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Jul 27, 2014

New York Times backs sending federal marijuana ban up in smoke

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The New York Times editorial board on Saturday endorsed a repeal of the federal ban on marijuana, becoming the largest paper in the nation to back the idea as it compared the U.S. government’s stance on America’s most widely used illicit drug to the prohibition on alcohol from 1920 to 1933.

The post on the newspaper’s website is part of an editorial series that in the coming days will explore different aspects of marijuana use, from health effects to how the criminal justice system treats it.

Jul 25, 2014

Suspended California lawmaker Leland Yee faces new conspiracy charges

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal grand jury has returned conspiracy charges against California State Senator Leland Yee, adding to the suspended lawmaker’s legal woes after he was indicted earlier this year for corruption and taking part in a scheme to traffic guns.

Yee, 65, is one of three California state senators, along with Democrats Roderick Wright and Ron Calderon, who were suspended in March over ethics charges, costing their party a cherished two-thirds legislative majority in the Senate during an election year.

Jul 24, 2014

California man says he shot fleeing intruder who said she was pregnant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An 80-year-old California man who told a television station he shot to death a fleeing intruder even though she begged for her life and said she was pregnant was under investigation by police on Thursday in connection with the slaying.

Police have released few details about the Tuesday night shooting in the middle-class Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, south of Los Angeles. A police spokeswoman said on Thursday detectives are still investigating and have not made any arrests.

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.”