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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2014 | Steve Lopez
In Los Angeles, patrol officers are caught disabling recording equipment that was in place to keep them honest. In Santa Monica, a high school student demonstrates why the wrestling coach is the last faculty member to mess with. And in Glendale, a young woman challenges the definition of "hands-free" driving after getting a ticket for talking on a phone tucked into her head scarf. These three police blotter tales have little in common, except that I've assembled them in a nice spring bouquet, along with a prickly observation or two. First the LAPD.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2013 | By Titania Kumeh
Sixteen drug and alcohol treatment centers that provide rehabilitative services to Medi-Cal patients are suspected of fraud and of hiring providers with felonies on their records, officials from the California Department of Health Care Services announced this week. The centers, whose names have not yet been released because of an ongoing criminal investigation by the state's Department of Justice, are temporarily barred from receiving money from the Drug Medi-Cal program, said Bruce Lim, deputy director of the audits and investigations division at Health Care Services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Police are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man in South Los Angeles, authorities said. The victim suffered a gunshot wound just before 6 p.m. Saturday at 92 nd Street and Central Avenue, said Officer Cleon Joseph of the Los Angeles Police Department. The man, who authorities said was in his late 40s, has not been identified. He was transferred to a local hospital where he later died, Joseph said. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County The incident was possibly gang-related, he said.
NATIONAL
January 28, 2014 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON -- An Air Force investigation into alleged cheating by crews that handle nuclear missiles has broadened to include roughly twice as many officers as the Pentagon's initial announcement last week that 34 individuals were under suspicion, two officers said Tuesday. The Air Force Global Strike Command confirmed that the number of officers under investigation has increased, but it refused to say how many “to protect the integrity of the investigation.” Lt. Col. John Sheets, a spokesman for Air Force Global Strike Command, said that new cases are all at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana, where the first 34 were implicated, and involve the same test that prompted the initial investigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
State workplace safety inspectors have opened an investigation into the death of a baggage worker at Los Angeles International Airport despite an initial report indicating he had a heart attack. Based on that report, Erika Monterroza, spokeswoman the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, said an inspection was not initially planned into the death Friday of Cesar Valenzuela, 51. However, inspectors visited LAX Monday and "for whatever reason, Cal/OSHA decided there was a need to open an investigation,” Monterroza said.
AUTOS
August 27, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
An investigation into faulty headlights on more than 100,000 Chevrolet Corvettes has been upgraded by federal safety regulators. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday a preliminary evaluation of headlights on 103,107 Corvettes revealed that both low-beam headlights would stop working “simultaneously and without warning.” Numerous owner complaints on the NHTSA's website describe the headline failure occurring after...
SPORTS
July 10, 2012 | Staff and wire reports
Blake Griffin signed a five-year contract extension with the Clippers on Tuesday night that could be worth up to $95 million. The deal could keep Griffin, who has an opt-out clause after the fourth year of the extension, in a Clippers uniform until 2018. Griffin signed the contract in Las Vegas, where he was training with the U.S. basketball team in preparation for the London Olympics. Clippers President Andy Roeser and director of player personnel Gary Sacks flew from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to get their All-Star power forward signed.
SPORTS
June 12, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- A former amateur boxer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had a few thoughts on the disputed outcome of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight in Las Vegas. Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was a boxing judge himself in his earlier days -- "an inexact science," he called it Tuesday -- welcomed an investigation into Saturday's bout at the MGM Grand. Fans have protested the judges' split decision that made Bradley the winner, and there have been calls for the Nevada attorney general to investigate.
