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Nov 7, 2015

Los Angeles sued over oil well hazards faced by minorities

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Poor, predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods in Los Angeles bear a disproportionate brunt of environmental hazards and noise pollution from oil drilling due to a city regulatory system applied in a discriminatory fashion, activists said in a lawsuit filed on Friday.

The lawsuit accuses the city government of permitting oil companies to drill hundreds of wells near residential areas without conducting environmental studies required under state law to assess public health risks posed by energy development.

Nov 4, 2015

California warns of dangerous toxin in Dungeness, rock crabs

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California authorities are moving to
suspend the fishing season for Dungeness and rock crabs due to
high levels of a toxin found in the crustaceans that could cause
illness or even death in people who eat them, officials said on
Wednesday.

The California Department of Public Health late on Tuesday
advised consumers to avoid eating Dungeness and rock crabs
caught along the coastline from the state’s northern border to
Santa Barbara County.

Nov 4, 2015

California officials warn of poisoning danger in Dungeness, rock crabs

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California authorities are moving to suspend the fishing season for Dungeness and rock crabs due to high levels of a toxin found in the crustaceans that could cause illness or even death in people who eat them, officials said on Wednesday.

The California Department of Public Health late on Tuesday advised consumers to avoid eating Dungeness and rock crabs caught along the coastline from the state’s northern border to Santa Barbara County.

Nov 1, 2015

U.S. Navy discovers wreckage believed to be cargo ship El Faro

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Wreckage believed to be of the cargo ship El Faro, which was lost off the Bahamas along with its 33 crew during Hurricane Joaquin, was discovered on Saturday, U.S. officials said.

El Faro disappeared on Oct. 1 en route from Jacksonville, Florida, to Puerto Rico in the worst cargo shipping disaster involving a U.S.-flagged vessel since 1983, after the captain reported a “hull breach” and said a hatch had blown open.

Oct 29, 2015

Lesbian couple accuses Honolulu officer in lawsuit of harassing them for kissing

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A lesbian couple who were arrested for
assaulting a Honolulu policeman who they said harassed them for
kissing at a grocery store have filed a federal lawsuit against
the officer alleging violation of their constitutional rights.

Courtney Wilson, 25, and Taylor Guerrero, 22, were on
vacation from California when they went to the grocery store on
March 3 on the island of Oahu, according to their lawsuit filed
on Tuesday.

Oct 29, 2015

Famous skateboarding dog Tillman dies at age 10 in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tillman, the English bulldog who in 2009 set a Guinness World Record as the fastest skateboarding canine and starred in videos that demonstrated his four-wheeled prowess, has died in Southern California at age 10, his owner said on Thursday.

Tillman, who suffered from an irregular heartbeat, died on Tuesday night after lapsing into a sudden bout of labored panting, according to his owner, Ron Davis, 46.

Oct 28, 2015

California officials outline preparations for El Nino flooding

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As California braces for torrential downpours this winter from El Nino, authorities have stockpiled extra sandbags across the state while putting hundreds of personnel through flood-control training, officials told state lawmakers on Wednesday.

Water engineers and emergency managers addressed a state Senate hearing in Los Angeles on preparations for the El Nino phenomenon, a recurring climate pattern that warms parts of the Pacific and is expected to bring severe weather to California and other regions.

Oct 28, 2015

Los Angeles council OKs law requiring handguns to be locked up

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Handgun owners in Los Angeles would
have to keep their weapons locked in a box or disabled with a
trigger lock under a measure aimed at protecting children that
was given unanimous approval on Tuesday by the city council.

The provisions would not apply to people carrying a handgun
or having one in their immediate control, such as when cleaning
it, said Ian Thompson, a spokesman for Los Angeles City
Councilman Paul Krekorian.

Oct 27, 2015

Nevada cryotherapy center where worker died closed for lack of insurance

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Nevada officials on Tuesday ordered the closure of a cryotherapy center just outside Las Vegas where police say a worker was found dead last week in a chamber that exposes a person’s body to extremely cold air.

The facility operated by Rejuvenice LLC was ordered closed because it could not provide proof it had a worker’s compensation insurance policy, said Teri Williams, spokeswoman for the state Department of Business and Industry.

Oct 26, 2015

Olympics success could herald golden dawn for U.S. rugby

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Rugby World Cup was a chastening experience for the USA Eagles, who were beaten in every match, but the 2016 Olympics could give renewed momentum to the United States’ fastest growing sport.

Ranked a modest 16th in the traditional 15-strong format of the game, the USA Eagles have come from nowhere to be an emerging force in Sevens rugby, a faster, simpler, TV-friendly version of the game that will feature in the Olympics.