Wells Fargo agrees to pay $385M to settle car loan lawsuit

U.S. 06/07/19, 21:24

Wells Fargo has agreed to pay at least $385 million to settle a California lawsuit alleging it signed up thousands of auto loan customers for costly car insurance without their consent, resulting in many having their vehicles repossessed.The bank filed the agreement Thursday in a federal court in Santa Ana. ...

Mongols biker club fined $500,000 but keeps logo trademarks

U.S. 05/18/19, 06:59

A federal judge on Friday fined the Mongols motorcycle club $500,000 in a racketeering and conspiracy case but refused the latest effort in a decade-long attempt by the government to take away the club's control over its logo — a Genghis Khan-style rider in sunglasses astride a chopper-style bike.Prosecutors had ...

Avenatti hires lawyer to represent him in fraud case

U.S. 05/15/19, 14:34

Attorney Michael Avenatti hired a lawyer to represent him Wednesday after a federal judge rejected his request for a public defender in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on taxes and committed bank fraud. Avenatti announced the hiring of attorney H. Dean Steward during a brief ...

Judge rejects public defender for Avenatti in fraud case

U.S. 05/14/19, 19:19

A federal judge Tuesday rejected attorney Michael Avenatti's request for a public defender to represent him in a case alleging he stole millions of dollars from clients, cheated on his taxes and committed bank fraud. Judge James Selna denied the request without providing a reason on the eve of Avenatti's appearance ...

Music program founder charged with lewd acts against girls

U.S. 04/18/19, 22:28

The founder of a nonprofit group that was investigated over allegations it gave flutes possibly tainted with semen to schoolchildren has been charged with committing lewd acts against girls in California, it was announced Thursday. John Zeretzke, 60, of Ventura was indicted by an Orange County grand jury last month on ...

California sees shift in immigration detention contracts

U.S. 04/08/19, 18:59

A Southern California desert community has backed out of a contract for the state's largest immigration detention facility in a move that won't necessarily close its doors but rather could open them to an expansion. The city of Adelanto took steps late last month to end its contract with U.S. immigration ...

Colorado man pleads not guilty in California cold case death

U.S. 03/29/19, 20:50

A Colorado man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the 1973 death of an 11-year-old California girl.James Neal of Monument, Colorado, also pleaded not guilty in an Orange County courtroom Friday to lewd and lascivious acts on two girls under age 14. Authorities say those crimes happened between 1995 ...

Orange County ending contract to hold immigration detainees

U.S. 03/27/19, 17:24

A Southern California county is ending its contract to house immigration detainees for federal authorities to focus on inmates' mental health needs, officials said Wednesday. Orange County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Carrie Braun said the agency is ending its 2010 contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold roughly 900 detainees a ...

Man charged in spa bombing indicted on 4 federal counts

U.S. 03/13/19, 21:19

A federal grand jury on Wednesday returned a four-count indictment against a man previously charged in connection with a bombing of a Southern California spa that killed his ex-girlfriend, prosecutors said.Stephen William Beal, 59, faces charges including use of a weapon of mass destruction and malicious destruction of a building ...

Judge won’t make Mongols biker gang surrender trademark logo

U.S. 02/28/19, 20:09

A California judge delivered a blow Thursday to a decade-long effort by federal prosecutors to strip the Mongols motorcycle gang of its trademarked logo, ruling such a move would be unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter in Santa Ana nullified a first-of-its-kind jury verdict that would have given the ...

Update: 2nd person sought in California boy’s 1990 death

U.S. 02/20/19, 20:02

The Latest on cold-case arrests in the separate killings of a boy and girl in California (all times local):5 p.m.Authorities say a man charged with killing an 11-year-old Inglewood boy in 1990 didn't act alone.At a Wednesday news conference, the police chief of the Los Angeles suburb and the brother ...

Arrests made in decades-old killings of 2 California kids

U.S. 02/20/19, 15:36

Authorities said Wednesday that they solved two decades-old cold cases that stunned Southern California, arresting suspects in the separate killings of a boy and a girl who disappeared while walking home from school. Linda O'Keefe was strangled in 1973, and William Tillett was suffocated in 1990. They were both 11. James Neal, ...

Update: Alleged birth tourism operators enter pleas

U.S. 01/31/19, 21:29

The Latest on the federal charges related to Chinese birth tourism schemes (all times local):6:15 p.m.Three people have pleaded not guilty to running schemes to bring Chinese women to the United States to give birth to babies who automatically hold American citizenship.Dongyuan Li, Jing Dong and Michael Wei Yueh Liu ...

US charges 20 people over Chinese birth tourism schemes

U.S. 01/31/19, 14:47

Twenty people have been charged in the largest-ever crackdown on businesses that help Chinese women travel to the United States to give birth to babies who automatically are American citizens, authorities said Thursday. Three people were arrested in Southern California on charges including conspiracy, visa fraud and money laundering. More than ...

California man charged with murder in 17-month-old’s death

U.S. 01/18/19, 19:00

A Southern California man has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend's 17-month-old daughter.The Orange County District Attorney's office said Friday that 28-year-old Christopher David Recio of San Clemente was charged with murder and assault on a child likely to produce great bodily injury.Prosecutors say Recio killed ...

California Republican seeks recount after losing Senate seat

U.S. 12/06/18, 19:11

A California state senator who narrowly lost her re-election bid is requesting a partial recount of ballots in Orange County, the county's elections chief, Neal Kelley, announced Thursday.Former Republican Sen. Janet Nguyen requested the recount on Tuesday, a day after Democrat Tom Umberg was sworn in to replace her.A voter ...

Southern California to stay foggy until Santa Anas return

U.S. 11/05/18, 15:12

Fog that has been shrouding parts of Southern California will continue into mid-week before a return of Santa Ana winds.The National Weather Service says areas of coastal low clouds and fog may spread into some valleys Wednesday night into Thursday before offshore flow brings clearing.The dry and gusty northeast winds ...

Feud erupts over language of California gas tax measure

California 10/27/18, 12:09

A feud has erupted over political advertisements for a proposed California ballot measure to repeal a fuel tax increase.Proposition 6 supporters have made calls and sent a mailer they dubbed a ballot "correction" saying they believe the official title of the measure is misleading.The GOP-backed proponents want voters to think ...

Santa Ana winds bring fire danger to Southern California

California 10/19/18, 06:11

Firefighters knocked down several small brushfires despite gusty Santa Ana winds blowing across parts of Southern California.A firefighter hoses down hot spots created by a brush fire Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Santa Paula, Calif. The National Weather Service issued red flag warnings for fire danger across a swath of ...

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