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May 2, 2013

Hundreds of California homes evacuated in brush fire threat

CAMARILLO, California (Reuters) – A wind-driven brush fire raging northwest of Los Angeles prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes and a university campus on Thursday as flames engulfed several farm buildings and recreational vehicles at the fringe of threatened neighborhoods.

A smaller blaze in Riverside County some 80 miles to the east destroyed two houses and damaged two others before firefighters halted its spread, and at least five additional wildfires were being battled in northern California.

May 1, 2013

Thousands call for immigration reform in Los Angeles May Day march

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Thousands of mostly Latino protesters marched through downtown Los Angeles in a boisterous but peaceful May Day rally on Wednesday urging an overhaul of immigration laws to provide potential citizenship for millions of undocumented residents.

The march was believed to be the largest of more than a dozen similar demonstrations planned in cities across California by a coalition of organized labor activists, students, civil rights advocates and members of the clergy.

Apr 30, 2013

AEG warns of “ugly stuff” in Michael Jackson wrongful death trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An attorney for the concert promotion company AEG Live warned jurors they would see a very different view of the charismatic Michael Jackson as the company seeks to prove it was not liable for the pop star’s death.

Marvin Putnam, making his opening statement in what is expected to be an emotional wrongful death trial, said AEG officials had no idea that Jackson was taking the surgical anesthetic that led to his death.

Apr 29, 2013

Michael Jackson family lawyer blasts tour promoter as trial opens

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Concert promoters AEG Live ignored red flags when it hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for Michael Jackson, and should have been aware that the singer had addiction problems years before he agreed to perform a series of 2009 London comeback concerts, an attorney for Jackson’s family told a Los Angeles jury on Monday.

Making his opening statement in what is expected to be an emotional, three-month long civil wrongful death trial, attorney Brian Panish said a combination of factors caused Jackson’s death in June 2009 from an overdose.

Apr 29, 2013

AEG Live played role in Michael Jackson death, L.A. jury told

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Concert promoters AEG Live played a key role in the sudden 2009 death of Michael Jackson, although many other people, including the actions of Jackson himself, contributed to his demise, an attorney for Jackson’s family told a Los Angeles jury on Monday.

Making his opening statement in what is expected to be an emotional, three-month long civil wrongful death trial, attorney Brian Panish said that Jackson’s death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol was caused by a combination of factors.

Apr 11, 2013

Man who sawed his own arms at California store saved by fireman

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (Reuters) – An off-duty fire captain
credited with saving a man who cut his own arms down to the bone
with saws at a Los Angeles-area Home Depot store said on
Thursday he initially thought he had come upon a murder scene.

The man, whose has not been identified by authorities, was
listed in critical condition at a hospital after his
self-mutilation on Wednesday at the store in West Covina.

Apr 11, 2013

Man who sawed own arms at California store in critical condition

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man who used handsaws at a Los Angeles-area Home Depot store to saw his own arms to the bone was recovering in a hospital on Thursday in critical condition after quick work by rescuers, police said.

The individual, whose name has not been released following his self-mutilation on Wednesday, survived a surgery and it appears doctors were able to save his arms, said West Covina police spokesman Corporal Rudy Lopez. It was unclear what spurred the man to take the action.

Apr 11, 2013

Five arrested in LA-area rooftop bank heists

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In a case straight out of a heist movie, police arrested five men in a burglary crew that sawed into Los Angeles-area banks through the roofs and netted a total of $6 million, authorities said on Wednesday.

The arrests capped a yearlong investigation of the men, who police say were involved in a scheme that targeted at least four Southern California banks since August 2011.

Apr 10, 2013

Five arrested in Hollywood-style Los Angeles-area bank heists

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police arrested five men who sawed into Los Angeles-area banks through the roofs in meticulously planned heists that involved everything from walkie-talkies to matching sneakers and netted a total of $6 million, authorities said on Wednesday.

The arrests capped a year-long investigation of the men, who police say were involved in a scheme that targeted at least four southern California banks since August 2011.

Mar 27, 2013

Suspect in Colorado prison chief killing had bomb materials

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Jim Forsyth

(Reuters) – The suspect in the killing of the Colorado prisons chief had bomb-making materials and instructions for building bombs in the trunk of his car, Texas authorities said in court papers released on Tuesday.

Evan Spencer Ebel, a 28-year-old parolee from a Denver suburb, was killed in Decatur in a gun battle with Texas police last Thursday after a high-speed chase.