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Jan 23, 2015

Wine stolen from Michelin-starred California restaurant recovered

Jan 23 (Reuters) – About 80 bottles of premium wine reported
to be worth up to $300,000 that were stolen from the
Michelin-starred French Laundry restaurant in Northern
California have been recovered across the country, police said
on Friday.

The wine was taken from the restaurant in Yountville in
December after the establishment was closed for remodeling, Napa
County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Captain Doug Pike said.

Jan 23, 2015

California teacher suspended over social media rant about sex case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles area high school teacher has been suspended over a social media rant in which he said male students who reportedly had sex with two of his female colleagues should have kept their “stupid mouths shut” about the experience, a school official said on Friday.

Sean Patrick Kane, an art teacher at South Hills High School in suburban West Covina, asked in a flippant post on Facebook on Sunday what had been “in the heads of the dudes who banged these ladies and then squealed?”

Jan 22, 2015

California lawmakers introduce Oregon-style assisted suicide bill

Jan 21 (Reuters) – California lawmakers introduced a bill on
Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide in the most populous U.S.
state, an effort tearfully welcomed by a woman whose daughter
moved to Oregon last year to avail herself of a
death-with-dignity law there.

The bill proposed by two Democratic state senators is
similar to the physician-assisted suicide statute approved by
Oregon voters in 1994. As in Oregon, it would require a
determination from two doctors that a patient has six months or
less to live before a drug to hasten death could be prescribed.

Jan 15, 2015

Actor’s Kim Jong Un role turns more bizarre in TV news coverage

By Alex Dobuzinskis

PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) – In the midst of the international imbroglio over his role as North Korea’s leader in the screwball comedy “The Interview,” nothing was quite so jarring for Randall Park as seeing his face on television as newscasters talked about Kim Jong Un.

“It was crazy to turn on the news and to see my face, yeah on CNN,” said Park in his first public remarks since the film’s release at the Television Critics Association gathering on Wednesday.

Jan 15, 2015

Yosemite climbers reach top of El Capitan in historic ascent

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two climbers completed a historic 19-day ascent to the summit of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan in California on Wednesday after scaling the rock formation’s 3,000-foot (900-metre) sheer granite face without climbing tools, a spokeswoman said.

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made it to the top of El Capitan at 3:30 p.m. (2330 GMT), spokeswoman Jess Clayton said in an email. They were the first to climb El Capitan’s so-called Dawn Wall without bolts or climbing tools, she said.

Jan 8, 2015

Rainbow boa causes panic by slithering out of toilet at San Diego office

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A boa constrictor caused panic at a downtown San Diego office when it crawled out of a toilet after apparently slithering down a pipe from an upstairs apartment, an official said on Thursday.

Stephanie Lasca, co-founder of the firm Vertical PR + Marketing, went to use the facilities at her second-floor office on Tuesday and noticed the water level in the toilet was high, so she took a plunger to it, said her co-worker Holly Wells.

Jan 7, 2015

Arizona signals plan to appeal decision on human smuggling law

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The Arizona attorney general’s office plans to
appeal a federal judge’s ruling that struck down a 2005 law
against human smuggling, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a
Republican elected to the position in November, filed the notice
of intent to appeal on Tuesday, which was the deadline, said his
spokeswoman Kristen Keogh.

Jan 7, 2015

Charges dropped for California doctor who shot man after road clash

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A California judge has dismissed attempted manslaughter and assault charges against a 71-year-old physician who shot a man who followed him to his driveway after a road-rage clash, a spokesman for prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Marin County Judge Kelly V. Simmons found on Tuesday that Dr. James Simon acted within the bounds of reason when he shot the man twice in the torso last July 17, said Barry Borden, a spokesman for the local District Attorney’s Office.

Jan 5, 2015

Bess Myerson, first Jewish Miss America, dead at age 90

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bess Myerson, 90, the first Jewish Miss America and a frequent companion of the late New York Mayor Ed Koch who later fell from grace in a city scandal, has died after a long battle with dementia.

The Bronx-born Myerson, who served as Koch’s commissioner of cultural affairs and often appeared with him holding his hand, died on Dec. 14 at her Santa Monica, California, residence, Los Angeles County assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said on Monday.

Jan 2, 2015

Unauthorized immigrants line up for California driver’s licenses

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Thousands of immigrants lined up to apply for driver’s licenses in California under a law that went into effect on Friday, making the most populous U.S. state the latest to expand the privilege to people in the country illegally.

To handle the crush of new applicants, the Department of Motor Vehicles created special processing centers at four former businesses: a grocery store, a large dry cleaner, a movie theater and a restaurant.