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Aug 22, 2013

County clerk in New Mexico begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A county clerk in southern New Mexico began handing out marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on Wednesday, in a move the state’s attorney general said he would not seek to stop as courts weigh lawsuits by same-sex couples seeking to wed.

Doña Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins told Reuters in a phone interview that his office by mid-afternoon had issued about 35 same-sex marriage licenses.

Aug 20, 2013

Autopsy finds drugs in journalist who died in Los Angeles crash

LOS ANGELES, Aug 20 (Reuters) – A prominent U.S. journalist
whose reporting led to the ouster of the senior U.S. military
commander in Afghanistan had traces of methamphetamine in his
blood when he was killed in June in a fiery Los Angeles car
crash, autopsy findings showed on Tuesday.

The drugs in Michael Hastings’ system were of an amount
unlikely to have contributed to the crash in which the
Mercedes-Benz he was driving struck a tree and burst into
flames, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office
report.

Aug 1, 2013

Gay California Catholic teacher’s firing sparks online petition

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Catholic teacher’s claim that he was fired after marrying his gay partner soon after same-sex marriage was made legal in California has prompted a Web-based push to see him reinstated.

The petition drive in support of English instructor Ken Bencomo on the website of social advocacy group Change.org has gathered over 9,000 signatures from his former students and people as far away as Spain since it was launched earlier this week.

Jul 31, 2013

Ride-sharing companies may lose ‘bandit cab’ stigma in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Commercial ride-sharing services offered by moonlighting motorists but frowned on by licensed taxi drivers and some cities as “bandit” cab operations would gain new legitimacy in California under a plan proposed on Tuesday by state regulators.

The draft rules to govern companies that already operate under such names as Lyft, SideCar and Uber, allowing passengers to electronically hail rides through smartphone applications, were unveiled by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) as taxi drivers continued to lobby against them.

Jul 31, 2013

Ride-sharing companies may lose ‘bandit cab’ stigma in California

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (Reuters) – Commercial ride-sharing
services offered by moonlighting motorists but frowned on by
licensed taxi drivers and some cities as “bandit” cab operations
would gain new legitimacy in California under a plan proposed on
Tuesday by state regulators.

The draft rules to govern companies that already operate
under such names as Lyft, SideCar and Uber, allowing passengers
to electronically hail rides through smartphone applications,
were unveiled by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) as
taxi drivers continued to lobby against them.

Jul 23, 2013

California university under investigation over handling of rapes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. government is investigating the University of Southern California’s handling of reported cases of rape on its campus near downtown Los Angeles, school officials said on Monday.

The sex discrimination probe by the U.S. Department of Education came in response to a complaint by the school’s Student Coalition Against Rape.

Jul 21, 2013

Firefighters have California blaze nearly half contained

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cooler weather helped firefighters make significant gains on Saturday against a massive wildfire in Southern California, as crews cut containment lines around nearly 50 percent of the blaze.

The so-called Mountain Fire has burned across more than 27,000 acres of dry brush and timber and destroyed seven residences since it broke out on Monday. At least 5,600 residents remain under evacuation orders.

Jul 20, 2013

Firefighters gain more control over Southern California blaze

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (Reuters) – Crews working to contain a
massive wildfire in Southern California on Saturday were hoping
cooler weather and possible rain showers would help them gain
the upper hand against a blaze that has forced the evacuation of
5,600 residents.

The so-called Mountain Fire was 25 percent contained on
Saturday, up from 15 percent the day before, according to the
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal
Fire.

Jul 19, 2013

Pressure grows on San Diego mayor over harassment accusations

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has resisted calls to resign over allegations he groped and made suggestive comments toward women, came under increasing pressure this week as fellow Democrats urged him to quit and as talk emerged of a recall campaign.

Filner drew fire as leader of California’s second-largest city last week after a former city councilwoman and two lawyers held a news conference to say at least one woman has accused the mayor of improper behavior.

Jul 18, 2013

Private firm bets on marijuana, Wall Street wary

SEATTLE/LOS ANGELES, July 18 (Reuters) – In the sparse
Seattle offices of Privateer Holdings, Brendan Kennedy grabs an
iPad to show how his bet on legal marijuana is already paying
dividends in the form of a Google results page for “blue
cheese.”

When Web users search that term, high on the list is a link
to reviews of the pot strain “blue cheese” on Leafly.com, the
medical cannabis website Privateer bought a year and a half ago
and which it calls the Yelp of weed.