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Aug 5, 2015

Gray wolf possibly spotted in California, only second since 1924

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California wildlife officials believe that a gray wolf has found its way across the border into the state from Oregon, becoming only the second gray wolf to have ventured into California since the 1920s.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in a document released late on Monday titled “Evidence of a Wolf in Siskiyou County,” said it began investigating after Californians reported seeing a wolf-like creature earlier this year.

Aug 4, 2015

Police hunt survivalist fugitive in rugged California terrain

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police were searching remote deserts and foothills in Central California on Tuesday for a unidentified fugitive with survivalist skills wanted in a brazen crime spree that a includes a kidnapping and the murder of a retired dentist.

The man, last seen wearing military-style clothing, was being sought in the jagged foothills and high desert areas east of Bakersfield but has not been heard from since opening fire on sheriff’s deputies who cornered him in a trailer on Saturday evening, Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said.

Aug 3, 2015

Texas attorney general indicted by grand jury on fraud charges -reports

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The attorney general of Texas has
been indicted on securities fraud and other charges over an
alleged scheme to mislead investors in a technology company, the
New York Times and other media reported on Saturday.

The three-count indictment against Ken Paxton, a Republican,
will be unsealed in Dallas on Monday, when the former longtime
state lawmaker is expected to turn himself in to authorities,
according to the Times.

Jul 29, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard was
investigating a large oil sheen off the California coast west of
Santa Barbara on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for the agency said.

The slick, which was about 60 feet (18 meters) wide, was
spotted about 1,000 yards (meters) offshore from Goleta State
Beach west of Santa Barbara, said Coast Guard spokeswoman Petty
Officer Andrea Anderson.

Jul 24, 2015

Ex-Los Angeles police detective charged in ‘Snowbird Bandit’ robbery

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A retired Los Angeles Police Department detective arrested after family members tipped off authorities was charged with bank robbery by federal prosecutors on Friday after he told investigators: “I’m cooked, I think I should have a lawyer.”

Randolph Bruce Adair, 70, was taken into custody this week in connection with five bank robberies in Orange County between March and July attributed to the so-called Snowbird Bandit.

Jul 24, 2015

Gunman opens fire at Louisiana theater, kills 3, injures 7

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A lone gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring seven others before taking his own life, police said.

The gunfire erupted during a 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) showing of the film “Trainwreck” and took place almost three years to the day after a massacre at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, that killed 12 people.

Jul 24, 2015

Gunman opens fire at Louisiana theater, kills two, injures seven

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A lone gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring seven others before taking his own life, police said.

The gunfire erupted during a 7 p.m. CDT (0000 GMT) showing of the film “Trainwreck” and took place almost three years to the day after a massacre at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, that killed 12 people.

Jul 23, 2015

Ex-Los Angeles police detective arrested over 5 bank robberies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A retired Los Angeles Police Department detective has been arrested over a string of bank robberies attributed to the so-called “Snowbird Bandit” after several of his family members tipped off authorities, police said on Thursday.

Randolph Bruce Adair, 70, was taken into custody in a parking lot near his home in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, on Wednesday on suspicion of bank robbery and an outstanding warrant, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman said.

Jul 10, 2015

Second major California beach to reopen after May oil spill

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The second of two major California beaches that were closed after a ruptured pipeline spewed some 2,400 barrels of crude oil will be reopened next week, state parks officials said on Friday.

Refugio State Beach, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara, was closed along with nearby El Capitan State Beach after they were fouled when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst on May 19.

Jul 7, 2015

FBI seeks help in identifying 250 victims of ‘sextortion’ scheme

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The FBI on Tuesday asked for the public’s help in identifying some 250 victims of a Florida man who it says extorted teenage girls to send him explicit photos of themselves or engage in sexual behavior.

Lucas Michael Chansler, 31, was sentenced to 105 years in federal prison last year after pleading guilty to nine counts of producing child pornography.