Author Archives: MICHAEL BALSAMO

{FD} Company set up by Michael Cohen offers to drop Stormy Daniels’ hush-money agreement

The company set up by Donald Trump’s former personal attorney offered Friday to rescind Stormy Daniels’ hush-money agreement and drop its planned $20 million lawsuit against the porn actress for allegedly violating the deal. Continue reading

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{FD} Golden State Killer trial to be held in Northern California

A former police officer suspected of being one of California’s most elusive serial killers will face a trial in Sacramento County on more than two dozen charges, including 13 murder counts, prosecutors said Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Lawyers: Discharged Army specialist granted US citizenship

Lawyers for a South Korean-born U.S. Army specialist who sued after the military discharged her say she’s been granted citizenship. Continue reading

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{FD} Authorities say they’ve busted large Mexico-to-US drug ring

Nearly two dozen people were arrested Wednesday and charged with using small aircraft to smuggle heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine over the U.S. border at the behest of one of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} LAPD chief: Officers kill a hostage for 1st time in 13 years

Los Angeles police released video Tuesday showing officers fatally shooting an armed man and the woman he was holding hostage, marking the second time LAPD gunfire has killed a bystander in the last six weeks. Continue reading

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{FD} Deadly LA market shooting started with domestic feud

A man’s feud with his grandmother turned into a bizarre and deadly confrontation that ended with a supermarket worker dead and dozens of people held hostage in a store miles away. Continue reading

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{FD} Stranded woman drank water from moss after California crash

An Oregon woman who was stranded for a week after her Jeep plunged 250 feet over a cliff into the ocean near Big Sur in California says she survived by drinking water dripping from moss. Continue reading

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{FD} California mother, boyfriend charged with murder of her son

A California woman and her boyfriend were charged Friday in the death of the woman’s 10-year-old son who had previously reported being beaten, locked up and not fed, prosecutors said. Continue reading

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{FD} Arrest made in death of boy who had complained about abuse

The boyfriend of a Southern California woman whose 10-year-old son died last week under suspicious circumstances — which followed a dozen referrals of suspected child abuse to child welfare officials over several years — was arrested Wednesday on suspi… Continue reading

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{FD} LAPD’s highly-produced body camera video draws scrutiny

In the city that’s home to Hollywood, even releasing police body camera footage is a high-quality production. Continue reading

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{FD} Suspect shot after struggle with LAPD officers in hospital

Authorities say a man was critically wounded after being shot during a struggle with Los Angeles police officers inside a hospital examination room. Continue reading

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{FD} $12M settlement after newlywed killed on LA boardwalk

An attorney for the family of an Italian honeymooner who was killed when a driver barreled down Southern California’s popular Venice Beach Boardwalk says Los Angeles has approved a $12 million settlement in the case. Continue reading

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{FD} Wife of man charged in blast probe died in ‘mysterious case’

A decade before a bomb planted in a package killed his former girlfriend, the Southern California man charged as part of the blast investigation lost his wife in what a coroner’s official termed a “mysterious case.” Continue reading

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{FD} Signs of bomb found at site of deadly California explosion

Federal and local investigators searched through debris, looking for remnants of a possible explosive device, after a blast at a Southern California medical office building that left a woman dead and three other people injured. Continue reading

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{FD} Friends, families thankful for men’s return from North Korea

Friends and relatives of the Americans held in North Korea say they’re grateful they’ve have been released back to the U.S. The men — Kim Hak Song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong Chul — were greeted by President Donald Trump early Thursday at a military base ou… Continue reading

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{FD} Genetic website subpoenaed in California serial killer probe

Investigators hunting one of California’s most elusive serial killers subpoenaed a genetic website last year while investigating an Oregon man who was misidentified as a potential suspect. Continue reading

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{FD} Authorities: Teen suspect was in relationship with victim

Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators have learned there was a romantic relationship between a 16-year-old boy and the 17-year-old boy he is suspected of fatally stabbing. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Man acted alone to set off explosives in store

A man suspected of setting off two explosive devices in a California Sam’s Club store has been booked on suspicion of igniting a destructive device. Continue reading

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{FD} Man detained after 2 explosives set off in California store

A man was being questioned by investigators Thursday after two explosive devices detonated inside a Sam’s Club store in Southern California, police said. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Judge admits to stealing neighbor’s underwear

A New York judge who police say repeatedly broke into his neighbor’s home to steal her underwear has been removed from the bench. Continue reading

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{FD} Gun used in California killing had been wrongfully returned

Sheriff’s officials say they wrongfully returned a seized gun that a California man later used to kill his ex-wife inside a busy shopping mall last weekend. Continue reading

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{FD} Police say hundreds of illegal marijuana shops operate in LA

Los Angeles has issued licenses to nearly 100 marijuana retailers, but police estimate two to three times that number are operating illegally in the city. Continue reading

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{FD} Teacher: ****** lodged in boy’s head after school shooting

A 12-year-old boy who was shot in the head when a gun accidentally went off in the backpack of a classmate is experiencing impaired vision and has trouble walking as the ****** remains lodged in his head, his former teacher said Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Police: Man put dismembered wife in suitcase, set it ablaze

