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May 27, 2015

Western U.S. drought seen raising food prices: Reuters/Ipsos poll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An overwhelming majority of U.S. residents think the drought that has hit agriculture in the West will lead to increased food prices, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

The poll, conducted May 18 to 22, also found strong support for certain water conservation efforts that might be aimed at the general public in drought-stricken states.

May 27, 2015

California Assembly votes to make pregnancy centers tell women of abortion option

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California State Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday that would require licensed pregnancy centers, which sometimes steer women away from abortion, to inform clients about state programs offering such services, officials said.

The Democratic-led Assembly voted 49-26 to approve the bill, which has the support of California’s Democratic attorney general, Kamala Harris, and will next go to the state Senate, said Allison Ruff, aide to Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, a Democrat and co-author of the bill.

May 24, 2015

Sea lion rescued from Santa Barbara oil spill dies at SeaWorld

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California’s Santa Barbara coastline this week has died after being taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be cleaned and treated, officials said on Saturday.

Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude petroleum gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst.

May 22, 2015

Two California men charged with seeking to help Islamic State

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two Southern California men were charged on Friday with conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, U.S. prosecutors said, a day after one of the men was arrested at the Los Angeles airport.

The arrests on Thursday of Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, represent the latest case of U.S. authorities cracking down on individuals they believe are seeking to join the group, which is fighting in Syria and Iraq.

May 22, 2015

Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her
earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to
wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until
the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in January overturned the
state’s ban on same-sex marriage, in a ruling that went into
effect the following month and led probate judges throughout
much of the state to begin issuing licenses to the couples.

May 22, 2015

Raw tuna suspected in U.S. salmonella outbreak that has sickened 53

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An outbreak of salmonella believed
to be linked to raw tuna in sushi has sickened at least 53
people in the United States, mostly in California, officials
said on Thursday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement an
investigation has not identified which supplier of raw tuna
might have been responsible for the outbreak, which so far has
led 10 people to be hospitalized but has not caused any deaths.

May 21, 2015

Transgender California inmate seeking surgery wins parole recommendation

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A California board recommended parole on
Thursday for a transgender inmate convicted of second-degree
murder, the same day an appeals court put on hold a ruling
requiring the state to pay for the prisoner’s sex-reassignment
surgery, officials said.

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51, who was born male but
identifies as a woman and is held with male inmates at Mule
Creek State Prison, is seeking to become the first inmate in
state history to undergo the surgery.

May 20, 2015

Trial begins for Los Angeles officer accused of kicking woman who died after arrest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A white Los Angeles police officer went on trial for assault on Wednesday over accusations she kicked a handcuffed black woman in a patrol car and ignored her pleas for medical attention during an arrest that ended with the woman’s death.

Officer Mary O’Callaghan is charged with assault under color of authority but not in the subsequent death of 35-year-old Alesia Thomas, who was being arrested for child abandonment.

May 19, 2015

Los Angeles gives preliminary approval to $15 minimum wage

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to increase the minimum wage in the nation’s second-largest city to $15 an hour by 2020 from the current $9, in a victory for labor and community groups that have pushed for similar pay hikes in several U.S. municipalities.

The council’s 14-1 vote on the measure, which must come back before the panel for final approval, would require businesses with more than 25 employees to meet the $15 pay level by 2020, while smaller businesses would have an extra year to comply.

May 15, 2015

NASA finds Antarctic ice shelf a few years from disintegration

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The last intact section of one of Antarctica’s mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a NASA study released on Thursday.

The research focused on a remnant of the so-called Larsen B Ice Shelf, which has existed for at least 10,000 years but partially collapsed in 2002. What is left covers about 625 square miles (1,600 square km), about half the size of Rhode Island.