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Mar 4, 2015

S.Korea’s Asiana settles US court claims by 72 passengers in San Francisco jet crash

SEOUL/LOS ANGELES, March 4 (Reuters) – South Korea’s Asiana
Airlines Inc has settled compensation claims filed
in U.S. courts by 72 people who were passengers on a flight that
crashed at San Francisco’s main airport in 2013, without
disclosing financial terms.

A spokesman for the carrier on Wednesday confirmed the
settlement, disclosed in a court document. The plane’s
manufacturer, Boeing Co, and Air Cruisers Co, which made
the evacuation slides, also settled claims, according to the
document, filed by attorneys in U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California.

Mar 4, 2015

Owner of car charged with murder in deadly Los Angeles street race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The owner of a car that spun out of control at a Los Angeles street race and crashed last week, killing two spectators, was charged on Tuesday with murder although prosecutors do not believe he was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

Henry Michael Gevorgyan, 21, was also charged with engaging in a motor vehicle speed contest causing injury for his role in the race on Thursday when his Ford Mustang struck three people, killing two, in the suburb of Chatsworth in the San Fernando Valley.

Feb 27, 2015

Slain U.S. journalist’s father: identification of ‘Jihadi John’ not important

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The father of American journalist James Foley, who was taken captive in Syria and later decapitated by Islamic State militants, has said it was “not important” to him that his son’s purported killer, “Jihadi John,” had been identified.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that “Jihadi John,” who was shown in Islamic State videos of the beheadings of several captives, had been identified as Kuwaiti-born British national Mohammed Emwazi, 26.

Feb 26, 2015

Man arrested in shooting death of transgender woman in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police have arrested a self-described former gang member suspected of killing a transgender woman who was shot to death in Los Angeles as she pounded on the front door of a house seeking help, investigators said on Thursday.

The December killing of 21-year-old Deshawnda Sanchez raised concerns among transgender rights activists that she may have been targeted because of her gender identity, and Los Angeles police supervising detective Chris Barling said her transgender status may have been a factor in the slaying.

Feb 26, 2015

Two patients sickened by superbug in Los Angeles sue device maker

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Attorneys for two patients who were
infected with a drug-resistant bacterial “superbug” during
medical procedures in a Los Angeles hospital, one of whom died,
have sued the maker of the devices used in their care.

Aaron Young, an 18-year-old high school student who remains
under monitoring at a hospital fighting the severe infection,
and the family of Antonia Cerda sued Olympus Corp,
which manufactured the specialized scopes used during the
outbreak at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center.

Feb 21, 2015

Exxon refinery in Torrance, California, not producing gasoline: manager

By Alex Dobuzinskis

TORRANCE, Calif. (Reuters) – Exxon Mobil Corp’s refinery in Torrance, California, has not been producing gasoline since an explosion injured four people on Wednesday, a refinery manager said on Friday, raising the possibility of increased fuel prices in parts of Southern California.

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the blast in Torrance, south of downtown Los Angeles, which sent four contract workers to the hospital with minor injuries.

Feb 20, 2015

Youth fighting ‘superbug’ infection from Los Angeles outbreak

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An 18-year-old man who was one of seven patients infected with a drug-resistant bacterial “superbug” during a medical procedure in Los Angeles was under 24-hour monitoring at a hospital as he fought a severe infection, his attorney said on Friday.

Infection by the carbapenem-resistant enterobacteria, or CRE, during endoscopies at a large teaching hospital in the University of California at Los Angeles system has contributed to two deaths among the seven patients.

Feb 19, 2015

Revenge porn operator agrees to plea to criminal charges in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man who posted explicit photos of women on his so-called revenge porn website, some taken from hacked email accounts, has agreed to plead guilty in Los Angeles to hacking and identity theft charges, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The plea agreement between Hunter Moore, 28, and federal prosecutors comes nearly three years after BBC News called him “The net’s most hated man” and reported that he was known to post the full name and location of people whose naked photos he featured on his site.

Feb 19, 2015

California confirms 119 cases of measles in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Public health officials said on Wednesday that six more cases of measles had been confirmed in California, bringing to 119 the total number of people infected by a strain of the virus that has also been linked to a large outbreak in the Philippines.

More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many of them linked to the wave of illness that authorities believe began when an infected person from out of the country visited Disneyland in late December.

Feb 18, 2015

Hawaii tropical fish collector spared jail after scuba scuffle

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Hawaii diver who was catching tropical fish when he faced off underwater with a conservationist and ripped the breathing apparatus from her mouth pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a charge stemming from the scuba diving scuffle, a prosecutor said.

Jay Lovell was diving when he was caught on camera on May 8, 2014, off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, pulling the regulator off Rene Umberger, director of the coral reef conservation group For the Fishes.