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Jul 2, 2015

Comic-Con International to stay in San Diego for now, spurning L.A.

July 2 (Reuters) – Comic-Con International will remain in
San Diego through 2018, despite an effort by the city of Los
Angeles to attract one of the world’s top conventions for comic
books and pop culture, officials said on Thursday.

Its roots date back to a 1970 event in San Diego that drew
300 attendees. It is the longest continuously running convention
of its kind in the United States, contributing an estimated $136
million to the regional economy.

Jul 2, 2015

Family sues over southern California college hazing death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The family of a southern California university student who died on a grueling hike during an initiation rite for a fraternity sued officials from the college and the fraternity on Wednesday, accusing them of negligence.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on the one-year anniversary of the death of 19-year-old Armando Villa, a student at California State University, Northridge.

Jul 2, 2015

Californians cut water use in May, ahead of mandatory reductions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California residents, in a boost for efforts to deal with a devastating four-year drought, cut water use by nearly 29 percent in May to score the biggest reduction since the state governor in early 2014 called for voluntary cutbacks, officials said on Wednesday.

The reduction came just ahead of mandatory cutbacks on water consumption that took effect on June 1 under Governor Jerry Brown’s order to cities and towns to curtail water use by 25 percent on average statewide. Water consumption figures for June are still being tallied.

Jun 30, 2015

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest

By Eric M. Johnson and Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way
through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday
so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal
Dutch Shell.

The Noble Discover is the second drilling ship Shell has
sent to the area in recent days.

Jun 27, 2015

Requests for ice cream and flush toilets at Nevada’s Burning Man stirs firestorm

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – U.S. land managers have asked operators of Burning Man to provide them with VIP accommodations and flushable toilets in the Nevada desert during the annual counterculture festival, triggering a political firestorm on Friday.

The demands drew the ire of two U.S. lawmakers from Nevada who described the requests, which also included a standing supply of ice cream, as excessive.

Jun 24, 2015

Homeless man featured in viral video died of alcoholism in Los Angeles alley

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A 56-year-old homeless man who became the focus of a nearly $150,000 crowdfunding campaign after he was shown giving away food in a viral video has died in a Los Angeles alley of chronic alcoholism, a coroner’s official said on Wednesday.

Online video creator Josh Paler Lin featured homeless man Kenni Thomas Nickel in a YouTube video titled “How Does a Homeless Man Spend $100?” which has been viewed more than 38 million times on the site since being posted in December.

Jun 24, 2015

Lawyers challenging California teacher tenure cite ‘dance of lemons’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s tenure system for
public school teachers shields the jobs of ineffective
instructors in a “dance of the lemons” that disproportionately
harms minority students, attorneys for students argued in
appeals papers filed on Wednesday in support of a lower court
ruling.

The arguments submitted to the state’s Second Appellate
District follows a ruling a year ago by a Los Angeles judge who,
in a case known as Vergara v. California, struck down state laws
granting tenure and other protections to public school teachers.

Jun 24, 2015

American Apparel details allegations of sexual misconduct by ousted CEO

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Clothing company American Apparel Inc (APP.A: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has accused ousted founder Dov Charney of using ethnic slurs against workers and keeping videos on a company server of himself in sex acts with models and employees, recently filed court papers show.

American Apparel’s board of directors suspended Charney as CEO a year ago, citing his misuse of company funds, violation of company policy and misuse of corporate assets, and in December the board terminated him.

Jun 12, 2015

California curtails some longstanding water rights over drought

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s water board, facing a devastating four-year drought, on Friday curtailed some longstanding water rights for agriculture and other uses in Northern and Central California for the first time in nearly 40 years, officials said.

The curtailment affects more than 100 so-called senior water rights holders, including farmers and water districts, with most of those located near the Sacramento River, the State Water Resources Control Board said in a statement.

Jun 12, 2015

Wildfire in drought-parched Northern California threatens small town

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – An out-of-control wildfire raging through a Northern California forest as the state battles a devastating drought has forced authorities to warn about 250 people to evacuate or prepare to leave their homes in a remote town, officials said on Friday.

The fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest follows an outbreak of lightning-sparked blazes in neighboring Oregon that prompted authorities to warn residents that drought and low mountain snowpack could lead to a destructive fire season.