The doctor convicted in the overdose death of Michael Jackson was sentenced to the maximum four years behind bars Tuesday by a judge who denounced him as a reckless physician whose actions were a "disgrace to the medical profession."Dr. Conrad Murray sat stoically with his hands crossed as Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor repeatedly chastised him for what he called a "horrific violation of trust" while caring for Jackson. Read More
Traditional police work wouldn't have nabbed Dr. Lisa Barden for visiting 43 pharmacies to illegally obtain tens of thousands of pain pills to fuel her own addiction.
Nor would it have busted Dr. Nazar Al Bussam as the top distributor of controlled substances in California over a three-year period in a prescriptions-for-cash scheme. Read More
A woman who allegedly fired pepper spray at other customers during a Black Friday sale has surrendered to authorities, Los Angeles police said Saturday.
Police Sgt. Jose Valle said the woman who allegedly caused minor injuries to 20 shoppers at a Los Angeles-area Walmart turned herself in Friday night. Read More
A California university placed two of its police officers on administrative leave Sunday because of their involvement in the pepper spraying of passively sitting protesters, while the school's chancellor accelerated a task force's investigation into the incident amid calls for her resignation. Read More
Natalie Wood's drowning death nearly 30 years ago came after a night of dinner, drinking and arguments but the question remains — was it anything more than a tragic accident? Read More
Video of a tense standoff between police and Occupy demonstrators at the University of California, Davis shows an officer using pepper spray on a group of protesters who appear to be sitting passively on the ground with their arms interlocked. Read More
California's U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein spoke at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday on pipeline safety regarding last year's San Bruno natural gas pipeline explosion.
The hearing, which featured testimony from top officials at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, PG&E, and pipeline safety advocates, was meant to provide an update and discuss efforts on the national level to reform the regulation and management of pipeline safety. Read More
Two UC Berkeley graduates who have been detained in Iran on espionage charges for more than two years were finally released today, according to their families.Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, and a third UC Berkeley graduate, Sarah Shourd, were arrested on July 31, 2009, after embarking on a hike in Iraq’s Kurdistan region near the Iranian border.Iran accused all three of them of espionage and last month Bauer and Fattal were sentenced to eight years in prison. Read More
The U.S. Postal Service's plan to cut costs could lead to the closure of more than a dozen mail processing facilities employing hundreds of workers in California.The financially troubled agency announced this week it may close more than 250 mail processing facilities, or more than half of the service's processing centers nationwide.The Postal Service expects the closures, as well as reduced service standards for first-class mail, could save as much as $3 billion annually but also would affect 35,000 workers across the country. Read More
State representatives in Sacramento today introduced a parole reform bill inspired by the Jaycee Dugard case.State Sen. Ten Gaines, R-Roseville, Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, and Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley announced the “The Parole Reform Act of 2011” to address what they see as problems with the current parole system.“It’s a refining of the process so it has a better result,” said Bonilla, who co-authored the bill. Read More