Stern, 2 doctors plead not guilty in Anna Nicole Smith drug case

3 plead not guilty in Anna Nicole Smith drug case

LOS ANGELES — Anna Nicole Smith’s lawyer-turned-boyfriend and two doctors pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges they conspired to provide thousands of prescription pills to the former model before her overdose death two years ago.

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NTSB says helicopter pilot’s aerial sex incident was so reckless it must cost him his license

Revocation of pilot’s license over sky sex upheld

LOS ANGELES — A helicopter pilot who was videotaped receiving oral sex from a woman as he flew her around San Diego acted so recklessly that his license must be revoked, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The actions of David Martz were so dangerous, the NTSB concluded in a written ruling, that they put the lives of everyone on his aircraft and on the ground below him in danger.

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SoCal venture capitalist awarded $300M in fraud lawsuit over Internet credit card system

SoCal financier awarded $300M in fraud lawsuit

LOS ANGELES — A jury has awarded $300 million to a venture capitalist who accused a one-time business associate of stealing his research into a Web-based credit card processing system.

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Man given 16-year sentence after guilty plea for starting fires in LA’s Griffith Park

Man sentenced to 16 years in prison for LA fires

LOS ANGELES — A man has been sentenced to 16 years in prison in connection with a series of fires in Los Angeles’ sprawling Griffith Park last year that injured a firefighter.

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Defense attorneys want ‘Clark Rockefeller’ name used in client’s Boston kidnapping trial

‘Rockefeller’ wants to use that name at trial

BOSTON — A man accused of kidnapping his daughter wants jurors at his upcoming trial to know him as Clark Rockefeller, one of the many identities he assumed since moving here decades ago from Germany.

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Receiver says California financier Pang treated investor money like his own ‘piggy bank’

Receiver says Pang misused investor money

LOS ANGELES — A California financier accused in a federal fraud lawsuit treated the investments he managed as a “personal piggy bank” to fund a lavish lifestyle and used new investors’ money to pay existing investors, a court appointed receiver said.

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Judge in uniform lawsuit rules LAPD should be paid for time spent getting dressed for work

Judge: LA should pay for cops’ uniform change time

LOS ANGELES — Police officers should be paid for the time it takes them to put on and take off their uniforms and safety equipment, a federal judge has ruled.

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Prosecutors: Mo. mother should get 3-year prison sentence for MySpace hoax that left teen dead

Feds want 3-year term for Mo. mom in MySpace hoax

LOS ANGELES — A Missouri mother should serve three years in prison for her role in a MySpace hoax on a 13-year-old neighbor who committed suicide, federal prosecutors said in court documents filed Wednesday.

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Manny Ramirez suspended 50 games for drug violation; Dodger star says he did not take steroids

Ramirez suspended 50 games for drug violation

LOS ANGELES — Manny Ramirez joined a growing lineup of All-Stars linked to drugs Thursday, with the dreadlocked slugger banished for 50 games by a sport that cannot shake free from scandal.

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No more Manny: Ramirez suspended 50 games for drug violation, says he didn’t take steroids

Manny Ramirez banished 50 games for drug violation

LOS ANGELES — Mannywood is gone and so is its chief resident. Manny Ramirez’s 50-game suspension left both the Los Angeles Dodgers and baseball reeling at the news the sport’s second highest-paid player was banished for a drug violation.

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