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February 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A hacker who goes by the name of Guccifer has reportedly compromised the email accounts of at least six people close to George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and has distributed some of the private emails and photographs online. The Smoking Gun published a report Thursday saying it had spoken with the hacker, who said he wasn't worried about the possibility of the FBI or Secret Service coming after him. Guccifer said the "feds" have been investigating him a long time and "this is just another chapter in the game.” PHOTOS: 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 Among the photographs allegedly posted online by the hacker were two showing President George W. Bush painting, and one with him and Ralph Lauren.
January 25, 2013 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - The accounting scandal at the California parks department will end without a criminal investigation, law enforcement officials said this week. The decision will probably close an embarrassing episode for Gov. Jerry Brown's administration. The scandal, which cost the parks director her job, broke last year when it was revealed that her department had an undisclosed $54-million surplus even as officials were planning to close dozens of parks. A subsequent probe by the attorney general's office determined that $20.4 million of the money had been intentionally concealed by officials concerned that their department's budget would be cut if the state's number crunchers knew about the extra funds.
January 17, 2013 | By Patt Morrison
It's taken decades, but Los Angeles has clawed its way back to passably clean air from smog so opaque that we might have been living, or breathing, in Beijing. But that's just the most visible of pollutants. They're in the ground and they're in the river and ocean water too, sometimes because criminal conduct put them there. Oil spillers, smog-test cheats, midnight solvent dumpers, developers playing illicit lumberjacks or deliberately bulldozing significant species -- they're all out there despoiling L.A. County, which is probably the most environmentally diverse political entity around, with ocean, forests, deserts, mountains,  and some pretty park where you and your kids bike and romp and look at the bugs and plants and critters.
December 18, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
Questions about the relationship between the Obama administration and the filmmakers behind Osama bin Laden manhunt film "Zero Dark Thirty" are percolating again after news accounts said the Defense Department's inspector general will criticize a member of the department in an upcoming report and refer him to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation. ABC News and McClatchy reported Monday that an upcoming inspector general report would cite a criminal referral for Michael Vickers, an undersecretary of Defense.
December 15, 2012 | By Sandra Hernandez
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deserves praise for an investigation that led to the arrest of a deputy assigned to the jails for allegedly beating two inmates and filing false reports about the incidents. The arrest, however, also raises some troubling questions. For example, why did it take the department so long to investigate alleged beatings that took place in 2009 and 2010? A spokesman for the department said its internal criminal investigation bureau first launched a probe earlier this year into reports that Deputy Jermaine Jackson beat inmates.
November 7, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - A U.S. Army criminal investigation team had to wait three weeks to visit the two Afghan villages where a 39-year-old infantryman is alleged to have killed 16 civilians because it was too dangerous to leave the base, the lead case agent testified Wednesday. Villagers infuriated over the March 11 shootings had driven victims' bodies to Camp Belambay and were milling angrily outside. The suspect, Staff Sgt.  Robert Bales , was in custody there before being evacuated.
November 6, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin fired his defense minister Tuesday amid a criminal investigation of suspected fraud and embezzlement involving military assets. Putin announced his decision to dismiss Anatoly Serdyukov two weeks after the federal Investigative Committee said it was looking into the possible "fraudulent sale of real estate, land plots and stocks" belonging to the military. The investigation apparently already found the equivalent of more than $100 million in losses to the government, the committee said.
October 31, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Allergan Inc. is considering selling its Lap-Band weight-loss unit amid rapidly declining sales and a swarm of negative publicity about patient deaths and a criminal investigation of one of its former customers. Word of the potential sale came the same day Allergan disclosed that Lap-Band revenue fell for the fifth consecutive quarter. Sales from weight-loss products fell to $37.4 million during the third quarter, down 25% from last year and 53% from its peak four years ago. It marks a major turnaround for a product that delivered annual sales of $296 million in 2008 for the Irvine company.
October 30, 2012 | By Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
A prominent Wisconsin pediatrician who admitted molesting two boys while serving as a Boy Scout camp doctor in the 1980s voluntarily gave up his medical license Tuesday after additional complaints of abuse surfaced. Thomas Kowalski, 75, became the target of an investigation by the state's Medical Examining Board after The Times reported in September that he had been expelled from the Boy Scouts in 1987 after admitting to molesting two scouts. The parents declined to press charges, and Scouting officials used their connections with the publisher of a Milwaukee paper to keep the story out of the press, confidential Scouting records show.
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