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Former Chief Administrative Officer for City of Bell Sentenced to Federal Prison for Cheating IRS to Avoid Taxes on Corrupt Activities

Los Angeles, California - Robert A. Rizzo, the former top administrator in the city of Bell who has admitted his role in a widespread municipal corruption scandal, was sentenced today to 33 months in federal prison in a tax fraud scheme designed to hide part of the massive income he was bilking from the small Los Angeles County city.

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Giraffe Herd Welcomes Calf at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Escondido, California - There was a lot of sniffing, nose-rubbing and some playful behavior this morning as a 3-month-old Ugandan giraffe was reintroduced to his mother and herd at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Animal care staff were elated to release the giraffe calf into the East Africa exhibit after weeks of hospitalization.

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In latest generation of tiny biosensors, size isn't everything

Los Angeles, California - When it comes to nanomedicine, smaller is - surprisingly - not always better.

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USC Thornton School of Music and San Francisco Conservatory of Music Represent the United States at Inaugural Asia-Pacific Music Summit

Los Angeles, California - Two of the leading music schools from the West Coast, the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, represented the United States last week at the inaugural Asia-Pacific Music Summit.

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USC Releases Admission Statistics for Fall 2014

Los Angeles, California - More than 51,800 accomplished high school seniors from all 50 U.S. states and 80 other countries applied for an estimated 2,750 places in this fall’s entering class of USC, reflecting continued strong interest from international students and U.S. applicants alike.

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Growing crops on photovoltaic farms

Stanford, California - Growing agave and other carefully chosen plants amid photovoltaic panels could allow solar farms not only to collect sunlight for electricity but also to produce crops for biofuels, according to new computer models by Stanford scientists.

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Stanford bioengineer creates $5 chemistry set

Stanford, California - When Manu Prakash was young he had a thing about flames. He's not encouraging all kids to follow his fiery lead - he did burn one hand pretty badly - but he thinks kids should explore more when it comes to learning about science. That's the idea behind his programmable, toy-like device that won a competition to "reimagine the chemistry set for the 21st century."

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Bay Area fugitive added to ICE's Operation Predator smartphone app to locate at-large child sex predators

San Jose, California - A Sunnyvale man who absconded following his indictment on federal child pornography charges is the latest fugitive to be profiled on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) smartphone app, seeking public tips on at-large and unknown child predator suspects.

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