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Apr 30, 2013

AEG warns of “ugly stuff” in Michael Jackson wrongful death trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An attorney for the concert promotion company AEG Live warned jurors they would see a very different view of the charismatic Michael Jackson as the company seeks to prove it was not liable for the pop star’s death.

Marvin Putnam, making his opening statement in what is expected to be an emotional wrongful death trial, said AEG officials had no idea that Jackson was taking the surgical anesthetic that led to his death.

Apr 29, 2013

Michael Jackson family lawyer blasts tour promoter as trial opens

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Concert promoters AEG Live ignored red flags when it hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for Michael Jackson, and should have been aware that the singer had addiction problems years before he agreed to perform a series of 2009 London comeback concerts, an attorney for Jackson’s family told a Los Angeles jury on Monday.

Making his opening statement in what is expected to be an emotional, three-month long civil wrongful death trial, attorney Brian Panish said a combination of factors caused Jackson’s death in June 2009 from an overdose.

Apr 29, 2013

AEG Live played role in Michael Jackson death, L.A. jury told

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Concert promoters AEG Live played a key role in the sudden 2009 death of Michael Jackson, although many other people, including the actions of Jackson himself, contributed to his demise, an attorney for Jackson’s family told a Los Angeles jury on Monday.

Making his opening statement in what is expected to be an emotional, three-month long civil wrongful death trial, attorney Brian Panish said that Jackson’s death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol was caused by a combination of factors.

Apr 11, 2013

Man who sawed his own arms at California store saved by fireman

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (Reuters) – An off-duty fire captain
credited with saving a man who cut his own arms down to the bone
with saws at a Los Angeles-area Home Depot store said on
Thursday he initially thought he had come upon a murder scene.

The man, whose has not been identified by authorities, was
listed in critical condition at a hospital after his
self-mutilation on Wednesday at the store in West Covina.

Apr 11, 2013

Man who sawed own arms at California store in critical condition

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man who used handsaws at a Los Angeles-area Home Depot store to saw his own arms to the bone was recovering in a hospital on Thursday in critical condition after quick work by rescuers, police said.

The individual, whose name has not been released following his self-mutilation on Wednesday, survived a surgery and it appears doctors were able to save his arms, said West Covina police spokesman Corporal Rudy Lopez. It was unclear what spurred the man to take the action.

Apr 11, 2013

Five arrested in LA-area rooftop bank heists

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In a case straight out of a heist movie, police arrested five men in a burglary crew that sawed into Los Angeles-area banks through the roofs and netted a total of $6 million, authorities said on Wednesday.

The arrests capped a yearlong investigation of the men, who police say were involved in a scheme that targeted at least four Southern California banks since August 2011.

Apr 10, 2013

Five arrested in Hollywood-style Los Angeles-area bank heists

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police arrested five men who sawed into Los Angeles-area banks through the roofs in meticulously planned heists that involved everything from walkie-talkies to matching sneakers and netted a total of $6 million, authorities said on Wednesday.

The arrests capped a year-long investigation of the men, who police say were involved in a scheme that targeted at least four southern California banks since August 2011.

Mar 27, 2013

Suspect in Colorado prison chief killing had bomb materials

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Jim Forsyth

(Reuters) – The suspect in the killing of the Colorado prisons chief had bomb-making materials and instructions for building bombs in the trunk of his car, Texas authorities said in court papers released on Tuesday.

Evan Spencer Ebel, a 28-year-old parolee from a Denver suburb, was killed in Decatur in a gun battle with Texas police last Thursday after a high-speed chase.

Mar 21, 2013

Former California city officials convicted in corruption trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Five former elected officials from the scandal-plagued California city of Bell were convicted on Wednesday of misusing municipal funds by collecting exorbitant salaries in a case that drew national attention as a symbol of public corruption.

The trial stemmed from an explosive scandal in Bell, a small, mostly blue-collar municipality near Los Angeles, following revelations in 2010 that its city manager, Robert Rizzo, was paid a salary of $787,000 – or nearly twice that of President Barack Obama.

Mar 19, 2013

Gay students accuse California high school staff of harassment

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Teachers and administrators made student members of a gay and lesbian club at their California high school feel harassed and unwelcome, a civil liberties group that is threatening legal action said on Monday.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California sent a letter on behalf of students at Sultana High School in Hesperia who belong to the school’s Gay Straight Alliance demanding changes, including an end to what they called harassment.