LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A massive cross that serves as part of a war memorial on a San Diego hilltop must be dismantled because it has been found to violate a constitutional ban on government endorsement of religion, a federal judge grudgingly ruled on Thursday.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns marks the latest development in a long-running legal battle over the 43-foot-tall cross, a local landmark that has stood on top of Mount Soledad since 1954 and is visible for miles.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown has earned the highest approval ratings of his current tenure and is on track to easily win re-election if he decides to run again next year, according to a Field Poll released on Thursday.
The statewide survey showed that 58 percent of registered California voters currently approve of the job Brown, a Democrat, is doing as governor, with 33 percent disapproving and 9 percent having no opinion.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California man charged with opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport last month, killing a federal security screener and wounding three other people, was due in court on Wednesday as prosecutors seek to deny him bail.
Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, was taken into custody following the November 1 attack at Terminal 3 of one of the world’s busiest airports after police shot him four times, including in the face, wounding him critically.
LOS ANGELES, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Prosecutors asked a federal
magistrate judge on Tuesday to deny bail for a California man
accused of opening fire at Los Angeles International Airport
last month, killing a security agent and wounding three other
Federal prosecutors said in court papers filed a day ahead
of an initial court appearance for Paul Anthony Ciancia that he
should be jailed without bond until trial because he represented
a flight risk and danger to the community.
By Dan Whitcomb
(Reuters) – Three California university students accused of taunting their black roommate with racial slurs and references to slavery, once trying to clamp a bicycle lock on his neck, have been charged with hate crimes in an incident that has roiled the campus.
The three freshmen have also been suspended from San Jose State University, in Northern California east of the tech hub of Silicon Valley, where student protests erupted this week after the accusations came to light.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A professor at a Swiss university accused of helping arrange the 1995 murder of a man who she says raped her when she was a college student in California was jailed on Thursday after prosecutors said she was no longer cooperating with them.
Norma Patricia Esparza, 39, was handcuffed and led away to jail after a hearing in Orange County Superior Court at which prosecutors said she had rejected a plea deal. Under the terms of that deal, murder charges filed against her in December 2012 would have been reduced to voluntary manslaughter.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two sets of skeletal remains found buried in the California desert earlier this week have been identified as the parents in a family that vanished nearly four years ago, and the remaining bones are likely their two young sons, police said on Friday.
Coroner’s investigators used dental records to identify the remains of Joseph McStay, 40, and his wife Summer, 43, who were reported missing from the San Diego area in February 2010 along with their two children, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California college student pleaded guilty on Tuesday to hacking into the webcams of teenage girls and young women, including this year’s Miss Teen USA, and secretly taking nude pictures of them to use in an extortion scheme.
Jared James Abrahams, a 19-year-old former high school classmate of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, pleaded guilty to hacking and extortion during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California company is recalling more than 180,000 pounds of prepackaged salads and sandwich wraps containing chicken and ham following an outbreak of E. coli-related illnesses in three states, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
The recall was initiated after the Food and Drug Administration last week found a cluster of E. coli-related illnesses in California in which patients had reported eating the ready-to-eat salads with grilled chicken, the Agriculture Department said.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 7 (Reuters) – More than 50 people demanding
better wages for Wal-Mart workers in a protest organized by a
union activists were arrested outside the retailer’s store in
the Chinatown section of Los Angeles on Thursday night.
The protesters were taken into custody without incident
after refusing an order by officers to disperse, and would be
held overnight unless they posted $500 bail, said Detective Gus
Villanueva, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.