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Iraqi-American man convicted of killing wife in California

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - An Iraqi-American man was found guilty by a San Diego jury on Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a killing that was first investigated as a hate crime because of a threatening note found at the scene. Kassim Alhimidi, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder by the seven-man, five-woman San Diego Superior Court jury after a two-week trial and single day of deliberations. He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Prosecutors say California woman posted rape ads in revenge scheme against new homeowners

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego woman distraught over losing out on her family's dream house carried out a perverse revenge scheme to have the home's new owner raped, prosecutors said. The defendant, Kathy Rowe, claims the scheme was a childish prank that got out of control and she intended no harm. Rowe, 52, began by carrying out mild hoaxes on the young husband-and-wife homebuyers — like putting a stop on their mail and sending religious missionaries to their doorstep, U-T San Diego reported Tuesday ( ).

Daughter of Iraqi-American man cross-examined at California murder trial

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - An Iraqi-American man charged with murdering his wife in their California home in what was first investigated as a hate crime heard testimony from his daughter on Friday that showed deep conflict within the family.

Iraqi man goes on trial for California death first probed as hate crime

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The trial of an Iraqi-American man got under way in San Diego on Tuesday on charges he beat his wife to death, a 2012 killing first investigated as a possible anti-Muslim hate crime but later said by prosecutors to be the result of domestic violence. Shaima Alawadi, a 32-year-old stay-at-home mother of five, was found in March 2012 bludgeoned in her home in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon, home to a large Arab-American population, and died of her injuries several days later.

Dem loses bid to become San Diego's first Latino mayor

San Diego, Feb 12 (EFE).- Democrat David Alvarez saw his bid to become San Diego's first Latino mayor in the modern era thwarted by his Republican city council colleague Kevin Faulconer. With 100 percent of the votes counted, Faulconer obtained 54.5 percent, compared with 45.5 percent for Alvarez. Residents of California's second city went to the polls in November for a special election to replace Mayor Bob Fillner, who resigned in a sexual harassment scandal.

Republicans, Democrats unite in bid to save California beach bonfires

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - It may be January, but Southern California beach-goers could be forgiven for breaking out the marshmallows early, as lawmakers moved to protect a classic rite of summer - the seaside bonfire. Under a new anti-pollution measure adopted last year by regulators in charge of air quality for Los Angeles and Orange Counties, fire rings on beaches near houses or in places where air quality was low would have to be removed.

Beverly Hills fights to preserve its character as centennial nears

Los Angeles, Jan 27 (EFE).- Beverly Hills, a city synonymous with luxury and flashiness, is taking a look at the past as it prepares to celebrate its centennial, trying to move beyond film and television stereotypes that "can sometimes be a little unfair," Beverly Hills Mayor John A. Mirisch told Efe. The snobbish and glamorous image of the wealthy Southern California city, which was founded on Jan. 28, 1914, was forged by World War II. The world's purveyors of luxury brands found homes on the city's quiet streets as the war consumed Europe.

3,000 Bikers take part in Toy Run to Tijuana

San Diego, Dec 16 (EFE).- More than 3,000 motorcyclists traveled from San Diego to Tijuana to participate in the 28th edition of the "Toy Run," a charitable event to support children living in the Mexican border city. The event, organized by the Solo Angeles club of Tijuana and the Harley Davidson club of San Diego, gathered bikers from California and the Mexican state of Baja California, who donated toys to thousands of children who waited from early in the morning seated along Revolucion Ave. in Tijuana.

Newspaper war: Orange County Register owner plans new daily paper for Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The owner of the Orange County Register plans a new daily newspaper in Los Angeles, the boldest step yet in an expansion across Southern California that emphasizes printed publications while others in the industry are focusing on digital. The new seven-day-a-week paper will be known as the Los Angeles Register, Freedom Communications CEO Aaron Kushner told The Associated Press on Thursday night, a few hours after announcing the move to his staff in the Orange County Register's newsroom.

Orange County Register owner finalizes $27 million purchase of Riverside Press-Enterprise

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The publisher of the Orange County Register has finalized its purchase of the Riverside Press-Enterprise for more than $27 million, the newspapers' owners announced Thursday. Freedom Communications Holdings Inc. bought the Press-Enterprise from Dallas-based A.H. Belo Corp. about a month after the deal originally was announced. The companies' joint statement didn't indicate whether there might be any staff or editorial changes.
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