California's attorney general is suing an online, for-profit university alleging that officials there made false promises to entice students and illegally tried to collect their overdue debt. Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the suit against San Diego-based Ashford University Wednesday.
A Northwestern University microbiologist suspected in the stabbing death of a 26-year-old man in Chicago is due in a California courtroom. Wyndham Lathem, a Northwestern associate professor, and Andrew Warren, a financial officer at Oxford University in England, were sought in a cross-country chase on first-degree murder charges in the death of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau.
The California warehouse where a horrific fire left dozens of people dead did not have any evidence of smoke detectors, was equipped with a makeshift stairwell and had no exits on the second floor, officials said Wednesday. The officials described a terrifying scene that played out as fire ripped through the building, known as the Ghost Ship, on Dec. 2, with people inside the darkened structure overcome by smoke as the building's only exit was blocked by flames.
OAKLAND >> Murder charges remain a possibility as an Alameda County investigative team continued to look into why a horrific fire broke out at a Fruitvale District warehouse, killing 36 people, authorities said Monday afternoon. District Attorney Nancy O'Malley promised that “no stone would be left unturned” during the investigation, which remained as painstakingly slow as the cleanup, three days after the blaze at the building known as the “Ghost Ship.” She would not comment on whether Derrick Ion Almena, the resident of the warehouse and the subject of harsh words by people who know him, has been interviewed yet.
Firefighters from Alameda County and Oakland extinguished some flare-ups on Thursday among the ruins of an unfinished building gutted the day before by a six-alarm blaze. There were at least three hot spots, including one at an adjacent property, but crews were able to contain them, authorities said.