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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.

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.