Calif. bookkeeper who embezzled $10M gets 18 years

Calif. bookkeeper accused of embezzling $10 million from employer sentenced to 18 yearsjustice

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California jury considers murder-kidnapping case that inspired movie ‘Alpha Dog’

Hollywood murder case in hands of California jury

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A jury on Thursday was set to consider the case of Jesse James Hollywood, who is accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old boy over a drug debt then ordering his death and going on the run for years, a string of events that inspired the 2007 movie “Alpha Dog.”

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Marine cleared of disobeying order over newspaper interview after intelligence case plea

Marine in intel case cleared of disobeying order

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A court-martialed Marine who gave a newspaper interview about his role in the theft of government files has been acquitted of disobeying orders.

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Photos of slain boy shown as closing arguments begin in Calif. trial of Jesse James Hollywood

Closing arguments begin in ‘Alpha Dog’ murder case

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Attorneys have begun closing arguments in the trial of Jesse James Hollywood, who is accused of kidnapping a teenager over a drug debt and then ordering his death.

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Heavy construction equipment seen going in and out of Jackson’s Neverland ranch

A flurry of activity seen at Neverland Ranch

LOS OLIVOS, Calif. — A flurry of vehicles, heavy construction equipment and workers have been spotted going in and out of Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

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First US economic espionage trial against Chinese-born engineer winds down in California

First US economic espionage trial winds down

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A Chinese-born, former engineer for Boeing Co. knowingly possessed critical trade secrets on the U.S. space program and intended to pass them to China, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday in her closing argument at the first economic espionage case to reach a U.S. courtroom.

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First US economic espionage trial against Chinese-born space engineer winds down in California

Engineer’s space secrets trial winds down in Calif

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Closing arguments have begun in the Southern California trial of a Chinese-born engineer accused of stealing trade secrets critical to the U.S. space program.

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Drug dealer says he regrets kidnapping teen, but didn’t plan killing in ‘Alpha Dog’ case

Dealer says he regrets kidnap in ‘Alpha Dog’ case

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — An admitted marijuana supplier testified Tuesday that he and two friends grabbed a 15-year-old boy off a street nine years ago but said a cohort acting without his knowledge later killed the boy whose slaying inspired the movie “Alpha Dog.”

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Jesse James Hollywood testifies in own defense in ‘Alpha Dog’ kidnap-murder trial

Defendant takes stand in ‘Alpha Dog’ murder trial

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — An admitted marijuana supplier says he and two friends grabbed a 15-year-old boy off a street nine years ago but that a cohort acting without his knowledge later killed the boy whose slaying inspired the 2007 movie “Alpha Dog.”

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Prosecutors haven’t decided whether to charge girl, 14, with slaying of mom in California

DA ponders adult charges in Calif. mom killing

PLACERVILLE, Calif. — Prosecutors in northern California said in court Monday they are considering whether to charge a 14-year-old girl as an adult in the stabbing death of her mother.

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