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Sep 30, 2014

University of California to create gender-neutral restrooms

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The University of California will designate gender-neutral restrooms at its 10 campuses to accommodate transgender students, in a move that may be the first of its kind for a system of colleges in the United States.

University of California President Janet Napolitano’s office said in a statement on Monday that the action stems from an effort to make the system more welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Sep 28, 2014

California sets up fund for legal representation of immigrant children

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California will spend $3 million to provide legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who have arrived in the state, under a bill signed into law on Saturday by Governor Jerry Brown.

With the measure, California becomes the only U.S. state along the Mexican border to provide special funds for the legal representation in federal immigration court of children from an influx of unaccompanied, Central American minors who began crossing the border last year.

Sep 27, 2014

Man, 14-year-old boy die in New York state plane collision: police

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The pilot of a small plane and his 14-year-old passenger died on Saturday when their aircraft struck another plane and crashed during an event in upstate New York to introduce young people to aviation, officials said.

A Cessna 172, single-engine plane, and a Searey amateur-built aircraft collided about 6 miles (10 kms) southeast of Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The Cessna then crashed in a wooded area in Lancaster, police said.

Sep 26, 2014

California Catholic diocese reveals new look for famed Crystal Cathedral

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California Roman Catholic diocese that bought the Crystal Cathedral, famed for its “Hour of Power” broadcasts, plans a remodel to orient the mega-church’s interior toward an altar and close off some views, a rector said on Thursday.

Rector Christopher Smith said in an interview a day after the redesign was unveiled that the church in Southern California’s Garden Grove is expected to be ready for a dedication in early 2017 following a multimillion dollar renovation.

Sep 24, 2014

Los Angeles officials give initial OK to $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Workers at large Los Angeles hotels would see their wages rise to $15.37 an hour under a measure given preliminary approval by city leaders on Wednesday that would grant employees in that sector one of the highest wage floors in the nation.

The proposal, approved by the Los Angeles City Council by a vote of 12-3, is subject to a final vote next week. Mayor Eric Garcetti, who last month pledged to bring the city’s overall minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017, has said he would sign the hotel measure if it reaches his desk.

Sep 24, 2014

LA officials give initial OK to $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers

LOS ANGELES, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Workers at large Los
Angeles hotels would see their wages rise to $15.37 an hour
under a measure given preliminary approval by city leaders on
Wednesday that would grant employees in that sector one of the
highest wage floors in the nation.

The proposal, approved by the Los Angeles City Council by a
vote of 12-3, is subject to a final vote next week. Mayor Eric
Garcetti, who last month pledged to bring the city’s overall
minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017, has said he would sign the hotel
measure if it reaches his desk.

Sep 23, 2014

Smoldering fire at Los Angeles port stops container traffic

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Thick smoke from a smoldering fire started by a welder’s torch at the Port of Los Angeles was preventing the movement of containers at the facility on Tuesday, because the foul air was too harmful for dock workers, officials said.

The fire broke out on Monday evening at a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s busiest seaport, and at one point it had engulfed the entire 800-foot (244-metre) length of the wharf, Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas told a news conference.

Sep 23, 2014

Los Angeles Register newspaper ends publication, five months after launch

LOS ANGELES, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Register,
launched just five months ago in an attempt to challenge larger
competitors in the city including the Los Angeles Times, ended
publication of its print edition on Tuesday due to a lack of
readers, the publisher said.

Freedom Communications, publisher of the Orange County
Register and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, was widely seen
as taking a bold risk in starting the Los Angeles Register in
April by seeking to overcome declining readership for
newspapers.

Sep 20, 2014

Destructive California wildfire burning in two national forests

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A wildfire in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada mountains has damaged and destroyed some homes in a small community, as thousands of residents remain evacuated and gusty winds on Saturday are expected to fan the flames, officials said.

Officials did not yet have a complete damage assessment from the charred community of White Meadows. On Friday, they reported the week-old King Fire had for the first time torched homes.

Sep 19, 2014

Los Angeles iPad rollout for schools slowed by technical challenges: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An ambitious $1.3 billion program to provide an iPad or other device to every Los Angeles public school student has been slowed by technical challenges, with curriculum that was supposed to be built into the technology often incomplete, an independent report has found.

The report marked a potential setback for a program that Superintendent John Deasy last year heralded as a civil rights initiative to help his district’s largely disadvantaged students, but which has since emerged as a political controversy.