Hostages Taken At L.A. Store Robbery

Fourteen hostages were released early Friday morning after being held inside a Nordstrom Rack store in Los Angeles during an armed robbery in a terrifying ordeal in which one was allegedly sexually assaulted, another was stabbed, and a third was pistol-whipped. The attack began shortly after the store closed Thursday night, when a boyfriend of one of the employees called 911 and reported that two gunmen were in the store. Thirteen women and a man—all employees—were forced into a bathroom and a storage room, police said, while a SWAT team surrounded the store in a four-hour standoff.