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Jan 18, 2013

California woman pleads guilty in assisted suicide of WW II veteran

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California woman accused of helping an 86-year-old World War II veteran kill himself by mixing a lethal dose of Oxycontin into his yogurt pleaded guilty on Friday to a charge of assisted suicide and was sentenced to probation.

Elizabeth Barrett, 66, was given three years formal probation instead of jail time based on her lack of a criminal record, the wishes of the victim’s family and other factors, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Jan 16, 2013

Sacramento mayor says working to keep basketball’s Kings in town

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Sacramento’s mayor has won consent from the NBA to submit a proposal that would keep the Sacramento Kings from leaving town, a spokesman said on Tuesday, amid reports that an investor group was looking to buy the team and move it to Seattle.

Kevin Johnson, speaking at his annual State of Downtown Breakfast on Tuesday, said National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern had approved his request to present a counteroffer to the league from a group of investors who would keep the Kings in the California state capital, spokesman Daniel Conway said.

Jan 14, 2013

Verdict due for California boy accused of killing neo-Nazi dad

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California judge was expected to render a verdict on Monday in the trial of a 12-year-old boy accused of murdering his neo-Nazi father, a case that focused on accusations of abuse and the pre-teen defendant’s grasp of right and wrong at such a young age.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers both rested their cases last week in the Riverside County Superior Court trial of Joseph Hall for the May, 2011 death of his father Jeffrey, a regional director of the National Socialist Movement.

Jan 12, 2013

Top porn producer sues to overturn Los Angeles condom law

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A top adult film producer sued Los Angeles County on Friday over a voter-approved measure requiring porn actors to wear condoms, saying the law infringes on their First Amendment rights and was driving the industry out of Southern California.

Vivid Entertainment, which was joined in the lawsuit by porn stars Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce, claims the mandate was both an unconstitutional prior restraint on freedom of expression and a financial burden that studios could not bear.

Jan 11, 2013

Relatives of singer Jenni Rivera’s co-passengers sue over plane crash

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Family members of four passengers who died with singer Jenni Rivera when her plane crashed in northern Mexico last year sued her corporation and the current and former owners of the aging Learjet they called a “bucket of bolts” on Thursday.

The plaintiffs alleged in their Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that the 43-year-old aircraft was unsafe and being flown by two unqualified pilots when it nosedived from 28,000 feet into mountainous terrain.

Dec 19, 2012

After Newtown, California pushes for tighter gun controls

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California lawmakers, seizing on new calls for gun controls following the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school, rolled out proposals on Tuesday to close loopholes in the state’s assault weapons ban and restrict ammunition sales.

The moves quickly put California at the forefront of what was expected to be a new wave of proposed firearm restrictions at the state and federal levels in the wake of the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Dec 18, 2012

School massacre spurs California push for tighter gun control

LOS ANGELES, Dec 18 (Reuters) – California lawmakers,
spurred to action by the massacre of 26 people at a Connecticut
elementary school last week, are opening a campaign for stricter
gun control in the state with plans for legislation to make it
tougher to get ammunition.

California state Senator Kevin De Leon, a Democrat from Los
Angeles, said on Tuesday he would introduce a bill requiring
buyers of ammunition in the nation’s most populous state to
obtain a permit issued by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dec 11, 2012

Marijuana smokers get nod to light up in Colorado as pot legalized

Dec 10 (Reuters) – Pot smokers formally gained the right to
light up in Colorado on Monday as Governor John Hickenlooper
signed into effect a controversial ballot measure legalizing
marijuana for adult recreational use in what proponents hailed
as a “historic day.”

Hickenlooper’s signature, largely a formality, made Colorado
the second U.S. state after Washington to legalize recreational
pot use, and put it on a possible collision course with the
federal government – which calls marijuana an illegal drug.

Dec 6, 2012

Prosecutors say daughter of jailed Mexican Mafia kingpin ran U.S. gang

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The daughter of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia kingpin who prosecutors say carried out her father’s orders in running a brutal Los Angeles street gang, the Harpys, was arrested on Thursday along with her husband and 16 other accused gang members.

Vianna Roman, 37, was taken into custody on a federal grand jury racketeering indictment that accuses her of being the day-to-day leader of the Harpys, acting on instructions from her father, Danny Roman, despite his incarceration in Northern California’s super-maximum-security Pelican Bay State Prison.

Dec 5, 2012

Los Angeles ports reopen to normal freight traffic after strike

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The largest U.S. cargo
shipping complex resumed full operations on Wednesday after
harbor clerks and management settled an eight-day strike that
left two Southern California ports mostly idle, sapping the
region’s economy of an estimated $8 billion.

The strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended
when clerks in the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers
Local 63 reached a tentative contract deal with a group of
shippers and terminal operators late Tuesday. Los Angeles Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa, a onetime labor activist, had joined in to
prod the two sides into an agreement.