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Apr 16, 2015

U.S. study finds teacher bias in discipline toward black students

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Teachers in the United States were more likely to feel troubled when a black student misbehaved for a second time than when a white student did, highlighting a bias that shows why African-American children are more often disciplined than schoolmates, Stanford University researchers said on Wednesday.

The federal government has found black students are three times more likely than whites to be suspended or expelled, a disparity experts say contributes to lower academic achievement among African-American students caught in the discipline system.

Apr 15, 2015

U.S. judge in California keeps marijuana listed among most dangerous drugs

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A federal judge in California declined on Wednesday to remove marijuana from the federal list of most dangerous narcotics, rejecting a closely watched request from people accused of illegally growing pot, prosecutors said.

Marijuana activists had been encouraged when U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller considered arguments for reclassifying marijuana during a five-day evidentiary hearing last year. Pot is listed by the U.S. government as a so-called Schedule One drug along with narcotics such as heroin.

Apr 14, 2015

Denver TSA agents targeted ‘attractive’ passengers for pat-downs: authorities

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The Transportation Security Administration has fired two screeners at Denver’s international airport who schemed to conduct pat-down searches on attractive male passengers, officials said on Tuesday.

The sackings follow a number of controversies over the screening of passengers at U.S. airports since 2010, when the agency adopted heightened security measures including full body imaging and pat downs.

Apr 14, 2015

Celebrity mountain lion leaves refuge under L.A. house

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A mountain lion with his own Facebook fan page that triggered a media storm by hiding in the crawl space under a Los Angeles house has left its urban refuge, wildlife officials said on Tuesday.

The animal known as P-22, who usually lives in Griffith Park and was featured in a 2013 National Geographic photo with the Hollywood sign in the background as it descended a dirt trail, had resisted efforts to evict him.

Apr 12, 2015

Six Greenpeace activists leave Arctic-bound oil rig

April 11 (Reuters) – Six Greenpeace activists rappelled down
from an oil rig in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday after spending
six days living on the structure to protest drilling in the
Arctic, the environmental organization said.

The multinational team climbed aboard Polar Pioneer, an oil
rig leased by Royal Dutch Shell Plc that is bound for
the Arctic, on Monday as it was being transported by a
heavy-lift vessel about 750 miles (1,207 km) northwest of
Hawaii. Two days later, the company filed a complaint in federal
court in Alaska seeking an order to remove the activists.

Apr 11, 2015

U.S. Patent Office revokes key elements of controversial podcasting patent

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The U.S. Patent Office on Friday revoked key elements of a Texas company’s patent, which the firm deployed in high-profile legal actions to claim ownership over a method for distributing podcasts and video episodes on the Internet.

Personal Audio LLC has drawn criticism for demanding licensing fees under its patent protections, which detractors like podcasters say threatens to undermine the widely used means of placing content online and were not the firm’s innovations.

Apr 10, 2015

Smithsonian sending Hawaiian shipwreck artifacts to Kauai for display

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Artifacts recovered from an 1824 shipwreck of a Hawaiian king’s yacht will soon go on display at a museum on the island of Kauai.

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington is moving to the Kauai Museum some 1,250 lots of artifacts from the shipwreck which experts say open a window into cultural change in the archipelago from its period of westernization.

Apr 9, 2015

Los Angeles closes 500 medical marijuana shops, but hundreds remain

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Authorities in Los Angeles have shuttered 500 medical marijuana dispensaries since residents voted two years ago to cap the number of pot shops in the city at about 130, officials said on Thursday.

City Attorney Mike Feuer told reporters hundreds of the illegal businesses still operate, highlighting the challenges of reining in the dispensaries in Los Angeles, which is widely believed to have more pot shops than any U.S. metropolis.

Apr 8, 2015

Trio who fled after robbing L.A. store sent to prison for decades

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man who raped a worker during an armed invasion of a Nordstrom Rack store in Los Angeles two years ago was sentenced on Wednesday to 193 years behind bars, while his two accomplices in the robbery were sent to prison for decades.

The January 2013 incident at a shopping center drew widespread attention after the three robbers forced employees of the clothing store to strip to their underwear, and then escaped before police could surround the business.

Apr 8, 2015

Rap mogul Suge Knight fires his lawyer in California robbery case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight on Wednesday fired his attorney in a robbery case at a hearing in Los Angeles, and also complained to a judge about being taken to court in a wheelchair.

The Death Row Records founder, 49, is accused of stealing a camera in an altercation with a celebrity photographer in southern California.