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May 10, 2013

Sophia top baby name for U.S. girls; Messiah and King on the rise for boys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sophia tops the list of names for American baby girls for the second year in a row, while King and Messiah are becoming increasingly popular names for boys, the U.S. Social Security Administration said on Thursday.

Jacob has become a standby for boys’ names, topping that category for the 14th straight year. Liam and Elizabeth broke into the Top 10 at No. 6 and No. 10 respectively, the SSA said in a statement.

May 9, 2013

Cleveland’s Charles Ramsey becomes an Internet folk hero

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Charles Ramsey, the Cleveland dishwasher who became an overnight sensation for his street-wise poise under the media spotlight after helping save three women from an alleged decade-long kidnapping ordeal, has won a shout-out from McDonald’s and legions of fans on social media.

Ramsey responded to cries from Amanda Berry and helped get her away from a neighbor’s house on Monday. He also got on the phone with emergency responders, actions that police say led to the rescue of two other women and a child from the home and could earn Ramsey reward money.

May 8, 2013

Los Angeles Boy Scout group calls for welcoming gay adults

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The western Los Angeles County branch of the Boy Scouts of America has become the latest chapter to break with the national organization over its proposed lifting of a ban against gay scouts while continuing to exclude homosexual adults as troop leaders.

The council, which represents more than 14,000 scouts and ranks as the nation’s 14th-largest scouting chapter, called for the Texas-based youth organization to go further by welcoming gays into the ranks of its adult volunteers as well.

May 4, 2013

Wildfire on Southern California coast threatens 4,000 homes

, May 3 (Reuters) – A fierce, wind-whipped
wildfire spread on Friday along the California coast northwest
of Los Angeles, threatening 4,000 homes and a military base as
residents were evacuated ahead of the flames and a university
campus was closed.

More than 950 firefighters had built containment lines by
late afternoon around about 20 percent of the inferno, which has
blackened 18,000 acres (7,280 hectares) of dry, dense brush and
chaparral since erupting on Thursday morning. More firefighters
were said to be on the way.

May 3, 2013

Southern California coast wildfire threatens 4,000 homes

, May 3 (Reuters) – A fierce, wind-whipped
brush fire spread on Friday along the California coast northwest
of Los Angeles, threatening several thousand homes and a
military base as more than 1,100 dwellings were ordered
evacuated and a university campus was closed.

A force of more than 900 firefighters had managed by
daybreak to carve containment lines around about 10 percent of
the perimeter of the inferno, which has scorched some 10,000
acres (4,047 hectares) of dry, dense brush and chaparral since
erupting on Thursday morning.

May 3, 2013

Hundreds flee homes as wildfire rages near California coast

, May 2 (Reuters) – A wind-driven wildfire
raging along the California coast north of Los Angeles prompted
the evacuation of hundreds of homes and a university campus on
Thursday as flames engulfed several farm buildings and
recreational vehicles near threatened neighborhoods.

A smaller blaze in Riverside County, 80 miles (128 km) to
the east, destroyed two houses and damaged two others before
firefighters halted its spread, and at least five additional
wildfires were burning in Northern California.

May 2, 2013

Hundreds of California homes evacuated in brush fire threat

CAMARILLO, California (Reuters) – A wind-driven brush fire raging northwest of Los Angeles prompted the evacuation of hundreds of homes and a university campus on Thursday as flames engulfed several farm buildings and recreational vehicles at the fringe of threatened neighborhoods.

A smaller blaze in Riverside County some 80 miles to the east destroyed two houses and damaged two others before firefighters halted its spread, and at least five additional wildfires were being battled in northern California.

May 1, 2013

Thousands call for immigration reform in Los Angeles May Day march

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Thousands of mostly Latino protesters marched through downtown Los Angeles in a boisterous but peaceful May Day rally on Wednesday urging an overhaul of immigration laws to provide potential citizenship for millions of undocumented residents.

The march was believed to be the largest of more than a dozen similar demonstrations planned in cities across California by a coalition of organized labor activists, students, civil rights advocates and members of the clergy.

Apr 30, 2013

AEG warns of “ugly stuff” in Michael Jackson wrongful death trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An attorney for the concert promotion company AEG Live warned jurors they would see a very different view of the charismatic Michael Jackson as the company seeks to prove it was not liable for the pop star’s death.

Marvin Putnam, making his opening statement in what is expected to be an emotional wrongful death trial, said AEG officials had no idea that Jackson was taking the surgical anesthetic that led to his death.

Apr 29, 2013

Michael Jackson family lawyer blasts tour promoter as trial opens

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Concert promoters AEG Live ignored red flags when it hired Dr. Conrad Murray to care for Michael Jackson, and should have been aware that the singer had addiction problems years before he agreed to perform a series of 2009 London comeback concerts, an attorney for Jackson’s family told a Los Angeles jury on Monday.

Making his opening statement in what is expected to be an emotional, three-month long civil wrongful death trial, attorney Brian Panish said a combination of factors caused Jackson’s death in June 2009 from an overdose.