July 23, 2013 |
Nearly two months after an alleged friend of purported Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was fatally shot by an FBI special agent while being questioned by the FBI and the Massachusetts State Police in his Orlando, Fla., apartment, few details have emerged about the circumstances of his death and his connection to Tsarnaev. That's part of the reason the ACLU has called on state officials in Massachusetts and Florida to conduct their own investigations into the May 22 death of Ibragim Todashev.
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July 22, 2013 |
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating USC over its handling of alleged sexual assault and rape cases after students filed a complaint with the federal government, officials said Monday. Two current USC students - both of whom allege being raped - said at a news conference that their 110-page complaint contains accounts from more than 100 students detailing problems with the university when handling reports of sexual assault. The complaint was filed last spring. Many of the students "were blamed for their victimization and were forced to watch impotently as their cases were routinely misreported, misconstrued, mishandled or discounted entirely," said Tucker Reed, one of the co-signers of the complaint who recently completed her junior year.
July 19, 2013 |
A Massachusetts State Police photographer is facing an internal investigation after he released photos of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to a local magazine, authorities said Friday. Sgt. Sean Murphy, incensed by what he saw as the glamorization of Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, made public for the first time a series of behind-the-scenes photos documenting Tsarnaev's...
July 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department reiterated Sunday that its own investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin remains open as some members of Congress and outside groups called for a civil rights case against George Zimmerman, who was acquitted by a Florida jury. The statement noted the "limited" nature of federal civil rights laws, which typically involve acts by public officials, such as police officers. A 2009 federal law, the Matthew Shepard Act, allows prosecution in some cases of people who commit crimes of violence that are motivated by bias, which could include a victim's race.
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July 11, 2013 |
Los Angeles Board of Education President Richard Vladovic has been cleared of wrongdoing after an internal investigation into whether he acted improperly in connection with sexual misconduct allegations against a teacher at a Wilmington school. A separate inquiry into whether Vladovic verbally abused employees or engaged in any other misconduct has not concluded. The investigations, conducted separately by outside attorneys, were authorized by school Supt. John Deasy. In recent months, Vladovic, 68, had voluntarily removed himself from board discussions about the case of Robert Pimentel, who formerly taught at De La Torre Elementary.
July 3, 2013 |
As investigators swarm the former gold-mining town of Yarnell, Ariz., to examine the fateful decisions leading up to the deaths of 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain hotshots, their presence is unlikely to ease tensions among the survivors. More than a decade ago, a similar blaze whipped through a canyon 30 miles north of Winthrop, Wash. Four firefighters died in circumstances eerily similar to those at Yarnell, killed in their emergency shelters as a fast-moving fire burned over them.
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A House committee inquiry into the targeting of political groups by the Internal Revenue Service devolved into partisan finger-pointing Thursday as the controversy expanded to allegations that progressive groups were flagged as well as tea party organizations. Republicans criticized the acting IRS commissioner, Daniel Werfel, for his handling of an internal review into the issue as he faced lawmakers for the first time since taking the job last month. They said Werfel failed to interview key current and former IRS officials before issuing a report this week that found no evidence that agency employees intentionally did anything wrong or were directed by the White House.
June 21, 2013 |
Los Angeles ranked 26 out of 50 in employee satisfaction, with San Jose and San Francisco taking the lead, a survey found. The inquiry by Glassdoor , a jobs site that collects workplace information from employees, ranked 50 of the country's largest metropolitan areas based on reviews by 500 employees over the past year. The City of Angels came in at 34 when it came to compensation and benefits satisfaction. The inquiry also found that about 7,650 area employers were hiring.
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May 30, 2013 |
When paramedics arrived at his Palmdale home last week, 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez's skull was cracked, three ribs were broken and his skin was bruised and burned. He had BB pellets embedded in his lung and groin. Two teeth were knocked out of his mouth. His mother's boyfriend allegedly told authorities that he beat Gabriel repeatedly for lying and "being dirty," according to confidential county documents reviewed by The Times. Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services left Gabriel in the home despite six investigations into abuse allegations involving the mother over the last decade.
May 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Congressional investigators are broadening their inquiry into the Internal Revenue Service's mishandling of groups seeking tax-exempt status, indicating that they plan to examine how the agency dealt with a wide swath of nonprofit applications during the last three years. The Senate Finance Committee on Monday requested that the agency turn over a list of all charities, social welfare organizations, unions and trade groups targeted for extra scrutiny, as well as copies of all requests the IRS sent those groups for information about donors, volunteers and political activities since Feb. 1, 2010.