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Mar 14, 2014

Pinkberry yogurt chain co-founder gets seven years in prison in beating

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain who was convicted last year of beating a homeless man with a tire iron over a tattoo he considered disrespectful was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison.

Young Lee, a 49-year-old South Korean kick boxer-turned-architect who parted ways with Pinkberry in 2010, was convicted in November of assault with a deadly weapon, along with special allegations that he caused great bodily injuries to his victim.

Mar 13, 2014

Ex-NFL star Sharper ordered held without bail in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former pro football star Darren Sharper, who faces accusations in several states of drugging and raping women, was ordered held without bail by a Los Angeles judge on Thursday, based on charges filed against him this week in Arizona.

Sharper, who played 14 years in the National Football League and helped the New Orleans Saints win a 2010 Super Bowl title, has been jailed since last month, when he was formally charged in Los Angeles with drugging four women and raping two of them.

Mar 13, 2014

Former Manson Family killer Bruce Davis granted parole

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former Manson Family member Bruce Davis, who was sentenced to life in prison for two 1969 murders carried out with other members of the cult, was granted parole on Wednesday by a California parole board, although it was not certain he would be freed.

Davis’ parole must still be affirmed by California Governor Jerry Brown, who reversed a similar decision by the same board last year, saying that the 71-year-old convicted killer remained a danger to the public.

Mar 6, 2014

Two Marines relieved of command over California blast that killed four

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two U.S. Marines have been relieved of their commands over an explosion at the Camp Pendleton base that killed four bomb specialists in November, probably when a live grenade fell into a demolition pit, military officials said on Thursday.

A Marine investigation could not establish the exact cause of the blast, in part because the people who likely directly witnessed the incident were killed by the ensuing explosion, said a public affairs officer at the Southern California base.

Mar 5, 2014

Los Angeles moves to ban e-cigarettes, joining NY, others

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as “vaping,” from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces in the nation’s second-largest city.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed to Reuters that he would sign the measure into law in the coming days.

Mar 3, 2014

California lawmaker takes leave of absence amid bribery charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California state senator said on Monday he would take a leave of absence, instead of resigning, while fighting federal charges that he accepted bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as film executives.

Democrat Ron Calderon, part of a decades-old California political dynasty, surrendered to authorities last week to face two dozen counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy.

Feb 28, 2014

California’s attorney general takes up court fight over gun laws

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s attorney general on Thursday waded into a court fight over the state’s strict gun laws, asking an appeals court to reverse itself and restore the leeway local governments had to decide who can carry a concealed firearm.

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on a lawsuit by gun owners, earlier this month struck down as unconstitutional a requirement by San Diego County that residents show “good cause” to carry a concealed firearm.

Feb 26, 2014

California couple finds $10 million in buried treasure while walking dog

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A trove of rare Gold Rush-era coins unearthed in California last year by a couple as they walked their dog may be the greatest buried treasure ever found in the United States, worth more than $10 million, a currency firm representing the pair said on Tuesday.

The 1,400 gold pieces, dating to the mid- to late 1800s and still in nearly mint condition, were discovered buried in eight decaying metal cans on the couple’s land last April, said coin expert David McCarthy of currency firm Kagin’s.

Feb 25, 2014

California lawmaker pleads innocent to corruption charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California state senator pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges he took bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood film executives to shepherd legislation in their favor.

Democrat Ron Calderon, a 56-year-old politician and member of a family political dynasty going back several decades in California, had turned himself in earlier in the day to face two dozen counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and conspiracy in connection with the allegations.

Feb 24, 2014

California lawmaker surrenders to face corruption charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California state senator turned himself in on Monday to face charges he took bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood film executives to steer legislation in their favor.

Democrat Ron Calderon, a member of a family political dynasty going back several decades in California, was taken into custody after surrendering to federal authorities mid-morning on Friday, U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said.