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Sep 25, 2013

California deadline to reduce prison population extended by four weeks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California on Tuesday won an extra four weeks to reduce overcrowding in its prisons, pushing the deadline to late January but far short of the state’s request to postpone the decision until 2016.

The three-member panel of federal appellate judges extended a deadline from December 31 to January 27, 2014, to reduce the prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity either by finding new beds or releasing inmates who pose the lowest risk to society.

Sep 18, 2013

High profile U.S. Navy commander charged in bribery case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A high profile U.S. Navy commander has been charged with accepting paid travel, the services of prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets from a Singapore-based defense contractor in exchange for classified information, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, who was born in Cambodia during the Vietnam War and gained media attention for his rise to captain of a U.S. Navy destroyer, was arrested earlier this week on federal bribery charges.

Sep 16, 2013

Ex-TSA agent ordered held without bail on LAX threat charges

LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 (Reuters) – A former federal airport
screener was ordered held without bail on Monday, pending trial
on charges he made threats against Los Angeles International
Airport two months after he was suspended for telling a teenage
girl she was dressed inappropriately.

A federal magistrate judge ordered 29-year-old Nna Alpha
Onuoha, a Nigerian-born U.S. military veteran, detained on the
grounds that he represented a flight risk if he were to be
released after posting a bond.

Sep 12, 2013

Ex-U.S. air security screener charged in threats against LA airport

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former federal airport security agent suspended earlier this year after he was accused of telling a teenage girl to cover herself, an incident chronicled on her father’s blog, was charged on Wednesday with making threats against Los Angeles International Airport.

Nna Alpha Onuoha, a Nigerian-born U.S. military veteran, was arrested shortly before midnight on Tuesday in connection with written and telephone threats made hours after his resignation from the Transportation Security Administration and on the eve of the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Sep 11, 2013

Ex-TSA agent, suspended for teen incident, charged with threats

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former federal airport security agent suspended earlier this year for telling a teenage girl to cover herself, in an incident chronicled on her father’s blog, was charged on Wednesday with making threats against Los Angeles International Airport.

Nna Alpha Onuoha, a Nigerian-born U.S. military veteran, was arrested just before midnight on Tuesday in connection with written and telephoned threats made soon after his resignation from the Transportation Security Administration and on the eve of the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Sep 11, 2013

Ex-TSA agent, suspended for teen incident, arrested in threats

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former federal airport security agent, suspended for telling a teenage girl to cover up in an incident chronicled in her father’s blog, has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to Los Angeles International Airport, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.

Nna Alpha Onuoha, a Nigerian-born U.S. military veteran, was taken into custody just before midnight on Tuesday in connection with written and telephoned threats made soon after his resignation from the Transportation Security Administration and on the eve of the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

Sep 5, 2013

California wildfire not started by illegal marijuana growers: officials

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Investigators have ruled out the possibility that an illegal marijuana growing operation started the monster California wildfire that has blackened a swath of Yosemite National Park, officials said on Wednesday, although the cause of the blaze was still unknown.

The so-called Rim Fire, which broke out on August 17 in the Stanislaus National Forest, has charred more than 237,000 acres of Northern California – an area larger than the city of Dallas – making it the fourth largest in modern state history.

Aug 28, 2013

California governor proposes $315 million plan to ease prison overcrowding

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown, facing a federal court order to ease overcrowding in the state’s prison system, proposed a $315 million plan on Tuesday to expand inmate capacity by leasing space from county jails and other facilities.

The Democratic governor, who was joined by Republican leaders of the state legislature in announcing the bill, said his proposal would reduce California’s prisons to 137.5 percent of capacity, as required by the court, and avoid the controversial early release of thousands of inmates.

Aug 26, 2013

Another San Diego worker files claim, saying mayor harassed her

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A San Diego parks employee who says Mayor Bob Filner put her in a headlock and rubbed against her breasts at a public event this year filed a $500,000 battery and sexual harassment claim against the city on Monday, her attorney said.

Stacy McKenzie, one of 18 women who accuse Filner of making unwanted sexual advances, is the second in two months to initiate legal action against the embattled politician. Her claim is the precursor to a lawsuit.

Aug 22, 2013

Kidnapped California teen taken to Idaho calls herself a survivor

By Dan Whitcomb and Marty Graham

(Reuters) – Hannah Anderson, a 16-year-old California girl kidnapped by a man and taken to Idaho after he killed her mother and younger brother, said in a television interview that she considers herself a survivor who was raised to be strong.

The interview, which aired on Wednesday, comes just over a week after Anderson was rescued in the Idaho wilderness by FBI agents who shot and killed her captor, 40-year-old James Lee DiMaggio.