PORN INDUSTRY CONNECTS GAY MARRIAGE TO CONDOM LAW: LOS ANGELES — The adult film industry is citing a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage in its effort to muzzle its main nemeses in the legal battle to keep condoms off of porn actors. Porn industry attorneys have filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation be prevented from arguing against the industry's lawsuit to repeal the condom requirement Los Angeles County voters have adopted. The foundation was the driving force in getting the law passed. On Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled that the group behind a law banning gay marriage in California had no legal standing to appeal a decision declaring that measure unconstitutional. The porn industry wants that same ruling applied to the foundation.
AUDIT: LA PAYS OUT MILLIONS IN LAWSUITS BY POLICE: LOS ANGELES — The city has paid out about $110 million in jury awards and settlements for lawsuits that police officers have brought against the Police Department over six years ending in June 2012, according to an audit report released Friday. As part of the audit, the Los Angeles Police Commission's inspector general focused on the $31 million paid out in employment liability cases — those involving discrimination, harassment and retaliation — and primarily selected those with either a large payout by the city or high demand by the plaintiff. Those accounted for 27 of the 99 claims that were closed over the six-year period. The analysis doesn't include workers' compensation claims.
YOSEMITE WEBSITE FOR 2014 SESQUICENTENNIAL UP: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — Officials at Yosemite National Park are getting a head start on next year's 150th anniversary with a new website that will contain information about celebrations, events and projects. Park officials announced on Friday that the site was up and running. The interactive site allows visitors to share their Yosemite stories and read about the park's rich history. It will guide visitors to celebrations in the park and in surrounding communities. The Yosemite Grant Act signed by President Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864 granted the area that is the headwaters to the Merced River to the State of California. The act is considered the genesis of America's national park system.
WOMAN GETS LIFE FOR SEVERING HUSBAND’S PENIS: SANTA ANA — A California woman who cut off her husband's penis and threw it in a garbage disposal has been sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole. The Orange County district attorney's office says Catherine Kieu was sentenced Friday for a July 2011 attack that mutilated her estranged spouse. Kieu, who's 50, can seek parole in seven years. The Garden Grove woman was convicted of torture and aggravated mayhem. Prosecutors said Kieu drugged her husband's tofu with sleeping pills and screamed "You deserve it!" before attacking him with a 10-inch kitchen knife. Her lawyer argued that she had mental health problems stemming from childhood molestation and sexual abuse by her husband.