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LA 2024 Releases Revised Budget for Olympics; Estimated to Cost $5.3 Billion

An artist's rendering of downtown Los Angeles during the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. LA 2024’s latest proposal, issued on Friday, estimates that it would cost $5.3 billion to stage the mega-sporting event. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Though that number exceeds their initial projection, bid leaders still believe they can cover all expenses with revenue earned from sources such as broadcast rights, corporate sponsorships and ticket sales. (Credit: LA24)

In an era when the Olympics have become synonymous with cost overruns and massive deficits, the private committee seeking to bring the Summer Games back to Southern California has released what it calls a “no-surprises” balanced budget. “We have been extremely conservative in our approach,” said Gene Sykes, the committee’s chief executive. (Credit: LA24)

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LA 2024 Releases Revised Budget for Olympics; Estimated to Cost $5.3 Billion

An artist's rendering of downtown Los Angeles during the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

Walmart to Pay $7.5 Million Settlement in Discrimination Suit

“I’m pleased that Walmart was willing to resolve this issue for me and other associates who are married to someone of the same sex,” Cote said in a statement. An exterior image of a Walmart store in Turnersville, New Jersey. Cote said she’s happy the case has been settled. “It’s a relief to bring this chapter of my life to a close.”
Sally Welborn, Walmart’s senior vice president of Global Benefits, said, “We’re happy both sides could come together to reach a resolution.”
Walmart began offering insurance benefits to same-sex couples at the start of 2014 after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage. (Credit: CNN)

Walmart has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a suit that alleged the chain discriminated against gay employees. Jacqueline Cote filed the complaint in July 2015 on behalf of other Walmart employees whose same-sex spouses were also denied health insurance. Walmart said it expects “no more than a few thousand” people to be eligible for the settlement. It was not immediately known how many current and former Walmart employees would be affected by the settlement. (Credit: CNN)

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Walmart to Pay $7.5 Million Settlement in Discrimination Suit

An exterior image of a Walmart store in Turnersville, New Jersey. The class-action suit, which was announced Friday, claimed that Walmart denied spousal health insurance benefits to same-sex employees between 2011 and 2013.

31-Year-Old Man Headed to Jail in Oregon’s First Revenge Porn Conviction

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Oregon has sentenced its first offender to jail under a new revenge porn law. In July, Barber posted multiple pornographic videos of himself and a woman from a past relationship to various adult websites, without her permission. He went on to allege that she had tried to use the same videos to blackmail him, but that the judge didn’t like him and barred evidence that would have favored him. Barber walked up to KOIN reporter Emily Sinovic as she was interviewing Sgt. Barber told Sinovic that he was actually the victim and that the videos were copyrighted. Benjamin Barber, 31, was sentenced Thursday to 6 months in jail and 5 years probation. When Sinovic asked him if he thought people might disregard his arguments as excuses and think “this guy just seems creepy,” Barber replied, “I understand people are going to think I look creepy, I have this blown-out eye.”
Sinovic clarified that she was talking about his actions, not his appearance, to which he said, “Well okay, so if I go saying that I want to make porn, get paid for making porn and then complain that the porn I asked people to pay me for is then public, do I have a right to be embarrassed?”
The judge, who Barber believes he may have offended, didn’t agree with his argument. Bob Ray outside the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and gave an unsolicited interview. The law states in part:
“The person, with the intent to harass, humiliate or injure another person, knowingly causes to be disclosed through an Internet website an identifiable image of the other person whose intimate parts are visible or who is engaged in sexual conduct.”

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Hundreds of Veterans Possibly Exposed to HIV, Hepatitis at Wisconsin Medical Center

This demonstrates once and for all that the VA needs a complete overhaul, so that our veterans finally get the care — and the respect — they deserve.”

