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Aug 20, 2015

Former NFL quarterback Erik Kramer tries to commit suicide, NBC News reports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former National Football League quarterback Erik Kramer tried to commit suicide by shooting himself at a motel in the Los Angeles area, NBC News reported.

Kramer’s former wife, Marshawn Kramer, told NBC News late on Wednesday that he suffered from depression, which she thought was linked to his playing days in what could be another case of a retired player being plagued by head injuries after retirement. She could not be reached for further comment.

Aug 19, 2015

Former Los Angeles sheriff’s captain pleads guilty to lying at trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s captain charged in a probe of jail abuse pleaded guilty on Wednesday to lying on the witness stand, officials said.

Under his plea agreement, William Thomas Carey, 57, must cooperate with U.S. prosecutors in the case against a retired second-in-command at the department.

Aug 18, 2015

Family sues over death of hostage in California police shootout

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The family of a California woman taken hostage by bank robbers and killed in a shootout with police filed a lawsuit on Tuesday accusing officers of causing her 2014 death by indiscriminately firing hundreds of bullets at the suspects’ vehicle.

The filing of the lawsuit came a day after the release of an independent report that found Stockton police fired too many rounds without a clear target during the gun battle when they accidentally killed the hostage.

Aug 18, 2015

California teenager dies after rave, following two similar deaths in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 15-year-old girl has died of a suspected drug overdose after attending a rave party in Central California, police said on Tuesday, marking the third fatality in the state this month tied to an electronic dance music festival.

The latest rave death occurred as electronic dance promoters in California come under increased pressure to change how they operate their events, which authorities say too often result in participants suffering overdoses after taking the party drug ecstasy.

Aug 13, 2015

Neighbors of Seattle girl file lawsuit seeking to stop crow feeding

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The neighbors of a Seattle girl who gained international media attention for feeding crows and collecting small objects they leave behind have filed a nuisance lawsuit against her parents, an attorney said on Wednesday.

The lawsuit accuses the girl’s parents of running a large-scale feeding operation in their backyard that draws dozens of crows, seagulls and pigeons.

Aug 9, 2015

Plume from Colorado mine spill reaches New Mexico

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A contaminated plume of waste water accidentally released from a Colorado gold mine by U.S. environmental agency workers has spread downstream and reached northern New Mexico, officials said on Saturday.

Utilities for the New Mexico towns of Aztec and Farmington have shut out river water from their systems to prevent contamination from the plume, which reached the state line between Colorado and New Mexico on Friday, said Michele Truby-Tillen, spokeswoman for the San Juan County, New Mexico, office of emergency management.

Aug 7, 2015

Evacuees from California blaze go home as lightning threatens new fires

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Hundreds of people forced to flee California’s fiercest wildfire were allowed to return home on Friday, with firefighters gaining greater control over the blaze even as lightning strikes threatened to spark other fires in the drought-parched state.

Meanwhile President Barack Obama, at a bill-signing ceremony, remarked on the increased danger from wildfires due to climate change. Drought conditions have stoked extraordinary wildfire activity in the U.S. West this summer.

Aug 5, 2015

L.A. County vows to improve jail for mentally ill, limit force

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County authorities will improve conditions in jails to better handle mentally ill inmates and stop excessive use of force by sheriff’s deputies under a sweeping agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice released on Wednesday.

L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, who was elected last year, called the agreement an attempt to turn the page on his department’s past failures in managing the nation’s largest jail system, which houses about 20,000 inmates.

Aug 1, 2015

California wildfires expand after death of firefighter

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Firefighters rushed to contain a pair of fast-moving wildfires in Northern California on Saturday as they mourned the death of a U.S. Forest Service firefighter killed this week in the battle against one of the blazes, officials said.

The largest blaze has forced hundreds of people to evacuate and destroyed more than a dozen homes. Experts have predicted a long and volatile summer wildfire season in California in its fourth year of crippling drought.

Jul 31, 2015

Los Angeles police return Afghan immigrants’ lost wedding album

LOS ANGELES, July 31 (Reuters) – Los Angeles airport police
used Facebook to track down an Afghan immigrant couple who
accidentally left their wedding album at the international
terminal last year, leading to a ceremonial presentation this
week of the long-lost memento, an official said on Friday.

The couple landed at Los Angeles International Airport in
September 2014 from Afghanistan, where the husband was a
military interpreter and faced threats due to his work, said Rob
Pedregon, a spokesman for Los Angeles Airport Police.