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Mar 29, 2014

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake rattles Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, March 28 (Reuters) – A magnitude 5.1 earthquake
struck suburban Los Angeles on Friday evening, rattling a wide
swath of Southern California, breaking water mains in a nearby
community and prompting Disneyland to shut down rides.

There were no reports of injury or substantial structural
damage from the quake, which was centered outside the city of La
Habra, about 20 miles (32 km) east of downtown Los Angeles, and
hit at 9:09 p.m. on Friday (12:09 a.m. EDT on Saturday),
according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Mar 21, 2014

California third-grader accused in sex assault of classmate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California police were looking into allegations that a third-grade boy repeatedly sexually assaulted a classmate at their elementary school, and two teachers have been put on leave as an investigation proceeds, a district spokeswoman said on Friday.

The allegations at a school in Riverside, about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, have made headlines because of the ages – 8 and 9 – of the children involved, and reports that some abuse took place in a classroom.

Mar 18, 2014

Report faults police response to Los Angeles airport shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A review of a deadly shooting that killed a federal security officer at Los Angeles International Airport in November faulted law enforcement agencies for communication lapses during the initial response, a report showed on Tuesday.

While praising the heroism of individual officers, the report by Los Angeles World Airports said communications were cumbersome because radio systems used by airport police were largely incompatible with those used by other agencies.

Mar 17, 2014

California man sentenced to prison in Miss Teen USA hacking case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California college student who admitted hacking into the webcams of teenage girls and young women, including the 2013 Miss Teen USA, to take nude pictures of them as part of an extortion scheme was sentenced on Monday to 18 months in federal prison.

The case made headlines after the young beauty queen, Cassidy Wolf, came forward to say that Jared James Abrahams, who had been her classmate at a high school in Temecula, California, had victimized her.

Mar 15, 2014

Pinkberry yogurt chain co-founder gets seven years in beating case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain who was convicted last year of beating a homeless man with a tire iron over a tattoo he considered disrespectful was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison.

Young Lee, a 49-year-old South Korean kick boxer-turned-architect who parted ways with Pinkberry in 2010, was convicted in November of assault with a deadly weapon, along with special allegations that he caused great bodily injuries to his victim.

Mar 14, 2014

Pinkberry yogurt chain co-founder gets seven years in prison in beating

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A co-founder of the Pinkberry frozen yogurt chain who was convicted last year of beating a homeless man with a tire iron over a tattoo he considered disrespectful was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison.

Young Lee, a 49-year-old South Korean kick boxer-turned-architect who parted ways with Pinkberry in 2010, was convicted in November of assault with a deadly weapon, along with special allegations that he caused great bodily injuries to his victim.

Mar 13, 2014

Ex-NFL star Sharper ordered held without bail in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former pro football star Darren Sharper, who faces accusations in several states of drugging and raping women, was ordered held without bail by a Los Angeles judge on Thursday, based on charges filed against him this week in Arizona.

Sharper, who played 14 years in the National Football League and helped the New Orleans Saints win a 2010 Super Bowl title, has been jailed since last month, when he was formally charged in Los Angeles with drugging four women and raping two of them.

Mar 13, 2014

Former Manson Family killer Bruce Davis granted parole

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former Manson Family member Bruce Davis, who was sentenced to life in prison for two 1969 murders carried out with other members of the cult, was granted parole on Wednesday by a California parole board, although it was not certain he would be freed.

Davis’ parole must still be affirmed by California Governor Jerry Brown, who reversed a similar decision by the same board last year, saying that the 71-year-old convicted killer remained a danger to the public.

Mar 6, 2014

Two Marines relieved of command over California blast that killed four

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two U.S. Marines have been relieved of their commands over an explosion at the Camp Pendleton base that killed four bomb specialists in November, probably when a live grenade fell into a demolition pit, military officials said on Thursday.

A Marine investigation could not establish the exact cause of the blast, in part because the people who likely directly witnessed the incident were killed by the ensuing explosion, said a public affairs officer at the Southern California base.

Mar 5, 2014

Los Angeles moves to ban e-cigarettes, joining NY, others

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the use of electronic cigarettes, also known as “vaping,” from restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other public spaces in the nation’s second-largest city.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed to Reuters that he would sign the measure into law in the coming days.