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Scandal-plagued California city’s ex-manager gets 12 years in prison for corruption

By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The former city administrator of Bell, California, who became a symbol of local government corruption when news surfaced of his annual salary of about $800,000, was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in prison, officials said. An apologetic Robert Rizzo, 60, who pleaded…

Meningitis outbreak in the gay community kills three people in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three men in their 20s have died from a meningitis outbreak in the gay community in the Los Angeles area this year, a public health spokesman said on Thursday, a day after officials called on HIV-positive gay men in the region to be vaccinated against the…

More than 100 aftershocks follow Los Angeles 5.1 earthquake

(Reuters) – More than 100 aftershocks have been reported across Southern California following a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled suburban Los Angeles and at least temporarily displaced about 50 people but caused no serious structural damage, seismologists said on Saturday. No injuries were reported from the Friday quake centered outside…

Los Angeles homeless population hardest hit by spike in Tuberculosis cases

Public health officials in Los Angeles reported on Thursday that cases of tuberculosis are up by 7 percent in the city. According to the Los Angeles Times, the rise in cases occurred mainly among the city’s homeless population. In a letter to the County Board of Supervisors, Dr. Jonathan Fielding…

Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper arrested after new warrant on rape charges

Former National Football League star Darren Sharper, facing rape charges in Los Angeles and New Orleans, was in police custody Friday in California, officials said. The 38-year-old was arrested Thursday evening and taken to Los Angeles’ Men’s Central Jail, where he was being held without bail, according to LA County…

Ex-NFL star Darren Sharper pleads not guilty to rape

By Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former football star Darren Sharper pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that he drugged and raped two women in a Los Angeles hotel as investigations continue into similar sex crimes in four other U.S. states, according to police and court documents. The…

Woman ejected from moving LAPD car says cop was sexually assaulting her

A 27-year-old Los Angeles pharmacist has sued the Los Angeles Police Department over injuries she sustained when she was thrown from a moving squad car. The New York Daily News reported that Kim Nguyen says she fell from the car as she struggled to escape sexual assault by a police…

Porn industry faces third shutdown this year after another actor’s positive HIV test

GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE The pornographic film industry in Los Angeles is facing its third production shutdown in a year, after another performer tested positive for HIV. The news rounds off a difficult year for the industry in LA, in which a law mandating the use of condoms on film sets…

Fourth porn actor reportedly diagnosed with HIV

Calls heighten in California for moratorium on new productions and mandatory use of condoms A fourth American porn actor has reportedly tested positive for HIV, fuelling fears of a significant outbreak in California’s adult film industry. A male performer told a Los Angeles-based advocacy group he had been diagnosed with…

Coroner says Canadian tourist found in hotel water tank died of natural causes

Coroner’s officials say that a Canadian tourist whose body was found in a Los Angeles hotel’s water tank died from an accidental drowning. According to the Los Angeles Times, medical examiners found no signs of trauma on the body of Elisa Lam, and toxicology reports returned clean. Lam’s body was…

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