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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Homicide detectives Saturday were investigating the death of an 8-month-old baby who drowned at a home in Valinda, authorities said. The drowning was reported at about 8:50 a.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Pass and Covina Road, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials. The baby was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. The child's name and sex were not released. ALSO: Filner, out as mayor, still faces criminal investigation Yosemite fire battle hampered by hotter weather Judge throws out civil complaints in Coliseum case carla.rivera@latimes.com Twitter:CarlaRiveraLat
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NATIONAL
August 30, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
An 8-year-old boy will likely not face criminal charges for driving and crashing his mother's car, fatally injuring his 6-year-old sister who was riding in the passenger seat, police confirmed Friday. The 24-year-old mother of the two children -- who reported her children missing minutes before the crash occurred Wednesday night -- will also not face criminal charges, but an investigation is ongoing, said Phoenix Police Department spokesman Sgt. Steve Martos. “Based upon what we know right now, it's not a criminal investigation,” Martos said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO--Mayor Bob Filner, who submitted his resignation Friday after the City Council agreed to pay for some of his expenses from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him, is now the subject of a criminal investigation by the state. Investigators for the attorney general and the San Diego County Sheriff's Department have interviewed some of the women who have accused Filner of unwanted touching and suggestive comments. A source familiar with the situation said that Filner could face felony or misdemeanor charges of assault and battery, false imprisonment or other crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
Prosecutors have declined to file charges against a Hollywood studio head who became the focus of a criminal investigation after landing his helicopter on a Sheriff's Department helipad during the manhunt for ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner. The Los Angeles County district attorney's office concluded that there was no evidence that Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh knew a captain had denied him permission to land at the helipad. Prosecutors also concluded that they couldn't prove that Kavanaugh endangered anyone's life or property, since he landed his aircraft at a time when the sheriff's helicopters nearby weren't in operation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
A Hollywood studio head is under criminal investigation for possibly impeding the manhunt for ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner by landing his helicopter on a sheriff's helipad during the search, sources said. Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh has been known for taking a chopper to the office and appointments around town. The noisy landings have drawn complaints from some nearby residents. But the Los Angeles County Sheriff's criminal investigation is a new level of scrutiny.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 | By Robert Faturechi
A Hollywood studio head is under criminal investigation for possibly impeding the manhunt for rogue ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner by landing his helicopter on a Sheriff's Department helipad during the search, law enforcement sources said. Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh has been known for taking a chopper to the office and appointments around town. The noisy landings have drawn complaints from some nearby residents. But the Los Angeles County Sheriff's criminal investigation is a new level of scrutiny.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton, Emily Foxhall and Kate Mather
Barbecue grills and lawn chairs littered a cordoned-off Simi Valley park Friday morning, left behind after onlookers fled a major malfunction at a fireworks show the night before. At least 28 people gathered at Rancho Santa Susana Community Park were injured about 9:20 p.m., when officials believe at least one pyrotechnic device prematurely detonated in its mortar, causing a chain reaction that tipped over other fireworks and launched them into the crowd of spectators. Josh Antonucci, 16, went to the show with about 20 family members, like they do every year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A dive into the deep dark depths of the La Brea Tar Pits by Los Angeles police Thursday paid off for investigators, who said they recovered multiple items from a cold homicide case. At 6 a.m. Thursday, personnel with the LAPD's Metropolitan Division, criminal gang homicide unit - as well as Long Beach police and port police - gathered in the 5800 block of Wilshire Boulevard. Authorities deployed heavy equipment, including metal detectors on land and in the tar, high-powered magnets and sonar to map the area.
NEWS
May 16, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama on Thursday called on Congress to beef up security at U.S. diplomatic facilities, saying the country owes it to the four Americans who died at the Benghazi, Libya, mission last year to protect other personnel serving around the world. Speaking to reporters in the White House Rose Garden, Obama said he has ordered a review of security at high-threat posts, as well as improvements in training for those headed to dangerous jobs. But Obama said he can't “do this alone” and argued that Congress should fully fund his budget request to improve embassy security.
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