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Dec 5, 2014

U.S. couple released by Qatar in child death return to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An American couple convicted and later cleared of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted African-born daughter in Qatar returned to Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, a family spokesman said on Twitter.

Matthew and Grace Huang left the tiny Gulf Arab state on Wednesday after a ban on their travel issued by that government was lifted, ending a nearly two-year ordeal.

Dec 3, 2014

Rain still falling in California after major storm breaks records

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A major Pacific storm that broke records across Southern California and delivered a small measure of relief to the drought-stricken state brought more rain on Wednesday but the danger of major mudslides in wildfire-scarred areas appeared to have passed, officials said.

The sub-tropical storm, which originated in the Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii, was the strongest to hit Southern California since at least February and poured at least an inch (2.5 cm) of rain across a wide swath of the region, and up to four inches (10 cm) in some mountain and foothill areas.

Dec 3, 2014

Pacific storm brings much-needed rain, danger of mudslides to California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A major Pacific storm hammered California on Tuesday, bringing desperately needed rain to a drought-parched state that has seen very little precipitation over the past year but also carrying the threat of flooding and mudslides.

The sub-tropical storm, which moved onshore before dawn after barreling across the eastern Pacific Ocean, had dropped 3 inches of rain on some areas by mid-afternoon, prompting the National Weather Service to issue flash flood watches for mountain and foothill areas left scarred by wildfire.

Dec 2, 2014

Los Angeles sues to shut down medical marijuana delivery smartphone app

LOS ANGELES, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Los Angeles prosecutors on
Tuesday sued to shut down a smartphone application that delivers
medical marijuana to customers in violation of a ban on such
businesses operating in America’s second-largest city.

The lawsuit is the latest salvo in the ongoing tug-of-war
over medical marijuana in Los Angeles, where authorities have
struggled to contain the proliferation of such shops for over a
decade.

Dec 2, 2014

U.S. lobbies Qatar over couple in child death case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. officials have been in contact with Qatar’s government to ask them to allow a Los Angeles couple to return home after an appeals court threw out convictions linked to the death of their African-born adopted daughter, a State Department spokeswoman said on Monday.

A Qatari appeals court overturned the convictions of Matthew and Grace Huang on Sunday over the death of their 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, after finding that a lower court had made errors in the case.

Dec 2, 2014

U.S. officials asking Qatar to allow couple to leave country

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. officials have been in contact with Qatar’s government to ask them to allow a Los Angeles couple to return home after an appeals court threw out convictions linked to the death of their African-born adopted daughter, a State Department spokeswoman said on Monday.

A Qatari appeals court overturned the convictions of Matthew and Grace Huang on Sunday over the death of their 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, after finding that a lower court had made errors in the high-profile case.

Nov 20, 2014

California firefighter arrested in love triangle murder

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California firefighter and his alleged mistress have been arrested in the murder of the woman’s husband, who was shot to death at a rail yard in August, police say.

Jonathan Michael Hearn, 24, and Sabrina Limon, 35, were taken into custody this week on suspicion of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said in a written release.

Nov 19, 2014

Federal judge strikes down Montana’s gay marriage ban

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A federal judge struck down a Montana ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional on Wednesday, handing gay rights activists the latest in a wave of legal victories as the nation awaits a potential definitive ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris overturned a 2004 amendment to the state’s constitution prohibiting same-sex marriages in response to a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Montana on behalf of four gay and lesbian couples.

Nov 19, 2014

Nevada has highest proportion of illegal immigrants in U.S.: study

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Nevada has the highest proportion of illegal immigrants of any U.S. state at 7.6 percent of its population while the number of illegal immigrants nationwide is leveling off at about 11.2 million, according to a study released on Tuesday.

The study by the Pew Research Center looked at U.S. illegal immigrant population trends over a three-year period ending in 2012.

Nov 6, 2014

Remains found in California desert those of missing film executive

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Human remains found by hikers in a shallow grave in the desert east of Los Angeles have been identified as those of a Hollywood studio executive who vanished in 2012 and was believed murdered, police said on Thursday.

The hikers came across a skull and other bones in a shallow grave near Palmdale, 40 miles east of Los Angeles, Lieutenant Dave Dolson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told a news conference.