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Economic Espionage: Conspirators Plead Guilty

Economic espionage
SAN FRANCISCO—Christina Liew has pleaded guilty in an economic espionage case in which she and her husband Walter Liew were accused of stealing trade secrets from the American chemical company DuPont and selling them to a Chinese competitor. Liew, her husband, and DuPont employees took part in an alleged conspiracy to sell the formula for a highly coveted whitener that...

Clinton Visits SF To Raise Campaign Funds

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SAN FRANCISCO—Leading up to her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton paid a visit to the San Francisco Bay Area to raise money in one of America's wealthiest cities. Clinton has two fundraisers planned, the first of which took place today in the home of billionaire and environmentalist Tom Steyer. Later this evening, the former Secretary of State will visit a longtime...

Aaron Hernandez Sentenced To Life In Prison

FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS—Aaron Hernandez, once a budding young NFL star, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Lloyd, a 27-year-old landscaper and semipro football player, was a friend of the former Patriots tight-end and was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée. A motive hasn't been identified for Lloyd's shooting, which took...

FBI Investigates Deputy-Arranged Fights

SAN FRANCISCO—Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco sheriff, requested FBI to investigate the deputy-arranged gladiator-style inmate fights that allegedly occurred in San Francisco County Jail. On Friday, April 10, Mirkarimi announced that FBI has agreed to conduct the investigation. The San Francisco's District Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office and the Sheriff's Department are investigating the case as well. Mirkarimi is glad...

Faculty Approves UCLA Diversity Requirement

WESTWOOD—On April 10, UCLA faculty voted by overwhelming majority to require future undergraduate students to fulfill a diversity requirement as part of their lower-division course load. The Faculty Senate passed the proposed requirement by a vote of 916 to 487, a policy that affects incoming freshmen in the College of Letters and Science beginning in the fall 2015. Beginning in...

Andrew Getty Dead At 47

HOLLYWOOD HILLS—The death of Andrew Getty is a mystery, that the Getty family is struggling to piece together, as the news broke on Tuesday, March 31 of the 47-year-old's death. Getty, heir to a billion-dollar oil empire, was the grandson of Los Angeles legend J. Paul Getty, a man many believed to be the world's richest at the time of his...

Federal Agents in Silk Road Case Charged

SAN FRANCISCO—The charges against two former federal agents were filed in a San Francisco federal court. Both agents belonged to a Baltimore-based task force that investigated the Silk Road website. Silk Road was an online black market where illegal drugs were sold. The market was built to allow users to browse anonymously with no possible tracking. On October 2, 2013 the...

SF Responds To Indiana’s Anti-LGBT Law

SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco Mayor Edward M Lee has banned the city's employees for their work-related trips to Indiana. The decision is in response to the signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence on March 28. Defenders of the law believe that it allows the practice of freedom of religion. Opponents are concerned that the law gives a legal...

Defendant In Audrie Pott Lawsuit Settles

CALIFORNIA—On March 20, one of three teenagers who confessed to sexually assaulting 15-year-old Audrie Pott resulting in her suicide settled a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the victim's parents. On September 4, 2012 Audrie attended a party in Saratoga at a friend’s house whose parents were out of town. Around 10 teenagers showed up and they got drunk on vodka mixed with...

Thief Returns Lupita Nyong’o’s Oscar Dress

WEST HOLLYWOOD—The white, pearl-laden dress that had been stolen from Mexican-Kenyan Academy Award-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o’s room at The London West Hollywood Hotel was returned to the location on February 27. The “12 Years a Slave” actress wore the Calvin Klein gown at the 87th Academy Awards on February 22, and it had made headlines even before it was stolen...
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