Los Angeles, California - A San Pedro man who called the Washington, D.C. office of United States Representative Maxine Waters and threatened to kill the congresswoman pleaded guilty last week to a federal felony offense stemming from the threat.

Los Angeles, California - A former employee of a Southern California ambulance company was sentenced today to 36 months in prison for his role in a scheme that resulted in more than $1.1 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare.

Los Angeles, California - The Sierra Nevada mountain range looms over California, stretching 400 miles from Oregon to Tehachapi Pass in Kern County. The range contains the highest point in the continental United States, Mount Whitney, and is home to both the oldest and largest trees in the world - as well as diverse wildlife, from mountain lions to mosquitos.

Sacramento, California - Joining a coalition of 15 Attorneys General and the City of Chicago, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its failure to reduce methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas operations, as required under federal law. Methane is many times more dangerous in trapping heat than carbon dioxide, and the majority of methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector – up to 90 percent – comes from existing equipment. The Attorneys General filed today’s lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

San Jose, California - Gregory Belcher was sentenced Wednesday to 12 months and a day in prison for making a false statement related to a health care benefits program, announced Acting United States Attorney Alex G. Tse and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett. The sentence was handed down by the Honorable Lucy H. Koh, U.S. District Judge, following an eight-week trial in which Belcher and his wife, Dr. Vilasini Ganesh, were convicted of making false statements to a health care benefit program.

Sacramento, California - Robert Gleason, 52, of San Diego, has been appointed to the California Travel and Tourism Commission.

Los Angeles, California - They built and tested USC’s first 3-D printed rocket engine this spring. Now USC Viterbi School of Engineering students plan to launch a rocket in December in collaboration with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan.