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May 28, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - One of the two suspected assailants in last week's hacking death of a British soldier was released from the hospital Tuesday to undergo questioning by police, while the family of his alleged accomplice spoke of their “shame and distress” over the brutal attack that has shocked this country. Michael Adebowale, 22, had been hospitalized since Wednesday after being shot by police, who responded to reports of an attack on a southeast London street. Upon his release from the hospital, detectives took Adebowale to a London police station for questioning.
February 27, 2013 | By Garrett Therolf, Los Angeles Times
The Coast Guard on Tuesday suspended its search for four people, including two young children, who were believed to be missing after a distress call from what was said to be a sinking sailboat in the ocean south of San Francisco. Officials are investigating the possibility that the incident was a hoax. Searchers using aircraft and sea vessels found "no signs of distress, no signs of debris, no reports of missing people," Coast Guard spokesman Mike Lutz said. The agency will continue to investigate the case, including whether the initial distress call was a hoax, Lutz said.
December 7, 2012 | By Michael L. Stern
The recently announced major restructuring of the civil courts of the Los Angeles Superior Court has not evoked much of a response. But the significant changes to come should be cause for distress to anyone concerned about open and equal access to justice in our society. Steep budget cuts forced the Superior Court to undergo two prior rounds of courtroom closures and employee layoffs. The latest cuts, to take effect over the next six months, include the closure of all courtrooms in 10 regional courthouses, including those in Beverly Hills and San Pedro.
November 27, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Simon Cowell was the victim of a false 911 call early Sunday afternoon, Beverly Hills police said Monday.  The caller told authorities that "The X Factor" judge was tied up with duct tape, according to L.A. Now . A first address given was outside city limits, but then the caller said it was "Simon Cowell's house," which is in Beverly Hills.  Unlike in previous "swatting" incidents in which authorities were summoned falsely to celeb spreads...
November 11, 2012 | By Michelle Hofmann
Joanna Zimring Towne thought refinancing her Altadena home would be simple. When Zimring Towne and husband Andrew Towne, a 48-year-old television lighting technician, bought the two-bedroom home for $535,000 in 2006, the appraiser valued it at about $600,000. During the November 2011 inspection, Towne walked around the property with the appraiser. The couple were being charged $500 by the management company that employed the appraiser, but they considered it a minor sacrifice, hoping to reduce their mortgage rate to 3.25% from 6.9%.
November 9, 2012 | By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times
Bargains on bank-owned homes are quickly vanishing in the country's most competitive markets. Since the start of the mortgage meltdown, repossessed homes have been considered the discount aisles of real estate. Now competition among investors and first-time home buyers for affordable digs is making those distressed properties less affordable, a new analysis by shows. "They will get somewhat of a deal, depending on the market," Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries said.
November 6, 2012 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - State Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) was sued Monday by a woman alleging that he physically abused her during a months-long relationship and that he used illegal drugs. The civil suit was filed on behalf of Carolina Taillon by attorney Gloria Allred and seeks unspecified damages against Hernandez over allegations of assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit was filed the day before Hernandez stands for reelection in a contest with Republican Joe Gardner, a retired police officer.
November 4, 2012 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
San Bernardino's and Compton's disputes with CalPERS, the state's public employee pension fund, could have ramifications for other cities and their creditors, credit rating firm Moody's said in a new report. "These situations could open the door for courts to decide whether pension payments can be legally suspended or modified if a California local government is in financial distress and/or bankruptcy," Moody's wrote in its weekly credit outlook released Friday. On one hand, the report warned that if the financially troubled cities succeed in delaying or reducing their CalPERS payments, it "could incentivize other financially distressed cities to seek concessions from all creditors," including bondholders.
October 3, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
A former Penn State graduate assistant who complained he saw former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy on campus and testified at Sandusky's sex abuse trial sued the university Tuesday for what he calls defamation and misrepresentation. Mike McQueary's whistle-blower lawsuit claims his treatment by the university since Sandusky was arrested in November has caused him distress, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment. The complaint, filed in county court near State College, where the university is based, seeks millions of dollars in damages.
September 22, 2012 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Damsels in Distress Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Sept. 25 Writer-director Whit Stillman's first film since 1998's "The Last Days of Disco" is a loopy campus comedy, starring Greta Gerwig as an idealistic upperclassman who leads a group of young women with strict rules about dating and cleanliness. Even those who've enjoyed the arch language and intricate social tribalism of Stillman's "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona" might be put off by the cartoony absurdism here.
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