Missing college student

was killed on freeway

A 19-year-old University of California, Berkeley student who went missing early Saturday after attending a fraternity party near the University of Southern California was struck and killed on the 10 Freeway, the California Highway Patrol said.

Eloi Vasquez was reportedly running across the eastbound lanes of the freeway east of Vermont Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday. A car traveling at 60 m.p.h. hit him, California Highway Patrol Officer Ramberto Salcido said.

The motorist "was unable to avoid the pedestrian," Salcido said.

Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car that hit him was unhurt.

Vasquez was last seen at 1:30 a.m. Saturday after leaving a fraternity party, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Authorities confirmed Vasquez's identity Monday afternoon.

Vasquez was unfamiliar with Los Angeles, which he had visited only twice in the past, his grandmother said. - Los Angeles Times

U.S. ruling on redistricting

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday told a federal judicial panel in Virginia to take another look at its decision that lawmakers improperly packed minority voters into one congressional district. The court sent the case back to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia without comment, after its decision last week in a similar case from Alabama. In the Alabama case, the court ruled, 5-4, that lower court judges should look more closely at whether lawmakers made race the predominant factor in drawing new district lines after the 2010 census. - Washington Post


Brothel heist charges

A brothel employee and an armored vehicle driver from Las Vegas face felony theft charges after their arrests in a months-long investigation of cash disappearing from a Nevada brothel, a sheriff said Monday. Bookkeeper Shiva Zamiri, 42, and Loomis Fargo & Co. driver Jessie Aulelava, 25, may have stolen more than $100,000 from money bags from the legal brothel since last October, Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly told reporters. Zamiri also faces a felony burglary charge. The sheriff wouldn't name the brothel. - AP