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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.

May 23, 2014

Donald Sterling hands control of Clippers to wife -reports

LOS ANGELES, May 23 (Reuters) – Los Angeles Clippers owner
Donald Sterling, banned for life from the NBA for taped racist
comments, has handed over control of the team to his wife who is
negotiating with the NBA to sell the Clippers on her terms,
according to media reports on Friday.

Under pressure from the NBA to sell the team, Sterling
transferred control to his estranged wife, Shelly, and she is
negotiating with the NBA, celebrity website TMZ reported, citing
unnamed sources.

May 20, 2014

Egyptian teenage scientist plans to seek asylum in United States

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An Egyptian teenager who traveled to the United States to take part in a prestigious science fair has decided to seek asylum, saying he fears returning home after being accused of taking part in anti-government protests in Cairo, his U.S. lawyer said on Tuesday.

Abdullah Assem, who has invented eyeglasses for quadriplegics to operate computers and communicate with others, flew to Los Angeles on May 12 to present his creation at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, lawyer Farida Chehata said.

May 17, 2014

Major Southern California blaze mostly contained, some evacuees return

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Firefighters battling a major wildfire in Southern California surrounded most of the blaze overnight, a fire official said on Saturday as some evacuated residents returned in a region where dozens of homes were destroyed by a series of fires.

In all, nearly a dozen conflagrations scorched about 20,000 acres of drought-parched brush across San Diego County this past week. As firefighters had several of the blazes under control, a man was charged on Friday with one count of arson in connection with one of the smaller fires.

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.