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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
A Pasadena yoga instructor who told female students that his intimate touch would “heal” them has been convicted of sexual battery and will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, city officials said. A Los Angeles County Superior Court jury in Pasadena convicted Naader Shagagi last week of four misdemeanor counts of sexual battery by fraudulent representation, city officials said in a statement. He will be sentenced Dec. 5. Shagagi, 56, owns Yoga Kingdom Sanctuary on Lake Avenue.
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SPORTS
November 14, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
A Villa Park High assistant wrestling coach has been arrested and charged with felony battery on a team member, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Emmanuel Hugo Hernandez, 26, a walk-on assistant coach since 2010, grabbed a student member of the team and placed him in an unauthorized choke hold during an afternoon practice on Wednesday, according to a Sheriff's Department statement. "Hernandez ignored the victim's attempt to tell him to stop and ultimately rendered the student victim unconscious," the statement said.
AUTOS
November 6, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors shares plunged in early trading Wednesday after the electric car maker said a battery shortage was limiting sales and that it is spending heavily on research and development to bring new models to market. Shares of the automaker dropped 16%, or $28.67, to $148.14. Tesla shares have been on a run for most of the year, rising about 400% before this reversal. Some analysts have cut their price targets for the company and have told investors to sell the shares. “We do not see a major potential near-term upside catalyst for the shares,” said Efraim Levy, an analyst at S&P Capital IQ, who has issued a sell recommendation.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Does your iPhone 5s have a really short battery life? It might be the result of a manufacturing problem. Apple Inc. said it will be reaching out to customers who bought the iPhone 5s and are experiencing battery issues so that they can have their gadgets replaced. “We recently discovered a manufacturing issue affecting a very limited number of iPhone 5s devices that could cause the battery to take longer to charge or result in reduced battery life,” Teresa Brewer, an Apple spokeswoman, is quoted as saying in a New York Times report . PHOTOS: Top 10 Apple Mavericks OS X features to check out “We are reaching out to customers with affected phones and will provide them with a replacement phone," the company said in the statement.  Apple did not say exactly how many of the devices are affected by the problem, but the report said that the company "implied" it is likely a few thousand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2013 | By Jack Leonard and Richard Winton
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has been charged with battery for allegedly pushing a woman from behind and knocking her to the ground while she was walking her dogs. City attorney officials said the quarrel occurred July 18 when Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Craig Richman saw Connie Romero place a plastic bag of animal waste on the curb next to a street. Romero accuses Richman of pushing her from behind and knocking her to the ground, said city attorney's spokesman Rob Wilcox.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2013 | By Kim Christensen and Jessica Garrison
Regional air pollution regulators moved Friday to shut down Exide Technologies' troubled battery recycling plant in Vernon, citing public health risks from its repeated emissions of lead and arsenic. The South Coast Air Quality Management District has asked an independent administrative law panel for an order to halt lead smelting operations at the plant "until its air pollution control systems are improved and deemed adequate" to control toxic emissions, the agency said in a news release.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Ex-Mayor Bob Filner, who left office in a scandal over allegations of sexual harassment of women, Tuesday pleaded guilty to one felony count of false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery. Under the plea agreement, Filner will not serve any time behind bars but will spend three months in home confinement, give up most of his mayoral pension and promise never to run for office again. Filner will also undergo treatment as “directed by a mental health professional” during his three years of probation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
The speaker of California's Assembly and two state senators took environmental regulators to task before an angry crowd Tuesday over their failure to regulate a battery recycler in Vernon whose emissions have been deemed a health risk to hundreds of thousands of people. The people in this community feel "completely ignored by those in government," said Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, who arrived midway through the community meeting with regulators including the South Coast Air Quality Management District and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
AUTOS
October 3, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Shares of electric car company Tesla Motors continued to fall Thursday after pictures and video of a mysterious Tesla Model S fire circulated on the Internet. The fire raised concern the popular luxury car -- Tesla is selling all it can make -- might have some sort of flaw with its lithium-ion battery system that could be costly to fix or would spook potential buyers. “While car fires are typically not newsworthy, we expect this incident to gain heightened scrutiny as NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
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