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Oct 24, 2013

California cop who pepper-sprayed student protesters awarded $38,000

LOS ANGELES, Oct 23 (Reuters) – A former University of
California policeman who stirred public outrage by
pepper-spraying peaceful student protesters has been awarded
$38,000 in worker’s compensation for psychiatric damage he
claimed to have suffered from the 2011 incident, the university
said on Wednesday.

Then-campus police Lieutenant John Pike came to symbolize
law enforcement aggression against anti-Wall Street protests at
the time when video footage widely aired on TV and the Internet
showed him casually dousing demonstrators in the face with a can
of pepper spray as they sat on the ground.

Oct 3, 2013

Fatal crash renews debate over future of historic California airport

LOS ANGELES, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The fatal crash-landing of a
small business jet at Santa Monica airport has reignited
a debate over safety at the historic Los Angeles-area aviation
hub, which local politicians and homeowners have fought for
years to scale back or close.

Critics of the 86-year-old facility, where some Hollywood
celebrities and showbiz executives keep their private planes,
have pointed to the wreck as a wake-up call to hazards they say
the airport poses to densely populated nearby communities.

Oct 2, 2013

California outlaws ‘revenge porn’ in first-of-its-kind legislation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown signed a first-of-its-kind state law outlawing what has become known as revenge porn, the distribution of private, explicit photos or video of other people on the Internet to humiliate them.

The measure, which passed both houses of the Democratic-led state legislature almost unanimously last month, makes it a misdemeanor to circulate such images online, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for a first offense.

Oct 1, 2013

Four bodies recovered from wreckage of Calif. plane crash

LOS ANGELES, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Medical examiners recovered
four bodies on Tuesday from the wreckage of a small jet that
crash-landed into a hangar and burst into flames at the Santa
Monica airport near Los Angeles over the weekend, the coroner’s
office operations chief said.

The four dead from Sunday’s crash – two men and two women -
have yet to be positively identified. That effort, and autopsies
of the victims, will likely take another day or two to complete,
said Chief Craig Harvey of the Los Angeles County Department of
Coroner.

Sep 26, 2013

California man behind anti-Islam film freed from federal custody

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The man behind an anti-Islam film that stoked angry protests against the United States across the Muslim world was released from federal custody in California on Thursday after serving time for probation violations stemming from his role in making the video.

Mark Basseley Youssef, a 56-year-old, Egyptian-born Coptic Christian who was paroled from a 2010 bank fraud conviction before producing the now-notorious film clip, was sent back to prison last November for failing to abide by the terms of his supervised release.

Sep 26, 2013

California man behind anti-Islam film to be freed from federal custody

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The man behind a film that stoked anti-U.S. protests across the Muslim world was due for release from federal custody in California on Thursday after serving time for probation violations stemming from his role in making the video.

The 56-year-old Egyptian-born Coptic Christian, Mark Basseley Youssef, gained public notice for the crudely made 13-minute anti-Islam video he produced in Southern California that portrayed the Prophet Mohammad as a fool and sexual deviant.

Sep 26, 2013

Escaped California prison inmate recaptured after 36 years on the run

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California prison inmate who escaped 36 years ago while serving time for armed robbery has been recaptured in Arkansas, becoming California’s longest-sought fugitive inmate to be caught, a prisons spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Michael Morrow, 70, was taken into custody without incident on Monday by FBI agents and sheriff’s deputies at his residence in Jessieville, Arkansas, where he had been living under an assumed name, said Terry Thornton of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Sep 20, 2013

ACLU faults ‘suspicious activity’ reporting by law enforcement

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A newly disclosed trove of “suspicious activity reports” filed by police under a federal domestic intelligence network shows a program rife with ethnic profiling and useless tips that subject innocent Americans to counterterrorism scrutiny, a civil liberties group said on Thursday.

The suspicious activity reports, or SARs, and the dozens of state and regional surveillance-collection hubs, called fusion centers, where those reports are submitted and analyzed, was established by Congress in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks on America.

Aug 23, 2013

San Diego mayor to resign over sexual harassment: reports

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will resign as part of a deal he reached with municipal officials over a sexual harassment lawsuit brought against him and the city by a former aide, the Los Angeles Times and other media reported on Thursday.

But a high-profile attorney representing the plaintiff in the case said her client was not a party to the deal and that she opposed reported terms of a settlement calling for Filner to leave office in exchange for city assistance with his legal expenses.

Aug 21, 2013

Last installment of Nixon’s once-secret White House tapes released

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. National Archives released on Wednesday its last installment of White House conversations that were secretly recorded by President Richard Nixon in the 1970s, a batch of tapes mainly highlighting domestic and foreign policy issues.

The 340 hours of conversations cover a three-month period from April 9 to July 12, 1973, the day before the existence of Nixon’s taping system was revealed by presidential aide Alexander Butterfield in testimony before a U.S. Senate Select Committee investigating the Watergate scandal.

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