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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.

Oct 23, 2012

Supreme Court won’t block Montana campaign law ahead of vote

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to block a Montana law limiting campaign contributions to candidates for statewide office, leaving the caps in place at least through the November general election.

The high court upheld a ruling by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco earlier this month that temporarily reinstated Montana’s right to regulate campaign contributions after a federal judge struck down the restrictions as unconstitutional.

Oct 23, 2012

Man killed in shark attack off California coast

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A shark attacked and killed a beachgoer off California’s central coast on Tuesday in the second fatal encounter at the same popular surfing beach in two years, authorities said.

Few details were immediately available on the incident at Surf Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base, close to Santa Barbara. The beach was closed by authorities after the attack.

Oct 23, 2012

Filmmaker Tony Scott died with anti-depressant, sleep aid in system

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Filmmaker Tony Scott had an anti-depressant and sleep aid in his bloodstream when he leapt to his death from a suspension bridge in August, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said on Monday.

Preliminary autopsy results confirmed that Scott’s death, which baffled investigators and much of Hollywood, was a suicide, caused by blunt force trauma and drowning.

Oct 16, 2012

Daughter of Mexico’s most wanted drug lord held in U.S.:report

By Mary Slosson and Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – The daughter of Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has been arrested trying to cross the border into the United States using falsified identification papers, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday.

Court documents provided to Reuters showed that Alejandrina Gisselle Guzman-Salazar was detained on Friday at the San Ysidro port of entry after border patrol officers discovered she was using a counterfeit visa and a false name in an attempt to cross the border on foot from Tijuana, Mexico.

Oct 10, 2012

California man linked to anti-Islam film denies violating probation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man linked to an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests in the Muslim world denied on Wednesday he had violated his probation on a fraud conviction, and was sent back to jail until his case can be heard on its merits.

The Egyptian-born man, who has been known publicly as Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, denied in court committing eight probation violations, including lying to officials over the scope his role in the film and using aliases.

Oct 4, 2012

L.A. County Sheriff says will implement jail reforms, won’t quit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, blamed by an investigative commission for failing to stop excessive force in the nation’s largest county jail system, said on Wednesday he would implement many of its suggested reforms but has no plans to step down.

The changes advocated by the Citizens Commission on Jail Violence last week included revamping how use-of-force cases are investigated and disciplined, better oversight and tracking of inmate complaints and the use of video cameras worn by deputies.