Articles by Brian Melley

Associated Press

Vet’s California Lawsuit Blaming Antimalarial Drug For Psychosis Tossed

– A federal judge threw out a lawsuit against the maker of an anti-malarial drug blamed for causing psychotic behavior and neurological damage to U.S. servicemembers, ruling that the case had no right to be filed in California. The proposed …

Widow Asks $55M From NCAA for Football Player’s Death

Attorneys asked a jury Monday to award $55 million to the widow of a former USC football player, in a landmark case accusing the NCAA of failing to protect him from repetitive head trauma that led to his death. Matthew …

Judge Tosses Charge Against Dive Boat Owner in California Fire That Killed 34

A Los Angeles federal judge threw out an indictment charging a dive boat captain with manslaughter in the deaths of 34 people in a 2019 fire aboard a vessel anchored off the Southern California coast. The ruling came on the …

Yellowstone Flooding Recovery Could Take Years, Cost $1 Billion

Created in 1872 as the United States was recovering from the Civil War, Yellowstone was the first of the national parks that came to be referred to as America’s best idea. Now, the home to gushing geysers, thundering waterfalls and …

UCLA to Pay Nearly $700M in Doctor Abuse Lawsuits

The University of California system announced it will pay nearly $375 million to more than 300 women who said they were sexually abused by a UCLA gynecologist, bringing a record amount in total payouts by a public university in a …

UCLA to Pay Nearly $700M in Doctor Abuse Lawsuits

The University of California system announced Tuesday it will pay nearly $375 million to more than 300 women who said they were sexually abused by a UCLA gynecologist, bringing a record amount in total payouts by a public university in …

Judge Rules California’s Women in Boards Law Is Unconstitutional

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California’s landmark law requiring women on corporate boards is unconstitutional. Superior Court Judge Maureen Duffy-Lewis said the law that would have required boards have up to three female directors by this year violated …

New Mexico Residents Brace for Extreme Wildfire Conditions

With the worst of the thick wildfire smoke having blown out of town, residents of this small northern New Mexico city tried to recapture a sense of normalcy Saturday as their rural neighbors hunkered down amid predictions of extreme fire …

Hospital in California Sued for Racism in Black Mother’s Death

The husband of a Black woman who died hours after childbirth in 2016 sued Cedars-Sinai Medical hospital on Wednesday, saying she bled to death because of a culture of racism at the renowned Los Angeles medical center. Charles Johnson IV …

USC Settles with Men Who Say Campus Doctor Abused Them

Kenny Oshita was a first semester law student at the University of Southern California when a visit to a school doctor for a possible sexual disease turned into an invasive procedure that left him feeling violated. He was not alone. …