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Apr 24, 2015

Material witness in ‘maternity tourism’ case arrested at L.A. airport

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A woman considered a material witness in an investigation by U.S. immigration authorities into so-called maternity hotels in Southern California has been arrested while trying to flee the country, prosecutors said on Friday.

Ying Wu, 31, was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at Los Angeles International Airport last week while attempting to board a flight to China with her husband and newborn child, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Apr 23, 2015

Investigation into California city centers on consulting firm

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California city that saw its government offices raided by FBI agents and local prosecutors this week has confirmed that the investigation centers on a relationship between officials there and a private consulting company.

Investigators for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office and FBI agents descended on Beaumont City Hall and the offices of Urban Logic Consultants on Wednesday, carting off hundreds of boxes along with more than a dozen computers.

Apr 22, 2015

Posh Beverly Hills approves water restrictions, fines amid drought

LOS ANGELES, April 21 (Reuters) – Beverly Hills, the
southern California city renowned for Hollywood-tinged glamour
and luxury, approved stricter water restrictions on Tuesday,
including bans on filling new swimming pools and $1,000 fines
for water violations.

Faced with an order from the governor to cut water use
dramatically as the state reels from a three-year drought, the
five-member city council approved the measures at the end of a
three-hour afternoon meeting.

Apr 21, 2015

Horseman beaten by California county lawmen to be paid $650,000

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Officials in a Southern California county said on Tuesday they would pay $650,000 to a man whose beating by sheriff’s deputies following a failed getaway by horseback was caught on videotape, prompting an FBI investigation.

A spokesman for San Bernardino County said in a written statement that the settlement with Francis Jared Pusok, 30, “acknowledges no wrongdoing” and settled all potential legal claims stemming from the April 9 incident.

Apr 21, 2015

Posh Beverly Hills considers empty pools, $1,000 fines amid drought

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Beverly Hills, the southern California city whose name evokes Hollywood-tinged glamour and luxury, is considering banning the refilling of swimming pools and fining residents $1,000 for water violations.

Faced with an order from the governor to cut water use dramatically as the state reels from a three-year drought, city council members were expected to meet most of Tuesday afternoon before voting on which restrictions to impose on their well-heeled residents.

Apr 17, 2015

Sunken World War II aircraft carrier found off California coast

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal oceanic agency has discovered the sunken wreckage of the World War II aircraft carrier USS Independence off the Northern California coast, saying the ship is remarkably well-preserved, likely with a plane still in one of its hanger bays.

The Independence, which operated in the central and western Pacific Ocean from November 1943 through August 1945, later survived the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests before it was scuttled in January of 1951.

Apr 13, 2015

Five badly burned when suspected California hash oil lab explodes

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Five men suffered severe burns on Monday when an explosion ripped through the garage of a Northern California home that authorities suspect was being used as a makeshift hash oil laboratory.

Firefighters responding to the house in Redding, some 150 miles north of Sacramento, shortly before 1 a.m. found the five badly burned men and transported them to area hospitals, said Patrick O’Connor, a Redding, California fire investigator.

Apr 8, 2015

L.A. County to pay $5.3 million over police shooting of unarmed man

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County officials have agreed to pay $5.3 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit by the family of an unarmed man who was shot to death by sheriff’s deputies more than two years ago following a car chase through the suburb of Compton.

The settlement, which was approved by a vote of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, comes amid new nationwide scrutiny of fatal shootings by police officers, especially of young black men.

Apr 6, 2015

Drought-parched California expecting welcome dose of spring rain

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (Reuters) – A spring storm was expected
to bring several inches of rain to some areas of drought-parched
California and up to two feet of snow to mountains beginning
late on Monday, just days after Governor Jerry Brown ordered
sweeping cuts in water use.

Meteorologists said the early April rain and snow would be
welcome in a state suffering through a devastating, multi-year
drought, but cautioned that it would not make a significant dent
on California’s water-shortage problems.

Apr 1, 2015

Investigators recover skeleton found in hills above Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Coroner’s office investigators on Wednesday recovered skeletal human remains found in the Hollywood Hills above Los Angeles, but said it was too early to tell the age or gender of the body or say how it came to be there.The bones were discovered by hikers on Tuesday afternoon in a wash running through the hills, and crews spent about five hours excavating them on Wednesday, Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey said.

Harvey said personal effects including a backpack were found near the body but that it had not been identified. A forensic anthropologist would try to determine the gender, he said.