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May 15, 2014

Hawaii scuba diver says breathing apparatus ripped off in rare attack

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Hawaii officials are investigating a potentially deadly underwater attack on a scuba diver who reported that another diver ripped off her breathing apparatus at a depth of 50 feet, in a rare incident caught on video.

Rene Umberger, 53, said on Wednesday that she and others in her group had been videotaping two divers collecting fish for the aquarium trade on May 8 off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island when one of those divers swam rapidly toward her and ripped off her regulator.

May 10, 2014

Phone caught California woman’s words before she was killed: report

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – An open phone line captured a confrontation between a California woman and her boyfriend, a fire official, which may have been the woman’s last moments before she was killed, the Sacramento Bee reported on Friday.

Police have been searching for 55-year-old firefighter Orville “Moe” Fleming since May 1 when his live-in girlfriend, 26-year-old Sarah Douglas, was found stabbed to death at the home they shared in Sacramento.

May 9, 2014
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Republican California candidate for governor blasted over Sharia comments


(Committee Chairman U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) holds a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa sharply criticized a California gubernatorial candidate from the Republican Tea Party faction who erroneously suggested a rival of Indian descent was supportive of Islamic Sharia law.

May 8, 2014

Clippers owner Sterling denies being racist – report

LOS ANGELES, May 8 (Reuters) – Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who was banned for life from the National Basketball Association after a tape of his racist comments became public, claimed in a new recording he was not a bigot, according to an online report on Thursday.

The new recording came as Sterling’s wife expressed interest in holding on to the Clippers, the Los Angeles Times reported, even as league officials worked to force a sale of the team.

May 8, 2014

California city aims to fight bullying by criminalizing it

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A southern California city aims to fight back at bullies by making it a crime to pick on others, in a measure that would protect not only school children but anyone up to age 25 who is targeted for harassment.

City leaders in Carson, a suburb of Los Angeles, are poised to become among the first municipalities in the nation to make bullying a crime by treating it as an infraction or a misdemeanor, which are offenses less serious than a felony.

Apr 26, 2014

NBA investigating if Clippers owner made racist comments on tape

LOS ANGELES, April 26 (Reuters) – NBA officials are
reviewing an audio recording posted online of Los Angeles
Clippers owner Donald Sterling allegedly telling his girlfriend
not to post photographs of herself with black people and not to
bring African-Americans to Clippers games, a league spokesman
said on Saturday.

Celebrity news site published the 10-minute
recording on its website late on Friday, describing it as a
taped conversation between Sterling and a model who goes by the
name V. Stiviano.

Apr 24, 2014

On newly released tape, ‘Squeaky’ Fromme says was outside ‘the system’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A one-time follower of mass murderer Charles Manson who in 1975 tried to assassinate then-President Gerald Ford told a mental health examiner in a decades-old taped interview that an “X” she carved in her forehead was meant to set her apart from “the system.”

The Sacramento Bee won a release of the tape from a federal judge and posted portions of the recording involving now-65-year-old Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme on its website late on Wednesday.

Apr 24, 2014

Father thanks God for stowaway son’s survival on Hawaii flight

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Somali immigrant whose 15-year-old son survived a flight from California to Hawaii stowed away amid freezing temperatures and low oxygen levels in the wheel well of a jet said in a radio interview that he thanks God his son is alive.

The 15-year-old boy from the San Francisco Bay area city of Santa Clara, who ran away from home and sneaked into Mineta San Jose International Airport to creep into a Boeing 767 that took off on Sunday, is one of a fraction of stowaways to walk away alive from such a treacherous trip.

Apr 23, 2014

Stowaway slept in wheel well of plane at California airport, FBI says

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A teenage stowaway who survived a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger plane told investigators he spent the night sleeping in the jet’s cramped compartment at a California airport before the flight took off, an FBI official said.

The 15-year-old boy from the Northern California city of Santa Clara, whose name has not been released, is one of a fraction of stowaways to survive such a treacherous trip.

Apr 23, 2014

Teen who stowed away on Hawaii flight resting in hospital

April 22 (Reuters) – A teenage boy who stowed away on a
flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived
wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on
Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the
Pacific, a Hawaii official said.

The teenager, whose name has not been released, is “resting
comfortably” at a hospital in Hawaii, Kayla Rosenfeld,
spokeswoman of the state’s Department of Human Services, said in
a statement.