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US attorney in Los Angeles confirmed for judgeship

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The top federal prosecutor in Los Angeles has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become a judge.

Andre Birotte (Behr-rot) Jr. was unanimously approved Tuesday for a seat on the U.S. District Court bench in Los Angeles.

The 47-year-old Birotte has been U.S. attorney for Los Angeles and six neighboring counties since 2010. He previously served as inspector general of the LA Police Department and has worked both as a public defender and in private practice.

Birotte's office has brought public corruption charges against state Sen. Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello, and prosecuted members of the LA County Sheriff's Department on civil rights and obstruction of justice charges. Birotte declined to prosecute cyclist Lance Armstrong after a nearly two-year investigation into doping allegations that tainted the seven-time Tour de France winner.


Deputy shot, injured in Southern Calif. standoff

MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - The Riverside County Sheriff's Department says one of its police officers was shot in a confrontation with several armed suspects but is expected to survive.

Department spokesman Albert Martinez says the deputy was one of many responding to an assault with a deadly weapon call in Moreno Valley on Tuesday afternoon when he was shot.

He's being treated at a hospital for injuries that are considered minor.

One other person has been injured in the incident, but it wasn't clear who they were or what the circumstances were.

Police and deputies including a SWAT team were trying to take the suspects into custody and extracted another person from the scene near State Route 60.


Fire burns Los Angeles-area charter school

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officials say more than 30 firefighters battled a blaze that significantly damaged a single-story charter high school in the Los Angeles area.

LA County Fire inspector Scott Miller said two firefighters were hospitalized Tuesday after fighting the fire at Animo High School in Inglewood.

Miller says the blaze has been contained and the department is investigating the cause of the fire and extent of the damage. He says the majority of the roof is destroyed as well as a facade and exterior wall.

Firefighters say they received a call at 2:21 p.m. saying smoke and fire was showing through the roof of the school. Miller says a construction crew was working at the school and they are investigating if that caused the fire.

Miller says the firefighters are expected to make a full recovery.


ACLU may fight for California migrant shelter

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says it is mulling its legal options after a planning commission in a north San Diego suburb rejected plans for a 96-bed shelter designed for unaccompanied immigrant children who are arrested by the Border Patrol.

David Loy, director of the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, said Tuesday at a news conference outside City Hall that Escondido may be violating state and federal fair housing laws. The planning commission voted 7-0 last month to reject the proposal and is expected to ratify its decision Tuesday night.

Southwest Key, the nonprofit group that would operate the shelter, had representatives at the news conference and says it is being advised by the ACLU. The group can appeal to City Council.


Investigators: Missing woman may have been shot

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - Investigators believe the missing pregnant wife of a California-based Marine may have been shot while hunting with a married ex-Marine with whom she was having an affair.

The Desert Sun cites court documents that say on the day she disappeared three weeks ago, 20-year-old Erin Corwin had planned to meet with Christopher Brandon Lee to spend a day together on a hunting trip.

A detective's affidavit shows the investigation is focusing on the 24-year-old Lee, who may have been the father of her child.

Lee says he was not with Corwin on the day she went missing.

Authorities said Monday that Lee was arrested July 4 on suspicion of possession of a destructive device. He was released on bail.

Authorities wouldn't say if the two cases are connected.


Assailants sought in fatal train platform beating

LYNWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives have asked the public for help in the investigation of the fatal beating of a 65-year-old man on a busy Metro Blue Line train platform.

The Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that surveillance video shows John Wayne Whitmore being beaten by two women on June 13 at a station in unincorporated Willowbrook near Lynwood.

Authorities say there was a brief argument between Whitmore and the women before they began beating him while several people stood nearby. He suffered blunt force trauma to the head and was taken to a hospital where he died on June 20.

The county Board of Supervisors is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the death of the local artist.


Orange County man admits $2.3M medical fraud

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - An Orange County man has pleaded guilty to running a $2.3 million medical fraud scheme targeting physicians and dentists.

The Orange County Register reports 57-year-old David Rose entered guilty pleas Monday to wire fraud and mail fraud charges.

Federal prosecutors say the Coto de Caza resident faces up to 40 years in prison at his Nov. 24 sentencing.

Prosecutors alleged that Rose persuaded medical professionals to invest in a pair of companies by promising lucrative returns on new medical technologies.

Authorities say no money was actually invested in medical technology by either company.

Instead, prosecutors say, Rose used the investor's money on personal expenses such as college tuition, luxury vehicles, a boat and shares in the Green Bay Packers.

More than 77 people lost money in the scheme.


Los Angeles school requires concussion tests

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A boys Catholic high school in Los Angeles will require all students to undergo baseline testing for concussions - whether they are athletes or not.

The Los Angeles Times reports each of Loyola High's 1,270 students will undergo the 45-minute exam assessing balance and brain functions.

More than 500 students have already completed the test administered by the athletic training staff.

Principal Frank Kozakowski says non-athletes are being given the exam because the school has experienced increased numbers of students being diagnosed with concussions from outside activities such as skateboarding and snowboarding.

He says having data from a baseline test will help doctors, teachers and parents.

Officials say they don't know of any other school where the entire student body has undergone baseline testing.

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