LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Drivers in Los Angeles saw limited congestion on Saturday near a key freeway corridor shut down this weekend in what has been dubbed “Carmageddon 2,” due to fears of gridlock from a 53-hour construction project, officials said.
A 10-mile (16-km) stretch of the 405 Freeway at the Sepulveda Pass, normally the nation’s busiest thoroughfare, was closed at midnight on Friday for a $1 billion freeway widening project.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California man behind an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests across the Muslim world was being held at a federal high-rise jail in downtown Los Angeles on Friday over possible probation violations, a prison official said.
Federal officials, citing safety concerns, were tight-lipped about the conditions of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula’s confinement, including whether he was being held with the general population or was isolated from other inmates.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Car-crazed Los Angeles is
preparing for a weekend of potential traffic gridlock that has
earned the nickname “Carmageddon 2″ amid fears drivers might not
heed warnings to stay off the roads during a massive 53-hour
Warnings of nightmare jams last year in a phase of the same
road-closing construction project kept so many people home that
apocalyptic predictions of “Carmageddon” failed to materialize.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County jails have not done enough to reduce unwarranted use of force, such as deputies grabbing an inmate by the throat for smirking or beating a handcuffed man, a report on the country’s largest county jail system said on Friday.
The findings of the Citizens’ Commission on Jail Violence, created by county officials in October 2011, are the latest in a string of critical reports on the jail system, including one last year from the American Civil Liberties Union that said some deputies had formed gangs that encouraged assaults.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 20 (Reuters) – The actress who claims she
was defrauded by the producer of an anti-Islam movie that has
spawned violent protests across the Muslim world on Thursday
will ask a California judge to order the short film to be pulled
down from YouTube.
Actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who said she had received death
threats after the video was posted on YouTube, has accused
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the California man linked to the
making of “The Innocence of Muslims,” of fraud and slander.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An actress in an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world sued a California man linked to its production on Wednesday for fraud and slander, saying she had received death threats after the video was posted on YouTube.
Actress Cindy Lee Garcia, who also named Google Inc and its YouTube unit as defendants, asked that the film be removed from YouTube and said her right to privacy had been violated and her life endangered, among other allegations.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 15 (Reuters) – A California man convicted
of bank fraud was taken in for questioning on Saturday by
officers investigating possible probation violations stemming
from the making of an anti-Islam video that triggered violent
protests in the Muslim world.
Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, voluntarily left his home in
the early hours of Saturday morning for the meeting in a
sheriff’s station in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, Los
Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man convicted of bank fraud is under investigation for possible probation violations stemming from the making of an anti-Islam video that triggered violent protests against the United States in the Muslim world, U.S. officials said on Friday.
The man, 55-year-old Nakoula Basseley Nakoula of the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, told his Coptic Christian bishop that he was not involved in the film, but media reports have widely linked his name to the video.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The origins of a crudely made anti-Muslim movie that sparked violent protests in Egypt and Libya began to slowly emerge on Wednesday, with an actress in the California production saying she was duped and was unaware it was about the Prophet Mohammad.
Cindy Lee Garcia of Bakersfield, California, who appears briefly in clips of the film posted online, said she answered a casting call last year to appear in a movie titled “Desert Warrior.”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s former concert promoter AEG Live is withdrawing a $17.5 million insurance claim in the 2009 death of the pop star amid revelations in leaked emails that show company executives were concerned about his stability ahead of his planned London comeback tour.
Attorneys involved in the case denied on Tuesday that AEG Live’s move was related to the publication of the leaked emails by the Los Angeles Times on September 2.