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California adopts new policies on treatment of mentally ill inmates

California prison officials adopted sweeping new policies intended to protect mentally ill prisoners from abusive force and punishment, including use of pepper spray and deep isolation in solitary confinement cells.<p>The policies, outlined in court documents filed Friday, were developed over the last …

1 Dead, 20 Hospitalized For Apparent Drug Overdoses At Mad Decent Block Party

A man who attended an all-day music festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, has died from an apparent drug overdose<p>, police said Saturday.<p>Howard County Police identified the deceased as 20-year-old Tyler Fox Viscardi of North Carolina. Viscardi and at least 20 others were …

Compound Built for Jailed Polygamist Warren Jeffs Is Now a B&B

With its scenic location, cheery website and the promise of “quaint comfy rooms,” you might never suspect the complicated past of Utah’s newest inn. Only the name offers a clue.<p>Welcome to America’s Most Wanted Suites and Bed & Breakfast, a compound originally built for polygamous sect leader Warren …

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UCLA flood: Repaving of Sunset Boulevard sinkhole set to start today

Repaving of a damaged portion of Sunset Boulevard was scheduled to get underway Sunday afternoon five days after a water-main break damaged the thoroughfare and flooded structures at the adjacent UCLA campus.<p>Officials declined to say when the roadway would reopen.<p>The break, which occurred at or …