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Jul 23, 2014

Democratic U.S. Senator from Montana may have lifted parts of thesis: report

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – U.S. Senator John Walsh of Montana may have lifted at least a quarter of his master’s thesis from works by other authors, the New York Times reported on Wednesday in an examination of the 14-page paper the Democrat submitted to obtain his degree in 2007.

The accusation comes as Walsh, who was appointed to the U.S. Senate in February to fill the Senate seat vacated by Max Baucus, is up for election in November to retain his seat while Democrats fight to maintain control of the U.S. Senate.

Jul 19, 2014

Radio star Casey Kasem’s remains moved from funeral home against children’s wishes

LOS ANGELES, July 18 (Reuters) – The remains of radio
personality Casey Kasem have been moved from a Washington state
funeral home, against the wishes of three of his adult children,
a spokesman for the siblings said on Friday.

Kasem, the former host of the syndicated program “American
Top 40″ who died on June 15 at age 82, had been the focus of a
dispute between his three children from his first marriage and
his second wife, Jean Kasem.

Jul 7, 2014

LA police will require judges to sign off on immigrant detentions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police in Los Angeles will no longer hold in jail undocumented immigrants for federal authorities unless a judge requests it, officials said on Monday.

The announcement by Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Chief Charlie Beck marks the latest move by officials in California to limit cooperation with the U.S. government in a program that has been a top priority for immigration officials and has helped deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants.

Jul 3, 2014

Measure to repeal Seattle $15 minimum wage moves closer to ballot

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Seattle business group has submitted signatures to try to force a public vote to repeal a municipal measure that would raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, a leader of the organization said on Thursday.

Forward Seattle, which represents restaurants, retailers and other businesses, handed in just under 20,000 signatures to the Seattle City Clerk on Wednesday, more than the 16,510 needed to qualify for the November ballot, said group co-chair Angela Cough.

Jul 1, 2014

U.S. to move some Central American immigrants to California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Some 140 illegal immigrants, many of them women with children, will be flown from Texas to California and processed through a San Diego-area U.S. Border Patrol station as federal officials deal with a crush of Central American migrants at the border, a local mayor said on Monday.

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long, whose community of 107,000 people is 60 miles (97 km) north of San Diego, said at a news conference that he was told by federal officials the immigrants will arrive on Tuesday and many will be released to live with friends or relatives in the United States.

Jun 28, 2014

U.S. court puts ruling overturning Indiana’s gay marriage ban on hold

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A U.S. federal appeals court on Friday put on hold a judge’s two-day-old ruling striking down Indiana’s ban on gay marriage, pending an appeal of the case.

The decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals followed a request by Indiana’s attorney general for an emergency order to place the ruling on hold until the Chicago-based appeals court can hear the case.

Jun 26, 2014

Father of California mass killer says rampage came as surprise

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The father of a man who killed six people in a California college town said in a television interview that his son’s rampage came as a surprise, despite contentions by some victims’ families that the attack might have been prevented.

Peter Rodger, a Hollywood film director, told Barbara Walters in an interview set to air Friday on ABC’s “20/20″ that prior to the shooting he did not believe his son, Elliott, 22, could “hurt a flea.”

Jun 26, 2014

Arizona education official cries in apology over Web comments

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Arizona’s top education official broke down in tears on Wednesday as he apologized for his anonymous comments on Internet blogs that included comparing a birth control activist to Adolf Hitler and calling for an end to Spanish-language media in the United States.

John Huppenthal, a Republican who is scheduled to compete in an Aug. 26 primary and would if successful run to retain his post as superintendent of public instruction in a November general election, told reporters at a news conference in Phoenix that he would not resign.

Jun 20, 2014

‘Sexy and dreamy’ mugshot of California felon goes viral

LOS ANGELES, June 20 (Reuters) – The mugshot of a convicted
felon arrested in California went viral on a police Facebook
page this week, making him an instant celebrity with Web users
who have called him “handsome” and clicked “like” on his picture
more than 64,000 times.

Jeremy Meeks, 30, was arrested on Wednesday in a gang
crackdown in a crime-ridden area of Stockton, in Northern
California, according to Stockton police spokesman Joey Silva.

Jun 19, 2014

Coast Guard seeks prankster who made fake distress calls in Washington state

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard is working to track down a prankster who called in fake distress calls in Washington state that led agency officials to launch two rescue efforts that cost over $200,000, an official said on Thursday.

The suspect made his first call over VHF radio on May 31, reporting he was on a burning fishing vessel in Puget Sound and that he and four other people were grabbing life jackets and jumping off, the Coast Guard said in a statement.