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2 former LA deputies accused of planting guns

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Two former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies have been charged with planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary, resulting in the arrest of a man who was sentenced to more than a year in jail.

Prosecutors say Julio Martinez and Anthony Paez (pie-EHZ') were charged last week.

Both are free on bail and it's unclear whether they have attorneys.

Prosecutors say the deputies planted two guns at a dispensary in August 2011 then arrested two men for drug and weapons crimes.

One had his case dismissed but the other pleaded no contest in 2012 and was sentenced to 180 days in jail - although it's unclear how much time he served.

An internal sheriff's investigation led to the deputies - both department veterans - being dismissed last year.


Orange County cop broke no rules in arresting boy

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A school police officer who was caught on video putting a 14-year-old boy in a headlock at an Orange County park has been cleared of wrongdoing.

The Orange County Register says the police chief of the Santa Ana Unified School District told the school board Tuesday that the officer didn't violate policy in his use of force.

Chief Hector Rodriguez says the boy was vandalizing a bench on April 8 and tried to flee when the officer confronted him.

The boy wound up sobbing on the ground with the officer's arm around his neck. He bit the officer and was arrested on suspicion of vandalism, resisting arrest and assault.

The boy's mother, Griselda Lopez, said outside the meeting that her son deserved to be punished but not mistreated.


Theater producer denies claims he molested teen

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A theater producer sued by a man accusing several Hollywood figures of sexual assault is denying the allegations or that he was in Hawaii when the alleged abuse happened.

Attorneys for Gary Goddard issued a statement Wednesday denying that the theater producer molested or gave drugs or alcohol to Michael Egan III. Egan sued Goddard and two other former entertainment industry executives Monday, claiming they raped him during a trip to Hawaii in 1999 when he was 17 years old.

Goddard's attorneys, Alan Grodin and Paul Gaspari, note that Egan did not include the executives in a 2000 lawsuit he filed in Los Angeles against a man later convicted of transporting five minors across state lines to have sex.

Egan's lawyer did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday.


Cal Supreme Court refuses to review doctor's case

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The California Supreme Court has refused to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, rejecting his lawyer's petition without comment.

Wednesday's decision by the state's highest court was the latest stop on Dr. Conrad Murray's legal odyssey. A state appeals court upheld his conviction earlier this year and then refused to reconsider its decision.

Attorney Valerie Waas says Murray now will take his fight to federal court.

Murray was convicted of giving Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol in 2009 while the singer prepared for a series of comeback concerts.

Murray was convicted in 2011 and served two years in jail.


California mom, TSA settle breast milk lawsuit

PHOENIX (AP) - A Southern California woman who was held at a Phoenix airport four years ago after refusing to have her breast milk X-rayed has reached a settlement with the Transportation Security Administration.

Stacey Armato, who filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, said Wednesday that TSA officials have tentatively offered her $75,000, along with promises to retrain agents and clarify its guidelines on screening breast milk.

Armato, of Hermosa Beach, says TSA agents at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in 2010 detained her for nearly 40 minutes. She says they would not comply with her request to have the milk screened outside the X-ray machine.

Current TSA rules classify breast milk as a medically required liquid.

A TSA spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking comment.


Navy Cross bestowed on heroic Marine

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - A Marine gunnery sergeant who repeatedly braved Taliban fire to rescue and rally his troops in Afghanistan has received the Navy Cross.

The heroic actions of 34-year-old Richard Jibson were recognized during a ceremony Tuesday at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

U-T San Diego reports fellow Marines, dignitaries and family members were on hand as Jibson received the second-highest award a Marine can receive for battlefield bravery.

In May 2012, during a five-hour gunbattle in Afghanistan, Jibson repeatedly put himself in the line of fire to rally his forces and lay down suppressive fire. He charged into a machine gun fusillade to rescue a critically wounded Marine.

Jibson, a married father of two girls, said he was "honored and humbled" to receive the honor.


Ventura County tree removal sparks outrage

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - Thousand Oaks officials say they will review city planning procedures after hearing from residents who are outraged over the removal of a slew of trees at a shopping center.

An official for Regency Centers, which owns Westlake Plaza, apologized Tuesday to the council and residents for cutting down the oaks and sycamores without notice as part of a $25 million renovation.

City Manager Scott Mitnick blamed the controversy on a lack of effective community outreach by Regency and a lack of internal communication by city staff.

The Ventura County Star reports the council chambers were packed by speakers. One man quoted from the Dr. Seuss book "The Lorax."

A woman said she cried after seeing the felled trees.

Regency says it has ordered saplings to replace the old trees.


Jodie Foster weds artist Alexandra Hedison

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jodie Foster is a married woman.

A representative for the Oscar-winning actress confirms that Foster wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison over the weekend. Publicist Jennifer Allen offered no other details Wednesday.

E! was the first to report that Foster tied the knot with Hedison, a 44-year-old photographer based in Los Angeles.

Foster publicly came out in a rambling, heartfelt speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, where the 51-year-old acknowledged longtime partner Cydney Bernard, with whom she has two sons. The couple ended their 20-year relationship in 2008.

Foster previously thanked her partner at other Hollywood events but kept her sexuality private.

E! says Foster and Hedison have been dating since last summer.


Los Angeles judge refuses to release Chris Brown

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge in Los Angeles has denied a request to release R&B singer Chris Brown from custody while he awaits trial on an assault charge in Washington, D.C.

Superior Court Judge Victor Greenberg denied a request Wednesday by Brown's lawyer to release the Grammy-winner from custody either on bail or his own recognizance. The singer has been jailed since mid-March on a no-bail warrant after he was expelled from a court-ordered rehab program.

Brown's bodyguard has been convicted of assaulting a man in Washington, and Brown's trial has been delayed until at least June. He remains under court supervision in Los Angeles for his 2009 attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna.

The singer's attorney, Bob Kalunian, requested Brown's release, but Greenberg said there was no change in circumstances that warrants his release.


Sony developing live-action Barbie comedy

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Barbie is coming alive.

Sony Pictures, Mattel and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation have partnered to create a live-action movie focused on the iconic doll.

The companies said Wednesday the comedy will be written by Jenny Bicks and produced by husband-and-wife team Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald.

Executive producers will be Parkes+MacDonald president Marc Resteghini and Julia Pistor for Mattel's Playground Productions.

Sony sees the film as a global franchise and plans to go into production by the end of the year.

It's the second collaboration for Mattel and Sony. The companies are developing the film adaptation of "Masters of the Universe," based on Mattel action figures.


Mel Brooks putting on a 1-man show in Los Angeles

NEW YORK (AP) - Mel Brooks has seemingly done it all in his illustrious show biz career. But there's one thing he's tackled only recently - a one-man show.

Brooks will star in his first solo show Monday at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. It's being billed as an "an introspective retrospective."

The sold-out show will have only one performance.

The 87-year-old writer and director of comedy classics including "The Producers," ''Blazing Saddles," ''Young Frankenstein" and "History of the World: Part I" has won Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.

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