NEWS
May 14, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. recused himself from the leak investigation in which federal prosecutors seized records from 20 telephone lines used by reporters and editors at the Associated Press, and the matter is instead being coordinated by the FBI and the local U.S. attorney's office in Washington, a top Justice Department official said. In his absence, the investigation is being supervised by Deputy Atty. Gen. James Cole, “who has served as the acting attorney general overseeing this investigation,” the official said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles police officers tampered with voice recording equipment in dozens of patrol cars in an effort to avoid being monitored while on duty, according to records and interviews. An inspection by Los Angeles Police Department investigators found about half of the estimated 80 cars in one South L.A. patrol division were missing antennas, which help capture what officers say in the field. The antennas in at least 10 more cars in nearby divisions had also been removed. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and other top officials learned of the problem last summer but chose not to investigate which officers were responsible.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2014 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Alan Zarembo and Adolfo Flores
After the sudden death of his mother in November, Army Spc. Ivan Lopez was upset that officials at Ft. Hood granted him less than two days to go home to Puerto Rico for her funeral. Carmen Lopez's death from a heart attack came just a month after that of his grandfather. Months later, the 34-year-old musician, father and decorated soldier posted a chilling message on his Facebook page about a robbery at his home, saying the devil had taken him and he was "full of hatred. " Lopez opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun, killing three fellow service members and wounding 16 others before turning the weapon on himself at Ft. Hood on Wednesday.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton and Timothy M. Phelps
If you're not investigating high-speed stock trading, you're missing one of the hottest trends on Wall Street. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Friday that the Justice Department is examining high-frequency trading for possible violations of antitrust and insider-trading laws. When Justice Department investigators visit companies, they may bump into their compatriots from other state and federal agencies. The FBI disclosed this week that it is in the middle of a months-long probe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2014 | By Victoria Kim
Andre Birotte Jr., the chief federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, has been nominated by President Obama to serve as a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the White House announced Thursday. Birotte, who has served as the U.S. attorney overseeing the nation's second-largest office since 2010, is a former Los Angeles County deputy public defender who also acted as the Los Angeles Police Department's inspector general for six years. As L.A.'s top federal prosecutor, he reinstated a public corruption and civil rights unit disbanded by his predecessor and oversaw high-profile investigations into the L.A. County jails and into state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon.
WORLD
April 2, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - A British submarine joined the search Wednesday for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet as Malaysian police said their investigation of the 227 passengers found no personal or psychological problems or motivation to hijack or sabotage the aircraft. Authorities are continuing to investigate the pilot, copilot and 10 other crew members for clues to how and why Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished March 8 en route to Beijing, police Inspector-General Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar told Bernama, the Malaysian state news agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014 | By Ani Ucar and Jack Leonard
A nursing assistant who worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting two patients while they were heavily medicated and too weak to resist, according to court records and interviews. The women came forward separately last year and gave Los Angeles police similar accounts about how a male employee assaulted them while they were being treated at the hospital. Detectives served a search warrant at Cedars-Sinai earlier this year to obtain disciplinary records for Guillermo Fernando Diaz, a nursing assistant who had been assigned to a heart patient area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have formed a task force to investigate allegations of public corruption in Orange County, an FBI spokeswoman said Friday. The Orange County Corruption Task Force was formed in April and includes the FBI, IRS,  Orange County district attorney's office and the U.S. attorney's office. The unit was not formed in response to a particular event or investigation, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. The existence of the task force was first reported by the website Voice of OC earlier this week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Homicide detectives Saturday were investigating the death of an 8-month-old baby who drowned at a home in Valinda, authorities said. The drowning was reported at about 8:50 a.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Pass and Covina Road, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials. The baby was transported to a local hospital and later pronounced dead. The child's name and sex were not released. ALSO: Filner, out as mayor, still faces criminal investigation Yosemite fire battle hampered by hotter weather Judge throws out civil complaints in Coliseum case carla.rivera@latimes.com Twitter:CarlaRiveraLat
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
An Iranian man parks his car in a guest spot behind his apartment. He heads inside the building and comes back out about an hour later to walk the dog. Across the street, parked in a rental car, private investigator Sam Nassrouie tucks away his surveillance gear - a camera pen and a hidden tape recorder that looks like an MP3 player - and retrieves his cellphone. "Your husband doesn't seem to be cheating on you," Nassrouie reassures his client, an Iranian woman, over the phone.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera and Jerry Hirsch
WASHINGTON - Federal regulators twice declined to investigate faulty ignition switches in General Motors Co. cars that led to 13 deaths - even though one official found "a pattern" of problems, according to a new congressional report. The report, released Sunday, added fresh details to a controversy that has shaken the revitalized automaker. Already under fire for lengthy delays in recalling the vehicles, GM also was accused in the report of allowing the defective part to be installed in millions of vehicles after testing showed it did not meet the company's own specifications.
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