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Jun 18, 2013

Los Angeles says yes to re-usable grocery bags, no to plastic

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (Reuters) – Step away from the plastic
bags, Angelenos.

The Los Angeles City Council took the first step on Tuesday
towars making the city the largest U.S. municipality to ban
plastic bags at the grocery store, with the goal of keeping them
out of streets, beaches and the Pacific Ocean.

Jun 18, 2013

Colorado wildfire snuffs over 500 homes; California fire a threat

DENVER/LOS ANGELES, June 18 (Reuters) – The number of homes
destroyed by a Colorado wildfire rose above 500 on Tuesday as
rain dampened the flames and allowed damage assessment teams to
enter charred neighborhoods, as another threatening blaze grew
in California.

Authorities said the so-called Black Forest Fire, which has
killed at least two people and has burned in the rolling hills
outside Colorado Springs for the past week, was 85 percent
contained by Tuesday.

Jun 9, 2013

Suspected ricin-laced letter to CIA located in Washington state

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Postal workers in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday retrieved a wayward letter suspected of containing the deadly poison ricin that vanished for several weeks after it was sent from Washington state to a CIA address that does not receive mail, the FBI said.

The envelope resembled four ricin-laced letters postmarked May 13 from Spokane that had addresses penned in red ink, FBI agent Frank Harrill, an agency spokesman, said in a statement.

Jun 7, 2013

California’s ‘Night Stalker’ serial killer dead at 53

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Serial killer Richard Ramirez, who earned the nickname “Night Stalker” for his mid-1980s reign of terror in the Los Angeles region, 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 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.