US actor, Danny Masterson, arrested on rape charges in Los Angeles

Actor Danny Masterson, best known for his role on “That ’70s Show,” was charged with three counts of rape, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced Wednesday.

Masterson was arrested at 11:30 a.m. PT on Wednesday and released shortly before 3 p.m. PT on a $3.3 million bail, according to information available on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department website.

Masterson is charged with forcibly raping three women in separate incidents occurring between 2001 and 2003, a press release from the District Attorney’s Office said.

His arraignment is scheduled for September 18.

In a statement to CNN, Masterson’s attorney Tom Mesereau said, “Mr Masterson is innocent, and we’re confident that he will be exonerated when all the evidence finally comes to light and witnesses have the opportunity to testify.”

Man With Rifle Barricaded In Oakland Home With 2 Children Surrenders Peacefully

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Police in Oakland confirmed Wednesday evening that a 13-hour standoff at the home of man armed with a rifle who had two children with him has ended peacefully.

Police said that the man let the two children go and surrendered shortly afterwards. The scene was being cleared by about 6:30 p.m.

Police and SWAT officers had surrounded the home in an East Oakland neighborhood since early Wednesday morning.

Oakland police spokesman Johnna Watson emailed that officers responded at 5:33 a.m. to 5700 block of Harmon Ave. in the city’s Seminary neighborhood near Mills College after their shotspotter alert system detected shots being fired.

“When officers arrived on scene they observed a man shooting a rifle from a window of a residence,” Watson said. “No injuries reported at this time.”

The unidentified gunman’s wife managed to escape from the home, but two children, six and eight years old, remained inside, police said.