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March 6, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Massachusetts lawmakers Thursday approved legislation making it a crime to take secret photos of private body parts, a quick response to a state supreme court ruling that dismissed charges against a man who took “upskirt” photos of female trolley passengers.  Under the new law, anyone who attempts to take such photos without consent would face a maximum penalty of more than two years in jail and a $5,000 fine, the Associated Press reported....
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former toxicologist at the county medical examiner's office was arrested Monday on suspicion of murdering her husband, after tests showed a potentially lethal drug in his system of the kind reported missing from the office, officials said. Gregory DeVillers, 27, an employee at a biotechnology firm in San Diego, was found dead last November in the apartment he shared with his wife, Kristin Rossum, 24, at UC San Diego.
BUSINESS
September 20, 2000 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER
MP3.com Inc.'s legal troubles continued to mount Tuesday, as San Diego class-action specialist Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach filed a class-action suit against the controversial online music firm, its chief executive and members of its board of directors. The lawsuit, in federal court in San Diego, alleges that the company made "false and misleading" statements between Jan. 13 and Sept. 7 regarding its sales and growth of its Internet services. On Sept. 7, U.S. District Judge Jed S.
SPORTS
July 23, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Behind singles victories by Martina Navratilova and Zina Garrison, the United States Federation Cup team defeated China, 3-0, Tuesday to advance to the second round of the national-team, single-elimination tournament that is the women's equivalent of the Davis Cup. Navratilova blew away China's Li Xinyi, 6-1, 6-0, in front of an overflow crowd at Stvanice stadium in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Garrison played in place of Chris Evert Lloyd, who had a flare-up of tendinitis in her left knee.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2000 | JON HEALEY and P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
MP3.com Inc. relaunched its online music locker service Tuesday with a twist: a $50-per-year fee for consumers who want to store and play more than a few dozen CDs. The fee reflects the legal drubbing that San Diego-based MP3.com took this year after it briefly offered the My.MP3.com locker service without licenses from the record labels or music publishers. The new version is licensed by the five major labels and music publishers, which will collect small sums from MP3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 2001 | TIPTON BLISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of a San Diego County toxicologist accused of poisoning her husband defended his daughter Thursday as an academic, a dog lover and an avid reader who had no reason to kill. Ralph Rossum offered a different image of his daughter, Kristin Rossum, from the one prosecutors painted of a drug addict who plotted to poison her husband to keep him from revealing her drug use and an affair.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2003 | Jon Healey, Times Staff Writer
Once a rock star in the online music world, MP3.com is leaving the building. The San Diego-based company helped launch the digital-music revolution five years ago by enabling independent artists to offer downloadable songs directly to the public. But after two desultory years under the wing of global media conglomerate Vivendi Universal, MP3.com is about to change owners and stop the downloads. A spokeswoman for CNet Networks Inc.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2000 | P.J. HUFFSTUTTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Recording Industry Assn. of America filed evidence late Monday supporting its motion against Napster Inc., and asked the U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco to shut down the popular online song-swapping service. The trade group, along with the National Music Publishers Assn., also submitted an industry-financed study that claims record sales have plummeted at music stores near college campuses with high-speed Internet connections.
SPORTS
July 29, 1988
Unseeded Marty Davis continued a string of upsets in the Volvo International tennis tournament Thursday by eliminating fifth-seeded Aaron Krickstein, 6-3, 6-4, at Stratton Mountain, Vt. Davis, 2-3 in his career against Krickstein, waited out a four-hour rain delay and came from behind twice. There were four consecutive service breaks in the second set until the ninth game, when Davis held serve and then broke Krickstein to close out the match.
SPORTS
March 20, 1986
Mater Dei High School rallied for six runs in the seventh inning Wednesday to gain a 12-9 Angelus League victory over Bishop Amat at Bishop Amat Wednesday. The Monarchs entered the top of the seventh trailing 9-6, but had runners on first and second with two outs. A two-run single by Tony Copeland made it 9-8. Two walks and a passed ball led to the Monarchs' tying and winning runs. John Dworzak then hit a two-run double to provide the Monarchs with a comfortable margin.
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