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Dec 26, 2014

U.S. police struggle to uncover threats on social media

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. law enforcement agencies are a long way from being able to effectively track threats of the kind a gunman posted on Instagram before his execution-style murder of two New York City policemen last weekend.

Police need more data analytics and mining software to monitor social media sites such as Facebook (FB.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Twitter (TWTR.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), as well as trained personnel to make sense of what could be a deluge of data, say law enforcement officials and security experts.

Dec 24, 2014

Los Angeles judge denies Polanski bid to close 1977 child sex case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles judge has declined a bid from attorneys for Roman Polanski to close the 1977 child sex case against the Oscar-winning director, a court spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The decision by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James Brandlin on Tuesday is the latest defeat for the filmmaker in having the case dismissed without returning to the United States.

Dec 23, 2014

L.A. judge orders halt to smartphone app for medical pot delivery

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge in Los Angeles ordered a smartphone application company on Tuesday to stop arranging the delivery of medical marijuana to customers in the city in violation of a ban on such businesses, prosecutors said.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer’s office filed a lawsuit on Dec. 2 seeking a preliminary injunction against the Nestdrop app in the latest salvo in an ongoing tug-of-war over medical cannabis in America’s second-largest city.

Dec 22, 2014

Court upholds cutback in California water drawdown to protect fish

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday.

The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2009 opinion by the National Marine Fisheries Service to force the cutbacks in water use, which have been in effect since then.

Dec 21, 2014

Protesters shut down part of Mall of America in Minnesota

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – More than 1,500 protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, resulting in about 25 arrests during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation’s largest shopping centers, officials said.

The protest and a smaller action at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania were the latest in a series of U.S. demonstrations in recent weeks over grand jury decisions not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

Dec 19, 2014

Influential Rabbi Harold Schulweis dies at 89 in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rabbi Harold Schulweis, a tireless innovator who implored followers to fight against genocide and see Judaism as a religion with universal significance, has died at age 89 at his Los Angeles home, his synagogue said in a statement.

Schulweis, who was regarded as one of the most influential rabbis of his generation, died on Thursday after a struggle with heart disease, his congregation Valley Beth Shalom said in a statement.

Dec 10, 2014

Civilian oversight approved for Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A plan to create a civilian oversight panel for the troubled Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was approved on Tuesday, as county leaders moved to avert problems of the kind that triggered unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

The measure is a bid to tackle thorny issues faced by the sheriff’s department, such as allegations of excessive force and poor management of its jail system, the nation’s largest.

Dec 5, 2014

California man whose wrongful conviction inspired Asian-American movement dies

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Korean-American man who was wrongfully convicted of a 1973 gang murder in San Francisco and whose case inspired Asian-Americans of all backgrounds to mobilize for his freedom has died at age 62, friends said on Thursday.

Chol Soo Lee died on Tuesday at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco due to complications from a problem with his digestive system, said family friend Doris Yamasaki.

Dec 5, 2014

L.A. police chief finds fault with shooting of unarmed man after chase

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three Los Angeles police officers who killed an unarmed man after a car chase last year, in a shooting caught on live television, acted in violation of the department’s use of force policy, the police chief said in a report released on Thursday.

The three officers have said they thought 51-year-old Brian Beaird was reaching for a gun or shooting at them when they fired on him 21 times last December in an incident in downtown Los Angeles that raised questions about police use of force.

Dec 3, 2014

California surgeon disciplined for removing wrong kidney from inmate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California surgeon who accidentally removed the wrong kidney from a prison inmate and left the patient’s tumorous kidney in place has been put on probation for three years by a state medical board, records from the agency show.

The board also prohibited Dr. Charles Coonan Streit, who performed the 2012 surgery at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, southeast of Los Angeles, from supervising physician assistants during his probation.