Grease thieves cashing in on booming bio-diesel market

Warm weather, a plethora of restaurants and a penchant for recycling everything are contributing to one of the oddest crime waves to hit Southern California.Grease thieves are breaking into used fry oil vats stored behind Southland restaurants and siphoning away profits. Because of the warm temperatures, the oil remains in a liquid state — making it relatively easy for the thieves to transport the valuable commodity and recycle it resulting in a cash haul of between $200 and $1,000, according ...
  September 2, 2014  

In Studio City dog death, minivan thief goes to jail

VAN NUYS >> A 30-year-old transient who stole a van containing a Studio City family’s dog, which was found dead inside the vehicle when it was recovered, was sentenced Tuesday to 16 months behind bars.Danny Fis pleaded no contest to one count each of unlawful driving or taking of a vehicle and cruelty to an animal, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He was immediately sentenced by Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Karen J. Nudell.Although the sentence is for prison, Fis will serv...
  September 2, 2014  

$3.75M eBay Settlement Gets Seal of Approval

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge approved a $3.75 million settlement for eBay workers affected by an alleged "handshake" agreement with Intuit not to recruit each other's employees.     Roughly $2.3 million of the settlement between California's Attorney General and eBay will compensate employees who have worked for eBay since 2005 and prospective employees who were affected by the back-room deal, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila ordere...

New Life for Botox Investor Case in 9th Circuit

     (CN) - Shareholders can sue Allergan directors for allegedly building a business plan on the illegal off-label marketing of Botox, the 9th Circuit ruled Tuesday.     Allergan Inc. settled several whistle-blower lawsuits and pleaded guilty in a 2010 criminal case that accused it of illegally marketing and labeling the cosmetic drug. Though it paid about $600 million to settle the allegations, it soon faced a civil action claiming that Allerga...

‘Big Government Cloud’ Debated in 2nd Circuit Appeal of NSA Case

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Massive government collection of U.S. citizen telephone data is "certainly not a world that the Framers envisioned when they created the Fourth Amendment," a lawyer for American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday at a much-anticipated hearing before the 2nd Circuit.     The ACLU hopes to revive a lawsuit that it filed in June 2013, challenging then-fresh revelations of a top-secret order forcing Verizon to "turn over, every ...

9th Circuit Tosses Claim Yelp Extorted Businesses

     (CN) - California business owners failed to show that Yelp attempted to extort advertising money from them by manipulating online reviews, the 9th Circuit ruled.     Boris Levitt, Cats and Dogs Animal Hospital Inc., John Mercurio and Dr. Tracy Chan alleged in a class action that the popular online review site fiddled with user-generated reviews and even wrote its own negative third-party reviews to convince them to buy advertising for their ...

Police Report Says Parents Didn’t Realize Daughter Had Shot Gun Instructor

Police Report Says Parents Didn't Realize Daughter Had Shot Gun InstructorNew York TimesThe father “stated his family is in shock and just wants to leave the area and go back to Las Vegas,” one of the deputies said in the police report. The deputy said he had asked to speak to his daughter, but the father said “he would prefer if no one ...Police reports shed light on girl who fatally shot instructor with Uzi CBS News
  September 2, 2014  

Grand jury indicts Las Cruces mother of rare hate crime

Grand jury indicts Las Cruces mother of rare hate crimeLas Cruces Sun-NewsLAS CRUCES >> The Las Cruces woman accused this summer of hate crimes against her teen daughter has been indicted by a Doña Ana County grand jury. Authorities allege that Magda Haro, 40, forced her then-17-year-old daughter to insert her fingers ...
  September 2, 2014  

UK’s Cameron Calls Killing of US Hostage a Barbaric Murder

UK's Cameron Calls Killing of US Hostage a Barbaric MurderWall Street Journal"We are aware of a video which purports to be the murder of a U.S. national and includes a threat to another hostage. We are urgently working to verify the authenticity of the video," a spokesperson for the U.K. Foreign Office said in a short statement.'Islamic State' extremists murder second US reporter Yahoo NewsNeighborhood Reacts To Apparent Murder Of Local Journalist Steven Sotloff CBS LocalCP...
  September 2, 2014  

OSBI releases identity of man who died in Monday officer-involved shooting on …

OSBI releases identity of man who died in Monday officer-involved shooting on ...Tulsa WorldIn this screen capture from a YouTube video by Bruce Jones of TheHenryettan.com, Henryetta police and others can be seen working at a fatal officer-involved shooting on Interstate 40 Monday morning. Courtesy. Buy this photo. Posted: Tuesday, September ...OSBI Releases Name Of Man Killed In Henryetta Officer-Involved Shooting news9.com KWTVOSBI Releases Name Of Man Killed In Henryetta Officer-Involved...
  September 2, 2014