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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.

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

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(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 TMZ.com 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.