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Sep 16, 2015

Person involved in Beverly Hills luxury car incident claims diplomatic immunity: police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – One of the participants in an incident caught on video in which two luxury cars zoomed through residential streets in Beverly Hills, California, over the weekend has claimed diplomatic immunity, police said.

A State Department official said the agency had received a request to confirm the possible immunity status of a person from Qatar.

Sep 16, 2015

Two stolen Andy Warhol prints handed to L.A. police -attorney

LOS ANGELES, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Two of the nine Andy Warhol
prints stolen from a Los Angeles movie business in a theft that
went unnoticed for years have been turned over to police, an
attorney for a man who had the artwork said on Tuesday.

Attorney Harland Braun said he arranged to have police come
to his office on Monday and pick up Warhol prints titled
“Siberian Tiger” and “Bighorn Ram,” which he said were among
three prints his client bought several years ago from a man
involved in commercial construction.

Sep 14, 2015

U.S. seeks to dismiss charges against China-born physicist

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors sought to drop wire fraud
charges on Friday against a physicist at Temple University in
Philadelphia, nearly four months after he was accused of sharing
proprietary U.S. technology with China.

Since a grand jury returned an indictment in May to bring
those charges against Xiaoxing Xi, federal prosecutors have
obtained additional information, they said in papers filed in
federal court in Philadelphia.

Sep 13, 2015

Four firefighters injured in Northern California wildfire

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Four firefighters were injured on Saturday in a fast-moving wildfire in Northern California that forced the evacuation of thousands of people, officials said.

The firefighters suffered second-degree burns as they battled the so-called Valley Fire, in Lake County, north of San Francisco, said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

Sep 13, 2015

Two sides resume talks in Seattle teachers’ strike

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The Seattle public school district and a teachers union resumed talks on Saturday, three days after the instructors went on strike and idled 53,000 students, officials said.

The strike has left some parents scrambling to find childcare placements for children, who should have been resuming classes after the summer break.

Sep 10, 2015

Thief replaced nine Warhol prints with fakes: Los Angeles police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nine original Andy Warhol prints were quietly stolen from a Los Angeles movie business and replaced with fakes in an art heist that went undetected for years, police and court documents showed on Thursday.

The silk screen prints worth an estimated $350,000 are from the artist’s 1983 series “Endangered Species” and his 1980 “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century,” according to a police report submitted to Los Angeles Superior Court as part of a search warrant affidavit.

Sep 10, 2015

Heat wave is burden for firefighters tackling California wildfires

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A heat wave baking much of California posed difficulties for crews battling several major wildfires across the state on Wednesday, the largest threatening dozens of homes near Kings Canyon National Park as residents braced for possible evacuations.

Temperatures in excess of 100 Fahrenheit (38 Celsius) settled over large parts of the state on Tuesday and were expected to persist until Thursday, National Weather Service meteorologist Carol Smith said.

Sep 9, 2015

Two in California arrested for immigrant wedding fraud scheme

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man and his daughter
were arrested on Wednesday for arranging sham marriages between
U.S. citizens and Chinese nationals who paid for the nuptials in
hopes of obtaining legal residency in the United States,
officials said.

Jason Shiao, 65, who posed as an immigration attorney, and
his daughter Lynn Leung, 43, have been tied to than 70
immigration applications dating back to 2006, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office for Central California said in a statement.

Sep 4, 2015

ACLU fights U.S. funding for Los Angeles police body cameras

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A civil rights group asked the U.S. government on Thursday to deny Los Angeles police the funding they sought for body cameras for patrol officers, objecting to a policy that would allow the police chief to withhold video footage from the public.

The nearly 9,900-member Los Angeles Police Department is the nation’s third-largest metropolitan police force and the biggest to commit to equipping all its patrol officers, numbering about 7,000, with so-called bodycams.

Sep 3, 2015

California officials unveil plans for wildlife bridge over highway

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Officials have unveiled plans for a grassy bridge over a Southern California highway that would provide a safe and natural passage for mountain lions and other animals migrating between wilderness areas.

The vegetation-lined bridge over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, just west of Los Angeles, would cost $30 million to build and construction could not begin for years, said California Department of Transportation (CalTRANS) spokeswoman Lauren Wonder.