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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A one-time follower of mass murderer Charles Manson who in 1975 tried to assassinate then-President Gerald Ford told a mental health examiner in a decades-old taped interview that an “X” she carved in her forehead was meant to set her apart from “the system.”
The Sacramento Bee won a release of the tape from a federal judge and posted portions of the recording involving now-65-year-old Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme on its website late on Wednesday.
(Reuters) – A Somali immigrant whose 15-year-old son survived a flight from California to Hawaii stowed away amid freezing temperatures and low oxygen levels in the wheel well of a jet said in a radio interview that he thanks God his son is alive.
The 15-year-old boy from the San Francisco Bay area city of Santa Clara, who ran away from home and sneaked into Mineta San Jose International Airport to creep into a Boeing 767 that took off on Sunday, is one of a fraction of stowaways to walk away alive from such a treacherous trip.