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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The investigation into the death of a newborn baby found beaten and burned in a trash dumpster in Oildale has come to a standstill, Kern County Sheriff's Department investigators said Thursday. “I've been working in law enforcement for 25 years and this is the only case that I can recall where the baby was murdered, dumped and abandoned, and we really have no indication who the parents were,” said Kern County sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt. “Obviously, this baby was the victim of a violent crime and it's a troubling case," he continued.
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SPORTS
March 13, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Turns out, the NFL isn't dragging its feet on punishing the New Orleans Saints in the wake of their bounty scandal. The league is simply honoring the request of the NFL Players Assn., which asked for time to conduct its own investigation. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah confirmed as much Tuesday to the Associated Press. The union said last week that members of its legal team planned to look into the so-called pay-for-performance program, a system that was largely player-funded and paid rewards of $1,000 if an opponent was carted off the field and $1,500 for a knockout.
SPORTS
December 13, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The attorney for the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault asked Friday for Florida's attorney general to examine the rape investigation and the Tallahassee Police Dept. Patricia Carroll said that detectives failed to interview key witnesses and that DNA tests were unreliable and incomplete. “The bulk of the investigation was into the rape victim,” she said. “I'm looking at an investigation of a rape victim, not a rape suspect. If victims are subjected on an ongoing basis to what this victim was there is a serious problem in the state of Florida and certainly the Tallahassee area.” Carroll said that the lead detective got a search warrant for her client's cellphone and social media accounts but failed to do the same for Winston and his two companions immediately after the accusations were made.
SPORTS
December 4, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
So much for published speculation that findings on the sexual-assault investigation involving Florida State freshman quarterback Jameis Winston would not be released until after this weekend. Willie Meggs, Florida's state attorney,  has scheduled  a Thursday news conference in Tallahassee to address the Winston case. "We think we have exhausted all investigative tools," Meggs said in a story posted on ESPN.com news services. The investigation is focusing on whether Winston sexually assaulted a female student last December, long before he became a national figure.
SPORTS
February 25, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has launched an investigation how the University of Michigan handled rape allegations against a former football player. The department notified former Michigan professor Douglas Smith of the investigation in an email late Monday . Smith filed a complaint with the department about the matter in August 2013. “OCR has determined it is appropriate to proceed to investigation on the following issue,” the office said in an email to Smith obtained by The Times, “that the University failed to promptly and equitably respond to complaints, reports and/or incidents of sexual violence of which it had notice and, as a result, students were subjected to a sexually hostile environment.” The email noted investigation of Smith's complaint will be consolidated with another unidentified complaint filed about the situation and will also include examination of the university's Title IX grievance procedure.
NEWS
April 25, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - With eight Secret Service agents already forced out of the agency in the aftermath of a prostitution scandal, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate committee on Wednesday that investigators were trying to determine whether such conduct occurred on previous trips. "Part of our investigation is confirming that this was an aberration - or not," Napolitano said during an oversight hearing called by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The eight Secret Service agents retired, resigned or were fired by the agency for their alleged misconduct in Cartagena, Colombia, ahead of President Obama's arrival for an international summit April 13. A ninth agent will have his security clearance permanently revoked, which would force him to leave the Secret Service unless he successfully appeals the decision.
NEWS
June 12, 2012 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON -- Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. told a Senate committee Tuesday that members of the Department of Justice's national security division have been recused from participating in new investigations into leaks of classified information to the press, but he insisted that the decision does not signal they were part of the unauthorized disclosure of secret material. He also said that he and FBI Director Robert Mueller III have already been interviewed by two teams of prosecutors about what they knew about the leaks into secret drone attacks, cyber warfare and other clandestine operations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A grass fire apparently sparked on the side of a freeway in Fairfield spread quickly, scorching five homes and forcing authorities to evacuate dozens of residences, police said Tuesday night. Two of the homes were destroyed by the blaze that broke out along Interstate 80 on Tuesday afternoon and three others were damaged, the Fairfield Police Department said. The homes were along Marigold Drive. As flames were pushed by winds, officers went door to door to evacuate homes and apartments and make sure no one was trapped inside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Newport Beach police Monday afternoon were investigating the death of a woman whose body was found under a bridge in Newport Bay. Officers responded Monday morning to a report of a woman lying face down by the bridge at East Coast Highway and Bayside Drive, the Newport Beach Police Department said.  Officers determined that the woman was dead, police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said in a statement. On Monday afternoon, divers from the Orange County Sheriff's Department were preparing to enter the water to search for evidence, according to television news reports.
AUTOS
October 21, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Federal safety regulators have opened an investigation into problems with the brakes on the 2009 Hyundai Genesis cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 23 complaints alleging that drivers have to push down hard on the brake pedal and reduced brake effectiveness in upscale cars from Hyundai. There was one reported crash. PHOTOS: Cheapest cars with best gas mileage The federal agency said that several complaints indicate that the problem was diagnosed as a faulty ABS, or anti-lock braking, module.  One driver reported crashing into a stopped vehicle after the brakes didn't respond properly.
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