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Homeless vets to get housing at L.A. VA site under settlement

By Michael Fleeman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Homeless veterans will get housing and services at a large Department of Veterans Affairs health campus in Los Angeles under a deal to settle a lawsuit accusing the agency of misusing the land, officials said on Wednesday. The 387-acre site located between the affluent Westwood and Brentwood neighborhoods was deeded to the United States in 1888 to give a home to disabled veterans. The campus houses the nation's largest veterans health center, but the Department of Veterans Affairs long ago eliminated permanent housing for veterans there and it leased out portions of the property. Under the agreement, the agency has agreed to work with the American Civil Liberties Union and the plaintiffs the group represents to help the estimated 4,200 homeless veterans in Los Angeles County.


Top Nevada lawyer joins suit against Obama's immigration relief plan

Nevada's newly minted Republican attorney general has joined a multi-state lawsuit seeking to block President Barack Obama's order easing the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants, without the support of the state's moderate governor. Attorney General Adam Laxalt, sworn in Jan. 5 after a campaign that focused at times on challenging federal overreach, said that Obama's November order undermines the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution.


Montana bride has no grounds to appeal murder conviction: prosecutors

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday said a Montana bride who admitted pushing her new husband off a cliff at Glacier National Park has no grounds to appeal her murder conviction after lying to officials and using trickery in a bid to conceal her crime. Jordan Graham pleaded guilty in December 2013 to second-degree murder in the July 7 death of Cody Johnson, 25, her husband of eight days in a case that garnered international headlines. The former nanny was sentenced last March to 30 years in prison by a U.S. judge after he rejected her request to withdraw the guilty plea that came as part of a deal with prosecutors that saw them dismiss a first-degree murder charge. Graham last October appealed her conviction, arguing prosecutors engaged in misconduct by publicly labeling her a sociopath, distorted facts and acted in a vindictive manner toward her.


Seattle police officer to be reviewed for arrest of innocent black man

Seattle's police chief on Wednesday ordered a review of an officer who wrongly arrested an elderly black man last summer, an incident for which the department apologized a day earlier. The move comes amid simmering tension in the United States over police treatment of African-Americans, sparked in large part by police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York City last year. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole ordered the probe, which would also review measures in place to monitor the officer, for the July 9, 2014 arrest and a separate incident around the same time, she said in a statement.


Police barracks ambush suspect due to enter plea

FILE- In this Jan. 5, 2015, file photo, Eric Frein, left, is led from the Pike County Courthouse after his preliminary hearing in Milford, Pa. Frein is charged with fatally shooting a Pennsylvania state trooper and wounded another during an ambush at their barracks in September. A formal arraignment for Frein is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at the courthouse in Milford. (AP Photo/David Kidwell, File)MILFORD, Pa. (AP) ? A survivalist accused of killing one state trooper and wounding another in a barracks ambush is expected to enter a plea of not guilty.



Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

A man uses an Apple iPhone near the advertisement of Samsung Electronics' micro SD cards at a Samsung shop in Seoul, South Korea Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. The South Korean company said Thursday its profit sank last quarter, with an improvement in its semiconductor business insufficient to mask its mobile problems. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.



Openings expected in murder trial of ex-Pat Aaron Hernandez

FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2014 file photo, former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, left, attends a pretrial hearing in Fall River, Mass. Hernandez is accused of murdering semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd. A jury is expected to be seated for opening arguments in his murder trial as early as Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Judge Susan Garsh had cleared 53 potential jurors after individually questioning them to weed out people who are biased, have a hardship or have a valid reason to be excused. Lawyers from both sides will have the chance to eliminate 18 people each from the final pool on Monday for any reason. Eighteen jurors will be seated. (AP Photo/Brian Snyder, Pool, File)FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) ? Prosecutors in Massachusetts are expected to lay out their case against former New England Patriots star player Aaron Hernandez, as they deliver opening statements in his murder trial days before Hernandez's old team is due to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday.



Most of Hawaii's coral recover from mass bleaching

HONOLULU (AP) ? Coral rely on algae for food and their survival.


Squatters slow Detroit's plan to bulldoze way to prosperity

In a photo from, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, a crew from Adamo Demolition preps the site of a former vacant home for backfill in southwest Detroit. The actual number of Detroit squatters is unknown, but a real estate agent told the AP that about 30 percent of more than 100 empty homes she has shown to prospective buyers have had evidence that someone was _ or recently had been _ living inside. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT (AP) ? Chris Mathews' crew showed up this month to demolish one of the thousands of vacant homes destined for demolition as part of Detroit's grand plan to bulldoze its way to prosperity when a call from his office stopped them in their tracks: Someone was living there.



Now on death row, Fort Hood gunman Hasan to appear in court

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bell County Sheriff's Department shows former Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan. Hasan, who killed 13 people in a 2009 shooting spree at a Texas Army base, has a court hearing in his case Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he is being held on the military death row. (AP Photo/Bell County Sheriff's Department, File)FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas (AP) ? An Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people in a shooting spree at a Texas Army base is set to appear in court.