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Sep 1, 2015

FBI agents raid Palm Springs city hall, employees sent home

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – FBI agents and a local public corruption task force raided Palm Springs City Hall armed with search warrants on Tuesday, sending home employees and closing the offices for the day, an FBI spokeswoman said.

Spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said she could not disclose the nature of the searches, which were conducted with members of the so-called Inland Empire Public Corruption Task Force, because the case was under seal.

Aug 27, 2015

McDonald’s, Tyson Foods drop farm after videotape shows animal cruelty

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp and Tyson Foods both severed ties on Thursday with a Tennessee farm where workers were seen stabbing, clubbing and stomping on chickens in an undercover video shot by animal rights activists.

The videotape, which was unveiled by Mercy For Animals at a news conference in Los Angeles, depicts gruesome animal cruelty toward the birds at what the group said was T&S Farm in Dukedom, Tennessee, which was under contract to Tyson Foods (TSN.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

Aug 26, 2015

L.A. County leaders wash cars 2-3 times a week amid drought -report

LOS ANGELES, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Despite a devastating
four-year drought that has forced strict water conservation
measures across California, most Los Angeles County supervisors
still have their cars washed two or three times a week, a local
newspaper reported.

The multiple weekly car washes carry on despite Governor
Jerry Brown’s admonitions to Californians to take shorter
showers and stop watering their lawns and Los Angeles Mayor Eric
Garcetti’s own “Save the Drop” campaign, according to the Los
Angeles Daily News.

Aug 26, 2015

L.A. County leaders wash cars two-three times a week amid drought: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Despite a devastating four-year drought that has forced strict water conservation measures across California, most Los Angeles County supervisors still have their cars washed two or three times a week, a local newspaper reported.

The multiple weekly car washes carry on despite Governor Jerry Brown’s admonitions to Californians to take shorter showers and stop watering their lawns and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s own “Save the Drop” campaign, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.

Aug 26, 2015

National Guardsman who helped thwart attack on French train to get medal

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A National Guardsman, one of three Americans who disarmed a gun-toting suspected Islamist militant on a high-speed train in France, will be awarded the U.S. Army’s highest non-combat medal, Army officials said on Tuesday.

Specialist Alek Skarlatos, 22, charged accused gunman Ayoub el Khazzani on the train headed to Paris from Amsterdam last week, helping to wrestle away a pistol and an AK-47 assault rifle, and clubbing him on the head with the larger gun, according to the Army.

Aug 25, 2015

Ex-JP Morgan analyst, two friends charged with insider trading

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former analyst with J.P. Morgan Securities and two longtime friends who prosecutors say made more than $600,000 by trading on inside information have been indicted on federal charges, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The three men, who surrendered to the FBI on Tuesday morning, are accused of netting illegal profits by trading in advance of two acquisitions, in 2012 and 2013, that had not yet been announced publicly.

Aug 25, 2015

Ex-JP Morgan analyst, two friends charged with insider trading

LOS ANGELES, Aug 25 (Reuters) – A former analyst with J.P.
Morgan Securities and two longtime friends who
prosecutors say made more than $600,000 by trading on inside
information have been indicted on federal charges, prosecutors
said on Tuesday.

The three men, who surrendered to the FBI on Tuesday
morning, are accused of netting illegal profits by trading in
advance of two acquisitions, in 2012 and 2013, that had not yet
been announced publicly.

Aug 24, 2015

Catholic priest sentenced to jail for groping woman on U.S. flight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Catholic priest convicted of groping a woman on a U.S. airline flight was sentenced to six months in federal prison on Monday after the victim testified that she was still traumatized by the ordeal, prosecutors said.

Marcelo De Jesumaria, 46, was also sentenced to six months of home confinement by a federal judge who ordered him to register as a sex offender, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

Aug 20, 2015

LA police may seek manslaughter charges against Jenner in crash: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators will present evidence pointing to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against transgender reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner in connection with a fatal Malibu car crash earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.

The evidence will show that Jenner, 65, was driving at an unsafe speed on Feb. 7 before her Cadillac Escalade, which was towing a trailer carrying an off-road vehicle, slammed into two other cars on Pacific Coast Highway, a sheriff’s detective told the paper.

Aug 14, 2015

Yosemite campground closing after squirrels found with plague

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A second Yosemite National Park campground will be shut down for five days after a pair of dead squirrels were found to be infected with the plague, park and California public health officials said on Friday.

The closure of Tuolumne Meadows Campground comes a week after a child who camped elsewhere in Yosemite, one of America’s top tourist destinations, was hospitalized with the disease.