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-88.787868 The sign of the Veterans Affairs Department is hung on the podium as U.S. “During all of the orientation, he used our equipment. The dentist has since been moved to an administrative role and is not seeing patients. Earlier this week, officials said a dentist at the Tomah VA Medical Center improperly re-used his own dental equipment instead of using the sterilized, disposable tools as VA rules require. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Nearly 600 patients who received dental care at a Wisconsin Veterans Affairs medical center may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and C and now face an anxious wait to find out if they were infected. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference at Veterans Affairs Department September 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. U.S. The dentist was hired at the facility in October 2015 and saw 592 patients there. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Hundreds of Veterans Possibly Exposed to HIV, Hepatitis at Wisconsin Medical Center

The sign of the Veterans Affairs Department is hung on the podium as U.S. He used it appropriately, so it was very purposeful from what we found in our investigation that he knew exactly what he was doing, and preferred to use his own equipment against procedure.”
A fill-in assistant recognized the breach in protocol and reported the issue, according to CNN affiliate WEAU. The blood test results take about two to three weeks, WEAU reported. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald speaks during a news conference at Veterans Affairs Department September 8, 2014 in Washington, DC. “This news is not just heartbreaking; it’s outrageous,” he said in a statement. A team at the medical center looked at records of known HIV, hepatitis B and C cases, what kind of work was done by the dentist and the risk of transmission. The most important part is the actual risk of infection is low here — it is out of an abundance of caution that we are doing this,” said Gowan. His patients were notified this week that they may have been exposed. “It was purposeful that he was violating VA regulations,” said Victoria Brahm, acting medical director at the Tomah VA Center in a press briefing earlier this week. The VA is offering them free testing and follow-up care. “How can our veterans be treated so carelessly and where is the accountability?”
“The individual in question has not even been fired — a truly stunning show of bureaucratic impunity. The dentist, who not been identified, is expected to appear in front of a review board Monday as he faces administrative proceedings, said Matthew Gowan, a spokesman for the Tomah VA. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, questioned why the dentist has not been fired.

Fall Snow, Rains Have ‘Satisfied the Drought Debt’ in Northern Sierra Nevada: Climatologist

A small plane flies over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range before the test flight of the Airbus Perlan 2 manned glider May 7, 2016 at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nevada. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, concerns over dry conditions were quickly dispatched when more than two feet of snow dropped around the lake in just two days. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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Fall Snow, Rains Have ‘Satisfied the Drought Debt’ in Northern Sierra Nevada: Climatologist

A small plane flies over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range before the test flight of the Airbus Perlan 2 manned glider May 7, 2016 at Minden-Tahoe Airport in Minden, Nevada. Now, if past weather patterns are fulfilled this year, experts say, Northern California’s winter — and long-term relief from years of drought — could be just around the corner for the state’s most important watershed. (Credit: TIMOTHY A. (Credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

At Heavenly Ski Resort, thousands of feet up in the northern Sierra Nevada, the heavy snowfall around Lake Tahoe forced the lodge to close its small roller coaster due to poor visibility this week. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. The Northern Sierra Nevada area has received more than 17 inches of precipitation through October and November, nearly 200% above average for the first two months of the water year, the state Department of Water Resources said. The southern portions of the Sierra Nevada, however, remain mired in drought and are only at 81% of average.

Gunmen in Stockton Bank Robbery Plead Guilty to Murder in Hostage’s Death

Jamie Ramos, who faced a death penalty trial, also pleaded guilty to carjacking and attempted murder on a peace officer and will be sentenced to life without parole for his role in July 2014 incident. Their two accomplices were killed in a shootout with police. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. A Stockton bank robber who used a hostage as a human shield during a police pursuit pleaded guilty to murder and a host of other charges Friday, San Joaquin County prosecutors said. Jaime Ramos, left, and Pablo Ruvalcaba are shown in Stockton Police Department booking photos. 37.957702
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Robbery Hostage Said, ‘I Don’t Want My Daughter to See Me Coming Out With You’ An accomplice, Pablo Ruvalcaba, pleaded guilty to murder and will be sentenced to 25 years to life, officials said. Ramos and Ruvalcaba were among four men who robbed the Bank of the West in Stockton on a weekday afternoon, took three hostages, then fled with officers in pursuit.

USC Faculty Member Stabbed, Killed on Campus: Authorities

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Check back for updates on this developing story. in the 3600 block of McClintock Avenue. Mudd building and are warning students to stay away from the area. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

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USC Faculty Member Stabbed, Killed on Campus: Authorities

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— Daily Trojan (@dailytrojan) December 3, 2016

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A 25-year-old University of Southern California faculty member was killed on campus Friday evening after being stabbed, authorities said. Los Angeles officers received a call of a stabbing with a deadly weapon around 4:34 p.m. #BREAKING: Police have locked down the Seeley G. The USC campus is shown in a file photo. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. Students were sent a text message about the police activity on campus that read “Police-related incident in progress at Seeley G Mudd,” referring to a building on campus.

