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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.

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.