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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.”

Aug 14, 2012

“Onion Field” killer dies in California prison at 79

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Convicted murderer Gregory Powell, who kidnapped two Los Angeles police officers and killed one of them in 1963, a crime chronicled in the book and film “The Onion Field,” has died in prison at the age of 79.

Powell, who was serving a life sentence in prison for the murder of officer Ian Campbell, died of natural causes on Sunday, said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Lieutenant Andre Gonzales.

Aug 2, 2012

Justice Department: California should not let illegal immigrant to practice law

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Department of Justice told California’s high court on Thursday that it should not allow an illegal immigrant to practice law in the state even though he passed the bar exam and has the backing of state officials.

The amicus brief, filed after the California Supreme Court sought the Justice Department’s guidance in the closely watched test case, was a blow against the efforts by Sergio Garcia to win his law license despite his immigration status.

Jul 31, 2012

Remains found in L.A. foothills may be missing FBI agent: police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities investigating human remains found in the foothills north of Los Angeles said on Tuesday they likely belonged to an FBI agent who went missing in May, carrying his handgun and possibly bent on suicide.

Los Angeles County Coroner’s medical examiners were working to formally establish if the body was that of FBI Special Agent Steven Ivens, 35, who was last seen leaving his home in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank on May 10.

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.