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2 more deaths linked to suspect in Orange County homeless murders

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This photo provided by the Anaheim Police Department shows Itzcoatl Ocampo. Investigators are "extremely confident" that Ocampo is responsible for all four recent killings of homeless men in Orange County.

An ex-Marine charged with killing four homeless men in north Orange County has been linked to the stabbing deaths of a woman and her son in Yorba Linda, Anaheim police said Thursday.

Investigators determined there is an association between the ex-Marine, Itzcoatl Ocampo, and Eder Herrera, who is charged in the deaths of the woman and her son, and remains in custody, Anaheim police Lt. Julian Harvey said. Police would not elaborate on that association or provide further details.

"We've developed significant evidence that links him to this crime," Harvey told KPCC.

Harvey told KPCC that he couldn't comment on whether Ocampo and Herrera worked in tandem, but that they have info linking Ocampo to the crimes. He added that if, during the investigation, evidence either supports or vindicates Herrera, that evidence will be president to the district attorney's office.


21 years in state prison for man convicted of killing Art Center instructor

Norman Schureman

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Norman Schureman

Steven Ronald Honma, the Westlake Village man convicted of fatally shooting Art Center College of Design instructor Norman Schureman at a party in 2010, was sentenced today to 21 years in state prison, the District Attorney’s Office announced. 

56-year-old Honma and 50-year-old Schureman were attending a Persian New Year’s Eve party on March 20, 2010. Honma was asked to leave after getting into a fight. The defendant left the party and went home, two doors away from the party. He returned with a serrated knife, numerous concealed weapons, and ammunition.

A fight ensued when Honma was asked to leave again. He drew a handgun and shot the popular Pasadena art college instructor, according to a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigation. Schureman was later pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. Over 300 friends, co-workers, and students attended a vigil in his honor shortly after his death.


Allergan cuts off Lap-Band supply to surgical centers associated with 1-800-GET-THIN

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Screenshot via Google Maps of a Lap-Band billboard.


Amid lawsuits, investigations, and deaths, David E. I. Pyott, CEO of Irvine-based Allergan, announced Thursday that the company will cease selling the the Lap-Band weight-loss device to surgical centers associated with the 1-800-GET-THIN marketing campaign, the O.C. Register reports.

Last week, the California Department of Insurance confirmed that a fraud probe into surgery centers connected with the 1-800-GET-THIN advertising campaign was underway.


Tubes pumping radioactive water are showing 'unusual' wear at San Onofre

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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station

Tubes inside a new steam generator at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station are showing unusual and potentially dangerous signs of deterioration, federal regulators announced on Thursday.

"The amount of wear that we are seeing on these tubes is unusual for a new steam generator," said Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks. 

More than 800 tubes of the San Diego County plant showed a 10 percent thinning in the tube wall, officials said. 69 others had at least 20 percent thinning. And two tubes needed to be plugged and taken out of service because a third of the wall was worn away.

"If you have that kind of thinning anywhere along the length of the tube, you have a problem because it degrades the integrity of the tube, which can contribute to leaks," explained Dricks.

Safety implications could be "very severe," warned Joram Hopenfeld, a retired NRC engineer and researcher, as the tubes are one of the primary barriers to radioactivity


Planned PR-hood: Susan G. Komen Foundation responds to backlash

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Red-alert reaction to the pink ribbon organization has colored the past two days since breast-cancer research advocacy group Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation announced it would be cutting its support for Planned Parenthood.

Widespread backlash over the loss of more than $600,000 in grant money for breast exams has many questioning if Komen caved to political pressure. A top Susan G. Komen official has resigned over the decision, The Atlantic reported.

Susan G. Komen founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker has issued a face-to-screen video response to the Planned Parenthood controversy. Affirming her 30-year commitment to helping women, she says the changes only reinforce the foundation's mission.