By Steve Gorman
(Reuters) – The Obama administration has agreed to pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle longstanding claims by America’s largest Indian tribe that its funds and natural resources were mishandled for decades by the U.S. government.
The accord, resolving claims that date back as far as 50 years and marking the biggest U.S. legal settlement with a single tribe, will be formally signed at a ceremony on Friday in Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the sprawling Navajo reservation.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Officials in a Southern California suburb beset by a surge in coyote attacks on pets, including a small dog snatched from its owner’s living room, have approved a plan to trap and kill some of the wild canines roaming the town.
The City Council of Seal Beach, a seaside community of about 25,000 residents south of Los Angeles, took the action this week following an uproar over a rise in coyotes venturing into neighborhoods to prey on dogs and cats.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada tightened their grip on Tuesday on a fierce blaze that has destroyed a dozen homes and threatened thousands more as it raged for an 11th day through drought-parched timber west of Lake Tahoe.
The so-called King Fire, which authorities say was deliberately set on Sept. 13, has charred more than 89,500 acres in two national forests, but officials said crews had managed to carve containment lines around 35 percent of its perimeter as of midday Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s
rugged Sierra Nevada seized on a break in the weather on Friday
to slowly gain ground against a blaze threatening to destroy
12,000 homes as it roared for a seventh day through dry timber
and brush west of Lake Tahoe.
More than 3,000 residents of those dwellings remained
displaced, Larry Pendarvis, spokesman for the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles attorney may have her law license suspended after a state bar investigation found that she had superimposed images of herself into numerous celebrity photographs posted on her website’s “publicity” page.
In an 18-page decision, a state bar court judge recommended Svitlana Sangary be suspended for six months and remain on probation for another 2-1/2 years for deceptive advertising and misconduct stemming from an investigation of the photos.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced 2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe.
The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major wildfires across the drought-parched state, has scorched at least 18,500 acres (7,490 hectares) of the El Dorado National Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was found guilty on Tuesday of obstruction of justice and conspiracy for his role in trying to thwart a federal probe into prisoner abuse and other misconduct inside the United States’ largest jail system.
A U.S. District Court jury convicted James Sexton of charges he helped hide an inmate informant from federal investigators after the inmate’s cover was blown, altering computer records to make it appear the informant had been released, then re-booking him under false names.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two hand-me-down miniature helicopter drones given away for free by Seattle after a political uproar there are now under lock and key in Los Angeles, where a police commission vows to keep the aircraft grounded until it approves rules for their limited use.
The LAPD says the newly acquired Draganflyer X6 pilotless choppers, equipped to carry video cameras and night-vision lenses, are intended for SWAT-team use against armed suspects who may be barricaded alone or with hostages.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Police and federal agents
on Wednesday raided dozens of Los Angeles Fashion District
businesses suspected of operating as part of a major
money-laundering hub for narcotics traffickers in Mexico, law
enforcement officials said.
Nine people were arrested on charges of taking part in the
money laundering through a “black market peso exchange” scheme,
in which bulk amounts of ill-gotten U.S. cash are converted to
Mexican currency, they said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Game wardens and search hounds combed steep, wooded canyons and ravines for a third day near California’s Silicon Valley on Tuesday, looking for a mountain lion that injured a 6-year-old boy, but the cat has so far evaded trackers, wildlife officials said.
The boy was out hiking a trail with family and friends in a densely wooded preserve adjacent to a winery, just west of the town of Cupertino, when a mountain lion pounced on him and tried to drag him away, his parents told officials.