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NEWS
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.
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NATIONAL
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.
WORLD
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
The brothers behind the 1-800-GET-THIN ad campaign are the subjects of a criminal investigation involving several federal and state law enforcement agencies, according to a court filing. The investigation is focused on numerous "potential violations of federal law, including conspiracy, healthcare fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, tax violations, identity theft [and] money laundering," Samanta Kelley, a special agent for the Food and Drug Administration's criminal division, said in an affidavit filed at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2012 | Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Tim Loranger is a Los Angeles aviation attorney who was deeply moved by Lance Armstrong's story of beating cancer. The former Marine wears the Armstrong yellow wristband, races in an Armstrong hat and has raised thousands of dollars for Armstrong's cancer charity. He's not convinced that Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs. "I don't think they have proven a case against him," Loranger said. All due respect to Loranger, a dedicated philanthropist who has watched family and friends endure cancer, but the evidence is in: Armstrong used blood transfusions, the blood booster EPO, and testosterone "from start to finish" in winning an unprecedented seven Tour de France championships, the United States Anti-Doping Agency said last week.
SPORTS
October 11, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Michele Ferrari, the doctor who is a central figure in the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, is the target of a criminal investigation in Italy. “It's not finished yet, but it's coming to a close,” Padua prosecutor Benedetto Roberti told the Associated Press on Thursday. A person with knowledge of the inquiry told the Associated Press that it is “already officially closed. They're just going over it again.” The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk publicly about the case.
OPINION
October 2, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg
It's Day 20 for the Benghazi CSI-team hostage crisis. That's how long an FBI forensic team has been trying to gain access in Libya to what the State Department still calls a crime scene - the Obama administration's preferred term for the location of the first assassination of a U.S. ambassador since 1979 and the first successful Al Qaeda-backed attack on U.S. soil since the 9/11 strikes (our embassies and consulates are sovereign U.S. territory)....
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