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Aug 26, 2015

National Guardsman who helped thwart attack on French train to get medal

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A National Guardsman, one of three Americans who disarmed a gun-toting suspected Islamist militant on a high-speed train in France, will be awarded the U.S. Army’s highest non-combat medal, Army officials said on Tuesday.

Specialist Alek Skarlatos, 22, charged accused gunman Ayoub el Khazzani on the train headed to Paris from Amsterdam last week, helping to wrestle away a pistol and an AK-47 assault rifle, and clubbing him on the head with the larger gun, according to the Army.

Aug 25, 2015

Ex-JP Morgan analyst, two friends charged with insider trading

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former analyst with J.P. Morgan Securities and two longtime friends who prosecutors say made more than $600,000 by trading on inside information have been indicted on federal charges, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The three men, who surrendered to the FBI on Tuesday morning, are accused of netting illegal profits by trading in advance of two acquisitions, in 2012 and 2013, that had not yet been announced publicly.

Aug 25, 2015

Ex-JP Morgan analyst, two friends charged with insider trading

LOS ANGELES, Aug 25 (Reuters) – A former analyst with J.P.
Morgan Securities and two longtime friends who
prosecutors say made more than $600,000 by trading on inside
information have been indicted on federal charges, prosecutors
said on Tuesday.

The three men, who surrendered to the FBI on Tuesday
morning, are accused of netting illegal profits by trading in
advance of two acquisitions, in 2012 and 2013, that had not yet
been announced publicly.

Aug 24, 2015

Catholic priest sentenced to jail for groping woman on U.S. flight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Catholic priest convicted of groping a woman on a U.S. airline flight was sentenced to six months in federal prison on Monday after the victim testified that she was still traumatized by the ordeal, prosecutors said.

Marcelo De Jesumaria, 46, was also sentenced to six months of home confinement by a federal judge who ordered him to register as a sex offender, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

Aug 20, 2015

LA police may seek manslaughter charges against Jenner in crash: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s investigators will present evidence pointing to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against transgender reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner in connection with a fatal Malibu car crash earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday.

The evidence will show that Jenner, 65, was driving at an unsafe speed on Feb. 7 before her Cadillac Escalade, which was towing a trailer carrying an off-road vehicle, slammed into two other cars on Pacific Coast Highway, a sheriff’s detective told the paper.

Aug 14, 2015

Yosemite campground closing after squirrels found with plague

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A second Yosemite National Park campground will be shut down for five days after a pair of dead squirrels were found to be infected with the plague, park and California public health officials said on Friday.

The closure of Tuolumne Meadows Campground comes a week after a child who camped elsewhere in Yosemite, one of America’s top tourist destinations, was hospitalized with the disease.

Aug 12, 2015

Bumble Bee Foods to pay $6 million over worker killed in tuna oven

LOS ANGELES, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Bumble Bee Foods will pay a
record $6 million to settle criminal charges filed after a
worker burned to death nearly three years ago inside an
industrial oven packed with canned tuna, Los Angeles prosecutors
said on Wednesday.

The settlement represents the largest payout in the criminal
prosecution of a workplace safety case involving a single victim
in California, according to the Los Angeles County District
Attorney’s Office.

Aug 5, 2015

Gray wolf possibly spotted in California, only second since 1924

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California wildlife officials believe that a gray wolf has found its way across the border into the state from Oregon, becoming only the second gray wolf to have ventured into California since the 1920s.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), in a document released late on Monday titled “Evidence of a Wolf in Siskiyou County,” said it began investigating after Californians reported seeing a wolf-like creature earlier this year.

Aug 4, 2015

Police hunt survivalist fugitive in rugged California terrain

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police were searching remote deserts and foothills in Central California on Tuesday for a unidentified fugitive with survivalist skills wanted in a brazen crime spree that a includes a kidnapping and the murder of a retired dentist.

The man, last seen wearing military-style clothing, was being sought in the jagged foothills and high desert areas east of Bakersfield but has not been heard from since opening fire on sheriff’s deputies who cornered him in a trailer on Saturday evening, Kern County Sheriff’s spokesman Ray Pruitt said.

Aug 3, 2015

Texas attorney general indicted by grand jury on fraud charges -reports

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The attorney general of Texas has
been indicted on securities fraud and other charges over an
alleged scheme to mislead investors in a technology company, the
New York Times and other media reported on Saturday.

The three-count indictment against Ken Paxton, a Republican,
will be unsealed in Dallas on Monday, when the former longtime
state lawmaker is expected to turn himself in to authorities,
according to the Times.