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February 25, 2013 | By John M. Glionna and Matt Pearce
LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police Monday officially issued a warrant for a 26-year-old ex-convict they say is the man who unleashed a predawn barrage of gunfire into a Maserati on the Strip last week, resulting in a fireball crash that killed three people. "We can say with certainty that Ammar Harris is the suspect who fired the fatal shots," Police Capt. Chris Jones said at an afternoon news conference. Officials say their campaign to bring Harris to justice will include displaying his mugshot on southern Nevada billboards.
January 11, 2013
The Supreme Court was asked this week to rule that police never need to obtain a search warrant before drawing blood from a motorist stopped for drunk driving. The court should reject that claim. In 2010, Tyler G. McNeely was stopped by a Missouri highway patrolman for speeding. After McNeely refused to undergo a breath test, the patrolman drove him to a hospital and, over McNeely's objections, directed a phlebotomist to take a sample of McNeely's blood. The results indicated a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, but a trial judge and the Missouri Supreme Court held that the evidence was inadmissible because it had been obtained without a warrant.
January 9, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court justices sounded wary Wednesday of giving the police a free hand to forcibly take blood from motorists suspected of drunk driving. "It's a pretty scary image of somebody restrained, and a representative of the state approaching them with a needle," Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said. Though the police stop swerving drivers at all hours of the day and night, rarely are motorists required to undergo a blood test. Typically, an officer tells a driver who appears to be drunk to get out of the vehicle, walk a straight line and recite the alphabet.
January 9, 2013 | By Kenneth R. Weiss
State fish and wildlife officials, although deeply skeptical about low numbers of great white sharks off the Pacific Coast, determined that there was sufficient scientific information to warrant a full review on whether the feared, toothy creature should be listed as threatened with extinction. A team of state officials on Monday recommended that the California Fish and Game Commission accept a petition by nonprofit groups that great whites be protected as threatened or endangered under state's Endangered Species Act. Those groups, Oceana, the Center for Biological Diversity and Shark Stewards, have argued that great white populations off the West Coast are "dangerously low. "  They cite two studies that estimated a total of 338 great white sharks off the coast.
November 30, 2012 | By Jessica Guynn, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - Digital privacy laws in the United States just got one step closer to the 21st century. A Senate committee on Thursday backed privacy protections that would require the government to obtain a search warrant before secretly gaining access to email and other electronic communications. The 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act was written before the Web was born and long before Americans started sending, receiving and storing so much of their personal communications and documents on the Web. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D.Vt.)
November 29, 2012 | By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Jose Luis Saenz had been on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list since 2009, with a $100,000 bounty and his face in post offices across the United States before he was captured last week. But amid the international hunt for Saenz - also known as "Peanut Joe Smiley," among other aliases, authorities say - California parole officials dropped their warrant for his arrest and dismissed the alleged killer and Mexican drug cartel associate from parole. California "no longer had jurisdiction over Saenz," agency spokesman Luis Patino said Wednesday.
November 25, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
Suresh Krause laid out his career path for his uncle on Christmas day last year: He planned to spend about 20 years in the U.S. Army, eventually moving up in rank and becoming a flight instructor. Then he'd change careers, but with the same purpose in mind. Krause, his uncle said, planned to fly a helicopter for the United States Coast Guard. "It was the same thread - putting himself in harm's way to protect others, all the while doing something he loved, which was to fly," his uncle Brody Schmidt said.
November 10, 2012 | By Paige St. John, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - State corrections officials are poised to drop the arrest warrants of thousands of parole violators, releasing them from state supervision at a time when their detention would complicate efforts to ease crowding in state and county lockups. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation intends to begin a massive review next week of more than 9,200 outstanding warrants, starting with individuals who were convicted of nonviolent crimes and absconded from supervision.
October 31, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Researchers at UC Davis set up a simple experiment to test police dogs and their fabled ability to detect drugs. They told 18 police dog handlers they had hidden small amounts of illegal drugs in four rooms of a church. Over two days of testing, the drug-sniffing dogs alerted their handlers repeatedly and in every room - 225 times in all. And they were twice as likely to alert on spots marked with red construction paper that the handlers had been told would indicate drugs.
August 15, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles clothier American Apparel Inc. on Tuesday reported a higher loss in the second quarter despite a bump in sales. For the quarter ended June 30, the retailer reported a net loss of $15.3 million, or 14 cents a share, compared with a loss of $213,000, or flat earnings per share, in the same period a year earlier. Sales totaled $149.5 million, a 13% jump from $132.8 million in the year-ago period. Peter Schey, an attorney for American Apparel, said the bigger loss was mostly attributable to stock warrants, which give investors the right to buy shares at a set price even if the stock soars in value.
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