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Oct 5, 2012

Parole granted to former Manson Family member Bruce Davis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former member of the notorious Manson Family cult and a two-time convicted killer came a step closer to freedom on Thursday when he was granted parole, but the decision was subject to a mandatory review and could still be reversed, California prison officials said.

Bruce Davis, 69, has been in state prison serving a life sentence since his 1972 conviction for the murders of music teacher Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. He was previously granted parole in 2010 but remained in prison after that decision was reversed by then-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican.

Oct 3, 2012

Los Angeles vote to repeal ban on medical marijuana shops

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles City Council voted to rescind a newly enacted ban on storefront medical marijuana shops on Tuesday, allowing the city to avoid a referendum next year that some officials said would likely succeed in reversing the prohibition.

The Los Angeles City Council, in a blow to an industry that operates in violation of federal law, voted in July to ban pot dispensaries and replace them with a system that would allow up to three patients to collectively grow marijuana.

Oct 2, 2012

California lawmaker offers to revise “anti-Arizona” immigration bill

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California lawmaker offered on Monday to revise a proposed law to shield some illegal immigrants from federal status checks, a day after the state’s Democratic governor vetoed the bill as “fatally flawed.”

The bill as written would have barred local authorities from honoring federal detention requests on illegal immigrants, which may lead to deportation, unless those individuals were charged or convicted of a serious or violent felony.

Sep 29, 2012

Los Angeles drivers see minimal traffic in “Carmageddon 2″

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Drivers in Los Angeles saw limited congestion on Saturday near a key freeway corridor shut down this weekend in what has been dubbed “Carmageddon 2,” due to fears of gridlock from a 53-hour construction project, officials said.

A 10-mile (16-km) stretch of the 405 Freeway at the Sepulveda Pass, normally the nation’s busiest thoroughfare, was closed at midnight on Friday for a $1 billion freeway widening project.

Sep 29, 2012

Anti-Islam filmmaker held at Los Angeles federal jail

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California man behind an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests across the Muslim world was being held at a federal high-rise jail in downtown Los Angeles on Friday over possible probation violations, a prison official said.

Federal officials, citing safety concerns, were tight-lipped about the conditions of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula’s confinement, including whether he was being held with the general population or was isolated from other inmates.

Sep 28, 2012

Los Angeles revives traffic jam warnings for “Carmageddon 2″

LOS ANGELES, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Car-crazed Los Angeles is
preparing for a weekend of potential traffic gridlock that has
earned the nickname “Carmageddon 2″ amid fears drivers might not
heed warnings to stay off the roads during a massive 53-hour
freeway closure.

Warnings of nightmare jams last year in a phase of the same
road-closing construction project kept so many people home that
apocalyptic predictions of “Carmageddon” failed to materialize.

Sep 28, 2012

Los Angeles County jails still use excessive force: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County jails have not done enough to reduce unwarranted use of force, such as deputies grabbing an inmate by the throat for smirking or beating a handcuffed man, a report on the country’s largest county jail system said on Friday.

The findings of the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, created by county officials in October 2011, are the latest in a string of critical reports on the jail system, including one last year from the American Civil Liberties Union that said some deputies had formed gangs that encouraged assaults.

Sep 20, 2012

California court hearing set in suit over anti-Muslim film

LOS ANGELES, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The actress who claims she
was defrauded by the producer of an anti-Islam movie that has
spawned violent protests across the Muslim world on Thursday
will ask a California judge to order the short film to be pulled
down from YouTube.

Actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who said she had received death
threats after the video was posted on YouTube, has accused
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the California man linked to the
making of “The Innocence of Muslims,” of fraud and slander.

Sep 19, 2012

Actress sues California man behind anti-Muslim film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An actress in an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world sued a California man linked to its production on Wednesday for fraud and slander, saying she had received death threats after the video was posted on YouTube.

Actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who also named Google Inc and its YouTube unit as defendants, asked that the film be removed from YouTube and said her right to privacy had been violated and her life endangered, among other allegations.

Sep 15, 2012

California man linked to anti-Islam film taken in for questioning

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.