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Mar 5, 2012

Ex-Met Lenny Dykstra sentenced to prison in car theft case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former New York Mets star and World Series hero Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to three years in state prison on Monday, following an October no contest plea to grand theft auto charges.

The 49-year-old ex-ballplayer 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.

Mar 4, 2012

Limbaugh apologizes to student for ‘insulting’ comments

March 3 (Reuters) – Right-wing talk-show host Rush
Limbaugh, roundly criticized for branding a law student a “slut”
over her support for President Barack Obama’s new policy on
contraception coverage, apologized on Saturday for his
“insulting word choices.”

The furor over Limbaugh’s comments, made on his influential
radio program, prompted Obama to call the 30-year-old Georgetown
University law student and women’s rights activist, Sandra
Fluke, on Friday to express his support.

Mar 4, 2012

Rush Limbaugh apologizes to law student for “insulting” comment

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Right-wing talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, roundly criticized for branding a law student a “slut” over her remarks on President Barack Obama’s new policy on contraception coverage, apologized on Saturday for his “insulting word choices.”

The furor over Limbaugh’s comments, made on his influential radio program, prompted Obama to call the 30-year-old Georgetown University law student and women’s rights activist, Sandra Fluke, on Friday to express his support.

Mar 3, 2012

Autopsy conducted on conservative activist Breitbart

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Coroners conducted an autopsy on the body of conservative activist Andrew Breitbart on Friday but deferred a formal finding on the cause of his death until toxicology and lab tests are completed, officials said.

Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey said toxicology and microscopic tissue studies were ordered because of Breitbart’s death at the relatively young age of 43.

Mar 2, 2012

California skier dies of injuries suffered in avalanche

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Northern California man who was caught in an avalanche while “extreme” skiing with two friends in the rugged back-country wilderness near Lake Tahoe has died from his injuries, authorities said on Friday.

Benjamin Brackett, 29, was pronounced dead at Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee on Thursday evening, Nevada County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Donna Nelson said.

Mar 2, 2012

Loss of Arctic sea ice may lead to mercury deposits: NASA study

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Significant declines in perennial Arctic sea ice over the past decade may be intensifying a chemical reaction that leads to deposits of toxic mercury, a NASA-led study showed on Thursday.

The study found that thick, perennial Arctic sea ice was being replaced by a thinner and saltier ice that releases bromine into the air when it interacts with sunlight and cold, said Son Nghiem, a NASA researcher at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.

Feb 18, 2012

ICE agent shot boss during performance discussion

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A U.S. immigration agent shot his boss six times during a performance discussion at the agency’s offices in a Los Angeles suburb before being shot dead by another colleague, authorities said on Friday.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Ezequiel Garcia, 45, opened fire on Deputy Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kozak during the Thursday altercation, Steven Martinez, assistant director of the Los Angeles field office of the FBI, told reporters.

Feb 17, 2012

U.S. immigration agent killed after shooting colleague

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shot and wounded a colleague in the agency’s office in a Los Angeles suburb on Thursday before a third agent opened fire, killing the gunman, authorities said.

The wounded agent was taken to a hospital in Long Beach, not far from the ICE offices in a federal building, where doctors said he was listed in stable condition following surgery and expected to survive.

Feb 15, 2012

Chastened L.A. officials may toss out beach Frisbee law

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County officials who were widely ridiculed over mistaken reports that they had imposed a $1,000 fine for throwing Frisbees and footballs on the beach now want to dispatch with the misunderstood rules entirely.

Los Angeles County Supervisors voted on Tuesday to rewrite an obscure, 40-year-old beach ordinance so that tossing Frisbees and footballs is nearly always allowed on beaches.

Feb 14, 2012

Whitney Houston’s body heads home to New Jersey

LOS ANGELES, Feb 13 (Reuters) – The body of pop
superstar Whitney Houston was en route from Los Angeles to her
New Jersey home on Monday ahead of funeral services there, as
new details emerged about the death of the singer who had long
battled drugs and alcohol.

A plane owned by actor-producer Tyler Perry carrying the
Grammy-winning singer’s remains left a Los Angeles airport at
mid-afternoon, about two days after she was found dead in a
bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room.