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May 10, 2013

Police seize eight dogs after fatal mauling of California woman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A day after a Southern California woman was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls, police were trying to determine on Friday whether any of the eight dogs they seized from a nearby home were involved in the attack, law enforcement officials said.

Homicide detectives serving a search warrant at a home in the unincorporated community of Littlerock, in the high desert about 65 miles east of Los Angeles, took eight dogs from the property, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Parker said.

May 10, 2013

Southern California woman fatally mauled by pit bulls

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 63-year-old woman was fatally mauled by a pack of pit bulls while walking near her home in Southern California on Thursday and police were searching for the four dogs, law enforcement officials said.

A driver called police Thursday morning to report that four dogs were mauling the woman by the side of a road in a remote high desert area near Palmdale, California, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Captain Mike Parker said.

May 8, 2013

Three to split $1 million reward for fugitive LA ex-policeman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three people who helped authorities find a fugitive former Los Angeles police officer after he eluded them following a grudge-driven killing spree should split a $1 million reward in the case, a panel of retired judges ruled on Tuesday.

The three-judge panel found that a married couple who were tied up by the fugitive, Christopher Dorner, in their mountain cabin in February, only to break free and call police, should receive 80 percent of the reward.

Apr 26, 2013

UCLA professor to stand trial in fire that killed lab assistant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles judge on Friday ordered a UCLA chemistry professor to stand trial on charges stemming from a 2008 fire in his university lab that fatally burned a 23-year-old research assistant, rejecting a defense request to dismiss the case.

Patrick Harran faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison if he is convicted of all three counts of violating occupational health and safety standards in his organic chemistry laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Apr 23, 2013

Two California men get prison terms in pro poker ‘sextortion’ scheme

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (Reuters) – Two California men who
pleaded guilty to hacking into the email account of a
professional poker player and trying to extort him with naked
pictures found there have been sentenced to prison terms,
federal prosecutors said on Monday.

Prosecutors say Tyler Schrier, 23, and Keith James Hudson,
39, took part in a so-called “sextortion” scheme targeting poker
pro Joe Sebok in the fall of 2010, threatening to post the
pictures and intimate emails online if he and other victims did
not pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Apr 18, 2013

U.S. judge gives LulzSec hacker year in prison for Sony breach

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A hacker who pleaded guilty last year to taking part in an extensive computer breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment was sentenced on Thursday in Los Angeles to a year in prison, followed by home detention, federal prosecutors said.

Cody Kretsinger, a LulzSec hacker who used the online moniker “Recursion,” pleaded guilty in April 2012 to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Apr 12, 2013

Gun used in suicide of Rick Warren’s son was sold illegally: police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The gun that the 27-year-old son of popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren used to kill himself was sold to him illegally, with its serial number removed, California authorities said on Friday.

Orange County Sheriff’s detectives were investigating Matthew Warren’s purchase of the firearm, which was recovered at the scene, and could seek charges against the seller, sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Apr 10, 2013

Tapes offer glimpse into manhunt for California ex-cop turned killer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California couple tied up in their mountain cabin by a former policeman wanted by authorities for a grudge-driven killing spree told an emergency call operator that he had likely been hiding in there for days.

The conversation, contained in tapes made public on Wednesday, offered a glimpse into the dramatic final hours before the ex-cop, Christopher Dorner, died on Feb 12 after a shootout with police while he was barricaded in a second cabin.

Apr 10, 2013

Pilots’ texts contributed to Missouri air ambulance crash -NTSB

April 9 (Reuters) – The pilot of a medical helicopter that
crashed in Missouri in 2011, killing all four people on board,
was distracted by personal text messages that day and during
the fatal flight, federal safety investigators said on Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board found that the text
messages were likely a contributing factor in the crash of the
medical air ambulance and prompted officials to recommend new
prohibitions on the use of portable electronic devices by flight
crew members.

Apr 8, 2013

Autopsy under way for son of evangelical pastor Rick Warren

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An autopsy was conducted on Monday on the body of the adult son of popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren, who was found dead on Friday with a gunshot wound, California coroner’s officials said on Monday.

Rick Warren said in a letter to staff of his Orange County-based Saddleback Valley Community Church that Matthew Warren, 27, committed suicide after a lifelong struggle with depression and mental illness.