LOS ANGELES (AP) - Eric Garcetti has defeated Wendy Greuel (Grool) in the race to become next mayor of Los Angeles. With all precincts reporting, the city councilman grabbed 54% of the votes against his fellow Democrat. Garcetti sent out a tweet thanking voters and saying he's honored to lead the city. The 42-year-old Garcetti will be the city's first elected Jewish mayor.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California state senator has canceled a Las Vegas fundraiser after a newspaper reported that the host of the party could benefit from pending legislation. The Sacramento Bee reports that Saturday's $3,000-per-person event for Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens was to be hosted by Station Casinos LLC. The Las Vegas-based gambling company could earn millions of dollars if the Legislature and governor approve a casino agreement with a Fresno-area Indian tribe.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A corporate lawyer for AEG Live LLC says the concert giant did not perform any background check on Michael Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray. Lawyer Shawn Trell also testified yesterday that the company did not perform such screening on any independent contractors who worked with Jackson on his ill-fated "This Is It" tour. Jackson's mother Katherine is suing AEG claiming it failed to properly investigate Murray before agreeing to pay him $150,000 to work as the singer's tour physician.
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - FBI Director Robert Mueller has praised two agents who died while training off the Virginia Beach coast for their "true and unerring valor." The agency said Special Agents Christopher W. Lorek and Stephen P. Shaw fell to their deaths Friday when a helicopter ran into trouble during a "maritime counterterrorism exercise" that also involved a ship. The 40-year-old Shaw was a native of Santa Paula, Calif., who entered the FBI in 2005.
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