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Longtime Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to Step Down

Effective April 3, he will be appointed executive chairman, where he will focus on innovation, design and developing Starbucks locations. 47.606209
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Schultz famously returned to Starbucks in 2008 to help guide the coffee giant through the recession and restore growth at the company. Howard Schultz, the visionary leader of Starbucks, will be stepping down next year as CEO of the iconic coffee giant. (Credit: Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
Schultz’s surprise decision to step aside as the leader of Starbucks sent the stock sinking 3% in after-hours trading on Thursday. Starbucks said Schultz isn’t going away completely. Schultz is being replaced by former Microsoft senior exec Kevin Johnson, who will become the new CEO. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks during during the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting on March 23, 2016, in Seattle, Washington.

1st Flu Death of the Season Reported in L.A. County

Public health officials expect that flu activity will increase as people get together for the holidays and as the winter season continues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that an average of 24,000 influenza-related deaths occur in the country each year. The first influenza-associated death of the season killed a middle-aged man from the northern part of Los Angeles County who also had “significant pre-existing medical conditions, county public health officials announced Thursday. The influenza virus strain was identified as type A by laboratory testing. More information about the flu can be found at: www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/acd/flu.htm

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LAPD Officers Won’t Be Charged in Skid Row Caught-on-Video Shooting of Homeless Man

Their decision was outlined in a 22-page memo obtained by The Times on Thursday. “Keunang posed a high likelihood of killing officers and civilians at the very instant that he was shot.”
Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Charley Leundeu Keunang, 43, was using the alias Charley Robinet in a 2000 booking photo provided by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. A screenshot from a bystander’s video show Los Angeles police officers struggling with a man moments before he was fatally shot in downtown on Sunday, March 1, 2015. 9 memo explaining why they were not charging the officers. The officers “acted lawfully in self-defense and in defense of others,” prosecutors wrote in the Nov. Prosecutors said video from a body camera worn by the sergeant showed that Keunang had wrapped his fingers around the butt of a rookie officer’s holstered gun while wrestling with police, saying he was “rapidly gaining control” of the weapon. The district attorney’s office found that the officers — Sgt. (Credit: Anthony Blackburn/via Facebook)

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LAPD Officers Won’t Be Charged in Skid Row Caught-on-Video Shooting of Homeless Man

A screenshot from a bystander’s video show Los Angeles police officers struggling with a man moments before he was fatally shot in downtown on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Chand Syed and Officers Francisco Martinez and Daniel Torres — reasonably believed Charly Leundeu Keunang posed a lethal threat during the March 1, 2015 shooting. Even if he didn’t have complete control of the gun, they wrote, it could have easily fired as the struggle continued. 34.043925
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Prosecutors have concluded that Los Angeles police officers were legally justified in shooting a homeless man last year on skid row, a videotaped killing that attracted international attention and renewed the local debate over interactions between police and L.A.’s homeless population.

Texas Cyberbully Victim Kills Herself in Front of Family as They Begged Teen Not To Take Her Life

The family pleaded with the teen not to pull the trigger. A devastated community
Melissa Tortorici, the communications director for the Texas City Independent School District where Brandy was a high school senior, says the community is “devastated.”
“Brandy was well-liked and friendly. Blue hearts, for her “beautiful blue eyes,” are taped up and down her high school hallway. A new reality
Brandy’s organs, including those eyes, were harvested. ‘I’m going to miss having her be here, going into her room and laying with her and talking to her.”

