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Oct 31, 2013

California woman who killed pimp as teen is free on parole

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California woman who served nearly two decades in prison for killing her pimp at age 16 was released on parole on Thursday, after becoming the face of a campaign to reform the treatment of young offenders.

Sara Kruzan, 35, left the Central California Women’s Facility in Chowchilla before dawn, state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Luis Patino said in a statement.

Oct 18, 2013

Former Democratic speaker of U.S. House Tom Foley dies at 84

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Former Democratic speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Tom Foley, who spent 30 years in Congress before a conservative mood shift made him one of the few speakers ever defeated for re-election, died on Friday at age 84, his wife said.

Foley passed away at his home in Washington, D.C., of complications from a stroke, his wife Heather Foley said in an email.

Oct 10, 2013

Astronaut Scott Carpenter, fourth American in space, dies at 88

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Bill Trott

(Reuters) – Astronaut Scott Carpenter, who in 1962 became the fourth American in space and the second to orbit the Earth, died on Thursday in Colorado at age 88 of complications from a stroke, his wife Patty Carpenter said.

Carpenter, who lost radio contact with NASA controllers during his pioneering space flight and was found in the ocean 250 miles from the targeted splashdown site, went on to explore the ocean floor in later years. His wife said he died in a Denver hospice.

Sep 27, 2013

Miss Teen USA’s former classmate accused as webcam peeper

LOS ANGELES, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf
said on Friday it was “weird” to learn that the 19-year-old
California man charged with hacking into her webcam and taking
nude photos in a so-called “sextortion” case, was a high school
classmate.

Wolf, 19, told NBC’s “Today” show she has “mixed feelings” a
day after the arrest of Jared Abrahams, and that part of her
feels sorry for him.

Sep 25, 2013

Nevada teen sought in killing of mom and little brother

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Police are looking for a 16-year-old boy in connection with the stabbing death of his mother and 9-year-old brother in their home in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, authorities said.

Investigators have been searching for Adrian Navarro-Canales since Friday, when the bodies of his mother, Elvira Canales-Gomez, and brother, Cesar Navarro, were discovered in their apartment, the Henderson Police Department said in a statement.

Sep 21, 2013

County clerks on front lines of U.S. gay marriage battle

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – For weeks, the lesbian couple courted the Guilford County register of deeds in North Carolina before asking for a marriage license. They went for coffee, shared life stories and, finally, prayed with him in a big circle on the grass outside his office.

Then they followed Jeffrey Thigpen inside, where he denied them and another lesbian couple a license, in line with the state’s 2012 constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Sep 19, 2013

Colorado rainfall one for the ages, Weather Service says

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The downpour that inundated parts of Colorado this month was a once-in-a-millennium event for those areas, according to an analysis by the National Weather Service.

Colorado residents are coping with widespread destruction from floods unleashed by torrential rains that began on September 9 and lasted for several days. The flooding killed at least eight people, forced thousands from their homes and caused nearly $2 billion in property damage.

Sep 7, 2013

Another U.S. porn actor tests positive for HIV, leading to moratorium

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A U.S. porn actor has tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, the third such case reported in less than three weeks, leading a Los Angeles-based trade group for adult filmmakers to call a fresh nationwide moratorium on Friday on productions.

The infections follow a vote last year by Los Angeles County residents to require porn actors to wear condoms when having sex on set, a measure that proponents of the requirement complain is largely going unenforced in the county.

Sep 5, 2013

California inmates end hunger strike over prison conditions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California inmates have ended a two-month-old hunger strike that ranked as the largest in state history and took aim at a policy of keeping some prisoners in near-isolation for years, corrections officials and inmates said on Thursday.

Inmates credited a move by two California legislators to hold hearings on conditions behind bars as a reason for stopping their strike, which at its peak in July saw about 30,000 prisoners refusing food.

Aug 30, 2013

Judge rules U.S. military cannot deny benefits to lesbian veteran and her wife

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. military cannot deny spousal benefits to a lesbian veteran in a same-sex marriage because doing so does not serve any purpose for the armed forces, a federal judge ruled on Thursday.

The decision, which could set the stage for gay and lesbian veterans and their partners to claim those benefits, follows a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in June that invalidated a key portion of the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that had defined marriage as between a man and a woman.