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Apr 26, 2013

UCLA professor to stand trial in fire that killed lab assistant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles judge on Friday ordered a UCLA chemistry professor to stand trial on charges stemming from a 2008 fire in his university lab that fatally burned a 23-year-old research assistant, rejecting a defense request to dismiss the case.

Patrick Harran faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison if he is convicted of all three counts of violating occupational health and safety standards in his organic chemistry laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Apr 23, 2013

Two California men get prison terms in pro poker ‘sextortion’ scheme

LOS ANGELES, April 22 (Reuters) – Two California men who
pleaded guilty to hacking into the email account of a
professional poker player and trying to extort him with naked
pictures found there have been sentenced to prison terms,
federal prosecutors said on Monday.

Prosecutors say Tyler Schrier, 23, and Keith James Hudson,
39, took part in a so-called “sextortion” scheme targeting poker
pro Joe Sebok in the fall of 2010, threatening to post the
pictures and intimate emails online if he and other victims did
not pay them hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Apr 18, 2013

U.S. judge gives LulzSec hacker year in prison for Sony breach

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A hacker who pleaded guilty last year to taking part in an extensive computer breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment was sentenced on Thursday in Los Angeles to a year in prison, followed by home detention, federal prosecutors said.

Cody Kretsinger, a LulzSec hacker who used the online moniker “Recursion,” pleaded guilty in April 2012 to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Apr 12, 2013

Gun used in suicide of Rick Warren’s son was sold illegally: police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The gun that the 27-year-old son of popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren used to kill himself was sold to him illegally, with its serial number removed, California authorities said on Friday.

Orange County Sheriff’s detectives were investigating Matthew Warren’s purchase of the firearm, which was recovered at the scene, and could seek charges against the seller, sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Apr 10, 2013

Tapes offer glimpse into manhunt for California ex-cop turned killer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California couple tied up in their mountain cabin by a former policeman wanted by authorities for a grudge-driven killing spree told an emergency call operator that he had likely been hiding in there for days.

The conversation, contained in tapes made public on Wednesday, offered a glimpse into the dramatic final hours before the ex-cop, Christopher Dorner, died on Feb 12 after a shootout with police while he was barricaded in a second cabin.

Apr 10, 2013

Pilots’ texts contributed to Missouri air ambulance crash -NTSB

April 9 (Reuters) – The pilot of a medical helicopter that
crashed in Missouri in 2011, killing all four people on board,
was distracted by personal text messages that day and during
the fatal flight, federal safety investigators said on Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board found that the text
messages were likely a contributing factor in the crash of the
medical air ambulance and prompted officials to recommend new
prohibitions on the use of portable electronic devices by flight
crew members.

Apr 8, 2013

Autopsy under way for son of evangelical pastor Rick Warren

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An autopsy was conducted on Monday on the body of the adult son of popular evangelical pastor Rick Warren, who was found dead on Friday with a gunshot wound, California coroner’s officials said on Monday.

Rick Warren said in a letter to staff of his Orange County-based Saddleback Valley Community Church that Matthew Warren, 27, committed suicide after a lifelong struggle with depression and mental illness.

Mar 26, 2013

Judge orders Manson Family tapes handed over to Los Angeles police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal judge has ordered taped conversations between Manson Family killer Charles “Tex” Watson and his now-deceased defense lawyer turned over to Los Angeles police, who are investigating the cult’s possible involvement in old, unsolved murders.

The written order by District Judge Richard Schell in Texas, which was made public on Tuesday, upholds a ruling last year by a federal bankruptcy judge that was appealed by Watson, 67, who is serving a life prison term in California.

Mar 23, 2013

Bodybuilding icon Joe Weider dies in Los Angeles at 93

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Joe Weider, the fitness and bodybuilding guru who built a magazine empire that included such publications as Muscle and Fitness, Shape and Men’s Fitness, died on Saturday at the age of 93, his publicist said.

Weider, also known for creating the Mr Olympia bodybuilding contest and mentoring a young Arnold Schwarzenegger, died of heart failure, publicist Charlotte Parker said.

Mar 21, 2013

Los Angeles girl, 13, dies after inhaling computer cleaner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A popular 13-year-old honor student found dead in her bedroom earlier this week was apparently killed after inhaling a can of computer cleaner to get high, school officials said on Thursday, in a rare “huffing” death that stunned her affluent Los Angeles neighborhood.

Aria Doherty, a popular student at Alfred B. Nobel Middle School in the upscale Porter Ranch section of Los Angeles, was pronounced dead in her home on Monday evening after she was found unresponsive by her older sister.