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Jan 31, 2015

Actor Val Kilmer hospitalized in Los Angeles after ‘complication’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Val Kilmer, best-known for his roles in “Batman Forever” and “The Doors,” said on Saturday he was at a Los Angeles hospital for observation following what he called a “complication.”

The 55-year-old film and stage star posted to his Facebook page after media reports that he had been rushed to the hospital with a suspected tumor.

Jan 31, 2015

Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested in fatal hit-and-run in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after police said he ran over two people with a pickup truck at a fast food restaurant in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton, killing one and injuring the other before fleeing.

Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, was booked at about 3 a.m. (1100 GMT) and was being held in lieu of $2 million bail, the department said.

Jan 31, 2015

Stanford ex-student denies rape of unconscious woman outside frat

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A member of the Stanford University swim team charged with rape after he was seen on top of a motionless woman outside a fraternity told police she consented to being fondled and they both were drinking, according to an account presented in court.

Freshman Brock Allen Turner, 19, an Ohio native, has been charged with five felonies, including rape, rape of an intoxicated person, rape of an unconscious person and assault.

Jan 30, 2015

Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested for murder in LA after hit-and-run

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after a man matching his description ran over two people with a pickup truck in a hit-and-run incident near Los Angeles, killing one and injuring the other, police said.

Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, was booked at about 3 a.m. local time (1100 GMT) and was being held in lieu of a $2 million bail, the department said.

Jan 27, 2015

University of California on-campus doctors stage rare strike

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Doctors for student health centers at 10 University of California campuses staged a rare one-day strike on Tuesday, upset that administrators have failed to give their union information the physicians said they needed to negotiate their first contract.

The Union of American Physicians and Dentists, their collective bargaining organization, said it marked the first time in 25 years that licensed medical doctors had gone on strike in the United States.

Jan 23, 2015

Wine stolen from Michelin-starred California restaurant recovered

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – About 80 bottles of premium wine reported to be worth up to $300,000 that were stolen from the Michelin-starred French Laundry restaurant in Northern California have been recovered across the country, police said on Friday.

The wine was taken from the restaurant in Yountville in December after the establishment was closed for remodeling, Napa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Captain Doug Pike said.

Jan 23, 2015

California teacher suspended over social media rant about sex case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles area high school teacher has been suspended over a social media rant in which he said male students who reportedly had sex with two of his female colleagues should have kept their “stupid mouths shut” about the experience, a school official said on Friday.

Sean Patrick Kane, an art teacher at South Hills High School in suburban West Covina, asked in a flippant post on Facebook on Sunday what had been “in the heads of the dudes who banged these ladies and then squealed?”

Jan 23, 2015

Los Angeles should fix firefighter recruitment: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Fire Department should overhaul its hiring and recruitment to bring in more women and minorities, according to a report commissioned after the city’s mayor found flaws in recruitment last year and for a time put hiring on hold.

The RAND Corporation report, released on Thursday, highlights the challenges facing the department in winnowing down a huge pool of applicants in ways that are fair and cost-effective, a problem other urban U.S. fire departments also encounter.

Jan 22, 2015

California lawmakers introduce Oregon-style assisted suicide bill

Jan 21 (Reuters) – California lawmakers introduced a bill on
Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide in the most populous U.S.
state, an effort tearfully welcomed by a woman whose daughter
moved to Oregon last year to avail herself of a
death-with-dignity law there.

The bill proposed by two Democratic state senators is
similar to the physician-assisted suicide statute approved by
Oregon voters in 1994. As in Oregon, it would require a
determination from two doctors that a patient has six months or
less to live before a drug to hasten death could be prescribed.

Jan 17, 2015

Los Angeles officer who shot to death man had arrested him 6 years before

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles police officer involved in a high-profile shooting death of an unarmed black man in August had arrested him six years earlier for marijuana possession, but the officer did not recognize him, a police spokesman said on Friday.

The Aug. 11 shooting death of Ezell Ford, 25, who according to a family lawyer had mental issues, in mostly poor South Los Angeles has raised tensions between police and some people in the city’s African-American community.