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Bullied New York Boy Hangs Himself, Leaves Behind Heartbreaking Note to School; Parents Speak Out Joe Stanton told CNN that detectives were interviewing the family and will be contacting people the family believes are suspects. All of them a heartbreaking reminder of a life cut short. “It’s extremely difficult to stop someone from sending messages when apps make it easy to remain anonymous.”
Tortorici said students are planning to release blue balloons in Brandy’s honor Friday. Brandy’s sister, Jackie, said she knew something was wrong when she got a text from her Tuesday saying “I love you so much, please remember that, and I’m sorry for everything.”
Worried something was wrong, she called her parents and grandparents. “You will always own a piece of my heart,” says one. ‘I’m sorry for everything’
Brandy Vela is seen in a family photo obtained by CNN. Brandy Vela’s bedroom is covered in post-it notes. “They couldn’t do anything because [the suspects] used an app and it wasn’t traceable and they couldn’t do something until something happened, like they fight,” Jackie said. They rushed home to their house in Texas City, Texas, where they found Brandy in her room with a gun. They’re also following up on several tips that came in. “People would make up fake Facebook accounts and they would message her and she wouldn’t respond and they would still come at her,” Jackie said. For now, Jackie is adjusting to her new reality. But Brandy had made up her mind. Vela killed herself this week, putting a gun to her chest while her family begged her not to. Tortorici said the sheriff’s department deputies will be addressing cyberbullying again with students next week. Many times they become very bold over technology and text things they would never say directly to someone’s face,” Tortorici said. Today’s young adults and teenagers have grown up with technology and they have access to it 24/7. She has touched many people as evident by the outpouring of love from her schoolmates. “She had beautiful eyes,” Jackie said, adding the family hopes to meet the person who receives them. She was beautiful, absolutely beautiful; the only thing people could find to pick on her was her weight.”
Jackie says her sister changed her phone number and reported the bullying to police, but was told they couldn’t help her. Texas City police Capt. “You will never be forgotten,” says another. “Cyberbullying is completely different than bullying because it uses electronic technology instead of face to face. “They would say really, really mean things like, ‘Why are you still here?’ They would call her fat and ugly. The Texas City Police department is investigating. Texas City High School students really liked her. She was 18 years old — and she had been relentlessly bullied. Bullied for her weight
Jackie says Brandy has always been bullied for her weight, but the cyberbullying ramped up in April. Students and teachers have also been expressing their feelings about Brandy through letters to her family,” Tortorici wrote in an email to CNN.

Ohio Hunter Faces Felony Charges for Killing Man’s Dogs, Is Fired From Job

The charges are the first of their kind under a recently signed Ohio law that allows felony counts for harm to a pet. A search group assembled and eventually found Chedester, who was hunting from a tree stand in the area. Byers said he asked Chedester if he killed the dogs. According to court records, Michael Chedester, of St. The third time, he said, they stopped under his stand. The charges were filed Wednesday;  his arraignment is set for Dec. This individual is no longer employed by AEP.”

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-80.901760 Chedester told authorities that the dogs had chased a deer past his stand at least three times, according to WTOV. We are saddened by the situation that unfolded this week involving an off-duty AEP Ohio employee and the death of the two dogs. Pete Byers, the owner of the dogs, first posted about the situation on Monday; his story quickly spread on social media. Then Chedester allegedly shot the second dog. Chedester has also been fired from his forestry supervisor job with a local utility, American Electric Power, WTOV reports. The hunter admitted to shooting them and offered to “buy him two new ones,” Byers said. Belmont County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Fry said he believes the bullet that hit that dog also hit the second dog. A statement from AEP says: “AEP expects the highest level of conduct from our employees, both on the job and outside of work. Chedester then allegedly shot one of the dogs. Byers told television station WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio, that he was getting ready to head to Pittsburgh with his dogs — Bella and Emmy — for a work trip when they disappeared. Byers said he found his dogs in a brush pile near the tree stand after spotting Emmy’s paw sticking out from under the logs. 8. A hunter accused of shooting and killing an Ohio man’s two beloved dogs is facing criminal charges — and he’s lost his job as well. Clairsville, faces two felony counts of knowingly causing serious physical harm to a companion animal, according to the Intelligencer, the newspaper in nearby Wheeling, West Virginia.

Equipment Vandalized During Demolition of Surfer Gang’s Fort in Lunada Bay

The trucks and equipment were being used by Ampco Contracting Inc., a demolition company that received a $61,000 contract from Palos Verdes Estates to raze the shelter located on Rocky Point adjacent to one of the best big wave spots in California. According to police, vandals Tuesday night scratched the paint of several trucks in a staging area, slashed fabric containers used to carry debris and set fire to equipment stored at the structure, including an air compressor used to power jackhammers. 33.744461
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Trucks and equipment used to demolish a stone shelter built by territorial surfers on Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates have been severely vandalized at the work site, authorities said Thursday. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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Equipment Vandalized During Demolition of Surfer Gang’s Fort in Lunada Bay

A stone fort constructed by locals at Lunada Bay will need to be demolished or undergo rigorous permitting procedures, the California Coastal Commission said on July 12, 2016. A stone fort constructed by locals at Lunada Bay will need to be demolished or undergo rigorous permitting procedures, the California Coastal Commission said on July 12, 2016. No arrests have been made so far, authorities said. (Credit: Allen J. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.

