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Apr 17, 2012

U.S. busts global online drug market, arrests eight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Eight men charged with running an elaborate online narcotics market that sold drugs to 3,000 people in the United States and 34 other countries have been arrested following a two-year investigation dubbed “Operation Adam Bomb,” prosecutors said on Monday.

The secret ring known as “The Farmer’s Market” operated through the TOR computer network, which allows users to communicate anonymously, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed on Monday in Los Angeles.

Apr 6, 2012

Family turmoil of slain Iraqi-American woman revealed

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Court papers filed by police in the beating death of an Iraqi-American woman near San Diego cite her divorce plans and daughter’s apparent suicide attempt last year, but do not point to further evidence that the murder was a hate crime.

Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old mother of five, was found bludgeoned in her rented home in a refugee community of the San Diego suburb of El Cajon on March 21 and died of her injuries several days later, after doctors removed her from life support.

Mar 28, 2012

California woman charged with helping WWII veteran commit suicide

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California woman was charged on Wednesday with helping an 86-year-old World War Two veteran kill himself by mixing a lethal dose of Oxycontin into his yogurt, prosecutors said.

Elizabeth Barrett, 66, was charged with one count of assisted suicide, Orange County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Farrah Emami said. Barrett was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail pending an arraignment, and faces a maximum prison term of three years if convicted.

Mar 28, 2012

Jet Blue pilot suspended following disturbance on flight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A JetBlue pilot who caused a disturbance on board a flight to Las Vegas, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Texas, has been suspended while the FBI investigates the incident, the airline said on Wednesday.

Flight 191 from New York was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, on Tuesday following what federal authorities described as erratic behavior by the captain, who passengers said had to be restrained after he pounded on the locked cockpit door.

Mar 28, 2012

Jet Blue pilot suspended after disturbance on US flight

LOS ANGELES, March 28 (Reuters) – A JetBlue pilot
who caused a disturbance on board a flight to Las Vegas, forcing
the plane to make an emergency landing in Texas, has been
suspended while the FBI investigates the incident, the airline
said on Wednesday.

Flight 191 from New York was diverted to Amarillo, Texas, on
Tuesday following what federal authorities described as erratic
behavior by the captain, who passengers said had to be
restrained after he pounded on the locked cockpit door.

Mar 27, 2012

“Lorax” statue stolen from California home of Dr. Seuss

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 300-pound (136-kg) bronze statue of the Lorax, a character from the Dr. Seuss book and hit movie of the same name, has been stolen from the late author’s San Diego estate, police said on Tuesday.

The 3-foot-high (1-meter) statue of the Lorax standing on a tree stump with his arms outstretched was reported missing from the hillside property on Monday morning, San Diego Police Lieutenant Andra Brown said.

Mar 23, 2012

Florida man to plead guilty in celebrity hacking case

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (Reuters) – A Florida man accused of
hacking into the email accounts of film stars Scarlett
Johansson, Mila Kunis and other celebrities to access nude
photos and private information has agreed to plead guilty to
federal charges, U.S. prosecutors said on Thursday.

Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Florida, will plead
guilty on Monday to nine criminal counts, including unauthorized
access to a computer and wiretapping, according to a plea
agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

Mar 23, 2012

Florida man to plead guilty in celebrity hacking case: prosecutors

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man accused of hacking into email accounts to access nude photos and private information of celebrities including Scarlett Johansson has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Florida, will plead guilty to nine criminal counts including unauthorized access to a computer, according to a plea agreement filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Mar 22, 2012

Whitney Houston drowned with cocaine in system: coroner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Whitney Houston died of accidental drowning due to the effects of cocaine use and heart disease, a Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman said on Thursday.

The 48-year-old singer, who spent years battling addiction to drugs including cocaine, was found submerged in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room on February 12, the eve of the Grammy Awards.

Mar 21, 2012

Remains found in North Dakota thought to be missing teacher

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Human remains recovered in North Dakota on Wednesday were believed to be those of a well-respected Montana high school math teacher who vanished in January while jogging near her home in a fast-growing agricultural community, the FBI said.

Sherry Arnold, 43, was last seen setting off for a morning run on January 7 in her hometown of Sidney in northeastern Montana. Her husband reported her missing when she did not return home.