By Steve Gorman
(Reuters) – One of the world’s most wanted war criminals, the reputed top lieutenant of Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, is presumed to have died at least four years ago in Syria, where he lived under government protection, a leading Nazi hunter said on Monday.
Alois Brunner, an Austrian SS officer found responsible for the World War Two deportation of 125,500 European Jews to Nazi death camps, escaped at the war’s end from Germany to Egypt and arrived in Syria in 1954, said Efraim Zuroff, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israel office.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – AT&T Inc will pay $52 million in civil penalties and environmental compliance as part of a settlement with California over illegal dumping of hazardous waste but won’t be required to clean up the resulting contamination, state officials said on Thursday.
State officials said it marked the first enforcement action in California against a telecommunications company for mishandling of electronic waste. The settlement must still be approved by the Alameda County Superior Court, where it was filed.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Unified School District has come under fire from legal experts for asserting in court that a 14-year-old girl had consented to sex with her teacher and for introducing her sexual history in response to a lawsuit brought by the student.
A number of legal scholars and attorneys specializing in sex abuse cases said the argument that the girl bore some responsibility for the affair was at odds with the minimum age of consent – 18 – established in criminal law.
LOS ANGELES, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Tension over prolonged labor
talks between maritime shippers and the union representing
20,000 West Coast dockworkers has erupted in public as the two
sides blamed each other for escalating cargo congestion at the
two busiest U.S. container ports.
As of Tuesday, 14 freighters were anchored waiting for space
to enter the twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, where
container cargo traffic has been backing up for about a month,
delaying deliveries of last-minute holiday merchandise, port and
retail officials said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A lone suspect has been arrested and charged with four counts of murder in the slaying of a couple and their two young sons whose skeletal remains were found buried last year in the California desert, police and prosecutors said on Friday.
The accused, Charles “Chase” Merritt, was described as a business associate of the father, Joseph McStay, whose family was reported missing in February 2010 from their Southern California home, San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon said.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal officials have publicly identified a woman suspected of graffiti vandalism in at least eight national parks across the West, including Yosemite and Death Valley in California, and credit social media for helping pinpoint the alleged culprit.
Casey Nocket of New York state has not been arrested or charged but was confirmed on Thursday as “the major suspect” in an investigation of one of the most widespread acts of serial vandalism documented in the National Park System.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cyber intrusions and other data breaches put the personal records of 18.5 million Californians, nearly half the state’s population, at risk in 2013, a seven-fold increase over the year before, the state attorney general reported on Tuesday.
The number of data breaches reported by companies and government entities increased 28 percent, from 131 in 2012 to 167 last year, more than half of them, or 53 percent, caused by cyber incursions such as computer hacking and malware, the report said.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 27 (Reuters) – A California-based
immunologist leading an international effort to develop new
anti-Ebola drugs has raised more than $100,000 in online
donations to hasten the research, achieving her Internet
“crowdfunding” goal in just over two weeks.
The proceeds will be used to purchase a piece of equipment
enabling Scripps Research Institute scientists in San Diego to
more quickly analyze Ebola antibody samples from survivors of
the hemorrhagic fever, a spokeswoman there said on Monday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. military landed its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Friday, ending a classified 22-month mission that marked the third in Earth orbit for the experimental program, the Air Force said.
The X-37B, a 29-foot-long (9-meter) winged craft that resembles a miniature NASA space shuttle, touched down at 9:24 a.m. local time at the coastal air base and launch facility base near Lompoc, California, 160 miles (258 km) northwest of Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 13 (Reuters) – A California-based
immunologist in charge of an international consortium developing
new anti-Ebola drugs has turned to Internet “crowdfunding” for
extra money needed to speed up the research.
The group led by Erica Ollman Saphire, a professor at the
Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, helped formulate the
experimental ZMapp serum that was used to treat two American aid
workers who contracted Ebola in Liberia and recovered.