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Dec 10, 2014

L.A. man accused of killing, eating ex-girlfriend’s rabbit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California man accused of killing, skinning and eating his ex-girlfriend’s pet rabbit and saying he would do the same to her has been charged with cruelty to an animal and making criminal threats, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Dimitri Diatchenko, 46, killed the rabbit belonging to his former girlfriend on Sunday after she said that they should no longer be roommates, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Lou Holtz said in a written statement.

Dec 9, 2014

U.S. couple formerly held in Qatar sues husband’s ex-employer

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An American couple convicted and later cleared in the death of their adopted African-born daughter in Qatar has sued the husband’s former employer, saying the engineering company essentially abandoned them after they were arrested.

Matthew and Grace Huang also charge that MWH Global asked them to relocate to Qatar in 2012 to work on an infrastructure project related to the 2022 World Cup without warning them of hostility they could face as an interracial family living in the tiny Gulf Arab state.

Dec 5, 2014

L.A. man charged after son, 14, takes loaded gun from home

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles man was charged with multiple criminal counts on Friday after prosecutors said he allowed his 14-year-old son to take a loaded gun from the family’s home to confront three other teenagers in the neighborhood.

The case marked only the second time that the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has ever charged a defendant with failing to properly secure a gun at home.

Dec 5, 2014

U.S. couple released by Qatar in child death return to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An American couple convicted and later cleared of wrongdoing in the death of their adopted African-born daughter in Qatar returned to Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon, a family spokesman said on Twitter.

Matthew and Grace Huang left the tiny Gulf Arab state on Wednesday after a ban on their travel issued by that government was lifted, ending a nearly two-year ordeal.

Dec 3, 2014

Rain still falling in California after major storm breaks records

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A major Pacific storm that broke records across Southern California and delivered a small measure of relief to the drought-stricken state brought more rain on Wednesday but the danger of major mudslides in wildfire-scarred areas appeared to have passed, officials said.

The sub-tropical storm, which originated in the Pacific Ocean south of Hawaii, was the strongest to hit Southern California since at least February and poured at least an inch (2.5 cm) of rain across a wide swath of the region, and up to four inches (10 cm) in some mountain and foothill areas.

Dec 3, 2014

Pacific storm brings much-needed rain, danger of mudslides to California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A major Pacific storm hammered California on Tuesday, bringing desperately needed rain to a drought-parched state that has seen very little precipitation over the past year but also carrying the threat of flooding and mudslides.

The sub-tropical storm, which moved onshore before dawn after barreling across the eastern Pacific Ocean, had dropped 3 inches of rain on some areas by mid-afternoon, prompting the National Weather Service to issue flash flood watches for mountain and foothill areas left scarred by wildfire.

Dec 2, 2014

Los Angeles sues to shut down medical marijuana delivery smartphone app

LOS ANGELES, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Los Angeles prosecutors on
Tuesday sued to shut down a smartphone application that delivers
medical marijuana to customers in violation of a ban on such
businesses operating in America’s second-largest city.

The lawsuit is the latest salvo in the ongoing tug-of-war
over medical marijuana in Los Angeles, where authorities have
struggled to contain the proliferation of such shops for over a
decade.

Dec 2, 2014

U.S. lobbies Qatar over couple in child death case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. officials have been in contact with Qatar’s government to ask them to allow a Los Angeles couple to return home after an appeals court threw out convictions linked to the death of their African-born adopted daughter, a State Department spokeswoman said on Monday.

A Qatari appeals court overturned the convictions of Matthew and Grace Huang on Sunday over the death of their 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, after finding that a lower court had made errors in the case.

Dec 2, 2014

U.S. officials asking Qatar to allow couple to leave country

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. officials have been in contact with Qatar’s government to ask them to allow a Los Angeles couple to return home after an appeals court threw out convictions linked to the death of their African-born adopted daughter, a State Department spokeswoman said on Monday.

A Qatari appeals court overturned the convictions of Matthew and Grace Huang on Sunday over the death of their 8-year-old daughter, Gloria, after finding that a lower court had made errors in the high-profile case.

Nov 20, 2014

California firefighter arrested in love triangle murder

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California firefighter and his alleged mistress have been arrested in the murder of the woman’s husband, who was shot to death at a rail yard in August, police say.

Jonathan Michael Hearn, 24, and Sabrina Limon, 35, were taken into custody this week on suspicion of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said in a written release.