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Mar 13, 2015

Japanese warship broke up as it sank near Philippines, researchers say

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Some of the first video taken of the sunken Japanese battleship Musashi, newly discovered by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s exploration team, reveals that the vessel broke apart before coming to rest on the sea floor near the Philippines in 1944, researchers said on Friday.

Footage of the wreck was shot this week by a remotely operated underwater vehicle exploring what remains of the World War Two battleship, one of the largest ever built, at the bottom of the Sibuyan Sea.

Mar 13, 2015

Nine teenage students arrested for L.A. sexual assaults: police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police arrested nine teenagers from a Los Angeles high school on Friday in connection with sexual assaults and unlawful sex acts against two students, and investigators are seeking five more minors who also are suspects, a police official said.

Police said administrators at Venice High School, a campus in a relatively affluent community near the beach in the west of the city, reported a suspected sexual assault to detectives on Tuesday evening.

Mar 11, 2015

Childcare center instructors in California pricked kids with pins, suit says

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Parents who say their toddler children had thumb tacks pricked into their legs as a form a discipline at a California daycare center have sued the facility’s former operators over abuse they said was perpetrated by two teachers.

The civil suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, says the teachers involved in the abuse, which occurred between 2013 and 2014 at a Tutor Time franchise, were fired after their actions came to the attention of management, but that the daycare center concealed their actions from parents.

Mar 10, 2015

Company staging Spanish-style bull runs to end California events

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Organizers of a Spanish-style bull run agreed on Tuesday to stop holding their event in California to settle a lawsuit filed against them by two animal rights groups that claimed the animals are terrified and harassed.

The Great Bull Run company’s events have seen participants in shorts and red scarves scampering alongside the horned animals weighing about 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms) in fenced tracks set up at venues in metropolitan areas such as Atlanta, Houston and the Twin Cities in Minnesota.

Mar 10, 2015

AEG abandons plan to build NFL stadium in downtown Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – AEG has dropped its project to build a National Football League stadium in downtown Los Angeles, the entertainment company said, following moves by two groups that put forward competing stadium plans this year for suburbs of the city.

The statement late on Monday from Anschutz Entertainment Group, which launched its effort to build a stadium in 2010, came ahead of an April 17 deadline imposed by Los Angeles for the company to lure an NFL team to the city.

Mar 7, 2015

Wisconsin lawmaker says she saw events ahead of fatal police shooting

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Wisconsin state representative observed incidents that led up to the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Madison, where protesters later gathered at the site of the killing, the lawmaker said on her Facebook page.

The shooting on Friday evening marked the latest in a string of incidents that have placed U.S. law enforcement agencies under scrutiny over the use of lethal force, especially against minorities, the poor and the mentally ill.

Mar 6, 2015

Vintage plane Harrison Ford crashed was well-restored, official says

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (Reuters) – Actor Harrison Ford was
piloting a World War Two vintage plane that had been restored to
a high standard when he crash landed at a Los Angeles golf
course after reporting an engine failure, a federal investigator
said on Friday.

Moments after Ford took off in his 1942 single-engine plane
on Thursday from Santa Monica Airport, he attempted a return
landing, clipped a tree and crash landed at nearby Penmar Golf
Course, short of the intended runway, officials said.

Mar 6, 2015

Harrison Ford expected to make full recovery after plane crash in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Harrison Ford had to be pulled from his vintage World War Two aircraft after his crash landing at a Los Angeles golf course because the plane was leaking fuel, a surgeon who came to Ford’s aid said in a television interview aired on Friday.

Ford’s 1942 single-engine plane took off on Thursday from Santa Monica Airport, and a short time later he reported engine failure to air traffic controllers and turned around in an attempt to return. He clipped a tree and crash landed short of the runway at nearby Penmar Golf Course.

Mar 5, 2015

Two California teachers plead not guilty in sex with student case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two Los Angeles-area teachers pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges they provided cocaine and alcohol to underage students on a beach camping trip where one of the instructors had sex with a 17-year-old boy, prosecutors said.

Melody Suzanne Lippert, 38, and Michelle Louise Ghirelli, 30, joined about five students on camping trips at San Clemente Beach in Orange County during Thanksgiving and winter breaks last year, said Orange County Deputy District Attorney Kristin Bracic.

Mar 4, 2015

U.S. had tried to deport man later killed by Los Angeles police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. authorities had tried to deport a homeless man fatally shot by police this week in Los Angeles but had to release him after authorities in his native Cameroon failed to provide a travel document, a U.S. immigration official said.

The man, known by his street name “Africa,” was killed by police on Sunday in a videotaped encounter on Los Angeles’ skid row in which police said he grabbed for an officer’s holstered gun as police tried to arrest him as a robbery suspect.