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Jun 7, 2013

California’s ‘Night Stalker’ serial killer dies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Richard Ramirez, a death row inmate convicted of 13 murders in a gruesome mid-1980s string of attacks that gained him the nickname “Night Stalker” and set the Los Angeles region on edge, died on Friday at a hospital near the prison where he was held, a corrections official said.

Ramirez, 53, died of natural causes at Marin General Hospital near San Quentin State Prison in Northern California where he had been held, state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Jeffrey Callison said.

Jun 6, 2013

California wildfire destroys 24 homes, consumes 30,000 acres

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A wildfire burning in mountains north of Los Angeles has destroyed 24 homes including a number of summer cabins, fire officials said on Thursday after it was safe enough to send in an on-foot assessment team.

The damage wrought by the Powerhouse Fire comes as officials in California have warned of a particularly early and intense start of the fire season. Two major wildfires are also burning in New Mexico.

May 22, 2013

Liberal Democrat wins Los Angeles mayor’s race

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles Councilman Eric Garcetti, elected mayor in a race shaped by dire fiscal constraints and questions of how to tame runaway budget deficits, declared victory on Wednesday by tweeting “the hard work begins.”

Garcetti crossed the finish line of his two-year campaign to lead America’s second-largest city with 54 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday’s election to defeat City Controller Wendy Greuel, who garnered 46 percent.

May 22, 2013

Los Angeles voters OK move to curtail medical marijuana outlets

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Voters strongly supported a ballot measure to sharply curtail the number of medical marijuana dispensaries permitted to operate in Los Angeles while boosting taxes on the sale of pot for health reasons, election returns early on Wednesday showed.

The proposal appeared headed for passage. Returns showed 63 percent of voters supporting it compared with 37 percent opposed, after tabulation of more than 40 percent of ballots cast at polling stations on Tuesday, and all of the mail-in ballots received as of last Friday.

May 19, 2013

Beatles’ guitar auctioned to the tune of $408,000

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A custom-made electric guitar played by the late John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles sold at a New York auction on Saturday for $408,000, said officials with the company behind the event.

The semi-hollow-body guitar, manufactured by the VOX company, was sold to an unidentified U.S. buyer at the “Music Icons” event organized by Beverly Hills, California-based Julien’s Auctions and held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan.

May 19, 2013

Los Angeles mayoral race narrows, latest opinion poll shows

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – City Councilman Eric Garcetti leads City Controller Wendy Greuel by 7 percentage points in a tightening race for mayor of Los Angeles, according to the latest opinion poll, but the survey’s director said Greuel could still stage an upset in Tuesday’s election.

The poll released late on Friday by the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy and the Los Angeles Times showed Garcetti favored by 48 percent of likely voters, compared with 41 percent for Greuel. Eleven percent of respondents said they were undecided.

May 10, 2013

Sophia top baby name for U.S. girls; Messiah and King on the rise for boys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sophia tops the list of names for American baby girls for the second year in a row, while King and Messiah are becoming increasingly popular names for boys, the U.S. Social Security Administration said on Thursday.

Jacob has become a standby for boys’ names, topping that category for the 14th straight year. Liam and Elizabeth broke into the Top 10 at No. 6 and No. 10 respectively, the SSA said in a statement.

May 9, 2013

Cleveland’s Charles Ramsey becomes an Internet folk hero

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland dishwasher who became an overnight sensation for his street-wise poise under the media spotlight after helping save three women from an alleged decade-long kidnapping ordeal, has won a shout-out from McDonald’s and legions of fans on social media.

Ramsey responded to cries from Amanda Berry and helped get her away from a neighbor’s house on Monday. He also got on the phone with emergency responders, actions that police say led to the rescue of two other women and a child from the home and could earn Ramsey reward money.

May 8, 2013

Los Angeles Boy Scout group calls for welcoming gay adults

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The western Los Angeles County branch of the Boy Scouts of America has become the latest chapter to break with the national organization over its proposed lifting of a ban against gay scouts while continuing to exclude homosexual adults as troop leaders.

The council, which represents more than 14,000 scouts and ranks as the nation’s 14th-largest scouting chapter, called for the Texas-based youth organization to go further by welcoming gays into the ranks of its adult volunteers as well.

May 4, 2013

Wildfire on Southern California coast threatens 4,000 homes

, May 3 (Reuters) – A fierce, wind-whipped
wildfire spread on Friday along the California coast northwest
of Los Angeles, threatening 4,000 homes and a military base as
residents were evacuated ahead of the flames and a university
campus was closed.

More than 950 firefighters had built containment lines by
late afternoon around about 20 percent of the inferno, which has
blackened 18,000 acres (7,280 hectares) of dry, dense brush and
chaparral since erupting on Thursday morning. More firefighters
were said to be on the way.