Husband: Sherri Papini Screamed so Hard for Help She Was ‘Coughing Up Blood’

“And again just another sign of how my wife is, she’s so wonderful. In his first interview since his wife was found on the side of Interstate 5  in Yolo County on Thanksgiving morning, Keith Papini told ABC’s “20/20” that his wife was constantly chained to objects so she couldn’t escape and tried desperately to stop passing cars once she was free. “She screamed so much, she’s coughing up blood from the screaming trying to get somebody to stop,” Papini said in the interview scheduled to air Friday. Her hair had been cut off, she had been branded with a “message,” and her nose was broken, her husband and Shasta County sheriff’s officials said. She’s saying, ‘Well maybe people aren’t stopping because I have a chain that looks like I broke out of prison,’ so she tried to tuck in her chain under her clothes.”
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After she was freed from weeks of captivity, Redding mother Sherri Papini screamed for help so hard she coughed up blood, her husband said. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. 40.586540
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Suspected Peeper Arrested After Fullerton Incident May Be Involved in Others Crimes in Orange County: Police

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-117.924297 Matthew Little is seen in a booking photo released by the Fullerton Police Department on Dec. A man who was arrested after allegedly prowling and peeping into the rear window of a home in Fullerton may be responsible for other similar incidents in Orange County, police said Thursday. He was seen in the area of Maxwell Avenue and Auto Center Drive, prompting authorities to set up a perimeter around the location, the release stated. Little was arrested on charges that included peeping/prowling and attempted burglary, according to the release. Anyone with information regarding those further incidents is asked to call Fullerton police Detective Murphy at 714-738-6880. After a search that involved a police helicopter, authorities apprehended the suspect. Matthew Little, 21, was taken into custody following an intense search that began with a call regarding a suspected prowler in the 4200 block of West Porter Avenue just before 9:30 p.m. Crime Stoppers by dialing 1-855-TIP-OCCS, or visit their website at http://www.occrimestoppers.org. Little is suspected in other similar crimes throughout the county, police said. Those wishing to provide information anonymously can contact O.C. Wednesday, according to a Fullerton Police Department news release. 1, 2016.

Bernie Sanders: Carrier Took Trump ‘Hostage and Won’

Bernie Sanders wrote in the Washington Post that U.S. “It makes sense for a president and his team to change a tax code, change the regulatory environment to help businesses,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, a conservative Washington think tank, told CNN. They say it smacks of government interference in the marketplace, which they think is a bad idea. Experts say the state incentives are more likely window dressing than a reason for Carrier to have changed its decision. The Carrier facility in Indiana is shown on Feb. workers’ jobs are less secure because of the deal, since companies can simply threaten to move to Mexico in order to get tax breaks from the government. The biggest question — how much of it was incentives, and how much was threat, implied or explicit? It also talked about promises from Trump to “create an improved, more competitive U.S. Our research shows that offering incentives is a great way for politicians to take credit, or minimize blame, for company decisions.”
Carrier parent United Technologies is a major defense contractor, with $5.6 billion in revenue from federal government contracts, or 10% of its total revenue. “The President-elect and the Vice President(-elect) picked up the phone and called the CEO of the United Technologies and told them we want to keep jobs here. “In essence, United Technologies took Trump hostage and won. The government also pays for $1.5 billion of its research and development costs. But even some conservatives said they didn’t like the idea of an incoming administration becoming this involved in negotiations to save one company, especially one with such a minimal impact on the overall economy. (Credit: WXIN)
As the president-elect flies to Indianapolis Thursday to take a victory lap about the company’s decision to no longer move the plant to Mexico, details of the deal that got the company to change its plans have yet to be disclosed. It’s not yet clear what role if any the government business played in the talks between Trump and United Technologies. And he has vowed to renegotiate NAFTA, the free trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada. And that should send a shock wave of fear through all workers across the country,” Sanders wrote Thursday. Trump had also threatened to impose steep tariffs on goods made in Mexico that are exported back to the U.S. Carrier said state “incentives” from Indiana were a key to its decision to stay put. The deal was receiving criticism from some officials on both the right and the left. business climate.”
A source familiar with the negotiations told CNN that the state incentives come to $7 million over 10 years. Sen. The uncertainty about the future of NAFTA could also have caused Carrier to reconsider the move. “The incentives offered by the state were an important consideration,” the company said Wednesday. “They are a subsidy to a company with little value to society. 10, 2016. That doesn’t do much to offset the $65 million that the union said the company would have saved annually if it moved all the jobs to low-wage Mexico. “Most research points to economic development incentives rarely changing the behavior of firms,” said Nathan Jensen, a professor at the University of Texas. Can’t remember the last time a president did that,” Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s pick to be Treasury secretary, told reporters in the Trump Tower lobby Wednesday. How did Donald Trump save 1,000 jobs at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis? I think the more limited it is the better.”

