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Jul 23, 2012

Colorado shooter: a high achiever’s abrupt descent

/SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – For most of his 24 years, James Holmes seemed to be doing everything right.

He worked for a summer as a counselor at a camp for needy kids, guiding them through activities designed to teach empathy, compassion and good citizenship. Another summer, he snagged a prestigious internship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Jul 18, 2012

California city official to admit taking bribes over pot dispensaries

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A third former official in the Los Angeles suburb of Cudahy will plead guilty to accepting a $7,000 bribe for agreeing to support a medical marijuana dispensary in the small city, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Former Cudahy City Councilman Osvaldo Conde, 50, who recently resigned his post, has agreed to plead guilty to bribery and extortion charges, U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Jul 18, 2012

California fugitive caught in Guatemala after 18 years on the run

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man who spent 18 years on the run from charges that he molested a 4-year-old girl has been arrested in Guatemala and returned to the United States for prosecution, authorities said on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Reed Parrish, 65, was taken into custody by Guatemalan police without incident on Thursday afternoon at his home in Panajachel, about 90 miles from Guatemala City, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Jul 16, 2012

Sylvester Stallone asks that son’s memory to be ‘left in peace’

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (Reuters) – Film star Sylvester
Stallone pleaded on Monday for the public to leave his son’s
“memory and soul” in peace amid a tabloid media frenzy over the
aspiring actor and filmmaker’s death at age 36.

Sage Stallone was found dead on Friday in his home in
Hollywood. Los Angeles County Coroner’s examiners conducted an
autopsy on Sunday but say the results and a cause of death would
not be released for weeks pending toxicology and other tests.

Jul 14, 2012

Sylvester Stallone’s son found dead at Hollywood home

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Aspiring actor and filmmaker Sage Stallone, the son of action movie star Sylvester Stallone, was found dead on Friday at his home in Hollywood, authorities and his attorney said.

Police and a lawyer for Sage Stallone, 36, the younger of two sons from his father’s first marriage, gave conflicting accounts of how he was found, but police said there was no sign of forced entry or foul play.

Jul 13, 2012

Ex-baseball star Lenny Dykstra pleads guilty to bankruptcy fraud

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Onetime World Series hero Lenny Dykstra pleaded guilty on Friday to bankruptcy fraud and other charges stemming from a scheme to loot more than $200,000 in sports memorabilia, home furnishings and other property from his bankruptcy case.

The 49-year-old former ballplayer, who is already serving time in state prison for grand theft auto, lewd conduct and assault with a deadly weapon, faces a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars years in the fraud case.

Jul 12, 2012

Brain tissue from former NFL star Seau to be studied for damage

LOS ANGELES, July 12 (Reuters) – Tissue from the brain of
former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau, who committed
suicide in May, has been sent to the National Institutes of
Health for analysis amid growing concerns over the long-term
effects of football-related head injuries.

The brain sample was sent to the NIH, the U.S. government’s
primary biomedical research institution, at the request of
Seau’s family members, said Sarah Gordon, spokeswoman for the
San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.

Jul 12, 2012

Brain tissue from football star Seau to be studied for damage

LOS ANGELES, July 12 (Reuters) – Tissue from the brain of
former San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau, who committed
suicide in May, has been sent to the National Institutes of
Health for study amid growing concerns over the long-term
effects of football-related head injuries.

The brain sample was sent to the NIH, the U.S. government’s
primary biomedical research institution, at the request of
Seau’s family members, said Sarah Gordon, spokeswoman for the
San Diego County Medical Examiner’s office.

Jul 12, 2012

U.S. cracks down on “world’s largest” medical marijuana dispensary

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors have filed civil forfeiture actions against an Oakland medical marijuana dispensary that bills itself as the world’s largest, as part of a crackdown by U.S. authorities on California’s massive cannabis trade.

The lawsuits, filed on Monday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, seek forfeiture of two properties where Harborside Health Center operates, said Melinda Haag, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California.

Jul 9, 2012

California kayaker survives attack by great white shark

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A great white shark attacked a California man’s kayak off the Pacific coast, biting a chunk out of the boat and throwing the kayaker from the vessel, but the man survived without a scratch, police said on Monday.

The man, who was not identified by authorities, was fishing about a mile off Capitola on Saturday when the shark — estimated to be 15 to 18 feet long and weighing more than 2,000 pounds (900 kg) — attacked his kayak.