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Nov 12, 2014

California nurses strike ahead of larger protest over Ebola measures

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Nearly 20,000 nurses went on strike in California on Tuesday over patient care issues that include what their union views as insufficient protection for nurses who may care for patients stricken with the deadly Ebola virus, in a prelude to broader national protests expected on Wednesday.

The two-day California strike, by nurses whose union is in the midst of acrimonious contract talks, targeted 86 hospitals and clinics operated by Kaiser Permanente in the northern part of the state and two hospitals run by other healthcare providers, according to National Nurses United.

Nov 9, 2014

Judge voids Arizona human smuggling law, finding it infringes on U.S. government

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A federal judge has struck down a 2005 Arizona criminal statute against human smuggling in a ruling that found it infringed on the U.S. government’s power to enforce immigration law.

The decision by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton on Friday represents the latest setback for the southwestern state that borders Mexico to use Arizona law and local police to stem the flow of unauthorized immigrants. A number of those state provisions have been overturned in court.

Nov 5, 2014

California schools chief re-elected in race that became referendum on education reform

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s union-backed schools superintendent has won re-election, defeating a challenger who called for tying teacher pay to student performance and a reshaping of tenure rules in an expensive race that emerged as a referendum on education reform.

According to state election figures, incumbent Tom Torlakson won 52 percent of the vote on Tuesday, compared with 48 percent for Marshall Tuck, a former charter school executive who ran as an education reformer and enjoyed support from several wealthy donors.

Nov 3, 2014

Suspected driver arrested in fatal Halloween hit-and-run in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Police have arrested a driver suspected of killing three 13-year-old girls in a hit-and-run incident at a Southern California crosswalk as they were trick-or-treating on Halloween, officials said on Monday.

Jaquinn Ramone Bell, 31, was arrested on Sunday at a Motel 6 in Stanton, a short distance from Santa Ana where the hit and run occurred on Friday night, Santa Ana police Chief Carlos Rojas told a news conference.

Nov 2, 2014

Utah National Guard disciplines four servicemen over bikini-model video

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The Utah National Guard is forcing an officer into early retirement for his involvement in a video featuring bikini-clad models riding in a tank, and three other service members face lesser discipline, a guard spokesman said on Saturday.

The non-commissioned officer allowed part of the video, which surfaced on the Internet last month, to be produced at Camp Williams in the Salt Lake Valley, said National Guard spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Steve Fairbourn.

Nov 1, 2014

Branson to meet Virgin Galactic space team after crash

, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Richard Branson is set to
meet his Virgin Galactic space team in California’s Mojave
Desert on Saturday following the crash of a passenger spaceship
being developed by his company that killed one pilot and
seriously injured the other.

The entrepreneur has pledged to keep up the drive for space
travel, saying on the company’s web site: “Space is hard – but
worth it. We will persevere and move forward together.”

Nov 1, 2014

Test flight of Virgin Galactic spaceship ends in fatal crash in California

By Alex Dobuzinskis

MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) – A passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday near the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other, officials said.

The crash of the suborbital vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, came days after another private space company, Orbital Sciences Corp, lost a rocket in an explosion moments after liftoff in Virginia.

Oct 31, 2014

Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during Calif. test flight

By Alex Dobuzinskis

MOJAVE Calif. (Reuters) – A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one crew member and seriously injuring the other, officials said.

The crash of the vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, came days after another private space company, Orbital Sciences Corp, lost a rocket in an explosion moments after liftoff in Virginia.

Oct 29, 2014

Group says piece of metal found on Pacific island is from Earhart’s plane

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Researchers probing the 1937 disappearance of famed American aviator Amelia Earhart’s plane said on Wednesday they now believe a slab of aluminum found decades ago on an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean came from her aircraft.

The warped piece of metal was uncovered on a 1991 voyage to the island of Nikumaroro in the Republic of Kiribati by The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has spent millions of dollars searching for Earhart’s plane in a project that has involved hundreds of people.

Oct 23, 2014

Massive gold nugget goes on sale for $400,000 in San Francisco

Oct 23 (Reuters) – A 5-pound gold nugget dug up in Northern
California this past summer and believed to be the largest
privately held piece of its kind from the state was offered for
sale at $400,000 on Thursday.

The chunk of gold, which is the size of a misshapen baked
potato and weighs 72 troy ounces, or about 5 pounds (2.3 kg), is
on display at the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show from Thursday
through Sunday, said David McCarthy, senior numismatist for
Kagin’s Inc.