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Oct 10, 2013

Kidnapped California teenager says captor made her play Russian roulette

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A San Diego teenager who was kidnapped in August by a family friend after he killed her mother and brother said in a TV interview on Thursday that her captor forced her to play Russian roulette before drugging her and driving her to Idaho.

Hannah Anderson told the “Today” show that on the day of her abduction James Lee DiMaggio picked her up from cheerleading camp at a local high school. She said DiMaggio seemed “perfectly normal,” until he arrived at his home 25 miles east of San Diego.

Oct 10, 2013

California enacts law allowing nurses to perform some abortions

, Oct 9 (Reuters) – California’s
Democratic governor signed a law on Wednesday that will allow
nurses and midwives to perform some abortions, a move aimed at
increasing access to the procedure even as other states are
tightening the rules.

Under the law, the most populous U.S. state would allow
nurse-practitioners, nurse-midwives and physician assistants to
perform a procedure known as aspiration, which uses suction to
dislodge an embryo from the uterine wall during the first few
weeks of pregnancy.

Oct 3, 2013

Calif. city official, symbol of greed, pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The former city manager of the California city of Bell, who became an emblem of local government corruption when it was revealed in 2010 that he was earning a salary of nearly $800,000, abruptly pleaded no contest on Thursday to charges ranging from perjury to misappropriating public funds.

Robert Rizzo, 56, entered his pleas less than a week before jury selection was scheduled to begin in his high-profile public corruption trial and without cutting a deal with prosecutors, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.

Oct 3, 2013

California city official who typified greed pleads no contest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The former city manager of the California city of Bell, who became an emblem of local government corruption when it was revealed in 2010 that he was earning a salary of nearly $800,000, abruptly pleaded no contest on Thursday to charges ranging from perjury to misappropriating public funds.

Robert Rizzo, 56, entered his pleas less than a week before jury selection was scheduled to begin in his high-profile public corruption trial and without cutting a deal with prosecutors, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.

Sep 27, 2013

Coroner releases body of Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – An autopsy has been completed on the body of Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis and his remains have been released, a spokeswoman for the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office of Washington, D.C., said on Thursday.

The spokeswoman declined to release the results of the autopsy and would not say who had claimed the body of Alexis, the gunman who went on a shooting spree September at the Navy Yard in Washington and killed 12 people.

Sep 25, 2013

Tennis star Novak Djokovic announces engagement to girlfriend

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic, the world’s top-ranked tennis player, announced via social media on Wednesday that he was engaged to marry his longtime girlfriend, Jelena Ristic.

“Meet my fiance (sic) and future wife,” Djokovic, 26, said in a tweet that linked to a photo of the Serbian-born tennis star being kissed by his fiancee, also a Serb. “So happy! Thank you for the wonderful wishes #NoleFam and friends!”

Sep 25, 2013

California deadline to reduce prison population extended by four weeks

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California on Tuesday won an extra four weeks to reduce overcrowding in its prisons, pushing the deadline to late January but far short of the state’s request to postpone the decision until 2016.

The three-member panel of federal appellate judges extended a deadline from December 31 to January 27, 2014, to reduce the prison population to 137.5 percent of capacity either by finding new beds or releasing inmates who pose the lowest risk to society.

Sep 18, 2013

High profile U.S. Navy commander charged in bribery case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A high profile U.S. Navy commander has been charged with accepting paid travel, the services of prostitutes and Lady Gaga concert tickets from a Singapore-based defense contractor in exchange for classified information, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, who was born in Cambodia during the Vietnam War and gained media attention for his rise to captain of a U.S. Navy destroyer, was arrested earlier this week on federal bribery charges.

Sep 16, 2013

Ex-TSA agent ordered held without bail on LAX threat charges

LOS ANGELES, Sept 16 (Reuters) – A former federal airport
screener was ordered held without bail on Monday, pending trial
on charges he made threats against Los Angeles International
Airport two months after he was suspended for telling a teenage
girl she was dressed inappropriately.

A federal magistrate judge ordered 29-year-old Nna Alpha
Onuoha, a Nigerian-born U.S. military veteran, detained on the
grounds that he represented a flight risk if he were to be
released after posting a bond.

Sep 12, 2013

Ex-U.S. air security screener charged in threats against LA airport

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former federal airport security agent suspended earlier this year after he was accused of telling a teenage girl to cover herself, an incident chronicled on her father’s blog, was charged on Wednesday with making threats against Los Angeles International Airport.

Nna Alpha Onuoha, a Nigerian-born U.S. military veteran, was arrested shortly before midnight on Tuesday in connection with written and telephone threats made hours after his resignation from the Transportation Security Administration and on the eve of the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.