Video Shows Officer Stop Speeding School Bus Packed With Children in Ohio

The driver submitted a letter of resignation to the district Friday and told Fox 8 News he apologized to the school for the error and embarrassment and feels badly about it. Dashboard camera video showed an officer pursuing the speeding bus, with body camera video rolling as the officer asked the driver why he was going so fast. Please enable Javascript to watch this video

An Ohio man is out of a job after police pulled him over for driving a school bus loaded with students at twice the speed limit, according to KTLA sister station WJW in Cleveland. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the bus — which was carrying 37 children at the time — hit a mailbox, a utility pole, rolled onto its right side and then collided with a tree. “We don’t condone this type of behavior, can’t condone it, we’re talking about the safety of students.”
The traffic stop comes just days after a horrific, fatal bus crash in Chattanooga, Tennessee that ultimately took the lives of six children. Thursday, according to a copy of the citation. The driver simply said, “I’m sorry.”
Twinsburg City Schools Superintendent Kathi Powers said the bus had 48 students on board and was taking them home from R.B. 41.312555
-81.440113 Chamberlin Middle School. She said the driver was an employee since February 2013 and there was no record of prior problems in his file. Recordings from inside the bus have been downloaded and are being evaluated. Power said she can’t recall any other Twinsburg drivers cited for speeding in her time with the district. I think it was just a lack of judgment, an error in his thinking,” she said, adding that she was surprised by the incident. “I’m very sorry that happened, and we’ll continue to look at our processes, remind our employees, provide professional development to ensure that employees are acting in the most safe manner to ensure the safety and well-being of our students,” she said. The Twinsburg City Schools driver was cited for going 50 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone on Post Road just after 2 p.m. Powers said the district pulled the driver from the bus after learning of the incident and placed him on leave, notifying parents of students who ride the bus. “The bus driver is remorseful.

California’s Largest State Worker Union Cancels Its Monday Strike in Sacramento

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The union representing some 95,000 state workers has called off plans for a one-day strike, saying that it has “found a pathway forward” in contract negotiations with the administration of Gov. “Our goal has never been to go on strike. SEIU Local 1000 organizer Jennifer Ortiz leads a group of California state workers in a chant. “After weeks of preparing for a strike, we have been in conversations with the state, and we both feel we have found a pathway forward,” she said. (Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

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California’s Largest State Worker Union Cancels Its Monday Strike in Sacramento

SEIU Local 1000 organizer Jennifer Ortiz leads a group of California state workers in a chant. Jerry Brown. It has always been to get a contract we can all be proud of.”
Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. The announcement on Friday afternoon by SEIU Local 1000 averted what was shaping up to be a test of wills between state officials — warning that its members are subject to a no-strike clause — and the politically powerful union. A spokesman for the union declined to offer any additional details beyond a brief statement from Yvonne Walker, the union’s president.

‘I Miss Everything About Him,’ Says Wife of San Bernardino Terror Attack Victim

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A year after her husband Nicholas Thalasinos was killed in the terror attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Jennifer Thalasinos remembers her husband and that day. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on Dec.

Violent Clown Threats Against Glendora School Lead to 16-Month Sentence for Teen

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‘Fontana Killer Clown’ Suspect, Glendora Teen Arrested in Separate Alleged Clown Threats: Police His threats came amid a rash of scary clown reports across the country, some of which were hoaxes. William Salazar’s alleged clown Facebook profile is shown on Oct. The threats came from a social media profile that used “menacing clown images” and warned of an attack against the school, the DA’s office said. Salazar, a former student at the school, has a Facebook profile named “Clowner Hoe” that featured clowns with firearms, police said. A 19-year-old man was sentenced to more than a year in state prison Friday for making threats against a Glendora continuation high school using violent clown images. 5, 2016. Salazar was arrested in Kern County the same day the threats were reported, Glendora Police Department Chief Tim Staab said at the time. 5 by school officials at Sierra High School that threats were being made against the campus. William Salazar was sentenced to 16 months immediately after pleading no contest to one felony count of making criminal threats, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. William Salazar, 19, is shown in a booking photo released Oct. He was arrested after police were alerted Oct. 5, 2016, by the Fontana Police Department.

