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Dec 6, 2012

Prosecutors say daughter of jailed Mexican Mafia kingpin ran U.S. gang

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The daughter of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia kingpin who prosecutors say carried out her father’s orders in running a brutal Los Angeles street gang, the Harpys, was arrested on Thursday along with her husband and 16 other accused gang members.

Vianna Roman, 37, was taken into custody on a federal grand jury racketeering indictment that accuses her of being the day-to-day leader of the Harpys, acting on instructions from her father, Danny Roman, despite his incarceration in Northern California’s super-maximum-security Pelican Bay State Prison.

Dec 5, 2012

Los Angeles ports reopen to normal freight traffic after strike

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The largest U.S. cargo
shipping complex resumed full operations on Wednesday after
harbor clerks and management settled an eight-day strike that
left two Southern California ports mostly idle, sapping the
region’s economy of an estimated $8 billion.

The strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended
when clerks in the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers
Local 63 reached a tentative contract deal with a group of
shippers and terminal operators late Tuesday. Los Angeles Mayor
Antonio Villaraigosa, a onetime labor activist, had joined in to
prod the two sides into an agreement.

Dec 5, 2012

Strike settlement to reopen Los Angeles ports to normal freight traffic

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The United States’ largest cargo shipping complex was set to resume full operations on Wednesday after harbor clerks and management settled an eight-day strike that left the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach mostly idle, sapping the region’s economy of an estimated $8 billion.

The striking clerks reached a tentative contract deal with a group of shippers and terminal operators late Tuesday, with prodding from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a onetime labor activist.

Dec 4, 2012

Ex-baseball star Lenny Dykstra sentenced in bankruptcy fraud case

LOS ANGELES, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Lenny Dykstra, the 1980s
World Series hero who pleaded guilty earlier this year to
bankruptcy fraud, was sentenced on Monday to six months in
federal prison and ordered to perform 500 hours of community
service.

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 – was also ordered to pay $200,000
in restitution.

Dec 4, 2012

Two Mexican men charged in death of U.S. Coast Guard officer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two Mexican nationals were charged on Monday in the death of a U.S. Coast Guard petty officer who was thrown from his search vessel when it was rammed by a suspected drug-smuggling boat off the California coast.

Jose Meija-Leyva and Manuel Beltran-Higuera were each charged in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles with killing an officer of the United States, U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Nov 30, 2012

Prosecutors drop murder charges against U.S. Open tennis official

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles judge dismissed murder charges on Friday against a 70-year-old tennis lineswoman who was accused of beating her husband to death with a coffee mug, and arrested in August as she prepared to officiate at the U.S. Open.

The dismissal was granted following a request from prosecutors who said they were unable to proceed with the case against Lois Goodman. A Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokeswoman said in a terse statement only that “additional information” had come forward.

Nov 20, 2012

Ancient petroglyphs ripped from stone at California rock art site

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Four petroglyphs carved into volcanic rock more than 3,500 years ago have been hacked out and stolen by thieves who also damaged other engravings at a historic site in California, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday.

The petroglyphs in the Volcanic Tablelands east of Yosemite represented a “pristine example of Great Basin rock art” that portrayed the daily hunter-gatherer activities that took place in the area, the Bureau of Land Management said.

Nov 9, 2012

Man arrested in rape of disabled woman on Los Angeles county bus

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police arrested a man accused of raping a mentally disabled 18-year-old woman on a nearly empty county bus as it drove through a Los Angeles suburb, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said on Friday.

Kerry Trotter was taken into custody at a Los Angeles home after a tip from the public, the sheriff’s department said in a statement. The police did not say when he was arrested.

Nov 8, 2012

Los Angeles mandates condoms for porn actors, industry threatens suit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County voters passed a ballot initiative mandating that pornographic film actors wear condoms during sex scenes, prompting a trade group on Wednesday to threaten to sue and take production elsewhere.

Measure B, which was sponsored by the group AIDS Healthcare Foundation, won approval on Tuesday by a margin of 55.85 percent to 44.15 percent, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s office.

Oct 23, 2012

Surfer killed in shark attack off California coast

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A shark killed a male surfer at a popular surf spot off California’s coast on Tuesday in the second fatal shark attack at the same beach in two years, authorities said.

The incident took place at Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of the coastal city of Santa Barbara. The beach was closed by authorities after the attack.