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Mar 30, 2015

Stanford University investigating ‘troubling’ cheating allegations

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – A Stanford University provost is urging faculty members to talk to students about academic dishonesty after a “troubling number” of cheating allegations surfaced in one class, prompting the school to open an investigation.

“Among a smattering of concerns from a number of winter courses, one faculty member reported allegations that may involve as many as 20 percent of the students in one large introductory course,” Stanford Provost John Etchemendy said in a letter sent to faculty members last week.

Mar 28, 2015

Angie’s List halts expansion over Indiana law seen targeting gays

March 28 (Reuters) – The company behind the Angie’s List
business-rating website on Saturday put on hold a planned
expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters over a new Indiana
law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to
gay people.

The decision by Angie’s List Inc comes amid
criticism of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act,
which was passed overwhelmingly by both champers of the
Republican led-state legislature and signed into law on Thursday
by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

Mar 26, 2015

Father of ex-Los Angeles cop wanted for murder charged with lying to FBI

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former Los Angeles police officer’s father, who authorities say helped his son flee across the border to Mexico to avoid facing murder charges, was arrested on Thursday and accused of lying to federal agents, the FBI said.

Victor Solis, 53, was taken into custody at a home where he lived in Lancaster, east of Los Angeles, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. He was expected to make an initial appearance in federal court later on Thursday afternoon.

Mar 26, 2015

California man stands by claim that girlfriend was kidnapped: attorneys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lawyers for a Northern California man who told police his girlfriend was abducted for ransom, an incident now called a hoax by authorities, said on Thursday their client stood by his story and had been drugged and restrained by the kidnappers.

Aaron Quinn called police on Monday to report that his live-in girlfriend, Denise Huskins, had been taken hours earlier from his home in the Bay Area community of Vallejo by kidnappers who demanded $8,500 in ransom.

Mar 24, 2015

Police search for California woman said kidnapped for ransom

By Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) – Local authorities and FBI agents were searching on Tuesday for a 30-year-old woman whose boyfriend said she had been kidnapped from his Northern California home by suspects who had demanded a ransom.

According to her boyfriend, Denise Huskins was “forcibly taken” from the home in the East Bay city of Vallejo early on Monday morning, Lieutenant Kenny Park of the Vallejo Police Department told a news conference.

Mar 20, 2015

Woman reported missing near California university found

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 22-year-old woman reported missing near a Southern California university nearly two weeks ago was found in “good physical condition,” police said on Friday, although they released few additional details about the case.

Sahray Astina Barber was seen on March 9 leaving her apartment across the street from Cal State San Bernardino at about 6 a.m. on her way to work at another school campus, but she never arrived at her job. Her laptop and some other personal items were found in bushes near her apartment complex.

Mar 19, 2015

Rookie LAPD officer sought in murder likely fled to Texas: FBI

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A rookie Los Angeles police officer accused of killing a man after a fight in the bar district of a Southern California community was driven to a Texas city on the Mexican border by his father last week and has not been seen since, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

Henry Solis, a 27-year-old probationary officer, is accused of shooting Salome Rodriguez Jr. multiple times on March 13 near several nightclubs in downtown Pomona, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. Solis was off duty at the time.

Mar 19, 2015

Student engineer was operating train in California crash

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A student engineer was operating a Los Angeles-bound commuter train when it slammed into a pickup truck that had taken a wrong turn onto the tracks last month, killing one person and injuring 50, federal safety investigators said on Thursday.

The commuter train struck the Ford F-450 as it sat on the tracks in the community of Oxnard, about 45 miles west of Los Angeles, shortly before dawn on Feb. 24.

Mar 19, 2015

California governor, lawmakers announce $1 billion drought package

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers on Thursday announced a $1 billion emergency legislative package to deal with the state’s devastating multi-year drought.

The proposed legislation would appropriate more than $1 billion in voter-approved bond funds to speed up water projects and programs and provide aid to struggling California cities and communities.

Mar 12, 2015

Judge removes local prosecutors from California shooting rampage case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California judge on Thursday removed local prosecutors from the case against a former tugboat worker who killed eight people in a 2011 rampage at a hair salon, citing discovery violations and accusations of misconduct.

But Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals declined to remove the death penalty as a punishment option for Scott Dekraai, who pleaded guilty last year to first degree murder in the shooting spree at Salon Meritage in Seal Beach, according to his written ruling.