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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 »

Hack at UCLA Health Exposes Medical Records

Nearly 5M are at risk

(Newser) - Bad news for nearly 5 million people who are patients or employees of UCLA's sprawling health care system: Hackers might have your private medical records. The health system said today that the sophisticated hack tapped into the network that contains personal and medical information, reports the Los Angeles Times... More »

Big Bang Theory Launches Science Scholarship

20 awards to be given out at UCLA this year

(Newser) - The Big Bang Theory's fictional scientists are looking to help real-life scientists. The show's co-creator Chuck Lorre, along with the cast and crew, has created a new scholarship at UCLA for low-income science students, and will give out 20 awards this fall, the New York Times reports. Including... More »

UCLA: Nearly 200 May Have Been Exposed to Superbug

Outbreak linked to infected endoscopes

(Newser) - An outbreak of the drug-resistant superbug CRE has already killed two people and infected seven other patients at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center, and officials fear 179 others may have been exposed. UCLA believes the bacteria were transmitted through two specialized endoscopes that were inserted down patients' throats, reports... More »

Huge Water Main Break Floods UCLA

Home of UCLA basketball suffers major water damage

(Newser) - Swamped in the middle of a drought: A massive water main break under Sunset Boulevard flooded parts of the UCLA campus yesterday, causing serious damage to buildings, including the school's famous Pauley Pavilion basketball arena. Millions of gallons of water flooded athletic facilities after the 93-year-old pipe broke, sending... More »

UCLA Sets College Application Record

More than any other four-year school

(Newser) - It sounds like UCLA is this year's hottest ticket. The school has received a record 99,559 undergraduate applications for Fall 2013, up 8.8% over the year prior. For comparison's sake, the New York Times points out that's greater than the population of Santa Monica. And,... More »

Another Rapper's Kid Snags UCLA Football Scholarship

This time Snoop Dogg's son, Cordell Broadus, is on the receiving end

(Newser) - Apparently UCLA really did not give a fig about all the controversy it stirred up by handing a $54,000 football scholarship to Diddy's kid , because now it's gone and doled out yet another football scholarship to yet another rapper's son. This time around Snoop Dogg's... More »

UCLA Defends $54K Scholarship for Diddy's Kid

No taxpayer money going to Justin Combs, rep explains

(Newser) - It goes without saying that Justin Combs, son of Sean "Diddy" Combs, doesn't need any financial help in order to attend college, yet UCLA has awarded him a full $54,000 athletic scholarship to play on its football team starting this fall. Needless to say, outcry ensued, but... More »

Holding a Gun Makes You Look Bigger

Appearance of physical power increases when holding a weapon: Study

(Newser) - A person wielding a gun appears bigger and brawnier than a person without a gun, according to a new UCLA study. Researchers showed photographs of hands clutching guns, power drills, handsaws, and other tools to test subjects and then asked them to guess the size and muscularity of the person... More »

UCLA Congratulates 900 Applicants ... by Mistake

Then apologizes

(Newser) - Several hundred applicants were thrilled to read in a much-anticipated email from UCLA that they had been accepted by the prestigious university. Except they hadn't. It was all a mistake for 894 high school seniors who got the wrong notice. In fact, they're only wait-listed, they learned in... More »

14-Year-Old Ready to Graduate UCLA

Moshe Kai Cavalin: All it takes is hard work

(Newser) - Moshe Kai Cavalin is about to graduate from UCLA … at the age of 14. But it's not his first experience with higher education. At the age of 8, he enrolled at East Los Angeles Community College, earning the first of two degrees the following year with a 4.... More »

UCLA Student Vacations With Libya Rebels

Math major thought a rebel holiday would be 'sick'

(Newser) - It's a vacation package you can't find on Travelocity: Sun, sand—and firing heavy weapons in a revolution. But that's the summer trip that UCLA math major Chris Jeon , 21, is enjoying, reports the Christian Science Monitor . “At spring break I told my friends a '... More »

Chinese Takeout Spot Cashes In on Racist Rant

Asian food operation makes fun of student's YouTube dig at Chinese

(Newser) - One woman's racist rant has become another operator's business opportunity. A food takeout biz is adopting the "ching-chong" dig at Chinese students posted on YouTube that ended up driving political science junior Alexandra Wallace out of UCLA . The new Asian-run food delivery biz is named Ching-Chong-Ling-Long Takeout... More »

UCLA Students Came Close in 2009 Osama Prediction

Professor, class had the wrong city but the right idea

(Newser) - A UCLA geography professor and his class who tried to predict Osama bin Laden's whereabouts in 2009 don't get an A-plus, but easily a solid B. Professor Thomas Gillespie and crew determined that bin Laden would be within about 180 miles of Tora Bora and living in a... More »

UCLA Student Who Posted Asian Rant Leaving School

Alexandra Wallace apologizes, says she's gotten death threats

(Newser) - A UCLA student fears for her safety and has decided to leave school after posting the now infamous "Asians in the Library" video, the Los Angeles Times reports. ( Click to see the video, which quickly went viral.) Alexandra Wallace's inflammatory remarks about Asian students—at one point... More »

Another Boy Falls From Stands

He's not seriously hurt

(Newser) - Another boy has fallen from a stadium in a month plagued by sports complex tragedies. This time, the child tumbled some 10 feet from the stands onto the field beyond the end zone during a football game last week between UCLA and Arizona State University. Arizona stadium officials attended to... More »

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