that pools are a pretty binary way of indicating those that 'have' and 'have-not' and we've now mapped how that plays out over the diverse economic landscape of L.A.," one of the researchers, Joseph K. Lee, told The Huffington Post.

Lee, a UCLA graduate who plans to be a geographer, worked with graphic designer Benedikt Gross, of Germany, to compile the "Big Atlas of L.A. Pools" in a tidy 6,000 pages over 74 printed volumes. (Sorry, there's only one copy.)

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Posted by Staff  on 09/19/2014 at 6:11 PM

A 25-year-old woman was sunbathing on Venice Beach on Monday afternoon when she was run over by an L.A. County lifeguard vehicle. 

Lorae Bermudez of Whittier was relaxing near a lifeguard tower when she was hit at about 4:20 p.m., according to authorities. The driver, described as an ocean specialist, apparently didn't see her.

He immediately stopped the vehicle, called for assistance and administered first aid to Bermudez. She suffered fractures, and lacerations to her internal organs, said L.A. Police Officer Liliana Preciado. Bermudez was taken to a hospital for treatment.

This isn't the first time this year a sunbather has been run over on a local beach.

In February, a trash truck ran over and injured a man who was lying on a beach in Long Beach.

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Posted by Staff  on 09/19/2014 at 6:10 PM

It's a story that went viral — Daniele Watts, a black actress claiming she was detained by the LAPD for kissing her white boyfriend in public.

Civil rights advocates jumped to her defense, including Earl Ofari Hutchinson.

"I was one that was very outspoken about it," he said. "We take racial profiling very seriously. It's not a play thing. It's not trivial."

Since the incident, an audiotape has been released in which Watts can be heard refusing to show identification to the officer, who was responding to a call generated by an observer who reported Watts and her boyfriend were engaged in a lewd act in a car on a public street corner.

"Django Unchained" Actress Claims Wrongful Detainment

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Posted by Staff  on 09/19/2014 at 6:09 PM

Hundreds of managers in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are agreeing to formal, annual evaluations as part of a new pact with the utility — a groundbreaking move for an agency long targeted for reform.

Requiring such evaluations would be "absolutely standard" in many utilities, but represents a serious stride for a department that has lacked them, city ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel said Tuesday.

Failing to regularly assess employees has been "one of the things I found most shocking about the DWP," said Pickel, who was appointed to his position 2 1/2 years ago. "You can't judge progress in the organization without something like that."

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Posted by Staff  on 09/19/2014 at 6:08 PM

The NFL commissioner has broken his silence.

Facing criticism and calls to come forward to address off-field violence and a backlash from league sponsors, Roger Goodell finally spoke publicly Friday about the what the league is doing to address recent domestic violence and child abuse charges against its players.

Goodell reiterated that he "got it wrong" in his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and that former FBI director Robert Mueller is in the midst of conducting a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence charges against Rice.

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Posted by Staff  on 09/19/2014 at 10:29 AM
Kamal unwraps a carefully folded piece of paper divided into two columns of neatly written names.

One column lists the 23 family members, mostly women and girls, who were taken by Islamic State militants last month when they stormed through a series of Yazidi villages in the north of Iraq on a rampage that left hundreds, if not thousands, dead.

The other column: the 17 relatives killed by the insurgents as they tried to escape to Mount Sinjar.

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Posted by Staff  on 09/19/2014 at 10:28 AM

Jeremiah Jakson, prosecutors say, strangled Laura Araujo - a graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia who had rented a room in the same West Philadelphia boardinghouse as Jakson - for her laptop, camcorder, and ATM card.

Then, they say, Jakson shoved the 23-year-old's body into a duffel bag and dumped it and her belongings in an abandoned lot, and then accidentally set his arms on fire while trying to torch Araujo's sport-utility vehicle.

On Wednesday, Jakson, 22, having been held without bail on murder and arson charges since the July killing, showed up for his preliminary hearing wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with pink palm trees and the words, "Crime Pays."

"That's a very interesting choice of shirt," Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni said angrily.

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Posted by Staff  on 09/19/2014 at 10:28 AM
A Northern California man has been arrested after his ex-girlfriend said he cooked her dog and fed it to her.
Ryan Watenpaugh of Palo Cedro was arrested Thursday. He remains jailed Friday.

Watenpaugh's ex told police he had repeatedly struck her while they were dating and that after one assault, she left her Redding apartment and returned to find her Pomeranian, "Bear," missing.

Police say the couple briefly reconciled last week and Watenpaugh cooked the woman a meal. But she told police he later texted her and asked how her dog had tasted.

On Tuesday, Watenpaugh allegedly left two of the dog's paws outside her door.

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Posted by Staff  on 09/19/2014 at 10:27 AM

Scandal: Despite the administration's claim, the CIA operatives who fought for their lives and others' from a rooftop say that a stand-down order may have cost four Americans their lives while their ignoring it saved others.

Kris Paronto, Mark Geist and John Tiegen, three CIA contractors who on the night of Sept. 11, 2012, battled with terrorists from the roof of the CIA's Benghazi annex building, would beg to differ with the Obama administration, the CIA and several congressional committees. They say there was an order to stand down that delayed their response and possibly cost the lives of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

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Posted by Staff  on 09/19/2014 at 10:26 AM

A former State Department official has told lawmakers that Hillary Clinton allies privately removed politically damaging documents before turning over files to the supposedly independent board investigating the Benghazi terror attack. 

The account from Raymond Maxwell, former head of the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), was first published in The Daily Signal. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, confirmed to FoxNews.com on Monday that Maxwell told him and other lawmakers the same story when they privately interviewed him last year about the attacks and their aftermath. 

Chaffetz said that Maxwell claimed Clinton's chief of staff and deputy chief of staff were overseeing the document operation, which allegedly took place on a weekend in a basement office of the State Department.

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