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A woman found dead with a chainsaw wound to her neck is thought to have used the tool to commit suicide, say authorities.
Police are investigating the unusual incident, and the L.A. County coroner will make an official determination on the cause of the death.
A note found by police near the victim's body led to suicide speculation.
This post has been updated. An earlier version incorrectly identified the location as Culver City.
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It does not take a nuclear physicist to understand the troubling situation at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
Three tubes failed to pass a pressure test this week, prompting the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to send an inspection team to San Diego County.
NRC officials explained the relatively obvious in a statement, by noting that the tubes that failed are more likely to rupture during plant events affecting pressure in the generator.
It goes on to say that tube integrity is important because "the tubes provide an added barrier inside the containment building to prevent a radioactive steam release."
Itzcoatl "Izzy" Ocampo (Photo courtesy of Anaheim Police Department)
Scarier than fiction, the grand jury transcript of accused killer Itzcoatl "Izzy'" Ocampo, published Wednesday night by the Orange County Register, reveals hideous details about the murders of four homeless men and two others during a three-month killing rampage.
Ocampo, an Iraq war veteran, was disappointed not to see combat during his six-month tour of duty, and told a detective that killing "had to be done." Detective Daron Wyatt, a lead detective on the serial killer task force who took Ocampo's confession, said that Ocampo felt he needed to kill in order to become a real Marine.
The detective testified that Ocampo "seemed to get excited when he was talking about the actual kill," and he asked him if he was "aroused by the act of killing." According to the transcript, Ocampo questioned what he meant by arousal, but then commented, "my balls felt like they were going to explode, and I knew that I had the killer gene."
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A group holds hands in a circle on the grounds of a Hollywood school where a counselor was fatally stabbed.
A job counselor at a vocational school in Hollywood was attacked in his office on Wednesday in a scene that witnesses described as "gruesome."
The suspect, a 22-year-old student, was stopped and held by nearby students and faculty until the police arrived on the third floor scene at the Job Corps facility, NBC LA reports.
Dwayne Alexander, known commonly as "Mr. A," was taken to a hospital in critical condition for multiple stab wounds to his head and body. He later died.
Alexander reportedly had words with the suspect one day earlier, though the nature of the conversation was not known.
Former students called the suspect quiet and disturbed, and and remarked that he was having diffiuculty adjusting to the school, which offers technical job training and education, and has dormitory facilities.
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HBO has canceled its Dustin Hoffman / Nick Nolte dramatic series "Luck" after the deaths of three horses during production at Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia. The most recent accident occurred on Tuesday.
The network, which ordered a second season of shows immediately following the season one premiere, intends to air the remainder of the first season, but production has been shut down for good.
Executive produced by David Milch and Michael Mann, "Luck" was slow to catch ratings, and was criticized for its storytelling pace, says the L.A. Times. Fans, they say, praised the show for its "artistry."
The official HBO statement via Deadline:
It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series Luck.
Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures. While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future. Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision.
We are immensely proud of this series, the writing, the acting, the filmmaking, the celebration of the culture of horses, and everyone involved in its creation.
Quote from Michael Mann and David Milch: “The two of us loved this series, loved the cast, crew and writers. This has been a tremendous collaboration and one that we plan to continue in the future.”