The Orange County coroner is expected to perform an autopsy Friday that could determine if a woman's body found in a remote canyon area is that of missing Army veteran Maribel Manriquez Ramos.
The body was found near the intersection of Santiago Canyon and Jackson Ranch roads about 5:15 p.m. Thursday in Orange. An officer was still at the scene Friday morning, an Orange Police Department official said.
For more than a week, Orange police have been searching for Ramos, a former Army sergeant who served in South Korea and Iraq and was just weeks away from graduating from college with a degree in criminal justice. The Cal State Fullerton student was last seen on surveillance video outside her apartment building about 8:30 p.m. May 2.
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Do you think that Steven Miller knows who exactly is responsible for the IRS targeting conservative groups?
Acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller struck a defiant tone on Friday under intense questioning from Republicans who railed against “systemic abuse” at the agency.
In the first congressional hearing probing the agency’s recently revealed practice of targeting conservative groups seeking a tax exemption, Miller apologized for “foolish mistakes” carried out by “people trying to be more efficient in their workload selection.”
But he strongly pushed back against Republican assertions that the agency is politicized, insisted that the practice of flagging key terms in applications for tax exemptions is legal and even praised a civil servant coming under heavy GOP criticism for working in the agency’s scandal-ridden tax exempt division before helping it implement the health care overhaul.
Read more at Politico
Disclosure of a highly classified intelligence operation in Yemen last year compromised an exceedingly rare and valuable espionage achievement: an informant who had earned the trust of hardened terrorists, according to U.S. officials.
The operation received new scrutiny this week after the Justice Department disclosed it had obtained telephone records for calls to and from more than 20 lines belonging to the Associated Press news service and its journalists in April and May 2012 in a high-level investigation of the alleged leak of classified information.
The informant, a British citizen born in Saudi Arabia, had been recruited by British intelligence to operate as a double agent within the group Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, one of the most dangerous franchises of the Al Qaeda terrorist network.
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The lawyer who unsuccessfully defended O.J. Simpson against armed robbery charges testified Friday his client knew two companions had guns in a 2007 confrontation with memorabilia dealers.
Miami attorney Yale Galanter contradicted much of Simpson's earlier testimony while under questioning at a hearing in which his former client is seeking a new trial on grounds of ineffective legal representation.
Galanter testified that the former football hero confided to him that he had indeed asked two men to bring guns to the hotel room confrontation and “he knew he screwed up.” Galanter hesitated and spoke only after he paused, breathed deeply and was reminded that Simpson had waived attorney-client privilege.
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A Sacramento appellate court ruled Thursday that state workers covered by expired job contracts were not exempt from the state's elimination of two paid holidays.
A significant percentage of employees were working under expired contracts and negotiating new ones when the state struck Lincoln's Birthday and Columbus Day as paid holidays as of Feb. 20, 2009, to save money in tough fiscal times.
The California Association of Professional Scientists and the California Association of Psychiatric Technicians sued the governor, claiming their members were entitled to the holidays because the law allows employees to continue working under the terms of expired contracts pending new ones.
CA corrections department says that there are not more arrests of parolees under realignment, the news say otherwise, who do you beleive?
Corrections department researchers have found no spike in arrests of parolees since responsibility for many ex-convicts shifted to local authorities under the state's prison realignment law, according to a study released Thursday.
Ex-felons released in the six months since the law took effect in October 2011 were arrested at a slightly lower rate than parolees released from prison before that. They were convicted of new crimes at about the same rate as offenders released under the old criminal justice system.
The report adds to an ongoing debate over whether the realignment law, which was enacted to reduce prison crowding, is leading to higher crime. Under the law, thousands of lower-level offenders are sentenced to county jails instead of state prisons.
What do you think caused Trickle to take his own life?
There is that lasting image of Dick Trickle in the Winston 500 lighting up a cigarette while driving his stock car with his knees during a caution lap. He places the cigarette through a hole he carved in his helmet for a quick toke and exhales.
The green flag hits and out the window goes the cigarette butt and back to racing goes Trickle. "Dick always had a cigarette lighter in his car," said fellow NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine.
Trickle was a unique driver with a unique name who found cult-like status before his death Thursday. Trickle, whose larger-than-life personality and penchant for fun won him legions of fans despite a lack of success beyond the nation's small tracks, died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. He was 71.
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Despite the Benghazi and AP scandals, do you think that Comprehensive Immigration Reform is on its way to being passed?
The loud kerfuffle over the heavy-handed IRS and post-Benghazi spin has had one positive effect: immigration reform is quietly moving ahead under the cable noise and political posturing of dysfunctional Washington.
Both houses of Congress are now expected to have bills ready to debate by the fall session. The bipartisan Senate "gang of 8" appears to be holding together and its broad outline of border security, pathway to citizenship, guest worker, employment verification and legal immigration future flow moves through committee largely intact.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has completed its third day of hearings of the sweeping immigration bill and so far the original architecture of the bill has held strong.
Read more at ABC News
Do you think that Twitter is destoying America?
At the risk of being abrasive, I am about to say something unthinkable, heretical. I am about to say six words you have likely never heard from a working member of the media, and may never hear again: Do not follow me on Twitter.
You can try, if so inclined. But unlike Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, the pope, the Dalai Lama, and the Church of England (which invited Twitter users to help select the next archbishop of Canterbury), you won’t find me there. I’m not on it, and hope never to be. I say hope, because the clip at which the Twidiocracy has infiltrated itself into every crevice of society might leave me no choice. In the dystopian future—which in the age of Google glasses is starting to feel like the dystopian present—I might be forced to join Twitter in order to, say, collect my Social Security e-check when the time comes. Though the likelihood of there still being Social Security in 25 years is much less than the likelihood of people endlessly tweeting about how there’s no more Social Security.
Read more at the Weekly Standard