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Canadian Judge Who Asked Woman in Rape Case Why She Couldn’t ‘Keep Her Knees Together’ Should Be Fired: Committee

Testifying at the hearing, Camp offered this defense for his comments: “a non-existent” knowledge of Canadian criminal law. Federal Court Judge Robin Camp is in the midst of a week-long judicial council hearing, which will determine whether he ought to be booted from his position. ‘Minimal’ knowledge of Canadian law
These and other moments from the trial led the Canadian Judicial Council to open its investigation. The South African-born judge said he didn’t receive training on sex assault cases. To protect themselves, they have to be very careful.”
The verdict was overturned on appeal. It was non-existent,” he said at one hearing. (Credit: Andrew Balfour/Federal Court)

A disciplinary body says a federal judge in Canada should be booted from his position for asking a woman in a rape case in Alberta why she couldn’t “just keep [her] knees together.”
If the Justice Minister goes with the body’s recommendation, Judge Robin Camp will become the first federally appointed judge to be kicked off the bench. (He became a Federal Judge last year.)
The 19-year-old woman said she was raped over a bathroom sink during a house party. “My colleagues knew my knowledge of Canadian law was very minimal. The Inquiry Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council said the judge’s comments showed “antipathy” toward laws that are meant to protect vulnerable witnesses and that he “relied on discredited myths and stereotypes about women and victim-blaming.”
The case in question took place in 2014 when Camp was a provincial court judge. They have to be far more patient. In his legal career, he focused mostly on contract and bankruptcy cases, he said. “Please remember I wasn’t in this country through the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s.”
He also apologized to the woman for his comments, calling them “rude and insulting.”

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Canadian Judge Faces Removal After Asking Alleged Rape Victim Why She Couldn’t ‘Keep Her Knees Together’ He openly wondered, “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?”
On the subject of sex in general, and sex with young women in particular, he said, “Young wom[e]n want to have sex, particularly if they’re drunk.”
In a different part of the trial, he said “Some sex and pain sometimes go together…that’s not necessarily a bad thing.”
Camp, 64, ultimately acquitted the man charged with the crime, and then told him:
“I want you to tell your friends, your male friends, that they have to be far more gentle with women. According to records of the trial, Camp asked her why she didn’t “skew her pelvis” or push her bottom into the sink to avoid penetration. (Credit: Andrew Balfour/Federal Court)

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Canadian Judge Who Asked Woman in Rape Case Why She Couldn’t ‘Keep Her Knees Together’ Should Be Fired: Committee

Federal Court Judge Robin Camp is in the midst of a week-long judicial council hearing, which will determine whether he ought to be booted from his position. And they have to be very careful.

Jamaican Gang Member Accused of Killing 4 in South L.A. Party Shooting Makes FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted’

15 party at a Caribbean restaurant inside a home. The FBI announced it is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the capture of Jones, who is the 510th fugitive to be named to the list. Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. Fike, the FBI’s assistant director in charge of the Los Angeles office, revealed that Marlon Jones is believed to be the suspect in the bloody shooting with rival gang members that also left 10 people wounded at an Oct. Deidre L. Jamaican restaurant was added to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list Thursday. Birthday Party He was charged with four counts of murder and a federal warrant issued for his arrest after being charged with unlawful flight from prosecution, Pike said. 38.853787
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3 Dead, 12 Injured After Shooting at South L.A. A fugitive Jamaican gang member suspected of killing four people in a bloody gunbattle at a popular South L.A. “The crimes allegedly committed by Marlon Jones are extreme, earning him a place on the FBI’s Top Ten list,” Fike said, noting he should be considered armed and dangerous. Marlon Jones has been named to the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list.

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