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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.

Mar 17, 2012

Kony film director hospitalized after “unfortunate incident”

By Dan Whitcomb and Cynthia Johnston

(Reuters) – The maker of an Internet film gone viral that calls for the arrest of Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony has been hospitalized in California following an “unfortunate incident” that his group and family said on Friday stemmed from the emotional toll of recent weeks.

Jason Russell, director of the 30-minute “Kony 2012″ video and co-founder of the group Invisible Children, was hospitalized on Thursday for “exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition,” Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey said in a statement.

Mar 17, 2012

Kony video director hospitalized in U.S. after “incident”

By Dan Whitcomb and Cynthia Johnston

(Reuters) – The director of a video gone viral that calls for the arrest of Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony has been hospitalized in California following an “unfortunate incident” that his group said on Friday stemmed from the emotional toll of recent weeks.

Jason Russell, director of the 30-minute “Kony 2012″ YouTube video and co-founder of the group Invisible Children, was hospitalized on Thursday for “exhaustion, dehydration and malnutrition,” Invisible Children CEO Ben Keesey said in a statement.

Mar 16, 2012

Kony video director hospitalized after “incident”

By Dan Whitcomb and Cynthia Johnston

(Reuters) – The director of a video gone viral that calls for the arrest of fugitive Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony has been hospitalized in California for exhaustion following an “unfortunate incident,” his group said on Friday.

It said filmmaker Jason Russell’s condition stemmed from the emotional toll of recent weeks.

Mar 16, 2012

Accused Texas courthouse gunman targeted daughter: police

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A man accused of opening fire outside a Texas courthouse, killing a 79-year-old bystander, was gunning for his daughter and her mother after they testified against him in a sexual assault case, police said on Thursday.

Bartholomew Granger, 41, was booked on a murder charge following Wednesday’s shooting rampage at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont, Texas, and was being held on $4 million bond, Beaumont Police spokeswoman Carol Riley said.

Mar 9, 2012

Man accused of trafficking nearly 40,000 sex aid pills

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A retired Korean law enforcement officer who authorities say was found with nearly 40,000 fake Viagra and other erectile dysfunction pills in his luggage at the Los Angeles International Airport was charged on Wednesday with trafficking in counterfeit goods.

Kil Jun Lee, 71, admitted that the pills were not for his own use and “if he were to use all those pills it would kill him because he has a heart condition,” according to an affidavit filed by a Customs Enforcement agent.

Mar 7, 2012

Arizona sheriff’s pink-underwear policy may be unconstitutional: court

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firebrand Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio’s requirement that jail inmates wear pink underwear may be unconstitutional when applied to prisoners who have not been convicted of a crime, a federal appeals court said on Wednesday.

Two members of a three-judge appeal panel raised the issue while ruling for the majority in a related lawsuit against Arpaio and Maricopa County. But they stopped short of striking down the pink-underwear practice, saying it had not been formally challenged by plaintiffs in the case.

Mar 7, 2012

Sheriff’s pink-underwear policy may be unconstitutional: court

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firebrand Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio’s requirement that jail inmates wear pink underwear may be unconstitutional when applied to prisoners who haven’t been convicted of a crime, a federal appeals court said on Wednesday.

Two members of a three-judge appeal panel raised the issue while ruling for the majority in a related lawsuit against Arpaio and Maricopa County. But they stopped short of striking down the pink-underwear practice, saying it had not been formally challenged by plaintiffs in the case.

Mar 5, 2012

Ex-baseball star Dykstra gets prison time for car theft

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Retired baseball star Lenny Dykstra, who helped the New York Mets to a World Series title in 1986, was sentenced to three years in state prison in California on Monday following an October no contest plea to grand theft auto charges.

The 49-year-old Dykstra, a star for the Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, was sentenced after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejected a request by his defense attorneys to withdraw the plea and fight the charges at trial.