Donald Trump Speaks With Taiwan’s President, Risking Diplomatic Rift With China

relations with the rest of the world. “President-elect Trump spoke with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, who offered her congratulations,” a statement from Trump’s transition team said. The move — certain to incense China, which considers the nationalist island to be a renegade province — is the first major sign of the “unpredictability” that Trump has vowed to bring to U.S. President-elect Trump also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year.”
Trump’s conversation marks the first publicly reported call between a U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the President of Taiwan on Friday, according to a statement from his transition team, in a move that threatens to trigger a diplomatic showdown with China even before he takes office. President or President-elect and the leader of Taiwan since Washington established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1979, said Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “During the discussion, they noted the close economic, political, and security ties exists between Taiwan and the United States.

Paramount Man Shot After Setting Fire to Home, Assaulting Firefighters, Fighting With Deputies: LASD

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. A Paramount home is damaged by fire after a man fought with deputies there on Dec. The Sheriff’s Department on Friday released new information about the confrontation, providing much more detail than what had been offered Thursday, when authorities said no shots were fired. Thursday at a home in the 6500 block of San Luis Street. “This was a dynamic and rapidly evolving incident and the extensive investigation is continuing,” the release stated. Detectives are interviewing deputies, firefighters and other witnesses, and reviewing video recordings. Authorities said Thursday that fireworks had gone off at the house, but the Sheriff’s Department made no mention of that in its statement on Friday. “The situation continued to escalate as the deputies went to extraordinary efforts to try and save the man’s life,” the release stated. Sheriff’s Deputies Injured in Paramount House Fire, Fight With Suspect; 1 Person in Custody 1, 2016. Once he was sedated and treated, medical staff found a single gunshot wound to his buttocks area. (Credit: KTLA)
Six deputies were hospitalized for smoke inhalation, and one of them for a bite wound, during the strange incident, which began about 3 p.m. After lighting four fires inside the house, Martinez threatened responding firefighters, spraying a fire extinguisher at them and then throwing it at them, a sheriff’s news release said. Martinez was arrested on suspicion of assault on a peace officer and firefighter, arson, and attempting to disarm a peace officer. Martinez then allegedly grabbed a deputy’s holstered firearm and “violently tried to remove it from her control.”
He was eventually “apprehended” but continued acting violently and with hostility to county Fire Department personnel, resisting medical aid, the release stated. Authorities respond to a fire and confrontation with a resident at a Paramount home on Dec. On the home’s front lawn, deputies used a Taser on Martinez, who continued to fight and bit one of the deputies on the arm, the Sheriff’s Department said. At the hospital, he was allegedly violent toward staff as well. Hospital staff didn’t know the suspect — Rodolfo Martinez, 32 — had sustained a gunshot wound until much later Thursday night, after he had been sedated. Martinez then allegedly attacked deputies with his father’s metal walker, prompting a struggle as the deputies tried to get the suspect and themselves away from the fire. (Credit: KTLA)
The incident began when authorities initially were called to Martinez’s home for a disturbance and structure fire. Neighbors said Martinez lives at the home with his father. Firefighters told responding deputies that Martinez had assaulted several of them when they tried to get him away from the flames, and that he refused to leave the burning home. 1, 2016. 33.896960
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At Least 2 L.A. He was being held on $350,000 bail. Homicide detectives believe that an unintentional discharge of a deputy’s weapon occurred during the struggle with Martinez. A 32-year-old man was shot in the butt during a violent struggle with deputies who responded after he allegedly lit fire to his Paramount home and tried to prevent firefighters from entering the residence, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Friday.

L.A. Tentatively Agrees to Pay $4M in Fatal Shooting of Homeless Man in Venice by LAPD Officer

District Judge Manuel L. Earlier this year, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck recommended that prosecutors file criminal charges in the case. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. U.S. Proctor told investigators that he opened fire during a struggle with Glenn because he saw the 29-year-old’s hand on his partner’s holster and thought Glenn was trying to grab the officer’s gun, according to an LAPD report made public earlier this year. Brendon Glenn is shown in a photo from his Facebook page. Attorneys for the city of Los Angeles have agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of an unarmed homeless man fatally shot by an LAPD officer in Venice, court records show. Real dismissed the case a day later, citing the proposed settlement. The tentative deal, which still requires approval by the City Council, comes as prosecutors weigh whether to charge the officer, Clifford Proctor, in connection with the May 5, 2015, shooting. Attorneys representing Brendon Glenn’s family and the city agreed to the settlement this fall and notified the court about their agreement two weeks ago, according to documents filed in federal court.