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Feb 27, 2015

Convicted drug dealer pleads innocent in murder of Hollywood executive

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A convicted drug dealer pleaded not guilty on Thursday to murdering a Hollywood studio executive whose remains were found buried in the California desert last year, and a defense lawyer said he would prove the case was “mutual combat,” not homicide.

John Lenzie Creech, who is already serving an eight-year prison term for sale of a controlled substance, was ordered back to court on March 26 for further proceedings in the high-profile case surrounding the murder of Gavin Smith.

Feb 25, 2015

Truck driver in California train crash had DUI conviction: L.A. Times

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The truck driver arrested in a rail crash that injured 50 people in California had been cited for multiple driving violations in his home state of Arizona, including a 1998 conviction for driving under the influence, the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday.

Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, 54, was found walking and “in distress” more than a mile from the accident on Tuesday and was later taken into custody on suspicion of felony hit-and-run for leaving the scene, police said.

Feb 24, 2015

Southern California commuter train, truck collide, 51 hurt

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles-bound commuter train slammed into a tractor trailer stopped on the tracks in Oxnard, California during the morning rush hour on Tuesday, injuring 51 people, some seriously, authorities said.

The truck driver was taken into custody several miles away after fleeing on foot, Oxnard City Fire Department spokesman Joe Garces said. Garces said it was not yet clear if the driver would face charges.

Feb 24, 2015

California reports four more measles cases in Disneyland outbreak

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California public health officials on Monday reported four new cases of measles, bringing the total number people infected in the state so far to 123, most of them linked to an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December.

But the latest report from the California Department of Public Health shows only one person diagnosed with the virus in Contra Costa County, where authorities warned commuters earlier this month that a LinkedIn employee rode Bay Area Rapid Transit System for three days while contagious.

Feb 23, 2015

U.S. lawmaker seeks congressional hearing on ‘superbug’ outbreak

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A U.S. lawmaker on Monday called on the Congress to investigate the medical scopes blamed for an outbreak of a bacterial “superbug” at a University of California, Los Angeles hospital that has infected seven patients.

Representative Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, said in a letter asking for a congressional oversight committee hearing that the outbreak of the drug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, bacteria posed “both health and national security” risks.

Feb 23, 2015

U.S. lawmaker seeks congressional hearing on ‘superbug’ outbreak

LOS ANGELES, Feb 23 (Reuters) – A U.S. lawmaker on Monday
called on the Congress to investigate the medical scopes blamed
for an outbreak of a bacterial “superbug” at a University of
California, Los Angeles hospital that has infected seven
patients.

Representative Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, said in
a letter asking for a congressional oversight committee hearing
that the outbreak of the drug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or
CRE, bacteria posed “both health and national security” risks.

Feb 21, 2015

Suspect in Vegas road rage killing confessed to friends: police report

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – The 19-year-old man charged with killing a mother of four following a confrontation on the streets of Las Vegas excitedly told friends hours later that he had shot some “kids” who had been after him, arrest warrants made public on Friday show.

According to the documents, Erich Milton Nowsch told the two friends he fired 22 times at a green car after a cat-and-mouse car chase through his neighborhood just a few miles from the famed Las Vegas strip, and knew that he had shot someone when it was over.

Feb 20, 2015

California health officials say may not find source of measles outbreak

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A senior California health official said on Thursday the source of a measles outbreak that has sickened 119 people in the state may never be identified, despite a finding that the same strain of virus had led to a wave of illness in the Philippines.

More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many linked to an outbreak that authorities believe began when an infected international traveler visited Disneyland in late December.

Feb 19, 2015

California confirms 119 cases of measles in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Public health officials said on Wednesday that six more cases of measles had been confirmed in California, bringing to 119 the total number of people infected by a strain of the virus that has also been linked to a large outbreak in the Philippines.

More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many of them linked to the wave of illness that authorities believe began when an infected person from out of the country visited Disneyland in late December.

Feb 18, 2015

California health officials urge measles vaccine before spring travel

LOS ANGELES, Feb 17 (Reuters) – California public health
officials, grappling with a measles outbreak that has already
sickened 113 people statewide, urged residents on Tuesday to
vaccinate themselves and their children before traveling
internationally over spring school break.

More than 150 people have been diagnosed with measles across
the United States, many of them linked to an outbreak that
authorities believe began when an infected person from out of
the country visited Disneyland in late December.