LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles judge dismissed murder charges on Friday against a 70-year-old tennis lineswoman who was accused of beating her husband to death with a coffee mug, and arrested in August as she prepared to officiate at the U.S. Open.
The dismissal was granted following a request from prosecutors who said they were unable to proceed with the case against Lois Goodman. A Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokeswoman said in a terse statement only that “additional information” had come forward.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Four petroglyphs carved into volcanic rock more than 3,500 years ago have been hacked out and stolen by thieves who also damaged other engravings at a historic site in California, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.
The petroglyphs in the Volcanic Tablelands east of Yosemite represented a “pristine example of Great Basin rock art” that portrayed the daily hunter-gatherer activities that took place in the area, the Bureau of Land Management said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police arrested a man accused of raping a mentally disabled 18-year-old woman on a nearly empty county bus as it drove through a Los Angeles suburb, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Friday.
Kerry Trotter was taken into custody at a Los Angeles home after a tip from the public, the sheriff’s department said in a statement. The police did not say when he was arrested.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County voters passed a ballot initiative mandating that pornographic film actors wear condoms during sex scenes, prompting a trade group on Wednesday to threaten to sue and take production elsewhere.
Measure B, which was sponsored by the group AIDS Healthcare Foundation, won approval on Tuesday by a margin of 55.85 percent to 44.15 percent, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A shark killed a male surfer at a popular surf spot off California’s coast on Tuesday in the second fatal shark attack at the same beach in two years, authorities said.
The incident took place at Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of the coastal city of Santa Barbara. The beach was closed by authorities after the attack.
By Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) – The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to block a Montana law limiting campaign contributions to candidates for statewide office, leaving the caps in place at least through the November general election.
The high court upheld a ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco earlier this month that temporarily reinstated Montana’s right to regulate campaign contributions after a federal judge struck down the restrictions as unconstitutional.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A shark attacked and killed a beachgoer off California’s central coast on Tuesday in the second fatal encounter at the same popular surfing beach in two years, authorities said.
Few details were immediately available on the incident at Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base, close to Santa Barbara. The beach was closed by authorities after the attack.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Filmmaker Tony Scott had an anti-depressant and sleep aid in his bloodstream when he leapt to his death from a suspension bridge in August, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said on Monday.
Preliminary autopsy results confirmed that Scott’s death, which baffled investigators and much of Hollywood, was a suicide, caused by blunt force trauma and drowning.
(Reuters) – The daughter of Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been arrested trying to cross the border into the United States using falsified identification papers, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.
Court documents provided to Reuters showed that Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman-Salazar was detained on Friday at the San Ysidro port of entry after border patrol officers discovered she was using a counterfeit visa and a false name in an attempt to cross the border on foot from Tijuana, Mexico.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man linked to an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests in the Muslim world denied on Wednesday he had violated his probation on a fraud conviction, and was sent back to jail until his case can be heard on its merits.
The Egyptian-born man, who has been known publicly as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, denied in court committing eight probation violations, including lying to officials over the scope his role in the film and using aliases.