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Feb 24, 2014

California lawmaker surrenders to face corruption charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California state senator turned himself in on Monday to face charges he took bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood film executives to steer legislation in their favor.

Democrat Ron Calderon, a member of a family political dynasty going back several decades in California, was taken into custody after surrendering to federal authorities mid-morning on Friday, U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said.

Feb 24, 2014

California lawmaker due to surrender on bribery, corruption charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California state senator was expected to surrender to federal authorities on Monday to face charges that he took bribes from a businessman and from undercover FBI agents posing as Hollywood film executives to steer legislation in their favor.

Democrat Ron Calderon was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on two dozen counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and other charges.

Feb 24, 2014

CNN ending British journalist Piers Morgan’s prime-time show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – CNN has decided to end the marquee prime-time talk show hosted by veteran British journalist Piers Morgan, the cable news network said on Sunday.

A date for the final broadcast of Piers Morgan Live on CNN had not been determined and a spokeswoman did not immediately say if Morgan would remain at the network in any other role.

Feb 24, 2014

Snowmobiler dies in avalanche near Idaho-Montana border

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A 49-year-old man has been killed in a back-country avalanche while snowmobiling near the Idaho-Montana border, police said on Sunday, becoming the latest in a string of avalanche fatalities across the U.S. West this winter.

Four men were snowmobiling in a rugged area of the West Cabinet Range about 17 miles southwest of Troy, Montana on Saturday afternoon when two of them were caught in an avalanche, the Libby County Sheriff’s Department said.

Feb 21, 2014

California lawmaker indicted on bribery, corruption charges

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) – A California state senator
has been indicted on federal charges that he accepted some
$100,000 in cash bribes from a businessman and undercover FBI
agents in connection with legislation, prosecutors said on
Friday.

Democrat Ron Calderon, 56, has agreed to turn himself in on
Monday to face charges including mail fraud, wire fraud,
bribery, conspiracy, money laundering in the 24-count
indictment, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S.
Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

Feb 21, 2014

California state senator, brother indicted in corruption probe

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) – A California state senator
who has been the subject of an investigation into political
corruption accusations has been indicted on federal charges,
prosecutors said on Friday.

Democrat Ron Calderon and his brother, Tom, have both been
indicted in the case, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S.
Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

Feb 21, 2014

Feds to announce charges in California political corruption case – source

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors will announce charges on Friday in a political corruption investigation involving a California state senator accused of taking bribes, a law enforcement source told Reuters.

The charges center on accusations that Democratic state Senator Ron Calderon accepted bribes from a healthcare executive, who is also under investigation in the case, said the source, who asked not to be identified ahead of a formal announcement.

Feb 21, 2014

Four dead in attack at Native American tribal office in California

By Eric M. Johnson and Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Four people were killed and two others critically wounded when a woman opened fire at a Native American tribal office near the Oregon border in Northern California on Thursday, police said.

A 44-year-old former tribal leader identified as Sherie Lash, also known as Sherie Rhoades, was arrested at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office on charges of murder and attempted murder, a spokeswoman for the Alturas police department said.

Feb 20, 2014

Venture capitalist in bid to split California into six states

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A venture capitalist seeking to break California into six new states has won approval to begin collecting signatures needed to get his plan on the ballot in November, but experts said such a measure likely stands little chance of success.

The proposal, which would also require approval by the Congress, would split California into six new states called Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.

Feb 14, 2014

Court overturns concealed-carry rule in blow to California gun law

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Thursday struck down a requirement by San Diego County that residents show “good cause” to carry a concealed firearm, a ruling that could force local governments across California to revisit the way they license handguns.

A three-member panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, acting on a 2009 lawsuit, ruled in a 2-1 decision that San Diego County’s restrictions amounted to an unconstitutional infringement on citizens’ Second Amendment rights to bear arms.