California will alter its 8-year-old ban preventing all registered sex offenders from living near schools or parks, state officials announced Thursday, instead imposing the restriction only on pedophiles and others whose sex crimes involved children.
The woman accused of masterminding a scheme to kidnap infants and pass them off as her own claimed online to be a successful business coach and professional speaker who had written a book and helped multinational corporations improve their operations.
Several congressional members called on the U.S. Interior Department Thursday to slow down an overhaul of the rules for granting federal recognition to American Indian tribes, saying more study is needed of problems that could result from lowering the bar for the coveted status.
The strange case of a California woman who disappeared for two days grew stranger still Thursday, with her uncle and a lawyer for her boyfriend insisting she was kidnapped while police said it was a hoax.
It could cost Los Angeles as much as $1.2 billion to restore much of its concrete-lined river to its natural state — more than twice the amount officials originally projected, according to a new report from the city's chief legislative analyst.