Investigators believe a homeless man killed his wife in an abandoned restaurant, chopped up her body, stuffed it into a suitcase and then calmly rode with it aboard a train before he burned her remains in a parking lot, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Classmate: Girl tortured with siblings was bullied, frail

More than $120,000 has been donated to help 13 siblings in California who authorities say were kept chained to beds for months by their parents and starved so much that their growth was stunted. Continue reading

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{FD} Things to know about California parents accused of torture

A California couple has pleaded not guilty to allegations they tortured a dozen of their children, kept them chained to beds for months and starved them so much that their growth was stunted and their muscles atrophied. Continue reading

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{FD} LAPD: Serial rapist arrested after victim fell out of car

A security guard who was arrested after a ********** fell out of his car is suspected of raping more than a dozen women or girls as young as 15 at gunpoint in Los Angeles County, police said Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Residents grieve, commit to rebuilding after mudslides

Residents of mudslide-ravaged Montecito gathered to grieve, pay tribute to victims and commit to rebuilding their cherished community. Continue reading

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{FD} Prayers for California mudslide victims; death toll hits 20

Recovery crews are slowly making progress digging away masses of mud, boulders and toppled trees in a California community that was ravaged by deadly mudslides. Continue reading

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{FD} California mudslides happened as cellphone alerts went out

Residents of the area hit the hardest by the deadly flash floods in Southern California didn’t heed a voluntary evacuation. Continue reading

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{FD} Residents didn’t heed voluntary evacuation before mudslide

Residents of the area hit the hardest by the deadly flash floods in Southern California didn’t heed a voluntary evacuation. Continue reading

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{FD} California man arrested in fatal Kansas police shooting

A law enforcement official says police in Los Angeles have arrested a man they suspect made a hoax phone call that resulted in a fatal police shooting in Kansas. Continue reading

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{FD} Los Angeles deputies aim to quell tide of human trafficking

Los Angeles County is trying something new to get women out of the sex trade. Continue reading

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{FD} California cops bust multimillion-dollar weed ‘fortress’

Police in Southern California have seized 35,000 marijuana plants and shut down an operation they believe was bringing in millions of dollars a month. Continue reading

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{FD} California shooting rampage highlights “ghost guns”

The man who went on a shooting rampage in Northern California this week found an easy way around a court order prohibiting him from having guns: He secretly built them at home. Continue reading

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{FD} Sheriff: Las Vegas shooter had lost money, been depressed

The top lawman in Las Vegas says the gunman who killed 58 people at a concert last month had lost a significant amount of money in the previous two years and that it may be a “determining factor” in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Continue reading

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{FD} Correction: Las Vegas Shooting story

Nearly two weeks after the Las Vegas mass shooting, authorities have yet to sort out the basic facts. Continue reading

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{FD} Hotel: Gunman shot at crowd seconds after shooting guard

A revised chronology given by investigators for the Las Vegas massacre is intensifying pressure for police to explain how quickly they responded to what would become the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Continue reading

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{FD} Suspect arrested decades after pregnant woman found dead

A suspect has been arrested in the killing of a pregnant woman whose ***** body was found on a Los Angeles County beach in 1980, sheriff’s investigators said Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman arrested after brandishing gun at Kardashian boutique

Authorities say they have arrested a woman who pointed a gun at employees inside the Kardashian-owned DASH boutique in West Hollywood and later threatened reporters with a machete. Continue reading

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{FD} Man fatally shot after ordering California workers to ground

A man with a bag over his hands followed an employee into a state office building in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, took “an aggressive shooting stance” and ordered workers to the ground before an officer fatally shot him, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} Authorities: California woman kidnapped by ex-boyfriend

A man considered armed and dangerous kidnapped his former girlfriend in California and was spotted in Arizona as he held her against her will, authorities said. Continue reading

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{FD} APNewsBreak: Motel 6 to pay to settle human trafficking suit

Motel 6 has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by Los Angeles that alleged one of the chain’s locations was a base for human traffickers, drug dealers and gang members, prosecutors said. Continue reading

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{FD} California dad gets 25 to life in son’s smothering death

A California father who admitted killing his 5-year-old son amid a bitter custody battle with his estranged wife is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Man fired at Chinese Consulate in LA before taking own life

Police say a man opened fire outside of the Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles before turning the gun on himself. Continue reading

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{FD} The Latest: California man pleads guilty to killing son

The Latest on a California father accused of murdering his 5-year-old son (all times local): 7:40 a.m. Continue reading

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{FD} California man pleads guilty to killing son after Disneyland

A California man charged with killing his 5-year-old son after a family trip to Disneyland is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} 3 accused of pimping teens in California trafficking ring

California law enforcement officials say they’ve made arrests in what they believe to be one of the largest human trafficking cases in the western U.S. Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra are expected… Continue reading

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{FD} Inmates’ escape video shows everything is caught on tape

In an age when everything else is captured for public consumption on a smartphone, why not your own jailbreak? Continue reading

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{FD} Grand jury: LA pursuits cause ‘unnecessary’ injuries, deaths

A grand jury has found police chases in Los Angeles are causing unnecessary bystander injuries and deaths. Continue reading

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