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Oct 23, 2013

Judge orders release of parents’ indictment in JonBenet Ramsey case

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A Colorado judge on Wednesday ordered the release of the 1999 indictment of JonBenet Ramsey’s parents in the child beauty queen’s killing, offering a glimpse into the investigation of a crime that has long captivated the nation.

The 18-page Boulder County Grand Jury indictment of John and Patsy Ramsey will be released for public inspection on Friday, Judge Robert Lowenbach ruled. At the time the grand jury handed down the indictment, then-District Attorney Alex Hunter refused to sign it and prosecute the Ramseys.

Oct 19, 2013

Second suspect arrested in Los Angeles airport ice bombs

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A second airport employee was arrested on Friday in connection with two dry ice explosions at the Los Angeles International Airport, police said.

Miguel Angel Iniguez, a 41-year-old employee of airport contractor Servisair, was taken into custody while he was working at the airport, the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

Oct 18, 2013

US Scout leaders topple ancient rock formation, trigger outrage

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – An online video of two Boy Scouts of America leaders knocking over a 170-million-year-old rock formation in a Utah State Park has touched off worldwide outrage, state officials said on Friday, and the two men may face charges.

The video was posted on YouTube showing scout leader Glenn Taylor dislodging the massive rock free from its tiny perch in Goblin Valley State Park as Dave Hall films him while singing and laughing.

Oct 10, 2013

Kidnapped California teenager says captor made her play Russian roulette

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A San Diego teenager who was kidnapped in August by a family friend after he killed her mother and brother said in a TV interview on Thursday that her captor forced her to play Russian roulette before drugging her and driving her to Idaho.

Hannah Anderson told the “Today” show that on the day of her abduction James Lee DiMaggio picked her up from cheerleading camp at a local high school. She said DiMaggio seemed “perfectly normal,” until he arrived at his home 25 miles east of San Diego.

Oct 10, 2013

California enacts law allowing nurses to perform some abortions

, Oct 9 (Reuters) – California’s
Democratic governor signed a law on Wednesday that will allow
nurses and midwives to perform some abortions, a move aimed at
increasing access to the procedure even as other states are
tightening the rules.

Under the law, the most populous U.S. state would allow
nurse-practitioners, nurse-midwives and physician assistants to
perform a procedure known as aspiration, which uses suction to
dislodge an embryo from the uterine wall during the first few
weeks of pregnancy.

Oct 3, 2013

Calif. city official, symbol of greed, pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The former city manager of the California city of Bell, who became an emblem of local government corruption when it was revealed in 2010 that he was earning a salary of nearly $800,000, abruptly pleaded no contest on Thursday to charges ranging from perjury to misappropriating public funds.

Robert Rizzo, 56, entered his pleas less than a week before jury selection was scheduled to begin in his high-profile public corruption trial and without cutting a deal with prosecutors, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.

Oct 3, 2013

California city official who typified greed pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The former city manager of the California city of Bell, who became an emblem of local government corruption when it was revealed in 2010 that he was earning a salary of nearly $800,000, abruptly pleaded no contest on Thursday to charges ranging from perjury to misappropriating public funds.

Robert Rizzo, 56, entered his pleas less than a week before jury selection was scheduled to begin in his high-profile public corruption trial and without cutting a deal with prosecutors, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.

Sep 27, 2013

Coroner releases body of Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – An autopsy has been completed on the body of Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis and his remains have been released, a spokeswoman for the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office of Washington, D.C., said on Thursday.

The spokeswoman declined to release the results of the autopsy and would not say who had claimed the body of Alexis, the gunman who went on a shooting spree September at the Navy Yard in Washington and killed 12 people.

Sep 25, 2013

Tennis star Novak Djokovic announces engagement to girlfriend

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked tennis player, announced via social media on Wednesday that he was engaged to marry his longtime girlfriend, Jelena Ristic.

“Meet my fiance (sic) and future wife,” Djokovic, 26, said in a tweet that linked to a photo of the Serbian-born tennis star being kissed by his fiancee, also a Serb. “So happy! Thank you for the wonderful wishes #NoleFam and friends!”

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.