April 21, 2014 |
A healthy woman has a routine mammogram to check for signs of breast cancer, and the results aren't normal. Her doctors run further tests, such as additional imaging or a biopsy. Ultimately, she gets a clean bill of health. But what is the emotional cost of this false-positive result? This is the question that researchers try to answer in a study published online Monday by JAMA Internal Medicine. The authors examined data from a large clinical trial of digital mammography and concluded that false-positives produced a “significant increase in anxiety,” though it was only temporary.
April 15, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court next week will consider for the first time whether states may enforce laws that make it a crime to knowingly publish false statements about political candidates. The justices will hear an antiabortion group's free-speech challenge to an Ohio law that was invoked in 2010 by then-Rep. Steve Driehaus, a Democrat. He had voted for President Obama's healthcare law and was facing a tough race for reelection. The antiabortion group Susan B. Anthony List launched a campaign to unseat Driehaus, preparing to run billboard ads saying, "Shame on Steve Driehaus!
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April 3, 2014 |
A student government commissioner at UCLA was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment after a fellow student alleged he had sexually assaulted her within the past several months, university police said. Omar Arce, 21, is scheduled to be arraigned on the false imprisonment charge Friday after he was taken to the West Hollywood sheriff's station, said Nancy Greenstein, a spokeswoman for the UCLA Police Department. The school's student body president initially announced that Arce had faced a sexual assault charge, but Greenstein said that was inaccurate.
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March 28, 2014 |
After initial reports of a hostage situation at Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles police said Thursday night that they had found no gunman or hostages at the facility. At least 20 police cars sped to Bruno Street in Chinatown after getting a call that a gunman was holding several people hostage inside a building. LAPD Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas said police had received a call at 10:22 p.m. saying that an armed former employee was at 130 Bruno St. -- the site of Homeboy Industries -- holding six to eight people inside.
March 2, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO - Jim Power, a licensed trainer of guide dogs for the blind from San Rafael, was visiting a crowded Southern California theme park a week ago when he spied "a 20-something lady...with a Chihuahua on a leash. " The small pooch wore a vest identifying it as a service dog. "It didn't particularly look...very legitimate," Power told a state Senate committee looking into what the disabled community, dog trainers and businesses call a growing problem: fake service dogs. Representatives of the California restaurant, retail, hotel, apartment and condominium industries testified that dog owners, who don't want to be separated from their pets, are abusing the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws by falsely identifying their canines as working animals.
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February 26, 2014 |
An employee of a Northridge roller rink with a self-described "foot fetish" told police he repeatedly took young boys into a maintenance room and had them remove their socks and rub their feet on his hands or face to sexually arouse himself, court documents say. Julian Christopher Flores, 19, said he engaged in that behavior at Northridge Skateland with about 200 boys over the course of a year, court records show. Flores' statement to police came a day after one boy told his grandmother about an encounter in the maintenance room, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.