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Two Harbor-UCLA medical negligence cases settled for $4 million

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Two Harbor-UCLA Medical Center negligence cases from 2008 and 2009 have been settled for a sum of $4 million.

A deal approved Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gives $3.5-million to former patient Juana Montoya who suffered a stroke after giving birth, and $650,000 to Brandon Gill who sought medical attention after a head injury at work, reports the L.A. Times.

Montoya delivered a baby at the Torrance-area facility in November 2008. She returned one day after being discharged with bleeding in her brain, and subsequently suffered brain damage. She alleged the hospital did not provide her adequate medical care.

Gill, 27, received medication when he was admitted with a head injury in 2009, and was monitored by hospital staff before ultimately undergoing surgery to reduce pressure inside his skull. He suffered neurological injuries and said the procedure should have happened sooner.

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Life's like a movie: The Muppets get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Muppets Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: The Muppets who were honored with 2,466th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre on March 20, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The Muppets Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: The 2,466th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame honoring The Muppets in front of the El Capitan Theatre on March 20, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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Rich Ross (L), Walt Disney Studios President, and Leron Gubler (2nd L), President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, join Sweetums (R) at the unveiling the Muppets Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on March 20, 2012 in California. Since "The Muppet Show" began in 1976, they have been embraced by audiences worldwide and several Muppets were on hand for the ceremony including Kermit the frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, Pepe, Sweetums and the newest Muppet, Walter. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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A Kermit the frog tie is worn by Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, as the Muppets Star is unveiled on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood on March 20, 2012 in California. Since "The Muppet Show" began in 1976, they have been embraced by audiences worldwide and several Muppets were on hand for the ceremony including Kermit the frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, Pepe, Sweetums and the newest Muppet, Walter. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Muppets Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: The Muppets who were honored with 2,466th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre on March 20, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

The Muppets Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: (L-R) Walt Disney Studios President Rich Ross, Jim Henson Company CEO, Lisa Henson and Sean Henson attend the star unveiling for The Muppets who were honored with 2,466th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the El Capitan Theatre on March 20, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)


Ahh, a bear in his natural habitat -- Hollywood.

1n 1979, Orson Welles, in the role of Lew Lord, told his assistant to prepare the standard "Rich and Famous" contract for Kermit the Frog and company. Today, 33 years later, the Muppets received their collective star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Star no. 2,466 was inducted Tuesday into the sidewalk universe during an official, confetti-filled ceremony at 6834 Hollywood Blvd., in front of the El Capitan Theatre. 

"I want to say on behalf of the Muppets that we are really happy to be here today and join some of the greatest names in show business," Kermit said during the event. Mr. the Frog, with Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, Animal, Pepe, Sweetums and newbie Walter, attended the momentous occasion.

CEO of The Jim Henson Co., executive producer of the 2011 film "The Muppets," and daughter of creator Jim Henson, Lisa Henson, addressed the crowd. Walt Disney Studios President Rich Ross also attended, as did Jason Segel, who wrote and starred in the latest flick (which was released today on DVD, Blu-ray, Digital Download and On-Demand).

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Former student and current student arrested in connection with Alhambra school bomb threats

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One current Alhambra High School student and one former student were arrested last Friday in connection with bomb threats made against the school. Their names have not been released.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office is preparing to hear a case by detectives, and the Alhambra Unified School District will be proceededing with disciplinary action.

The school received at least six phoned-in bomb threats since the beginning of the year. The most recent call occurred March 15.

No explosives were reported to have been found.

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Mexico earthquake: 7.4 magnitude reported in Guerrero, Mexico; phantom quake near Salton Sea (updated)

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People run to safety on the streets of Mexico City after a strong quake hits Mexico on March 20, 2012.

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A young man holds his dog after leaving his house in Mexico City after an strong earthquake hit Mexico on March 20, 2012.

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A man walks over the debris fell from a building in Mexico City damaged during a strong quake that hit Mexico on March 20, 2012.

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A member of the Mexican Red Cross assists a woman as thousands remain on the streets in Mexico City after a strong quake hit Mexico on March 20, 2012.

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People remain out in the streets in Mexico City after a strong quake hit Mexico on March 20, 2012. A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck southwest Mexico, causing residents in the capital several hundred miles away to rush out onto the streets but no immediate reports of serious damage.


A strong magnitude 7.4 earthquake with an epicenter in Guerrero, Mexico struck on Tuesday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. There were initial reports of minor damage, including to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard's Twitter account said the water system and other "strategic services" were not experiencing problems. Frightened workers and residents poured into the streets of the capital just minutes after noon local time.

President Felipe Calderon said there were no immediate reports of damage through his Twitter account. Telephone service was down in the city and throughout the area where the quake was felt.

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Giovanni Ramirez, ex-suspect in Bryan Stow attack, released from jail after 10 months

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After his arrest last May as the main suspect in the brutal beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium on opening day, Giovanni Ramirez is out of jail.

He was released on parole March 17 from the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, ABC 7 is reporting

Ramirez was arrested following a citywide manhunt, but exonerated when Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood were arrested in connection with the attack. 

During the investigation, Ramirez, who maintained innocence in the Stow beating, was found in violation of previous parole stipulations when officers searching his home found a him to be in possession of a firearm.

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