Thursday, January 9
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Public Library is teaming up with a private online learning company to offer diplomas to high school dropouts. Library director John Szabo says he believes the program unveiled today is the first of its kind in the nation. Szabo says it's the latest step in the transformation of public libraries in the digital age as they move to establish themselves beyond just being a repository of books to a full educational institution.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A doctor linked to a dozen drug deaths is expected to plead guilty in Orange County today to illegally prescribing powerful painkillers to his patients who dubbed him "Candy Man." Court documents show Julio Gabriel Diaz faces up to 200 years in prison and $10 million in fines. Diaz is accused of supplying prescription drugs to addicts and others who had no legitimate need for the narcotics.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Riverside police say a puppy destined for the arms of a cancer-stricken child has been recovered after the woman who offered to deliver it decided instead to keep it. The Press-Enterprise says she hasn't been arrested but could face theft charges. The female pug was bought in November by a Riverside woman to answer the Christmas wish of an 8-year-old Sacramento girl who has leukemia. That woman -- a cancer survivor says an acquaintance offered to deliver it by Christmas but it never arrived.
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — An electrical failure in a personal electronic device is likely to have started a fire that killed two women and injured five others in a Santa Ana home for disabled adults. Orange County fire officials say the device was in a resident's room.