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Mar 6, 2015

Actor Harrison Ford injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles – reports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Star Wars” star Harrison Ford was seriously injured on Thursday when the actor crashed his vintage plane on a Los Angeles golf course shortly after taking off from a local airport, celebrity website TMZ and local media reported.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the TMZ report, which said Ford, 72, suffered multiple gashes to his head in the crash just over a mile (1.6 km) from Santa Monica Airport and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Mar 6, 2015

Actor Harrison Ford seriously injured in small-plane crash in Los Angeles: reports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Harrison Ford was seriously injured on Thursday in the crash of a small airplane on a Los Angeles golf course, celebrity website TMZ and local media reported.

Reuters could not immediately confirm the TMZ report, which said Ford, 72, suffered multiple gashes to his head in the crash just over a mile (1.6 km) from Santa Monica Airport and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Mar 4, 2015

Family of California girl left brain dead after tonsillectomy sues hospital

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The family of a Northern California girl who made national headlines when she was declared brain dead after a tonsillectomy to correct sleep apnea sued the surgeon and hospital on Tuesday, alleging medical malpractice.

Jahi McMath, who was 13 when she suffered cardiac arrest in December 2013 following the surgery, remains on a ventilator in New Jersey at her family’s insistence despite a death certificate issued by the coroner in Alameda County, California.

Mar 2, 2015

California court rules San Diego sex offender law unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California Supreme Court ruled
on Monday that San Diego County’s “blanket” enforcement of the
state’s sex offender residency laws was unconstitutional, a
decision that could open the door to wider challenges of the

California’s top court issued the ruling in a legal
challenge to “Jessica’s Law” by four registered sex offenders
from San Diego who argued that the restrictions on where they
could live infringed on their rights under the state and federal

Feb 27, 2015

Three infected with measles at Las Vegas seafood restaurant

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Three new cases of measles have been confirmed in Las Vegas, in people believed infected by a contagious worker at an upscale MGM Grand Hotel and Casino seafood restaurant, Nevada public health officials said on Friday.

The newly diagnosed patients, two staff members and a patron of Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at the MGM Grand, bring to nine the total number of measles cases reported in Clark County, Southern Nevada Health District spokeswoman Jennifer Sizemore said.

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.