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Feb 14, 2012

Whitney Houston’s body flown out of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The body of pop singer Whitney Houston was flown out of a Los Angeles airport on Monday, reportedly heading home to New Jersey for funeral services, police said on Monday, after new details surfaced about the circumstances surrounding her sudden death.

Earlier in the day, Beverly Hills Police told reporters Houston’s body had been found underwater in a bathtub in the Beverly Hills hotel room in which she died on Saturday, but they declined to speculate on the cause of her death at age 48.

Feb 14, 2012

Whitney Houston was found underwater, unconscious: police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Whitney Houston was “underwater and apparently unconscious” when she was discovered in a Beverly Hills hotel room bathtub, police said on Monday, as her body was reported to be heading home to New Jersey.

Beverly Hills Police, in a written statement released to address “many rumors” circulating in the media, also said they could not yet speculate on the cause of Houston’s death at 48.

Feb 13, 2012

Whitney Houston found underwater, unconscious in tub: police

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Whitney Houston was found “underwater and apparently unconscious” when she was discovered in a Beverly Hills hotel room bathtub, police said on Monday.

Beverly Hills Police said in a written statement that they could not yet speculate on the cause of Houston’s death.

Feb 10, 2012

Convicted Madonna stalker who escaped hospital caught

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man who was convicted in 1996 of stalking and threatening pop star Madonna was apprehended on Friday, a week after escaping from a mental hospital, police said.

Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, was taken into custody at about 9 a.m., “not too far” from Metropolitan State Hospital, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Andrew French said.

Feb 10, 2012

Frisbee beach ban overblown, Los Angeles officials say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County officials who have been widely mocked since reports surfaced that they had imposed a $1,000 fine for throwing Frisbees and footballs on the beach said on Thursday that the rule change had been badly misunderstood.

In fact, the county had only eased restrictions that have been in place for more than 40 years and carry a much lesser fine of $100, a spokesman for Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said.

Feb 9, 2012

Lawyer expects more sex abuse cases at Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A lawyer suing on behalf of three students who say they were sexually abused at a Los Angeles area school where two teachers have been arrested said on Wednesday he expected “many more” victims to come forward.

Three girls represented by attorney Greg Owen sued teachers Mark Berndt and Martin Springer, along with the principal at Miramonte Elementary School and the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday, claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, sexual battery and assault.

Feb 8, 2012

Lawyer expects more sex abuse cases at L.A. school

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A lawyer suing on behalf of three students who say they were sexually abused at a Los Angeles area school where two teachers have been arrested said Wednesday he represents nine victims and expects “many more” to come forward.

Three girls represented by attorney Greg Owen sued teachers Mark Berndt and Martin Springer, along with the principal at Miramonte Elementary School and the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday, claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, sexual battery and assault.

Feb 6, 2012

Amanda Knox appeals slander conviction in Italy

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Lawyers for Amanda Knox, who was cleared of murder in October by an Italian court, on Monday asked an appeals court there to overturn her slander conviction as well, a spokesman said.

Knox family spokesman David Marriott said it was not immediately clear when the appeals court, based in Perugia, would consider that appeal or issue a ruling.

Feb 6, 2012

Accused California homeless killer charged in two more murders

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An Iraq war veteran already accused in the serial killings of four Orange County transients was charged on Monday with two more murders — the October stabbing deaths of a high school friend’s mother and brother.

The additional charges mean that former Marine Itzcoatl Ocampo faces a total of six counts of murder with special circumstances linked to the two October deaths and the slayings of four homeless men in a crime spree that rattled Orange County residents.

Feb 5, 2012

Lance Armstrong cleared of doping charges

Los Angeles (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors on Friday dropped an investigation centered on whether seven-time Tour De France champion Lance Armstrong and his teammates cheated the sponsor of their bike racing team with a secret doping programme.

The decision means that Armstrong, a cancer survivor and one of his sport’s greatest champions who has always vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs, will not face charges following the two-year-long probe.