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Man gets prison for diver's drowning death off Catalina Island

A San Pedro man has been sentenced to four years in prison for endangering a diver who died last year when his breathing equipment got tangled in kelp off Catalina Island.

Craig Lightner was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in July to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 47-year-old Mark Rascon, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

The men had been trying to illegally catch the blue-banded Goby fish while diving on July 27, 2013. They were using air hoses and "unsafe" breathing regulators, but Lightner didn't teach Rascon how to properly use the equipment, prosecutor Carol Rose said in a statement.

And when Rascon's breathing equipment became tangled in kelp, Lightner called the U.S. Coast Guard to report a missing diver instead of rendering aid, Rose said.

Rescuers found Rascon's body 80 feet down.

Coroner's officials determined Rascon suffered an embolism during the dive, which led to his drowning, according the district attorney's office.


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Mystery hero meets man he rescued from burning home

The identity of the mystery man lauded as a hero for saving an elderly man from a burning home in Fresno over the weekend has been revealed.

Until Monday, Thomas Artiaga's identity was unknown, but his heroic actions were seen by thousands of people after a cellphone video of the rescue was posted online.

Filmed by a passerby, the video shows a man emerging from a cloud of smoke while carrying the 73-year-old man over his left shoulder and away from the house fire.

Artiaga was tracked down Monday and reunited with the man, Robert Wells, at a hotel, days after flames swept through the home in the 4300 block of East Dakota Avenue on Saturday, KFSN reported.

Wells, who uses an oxygen tank to help breathe, had apparently been struggling to flee his fiery home. That's when Artiaga spotted him and rushed to his aid.

"It was just an instinct, you know," Artiaga told KFSN. "Instinct, you see someone and help out people."

Wells called Artiaga "one of those Good Samaritans that's hard to find...

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Ex-Harlem Globetrotter goes missing during California road trip

A former Harlem Globetrotter has disappeared while headed from his home in Alhambra to see his girlfriend in Seattle, authorities said.

Sheriff's deputies found 37-year-old Rico Omarr Harris' abandoned black Nissan at the Yolo County Regional Parks Lower Site on State Route 16 near Rumsey in Northern California on Oct. 13 and haven't heard from him since. His car battery may have died.

Harris was planning to move in with his longtime girlfriend in Seattle and had set out to visit her about 1 a.m. Oct. 10.

His mother, with whom he lived in Alhambra, told police that she last spoke to him at 9 a.m. that morning while he was driving through Sacramento, according to the Yolo County Sheriff's Department.

Then at 10:45 a.m. Friday, he left a message on his girlfriend's phone, saying he was OK and planned to get a meal and take a nap, KTLA reported.  He hasn't been seen or heard from since.

"He's a very loving, enduring, charismatic gentle giant -- that's what people called him," his...

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Man arrested in stabbing death of his grandmother in East L.A.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the stabbing death of his grandmother, whose body was found Monday in her East Los Angeles home, authorities said.

Investigators were called to the home in the 100 block of North Gage Avenue at about 11:45 a.m. to perform a welfare check, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. When they entered, they found the woman, who has not been identified, with multiple stab wounds.

She was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Her grandson, Armando Sepulveda, was arrested at 7:30 p.m. Monday and booked on suspicion of murder, according to the Sheriff's Department inmate database. He remained in custody in lieu of $1-million bail.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Sheriff's Department homicide detectives at (323) 890-5500. 

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Earthquake: 3.0 quake strikes near Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake was reported Monday evening 15 miles from Mammoth Lakes, Calif., according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 11:10 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 3.7 miles.

According to the USGS, the epicenter was 66 miles from Clovis, Calif., 67 miles from Sanger, Calif. and 70 miles from Reedley, Calif.

In the past 10 days, there have been seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby.

This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service and this post was created by an algorithm written by the author.

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Trade group lifts production hold on adult film industry

A trade association for the adult film industry on Monday lifted a production hold that had been prompted by concerns that a performer had been exposed to HIV on an out-of-state film set.

The Free Speech Coalition said tests revealed that the "performer pool has not been compromised." The group had called for a three-day hold Wednesday, but later extended it to Monday.

The performer who was thought to have been exposed, as well as anyone that person had performed with, were tested, Dian Duke, executive director of the coalition, said in a statement.

Duke acknowledged that production holds and moratoriums are difficult for the industry, but they are integral to the safety of the performers.

"We also realize that the lack of information in these situations can also be frustrating" Duke said. "However, it’s crucial that we maintain medical privacy for the performers involved.”

The Free Speech Coalition did not name the state where the film set was located or the production company....

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