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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The process was routine. L.A. County Sheriff's homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd was flipping through snapshots of tattooed gang members. Then one caught his attention. Inked on the pudgy chest of a young Pico Rivera gangster who had been picked up and released on a minor offense was the scene of a 2004 liquor store slaying that had stumped Lloyd for more than four years. Each key detail was right there: the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store where 23-year-old John Juarez was gunned down, the direction his body fell, the bowed street lamp across the way and the street sign — all under the chilling banner of RIVERA KILLS, a reference to the gang Rivera-13.
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SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The NBA said it is conducting an investigation following a report by TMZ late Friday of an audio recording that allegedly captures Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling making racist statements in the course of an argument with a friend. A person identified by TMZ as Sterling can be heard in the recording, said to be made made earlier this month, telling a female friend, identified as V. Stiviano, that he was upset she posted a picture on her Instagram account of herself next to Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
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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.
SPORTS
April 26, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters in Memphis, Tenn., on Saturday evening that racist remarks allegedly made by Clippers owner Donald Sterling were “truly offensive and disturbing” and said the league intended to conduct an investigation into the recording's authenticity that would “move extraordinarily quickly,” possibly concluding in the next few days. Silver would not comment on possible repercussions for Sterling should the league be satisfied it was his voice on the recording.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2011
'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' Where: CBS When: 10 p.m. Wednesday Rating: TV-14-DV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14 with advisories for suggestive dialogue and violence)
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.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton and Richard Serrano
Shares of Herbalife Ltd. suffered their biggest loss in more than a year Friday following a report that criminal authorities are investigating the Los Angeles nutritional products company. The FBI has launched a criminal investigation of Herbalife and its web of independent distributors, a federal law enforcement source told The Times. A federal law enforcement official in New York confirmed Friday that the FBI had opened an inquiry into Herbalife but did not know first-hand the extent of the 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.
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
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
April 26, 2014 | Kevin Baxter, Brian Bennett
Yasiel Puig's journey to Los Angeles - and riches with the Dodgers - is a serpentine tale of drug cartels, nighttime escapes and international human smuggling. Yet in the booming marketplace for Cuban ballplayers, it is far from unique. Since 2009, nearly three dozen have defected, with at least 25 of them signing contracts worth more than a combined $315 million. Many, like Puig, were spirited away on speedboats to Mexico, Haiti or the Dominican Republic. Once there, they typically were held by traffickers before being released to agents - for a price.
NEWS
April 25, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro, Michael Memoli
WASHINGTON -- A Republican congressman is expected to face charges in a long-running federal investigation into campaign irregularities, but will continue serving in office, his lawyer said Friday. Rep. Michael R. Grimm, a combat Marine and former FBI agent who represents Staten Island and other parts of New York, has been under investigation for more than two years in what his attorney called a "politically motivated vendetta. " "The U.S. Attorney's office has disclosed its intent to file criminal charges against Congressman Grimm," attorney William J. McGinley said in a statement.
NATIONAL
April 24, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The former top watchdog for the Homeland Security Department rewrote reports and slowed investigations at the request of senior staff for then-Secretary Janet Napolitano, a review conducted by Senate staff found. Charles K. Edwards, who was acting inspector general for Homeland Security from late 2011 through early 2013, considered aides to Napolitano to be friends, socialized with them over drinks and dinner and, at their urging, improperly made changes to several investigative reports, according to the Senate review released Thursday.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | By Karin Klein
The most troubling aspect of an internal Los Angeles Unified School District report on its purchase of iPads for its students isn't what it found out, but what it couldn't find out. As Times education writer Howard Blume reported this week, the scoring sheets used to rate different vendors for the district's technology purchase were lost, which hampered the investigation. Without them, the investigators would have had a hard job trying to figure out whether the contract went to the most highly rated contenders for the contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
NEWS
April 24, 2014 | Lisa Mascaro
The chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Thursday pledged to convene a hearing on allegations that excessive wait times at a Phoenix VA facility led to the deaths of 40 veterans. Thousands of veterans have been kept waiting for care, according to a story first reported in the Arizona Republic, and later on CNN, which also said that VA workers in the Phoenix office used two sets of records to keep the long wait times off the official books. "I am troubled when I hear any veteran may have received substandard care from the VA," said the committee chairman, Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent.
NATIONAL
April 23, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The latest Albuquerque police officer to fatally shoot a suspect was caught in a lie three years ago during the case of another officer implicated in a deadly shooting, according to an attorney and sworn testimony. In 2011, Officer Jeremy Dear told a police investigator that he saw the suspect, Alan Gomez, holding a cigarette and standing in front of his house talking with police, according to federal court records. Gomez was a suspect in a hostage situation and was considered armed.
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.
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...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
The state's political ethics watchdog has opened an investigation into the finances of a political action committee founded by gubernatorial candidate Tim Donnelly, according to a report published Friday evening by the Sacramento Bee.‎ The California Patriots PAC, designed to promote conservative candidates, has not filed financial disclosure statements since October 2012, according to the Fair Political Practices Commission. Donnelly disputes this, telling the Bee that the reports were filed and new copies were sent to the FPPC on Thursday.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The nearly 13-minute 911 call in Denver that ended with the caller dead with a gunshot wound and her husband being taken to jail is being investigated to ensure the civilian dispatcher and responding officers properly handled the situation, police said. The suspected shooter, Richard Kirk, was ordered held without bond by a Denver judge on Wednesday. His wife, Kristine Kirk, reached 911 on Monday night to complain that her husband was hallucinating. She said the behavior was scaring her and their three children, according to a court document.
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