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Apr 13, 2013

College student charged with double shooting at Virginia campus

By Steve Gorman

(Reuters) – A community college student who graduated from a police department “citizen academy” program last year was charged on Friday with shooting and wounding two women at a shopping mall-based campus in southwestern Virginia, police said.

The suspected gunman, Neil Allen MacInnis, 18, is accused of driving to the shopping center on Friday, walking into a satellite campus of the New River Community College inside the mall and opening fire on the two women as bystanders scrambled for cover.

Apr 4, 2013

Second missing California hiker rescued from mountain canyon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A college student lost since Sunday in a California mountain canyon was rescued and flown to a hospital on Thursday, a day after her hiking companion was found dazed and dehydrated in a nearby ravine, authorities said.

A member of the Orange County sheriff’s search team fell and suffered a severe head injury as rescuers scrambled to reach 18-year-old Kyndall Jack in the rugged, heavily wooded canyon, sheriff’s Lieutenant Jason Park said.

Apr 4, 2013

California hiker still missing after companion found dazed, dehydrated

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rescue teams scoured a California mountain canyon on Thursday for a college student missing since Sunday as police questioned her hiking companion, who was found dazed and dehydrated three days after the pair reported themselves lost, authorities said.

Nicholas Cendoya, 19, was found Wednesday evening, conscious but “highly disoriented,” in a ravine about a half milefrom where he and 18-year-old Kyndall Jack had parked their car in the Cleveland National Forest, about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles, a spokeswoman for the Orange County sheriff said.

Mar 21, 2013

Former California city officials convicted in corruption trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Five former elected officials from the scandal-plagued California city of Bell were convicted on Wednesday of misusing municipal funds by collecting exorbitant salaries in a case that drew national attention as a symbol of public corruption.

The trial stemmed from an explosive scandal in Bell, a small, mostly blue-collar municipality near Los Angeles, following revelations in 2010 that its city manager, Robert Rizzo, was paid a salary of $787,000 – or nearly twice that of President Barack Obama.

Mar 20, 2013

Showbiz magazine Daily Variety goes out of print after 80 years

LOS ANGELES, March 19 (Reuters) – The venerable Hollywood
trade magazine Daily Variety published its last printed edition
on Tuesday, ending an 80-year era by beckoning readers to a
recently revamped website and announcing plans to launch a new
weekly version of the publication.

The glossy magazine, under new ownership since last autumn,
bid farewell to its daily paper-and-ink audience in a front-page
inset headlined: “VARIETY ANKLES DAILY PUB HUBBUB,” using the
Variety-coined verb it typically uses to report departures of
studio executives.

Mar 13, 2013

L.A. Archdiocese, Cardinal Mahony settle sex abuse cases

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, its former leader Cardinal Roger Mahony and an ex-priest have agreed to pay a total of nearly $10 million to settle four child sex abuse cases brought against them, lawyers for the victims said on Tuesday.

Mahony, who retired in 2011 as head of the largest U.S. archdiocese and is now in Rome taking part in choosing a new pope, was accused of helping a confessed pedophile priest evade law enforcement by sending him out of state to a Church-run treatment center, then placing the priest back in the Los Angeles ministry.

Mar 13, 2013

Los Angeles archdiocese, Cardinal Mahony settle sex abuse cases

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, its former leader Cardinal Roger Mahony and an ex-priest have agreed to pay a total of nearly $10 million to settle four child sex abuse cases brought against them, lawyers for the victims said on Tuesday.

Mahony, who retired in 2011 as head of the largest U.S. archdiocese and is now in Rome taking part in choosing a new pope, was accused of helping a confessed pedophile priest evade law enforcement by sending him out of state to a church-run treatment center, then placing the priest back in the Los Angeles ministry.

Mar 12, 2013

Earthquake rattles Southern California, no damage reported

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck deep beneath a mountain range in Southern California on Monday, jangling the nerves of tennis stars competing in the nearby desert town of Indian Wells and rattling urban areas as far away as Los Angeles, but no damage or injuries were reported.

Automated sensors initially reported the quake as a flurry of three tremors in rapid succession at magnitudes of 5.1 or higher, but seismic strength was quickly downgraded to between 4.6 and 4.7 before scientists determined that only a single quake of that size had actually occurred.

Mar 11, 2013

Mountain earthquake rattles Southern California desert

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An earthquake of modest intensity, measured at a 4.7 magnitude, struck deep beneath a mountain range in the Southern California desert on Monday, rattling populated areas as far away as San Diego and Los Angeles, but no damage or injuries were reported.

Automated sensors initially reported the quake as a flurry of three tremors occurring in rapid succession at magnitudes of 5.1 or higher, but the seismic strength was quickly downgraded to between 4.6 and 4.7 before scientists determined that only a single quake of that size had actually struck.

Mar 7, 2013

Two veteran Los Angeles politicians advance to mayoral runoff

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two longtime fixtures of Los Angeles politics, City Councilman Eric Garcetti and Controller Wendy Greuel, ventured into a head-to-head race for mayor on Wednesday after decisively forging past six other candidates in a non-partisan primary election.

Garcetti emerged as the top vote-getter, with nearly 33 percent of Tuesday’s tally, followed by Greuel, a onetime colleague of his on the City Council with 29 percent, as the two Democrats advanced to a runoff general election set for May 21.

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