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Mar 5, 2013

Los Angeles mayoral candidates square off in primary

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Los Angeles voters head to the polls on Tuesday in a primary election to choose a new mayor, with the top candidates trumpeting the need to reduce business taxes to grow the economy.

The non-partisan primary election in the mostly liberal southern California city is expected to end with the top two contenders advancing to a May runoff vote, because no candidate is likely to secure a majority of the electorate.

Mar 4, 2013

Court backs block on Arizona law aimed at day laborers

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday on the side of day laborers seeking work in Arizona, upholding an injunction that bars the state from enforcing part of its immigration law that prohibits motorists from stopping traffic to pick up workers.

In the unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the state law, by criminalizing certain interactions between drivers and day laborers, went too far in restricting commercial free speech rights.

Mar 4, 2013

U.S. court backs block on Arizona law aimed at day laborers

March 4 (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday on
the side of day laborers seeking work in Arizona, upholding an
injunction that bars the state from enforcing part of its
immigration law that prohibits motorists from stopping traffic
to pick up workers.

In the unanimous ruling, a three-judge panel of the San
Francisco-based U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found the
state law, by criminalizing certain interactions between drivers
and day laborers, went too far in restricting commercial free
speech rights.

Mar 2, 2013

Candidates for mayor of Los Angeles take aim at business taxes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles are trumpeting the need to reduce business taxes to grow the city’s economy, even as the nation’s second-largest metropolis scrounges for new revenue to plug a budget hole set to top $1 billion over the next four years.

A non-partisan primary will be held on Tuesday, and if no candidate secures a majority, the top two will advance to a May runoff to decide who will replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. One of the nation’s most high-profile Latino politicians, Villaraigosa has held the office for eight years and cannot run for re-election due to term limits.

Feb 27, 2013

Lawsuit accuses Anheuser-Busch of watering down beers

LOS ANGELES, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Beer consumers have filed a
proposed class-action lawsuit accusing Anheuser-Busch InBev
of watering down so-called “King of Beers” Budweiser
and other alcoholic beverages to boost profits, attorneys for
the plaintiffs said on Tuesday.

The lead lawsuit, which the company dismissed as groundless,
says the alcohol content is mislabeled on the brands Budweiser,
Michelob, Michelob Ultra, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, King
Cobra, Busch Ice, Natural Ice, Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum and
Bud Light Lime.

Feb 20, 2013

Palestinian filmmaker briefly detained in Los Angeles on way to Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Palestinian filmmaker on his way to the Academy Awards said on Wednesday he was held at Los Angeles International Airport and threatened with deportation before being allowed into the United States.

Emad Burnat, whose “5 Broken Cameras” is competing for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category, said U.S. immigration officials took him, his wife and 8-year-old son aside when they arrived in Los Angeles from Turkey on Tuesday evening.

Feb 20, 2013

Married couple in LAPD describes fear of ex-cop during manhunt

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Los Angeles Police Sergeant Emada Tingirides first got a call from her husband telling her something was wrong, what struck her most was the fear she heard over the phone.

She soon learned her husband, Captain Phillip Tingirides of the Los Angeles Police Department, and their family were named as enemy targets in a manifesto that former policeman Christopher Dorner, 33, posted to Facebook.

Feb 17, 2013

Highest-ranked female judo master dies at age 99 in San Francisco

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Keiko Fukuda, the Japanese-born granddaughter of a samurai who learned judo from its founder and became the highest-ranked woman in the martial art, has died at age 99 in San Francisco, her friend and caregiver said on Saturday.

Fukuda passed away of natural causes at her home on February 9, said Shelley Fernandez, 82, who lived with Fukuda, helped her run the Soko Joshi Judo Club for women in San Francisco and referred to the woman as her adopted older sister.

Feb 10, 2013

Californian manhunt for ex-cop widens to Mexican border

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. Border Patrol agents on Saturday helped police widen the mountaintop manhunt for an ex-policeman wanted as a suspect in three California slayings, seeking to block his potential escape to neighboring Mexico.

Former Los Angeles officer Christopher Dorner, 33, has declared war on law enforcement officers and their families in a manifesto posted on the Internet that complains of his 2008 firing from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Feb 9, 2013

Manhunt for ex-cop set to resume in California mountain range

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A mountaintop search was to resume on Saturday for an ex-policeman wanted in three California slayings, after authorities interrupted the manhunt during the night as snowfall kept their helicopters grounded.

Former Los Angeles officer Christopher Dorner, 33, has declared war on law enforcement officers and their families in a manifesto posted to the Internet that complains of his 2008 firing from the LAPD.