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LaVar Ball Pulls Son Out of UCLA

The celebrity dad says he can get his son ready for the NBA draft better anyway

(Newser) - LaVar Ball doesn't like people messing with his sons: not Donald Trump, not NBA superstars, and not UCLA. Ball, the father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, says he is pulling his second oldest, LiAngelo, out of UCLA in response to the school suspending him for shoplifting in... More »

'IT WAS ME': Trump Ramps Up Feud With UCLA Father

Calls LaVar Ball 'ungrateful fool,' takes credit for getting his son freed by China

(Newser) - The father of one of the UCLA basketball players freed by China after shoplifting maintains that he's not in a feud with President Trump over the incident, but the president may feel differently. Trump fired off two tweets Wednesday morning critical of LaVar Ball, at times referring to Ball... More »

White House Walks Back Trump Tweet on UCLA Players

UCLA player's father says he's likelier to thank Xi

(Newser) - President Trump was merely making a "rhetorical response" to criticism when he said he should have left three UCLA basketball players in a Chinese jail , according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She said Monday that Trump was "happy to intervene" in the case and had... More »

Trump: 'I Should Have Left Them in Jail!'

President chastises father of UCLA player arrested in China

(Newser) - President Trump is singing a different tune after helping three UCLA athletes who were arrested for shoplifting in China come home. “I should have left them in jail!” the president tweeted Sunday in response to an interview in which one of the players' fathers downplayed his role in... More »

UCLA Basketball Players Admit Shoplifting, Thank Trump

They apologized, have been suspended

(Newser) - Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China admitted to the crime and apologized before coach Steve Alford announced they were being suspended indefinitely. LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley were described as "good young men" by Alford at a campus news conference on Wednesday, the AP... More »

Basketball Players Head Home After Week's Detention in China

Resolution of case against them isn't clear

(Newser) - The three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting while on a team trip to China flew back home Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reports. A source confirms to ESPN they are due back in the US Tuesday. Hours before freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were spotted by... More »

Trump Intercedes on Basketball Players' Behalf

Trump asked Chinese president to help UCLA students accused of shoplifting

(Newser) - The case of three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting sunglasses in China has taken on geopolitical significance, so much so that the president of the United States himself has gotten involved. The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to resolve the case during... More »

Source: UCLA Leaves Alleged Shoplifting Players in China

The rest of the team is due back in Los Angeles Saturday night

(Newser) - The UCLA basketball team is heading back to Los Angeles without three players arrested on shoplifting charges in China, a person with knowledge of the situation told the AP on Saturday. Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley were to remain in Hangzhou, China, while the rest of the... More »

3 UCLA Players in China in Legal Limbo Over Shoplifting

LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill are confined to their hotel for now

(Newser) - Three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting in China are confined to their hotel as the legal process unfolds, reports ESPN . In theory, that could take months, depending on whether a formal investigation is launched, a Chinese law expert tells the Los Angeles Times . But the best bet is that... More »

Chinese Police Arrest 3 UCLA Basketball Players

LiAngelo Ball, others allegedly shoplifted from Louis Vuitton store

(Newser) - Three members of the UCLA men's basketball team were arrested Tuesday in China on suspicion of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to the team's hotel in Hangzhou, sources tell ESPN . The Bruins are set to open their season against Georgia Tech on Friday in Shanghai. The... More »

Too Little Sleep Is Same for Brain as Too Much Booze

UCLA study zeros in on how individual cells slow down during sleep deprivation

(Newser) - When you don't get enough sleep, parts of your brain are going to take catnaps the next day, even while you're ostensibly up and awake, a new study suggests. The results can have real-world consequences, says lead researcher Itzhak Fried of UCLA, who uses the example of a... More »

Halo Might Be Based on a College Fling

UCLA professor claims she was creator's muse

(Newser) - Catherine Halsey, a character in the video game Halo, is a scientist and atheist who considers herself smarter than her parents. The same can be said of Patricia Dickson, a UCLA associate professor of pediatrics—and she claims that's no coincidence. Dickson, who had a romantically tinged friendship with... More »

Demands of College Roommate From Hell Go Viral

Ashly seems like a sweetheart

(Newser) - There's no better way to start off college than by proving yourself to be a "ticking time bomb"—or being forced to live with one. The latter is UCLA freshman Winnie Chen's predicament. Less than 48 hours after Chen and her two future roommates, Guistinna and... More »

Police Believe They've Found UCLA Gunman's Car

A bomb squad was sweeping the vehicle in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Police believe they've found the car of the gunman who fatally shot his estranged wife in Minnesota then drove to Los Angeles to kill a UCLA professor and himself, the AP reports. Police Capt. Andrew Neiman said Friday a gray 2003 Nissan Sentra with Minnesota license plates is parked... More »

UCLA Shooter's Slain Wife Was a Med Student

Cops believe Mainak Sarkar killed her before driving to LA

(Newser) - The woman on the "kill list" of UCLA gunman Mainak Sarkar was his estranged wife, who was apparently shot to death in her Minnesota home before Sarkar traveled to California, authorities say. Jean Johnson, grandmother of 31-year-old University of Minnesota medical student Ashley Hasti, tells the Star Tribune that... More »

UCLA Gunman Had 'Kill List,' Woman on It Is Dead

Police say shooter Mainak Sardar killed twice

(Newser) - The gunman who shot a professor at UCLA on Wednesday is also suspected of killing a woman in Minnesota who was on what police are calling a "kill list," reports the Los Angeles Times . Police have identified the shooter as former PhD student Mainak Sarkar, 38. He had... More »

UCLA Students Had to Engineer Door Locks During Shooting

Slain professor remembered as brilliant, kind

(Newser) - The victim in Wednesday's murder-suicide at UCLA has been identified as mechanical engineering professor William Klug—and he may have been killed by one of his own students. The gunman has not been identified, but a KNX reporter tweeted that a law enforcement source told her the gunman was... More »

Deadly UCLA Shooting Was Murder-Suicide

A student and professor are dead

(Newser) - Two men were shot and killed at UCLA in a murder-suicide that had police swarming the campus Wednesday morning, authorities said. The AP reports the shooting happened in a small office in an engineering building called Boelter Hall, and a gun was found along with what might be a suicide... More »

You Can Now Hear Harper Lee Discussing Her Famous Novel

'As charming and thoughtful as the novel that made her so famous'

(Newser) - Available only to scholars for decades, on the date of Harper Lee's death last week the UCLA Library Special Collections released what may be the only recorded interview of Lee talking about her most famous work, according to a press release . And while the transcript of her 1964 interview... More »

Researchers Explain Why We Sigh

It's actually a vital life process to keep our lungs functioning: study

(Newser) - People may think they sigh just for the heck of it, but UCLA and Stanford researchers have pinpointed two specific clusters of neurons in the brain stem that appear to turn normal breaths into sighs—and that process may happen for a vital reason, a press release notes. Using mice... More »

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