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Sep 23, 2015

U.S. immigration agents to be let back into Los Angeles County jails

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles County sheriff, who oversees the largest jail system in the United States, has said he will allow immigration agents back into his detention facilities to potentially deport unauthorized immigrants who might pose a danger to the public.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell outlined his approach in a letter sent on Tuesday to the county’s Board of Supervisors, which in May voted to end a controversial agreement with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that for a decade had let ICE agents operate out of at least one office in the jail system.

Sep 23, 2015

Los Angeles police chief finds violations in rough arrest of black man

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Several Los Angeles police officers are facing possible disciplinary action, at least two for excessive use of force, after a probe into the violent arrest of a black man whose detention already has resulted in a charge against one officer.

Police Chief Charlie Beck released a report on the department’s investigation of the arrest on Tuesday and the Los Angeles Police Commission adopted it, opening the door for Beck to take disciplinary action against some of the officers. The names of the officers were redacted in the public report.

Sep 22, 2015

Los Angeles calls homelessness an emergency, unveils $100 million plan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles officials on Tuesday called homelessness an “emergency” in the city and proposed spending $100 million to provide permanent housing and shelters for the city’s 26,000 indigent.

Mayor Eric Garcetti joined several City Council members in unveiling the plan, which follows an increase in the city’s homeless population from just under 23,000 two years ago, according to figures from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

Sep 20, 2015

Jackie Collins, doyenne of the steamy Hollywood novel, dies at 77

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jackie Collins, the best-selling author of dozens of steamy novels who depicted the boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood’s power crowd, died on Saturday of breast cancer at age 77, her family said.

The British-born Collins, younger sister of actress Joan Collins, died in Los Angeles, said her spokeswoman Melody Korenbrot.

Sep 20, 2015

Novelist Jackie Collins dies of breast cancer at age 77

LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Jackie Collins, the
best-selling author of dozens of steamy novels who depicted the
boardrooms and bedrooms of Hollywood’s power crowd, died on
Saturday of breast cancer at age 77, her family said.

The British-born Collins, younger sister of actress Joan
Collins, died in Los Angeles, said her spokeswoman Melody
Korenbrot.

Sep 20, 2015

Gains made in fighting California wildfires as some residents return

By Kevin Murphy and Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Firefighters gained ground on Saturday against two major wildfires that have destroyed more than 1,000 homes in Northern California, even as people evacuated a week ago from fire-ravaged Middletown returned home, officials said.

Fire officials say the two blazes, which have killed five people, highlight the severity in drought-stricken California of an intense wildfire season that in the coming weeks could become one of the state’s fiercest on record.

Sep 18, 2015

California man tied to ‘Gone Girl’ kidnap pleads guilty in separate case

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Northern California man suspected in a high-profile kidnapping that drew comparisons to the film “Gone Girl” pleaded no contest on Friday to charges that he later attempted a home robbery against another couple, prosecutors said.

Matthew Muller, 38, entered his plea, which under California law is the legal equivalent of a guilty plea, in a state court the San Francisco Bay Area community of Pleasanton. He fainted at one point during the hearing, according to local media reports.

Sep 17, 2015

Qatari national linked to Beverly Hills street racing left country, police say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Qatari man investigators have connected to a Ferrari that sped through residential streets in Beverly Hills in a weekend incident caught on video, has left the country, police said on Thursday.

Beverly Hills Police Chief Dominick Rivetti identified the man as Sheikh Khalid Hamad Al-Thani. The Thani dynasty rules Qatar, but Beverly Hills police declined to confirm if the man who left the country is part of Qatar’s royal family.

Sep 17, 2015

U.S. in agreement to provide Indian tribes $940 million for unmet service payments

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The U.S. government has reached a proposed agreement to provide $940 million to hundreds of American Indian tribes to cover unpaid costs for tribal management of federal services such as law enforcement and housing, officials said on Thursday.

The deal, which must be approved by a judge, was filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and seeks to resolve a class-action lawsuit brought in 1990. It would address claims by about 600 tribes and tribal entities across the United States.

Sep 16, 2015

Los Angeles prosecutors charge surgeon, others in $150 million scam

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An orthopedic surgeon and more than
a dozen associates bilked insurance companies out of more than
$150 million in a scheme that included an assistant who never
attended medical school but operated on patients, Los Angeles
prosecutors said.

A Los Angeles Superior Court indictment unveiled on Tuesday
accused the surgeon, Dr. Munir Uwaydah, and his staff of
deceiving nearly two dozen patients into believing he would
perform their surgeries, when instead they were done by the
physician’s assistant, Peter Nelson.