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Oct 23, 2012

Supreme Court won’t block Montana campaign law ahead of vote

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.

Oct 23, 2012

Man killed in shark attack off California coast

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.

Oct 23, 2012

Filmmaker Tony Scott died with anti-depressant, sleep aid in system

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.

Oct 16, 2012

Daughter of Mexico’s most wanted drug lord held in U.S.:report

By Mary Slosson and Dan Whitcomb

(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.

Oct 10, 2012

California man linked to anti-Islam film denies violating probation

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.

Oct 4, 2012

L.A. County Sheriff says will implement jail reforms, won’t quit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, blamed by an investigative commission for failing to stop excessive force in the nation’s largest county jail system, said on Wednesday he would implement many of its suggested reforms but has no plans to step down.

The changes advocated by the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence last week included revamping how use-of-force cases are investigated and disciplined, better oversight and tracking of inmate complaints and the use of video cameras worn by deputies.

Sep 28, 2012

California man behind anti-Muslim film jailed over probation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An Egyptian-American man behind an anti-Islam film that has stoked violent protests across the Muslim world was arrested on Thursday in California for allegedly violating his probation, and a federal judge ordered him jailed without bond.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was taken into custody at an undisclosed location by U.S. marshals and brought to court in Los Angeles still wearing his street clothes but handcuffed and shackled at the waist.

Sep 18, 2012

Family of California man linked to anti-Muslim film goes into hiding

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Family members of a California man linked to an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world went into hiding on Monday, with sheriff’s deputies escorting them from their home to an undisclosed location, authorities said.

The family of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was accompanied from their two-story stucco house in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos before dawn on Monday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

Sep 18, 2012

Family of man linked to anti-Muslim film goes into hiding

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Family members of a California man linked to an anti-Islam film that triggered violent protests across the Muslim world went into hiding on Monday, with sheriff’s deputies escorting them from their home to an undisclosed location, authorities said.

The family of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was accompanied from their two-story stucco house in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos before dawn on Monday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

Sep 14, 2012

California bank fraud convict linked to anti-Muslim video

CERRITOS, California (Reuters) – Evidence mounted on Thursday that a Los Angeles-area man who served time in prison for bank fraud may have been involved in an anti-Muslim video that stoked violent protests in the Islamic world against the United States.

Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, who lives in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, has been linked by news organizations to production of the low-budget film clip, which has been circulated under several titles, including “Innocence of Muslims.”