(Reuters) – A former spokesman for President Ronald Reagan who took over from James Brady in 1981 after the then-press-secretary was wounded in an assassination attempt against the president, died on Friday in Mississippi, a funeral home owner said.
Larry Speakes, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died in his sleep at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, said Kenny Williams, owner of the Cleveland Funeral Home. He was 74.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The embattled Los Angeles County sheriff, whose department has been plagued by allegations of civil rights violations and corruption, said on Tuesday he will retire at the end of the month rather than seek re-election.
Sheriff Lee Baca’s announcement came about a month after federal prosecutors accused 18 current or former sheriff’s deputies of beating or wrongly detaining inmates as well as visitors at two downtown Los Angeles lockups and trying to cover up the abuse.
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Concerns among
Hispanics that signing up for medical insurance under President
Barack Obama’s healthcare law may draw the scrutiny of
immigration authorities has hurt enrollment, according to
advocates of the policy.
Convincing Latinos to enroll could be crucial to the law’s
success, and supporters of Obama’s signature domestic policy are
aiming their campaign at the 10.2 million Latinos eligible for
the new insurance plans or the expansion of the Medicaid program
for the poor.
Dec 17 (Reuters) – A man opened fire on Tuesday in a Reno,
Nevada, medical building, killing one person and injuring two
others before he died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot
wound, police said.
The shooting, the latest in a rash of deadly U.S. gun
violence at public venues in the United States this year,
occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at the building adjacent to the
Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man was arrested on Tuesday on accusations he ran a “revenge porn” website, one that featured nude pictures of women often posted by jilted or angry ex-lovers, officials said.
The San Diego arrest, the latest action by the state to crack down on such websites, comes after California Governor Jerry Brown signed a first-in-the-nation law in October specifically targeting revenge porn.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An elderly U.S. Korean War veteran released from detention in North Korea said on Monday a videotaped “confession” he made was given under duress and that he believed he may have been held in a misunderstanding over his interest in the war.
Merrill Newman, 85, said in a statement that he was kept under guard in a North Korean hotel during a detention that lasted over a month, and that his interrogator told him he would be sentenced to jail for 15 years if he did not cooperate.
(Reuters) – O.J. Simpson’s request for a new trial was denied by a Nevada judge on Tuesday, leaving intact the football great’s 2008 conviction on robbery, kidnapping and other charges that landed him in prison at least until 2017, his attorney said.
Simpson, at a hearing in May before Clark County District Judge Linda Bell, sought a new trial on the grounds that his then-defense attorney Yale Galanter mishandled the 2008 trial.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The wife of an 85-year-old American man detained in North Korea appealed to the reclusive Asian nation to free him and allow him to return home to California for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, in a U.S. television interview on Monday.
Merrill Newman, a veteran of the Korean War who had been visiting North Korea as a tourist, has been held since authorities in Pyongyang on October 26 took him off an Air Koryo plane that had been set to depart the country.
SEOUL/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When North Korea dragged an elderly American tourist off a plane and detained him four weeks ago, they may have got the wrong man.
Pyongyang may have thought they were detaining a highly-decorated U.S. Korean War veteran, but it may be a case of mistaken identity due to the two men sharing almost identical names.
By Sharon Bernstein and Alex Dobuzinskis
(Reuters) – The United States on Thursday signaled North Korea could improve its strained ties with Washington by releasing U.S. citizens, as former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson became involved in the case of an 85-year-old American held by Pyongyang.
North Korea last month detained Merrill Newman, a veteran of the Korean War and a retiree from Palo Alto, California, taking him off a plane as he was about to leave the reclusive Asian country, which he had been visiting on a tourist visa.