LOS ANGELES, Sept 15 (Reuters) – A California man convicted
of bank fraud was taken in for questioning on Saturday by
officers investigating possible probation violations stemming
from the making of an anti-Islam video that triggered violent
protests in the Muslim world.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, voluntarily left his home in
the early hours of Saturday morning for the meeting in a
sheriff’s station in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, Los
Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man convicted of bank fraud is under investigation for possible probation violations stemming from the making of an anti-Islam video that triggered violent protests against the United States in the Muslim world, U.S. officials said on Friday.
The man, 55-year-old Nakoula Basseley Nakoula of the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, told his Coptic Christian bishop that he was not involved in the film, but media reports have widely linked his name to the video.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The origins of a crudely made anti-Muslim movie that sparked violent protests in Egypt and Libya began to slowly emerge on Wednesday, with an actress in the California production saying she was duped and was unaware it was about the Prophet Mohammad.
Cindy Lee Garcia of Bakersfield, California, who appears briefly in clips of the film posted online, said she answered a casting call last year to appear in a movie titled “Desert Warrior.”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s former concert promoter AEG Live is withdrawing a $17.5 million insurance claim in the 2009 death of the pop star amid revelations in leaked emails that show company executives were concerned about his stability ahead of his planned London comeback tour.
Attorneys involved in the case denied on Tuesday that AEG Live’s move was related to the publication of the leaked emails by the Los Angeles Times on September 2.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comedian David Spade, wearing a sleek gray suit, slinks along the set of “Rules of Engagement,” past his character’s executive office and the greasy diner where he trades sarcastic one-liners with the rest of the cast.
Soon, the jokes will likely end.
A new season of the comedy starts on Monday on local television stations. But Spade said he expects this seventh season of the show to last 13 episodes – rather than the usual slate of 22 – and bring the series to an end.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nine former heads of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration urged Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday to take a stand against possible legalization of recreational marijuana in three western states, saying silence would convey acceptance.
The former officials said in a letter sent on Friday that legalization would pose a direct conflict with federal law, indicating there would be a clash between the states and the federal government on the issue.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nine former heads of the Drug Enforcement Administration urged Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday to take a stand against possible legalization of recreational marijuana in three western states, saying silence would convey acceptance.
The nine former officials, illustrating a likely clash between the states and the federal government if marijuana use was allowed for fun, said in a letter dated Friday that legalization would pose a direct conflict with federal law.
(Reuters) – The FBI said on Friday it will consider investigating police in the city of Anaheim, following several high profile shootings by officers that have led to protests and civil unrest in the southern California city.
The announcement came the same day Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said he had met with representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI. Tait has publicly called for a federal review of an officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed, suspected gang member.
(Reuters) – The mayor of Anaheim called on Monday for a state and federal review of a police officer’s fatal shooting of an apparently unarmed man, an incident that sparked angry demonstrations in the Southern California city over the weekend.
After Saturday’s shooting, a crowd of about 100 people gathered near the scene that evening and angrily confronted police. Officers fired pepper spray and a police dog attacked at least one person. Police say the dog got loose by accident.
PALM SPRINGS, California (Reuters) – Forty-four years after American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos electrified the Mexico City Olympics with their heads-bowed, arms-raised civil rights protest, they have no regrets about their controversial gesture.
They were rebuked as unpatriotic and for using the Olympic platform to make a political statement, but both men say their stand was for human rights.