Despite homeless man’s attack, ‘NCIS’ star an advocate

Huddled on a sidewalk a few blocks from the home of the Academy Awards, a woman named Raquel waits on a dream. Not of fame and fortune, but of family.

Raquel, who is homeless, believes her husband and child will meet her at this very spot beneath flashy billboards touting the next blockbuster film.

There’s just one problem: Raquel’s family has been gone for years. Still, she sits covered in blankets refusing to move. No matter the temperature, Hollywood is a cold place for Raquel.

“I love you,” says a woman passing by. Suddenly, a sense of family emerges.

“They are human beings,” says the woman. The woman wrapping her arms around Raquel is Pauley Perrette, an actress who plays Abby Sciuto on the CBS drama “NCIS.”

Perrette lives in Hollywood and has become a well-known homeless advocate. She has tried to get Raquel into housing but she resists, fearing her family won’t find

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Doctor saw Prince twice in weeks before death

The focus of the investigation into the death of Prince appeared to be shifting Wednesday to the role of a Minnesota doctor revealed in a search warrant to have seen the entertainer twice in the weeks before his death.

The search warrant, obtained by the Los Angeles Times and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, also reveals Dr. Michael Schulenberg went to Prince’s Paisley Park studios the day the singer died, apparently to deliver test results.

The search warrant documents published by the newspapers show investigators sought medical records from the clinic where Schulenberg worked until Tuesday, but do not describe why the doctor was treating Prince.

In a search warrant affidavit, Carver County Sheriff’s Office Detective Chris Nelson said Schulenberg had told him he had seen Prince on April 7 and again the day before his death.

He also had issued the singer a prescription to be filled at a Walgreen’s store. The affidavit does

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Investigators: UT student Haruka Weiser sexually assaulted,…

AUSTINAccording to an Austin American Statesman report, the University of Texas student killed on campus last week appears to have been sexually assaulted and died from strangulation, based on preliminary evidence gathered by detectives.

After collecting DNA samples from the body of Haruka Weiser, 18, forensic examiners were awaiting lab results before potentially filing more charges against 17-year-old Meechaiel Khalil Criner.

Criner is being held in a Travis County Jail and his bond has been set at $1 million.

Weiser was last seen leaving the drama building  on campus around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3. She texted her roommate to say she was on her way back to their dormitory, but never made it.  Friends reported her missing the next day.

Weiser’s body was found Tuesday morning in a creek near the school’s alumni center. Investigators worked diligently to gather evidence, and on Thursday, police released surveillance video of a person of interest

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Troubled teen charged with murder in death of University of…

AUSTIN, Texas – A teen has been charged in the death of University of Texas student Haruka Weiser, according to Austin police.  Meechaiel Khalil Criner, 17, was booked into the Travis County Jail and his bond has been set at $1 million.

Weiser was last seen leaving the drama building  on campus around 9: 30 p.m. Sunday. She texted her roommate to say she was on her way back to their dormitory, but never made it.  Friends reported her missing on Monday.

Weiser’s body was found Tuesday morning in a creek near the school’s alumni center. Investigators worked diligently to gather evidence, and on Thursday, police released surveillance video of a person of interest in connection with Weiser’s death. The person was seen around 11:30 p.m. on the north side of the football stadium walking a red or pink woman’s bicycle.

Weiser’s death left the UT community on edge as law enforcement

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Jury convicts McAllen urologist, wife of funneling $1.8M to Iran

McALLEN — A federal jury in Oregon convicted a local urologist and his wife Thursday of laundering $1.8 million to Iran, violating U.S. sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation, court records say. 

Dr. Hossein Lahiji and his wife, attorney Najmeh Vahid Lahiji, were convicted of conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to commit money laundering during a federal trial that ended Thursday in a Portland, Ore., federal courtroom. 

The guilty verdict came after more than two days of deliberations in the 13-day trial. The husband and wife each face up to 20 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine at a sentencing hearing set for Nov. 19. 

A 26-page indictment filed in 2010 named the couple as recipients of federal tax exemptions for their donations to a Portland-based nonprofit that channels aid to other charities in Iran.

Lahiji, 50, and his 36-year-old wife made more

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Man jailed in Christmas Day construction theft


Julio Bobadilla, 45, was arrested in connection with a Christmas Day robbery in Forest Grove. January 20, 2015 (Forest Grove Police)
Julio Bobadilla, 45, was arrested in connection with a Christmas Day robbery in Forest Grove. January 20, 2015 (Forest Grove Police)

FOREST GROVE, Ore. (KOIN 6) — A man was arrested Tuesday in connection with a Christmas Day construction supply robbery in Forest Grove, police said.

Julio Bobadilla, 45, is accused of stealing approximately $10,000 worth of construction supplies and tools from Crane Point LLC construction supply distribution company.

He is also accused of trying to steal a locked box truck parked outside of Crane Point LLC. The car sustained extensive damage when Bobadilla broke into it, police said.

Police distributed surveillance video of the alleged thief in his silver Cadillac Escalade, and a citizen’s phone tip helped them catch the suspect.

Bobadilla was

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2015 Range Rover: Fit for a king

After a hard day at the office, there’s nothing like pulling a cold one out of the cooler, settling into a leather massage seat, cranking up a 380-watt stereo…and driving away.

By that I mean, driving away fast, like you can with a supercharged 5.0-liter V8, before the boss calls you back for a late meeting. Of course, if you really want to get away, climbing a mountain out of cell phone coverage helps, too.

And you can do all of that and more in the 2015 Range Rover Supercharged, the latest version of the most sumptuous, powerful and rugged mass produced off-road vehicle on the planet. Our test model was the Long Wheel Base (LWB) version, which offers as much rear seat space as a limousine, complete with reclining seats and a

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Chevy Cruze vs. Toyota Corolla: Compare Cars

Despite the surging popularity of utility vehicles, today’s small sedans are do-it-alls. They’re practically mid-size these days, and the top entrants still sell hundreds of thousands of units a year. And each new entrant offers better safety, nicer interiors, and features that equal and sometimes outdo pricier rivals.

The Toyota Corolla has long been the sales champ among compact sedans, but it’s now five years old. The Chevy Cruze is brand-new this year, and better than it’s ever been. To shoppers looking for value, reliability, and comfort around $20,000, which is the better choice: the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze or the 2016 Toyota Corolla?

This year, the Cruze

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