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Jun 13, 2014

Bumped from flight, Georgia man’s airport lipsync video an instant hit

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – When he got bumped from his flight, traveler Richard Dunn never imagined that a video he made of himself lipsyncing to a Celine Dion hit while killing time at the Las Vegas airport would turn him into an instant celebrity.

But since the 43-year-old lighting designer from suburban Atlanta posted the video of himself lipsyncing to the song “All By Myself” online on Sunday, the clip has received more than 13 million views.

Jun 13, 2014

U.S. cautions Central American parents against sending children alone to border

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The U.S. Homeland Security secretary sought to discourage Central American parents on Thursday from sending their children to join a wave of unaccompanied migrants from the region flooding across the U.S. border.

But officials also said they are deploying the full resources of the U.S. government, including three military bases, to humanely house the young migrants in a response similar to how federal agencies handle natural disasters.

Jun 12, 2014

California 10-year-old boy receives high school diploma

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 10-year-old home-schooled California boy with presidential ambitions, who at age 4 became one of the youngest Americans admitted to the high-IQ society Mensa, has received his high school diploma, his mother said on Wednesday.

Tanishq Abraham got his diploma on Sunday in a ceremony at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento, his mother, Taji Abraham, a trained veterinarian, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Jun 12, 2014

California 10-year-old boy with high IQ graduates high school

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 10-year-old home-schooled California boy with presidential ambitions, who at age 4 became one of the youngest Americans admitted to high IQ society Mensa, has graduated from high school, his mother said on Wednesday.

Tanishq Abraham received his high school diploma on Sunday in a ceremony at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento, his mother Taji Abraham, a 46-year-old former veterinarian, told Reuters in a telephone interview.

Jun 6, 2014

Partygoer shot when he returns to wrong Las Vegas house

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A man who briefly left a birthday party at a nearby home and thought he was returning to the celebration but went to the wrong house in Las Vegas was shot by the homeowner who objected to the late-night intrusion, local media reported on Friday.

The shooting victim was hospitalized after the incident early Thursday morning with wounds that were not life threatening, said Officer Jesse Roybal, a Las Vegas police spokesman. Police did not identify the man, but local media reported that he was in his 20s.

Jun 5, 2014

Suit on behalf of Arizona prisoners gets class-action status

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A lawsuit on behalf of Arizona inmates that accuses the state of neglecting their health needs and misusing solitary confinement can proceed as a class-action case, potentially affecting conditions for all the state’s 30,000 prisoners, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.

The 3-0 decision by a panel of the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an order by a federal district judge who granted class-action status last year to all Arizona prisoners in the case.

Jun 5, 2014

San Francisco city atty files complaint over ‘sick-out’ by transit workers

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The San Francisco city attorney on Wednesday accused the union for bus and rail operators of orchestrating a sick-out, filing a complaint on the third day of the protest as more buses and trains resumed operations.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed the complaint with California labor regulators, accusing the Transport Workers Union of America, Local 250-A, of orchestrating the sick-out that began on Monday.

May 31, 2014

Virginia man with stolen Sandy Hook memorial signs is arrested

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Virginia man who claims the massacre of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook School in Connecticut never took place has been arrested after stolen memorial signs for two 7-year-old victims were found in his home, police said.

A sign honoring victim Chase Kowalski had been removed from a playground in Mantoloking, New Jersey, and another, in memory of Grace McDonnell, was taken from a playground in Mystic, Connecticut.

May 24, 2014

Donald Sterling hands control of L.A. Clippers to wife: source

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, banned from the NBA for racist remarks, has handed controlling interest in his team to his wife, the co-owner, and she is negotiating with the league to sell the club, a source with knowledge of the situation said on Friday.

National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver said this week he would prefer to let the Sterlings sell the team “on a reasonable timetable” rather than proceed with trying to forcibly terminate their ownership.

May 23, 2014

California prosecutors push back against doubts raised in kidnapping case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Charges against a California man accused of abducting and raping a 15-year-old girl stem from brutal crimes committed a decade ago when she was first snatched, prosecutors said on Friday in response to remarks by neighbors that the woman showed no signs of distress.

Isidro Garcia, 41, was charged with kidnapping, rape and lewd acts upon a child and a judge on Thursday ordered him held on bail of $1 million, in connection with crimes Orange County prosecutors say he committed against the woman when she was a minor.