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Dec 22, 2014

Court upholds cutback in California water drawdown to protect fish

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal officials acted properly when they curtailed water extraction from California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect fish and orca species at the expense of farmers and other water users in central California, a U.S. appeals court ruled on Monday.

The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2009 opinion by the National Marine Fisheries Service to force the cutbacks in water use, which have been in effect since then.

Dec 21, 2014

Protesters shut down part of Mall of America in Minnesota

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – More than 1,500 protesters against police violence shut down part of the Mall of America in Minnesota on Saturday, resulting in about 25 arrests during the final weekend before Christmas as shoppers scrambled to buy gifts at one of the nation’s largest shopping centers, officials said.

The protest and a smaller action at the King of Prussia Mall in Pennsylvania were the latest in a series of U.S. demonstrations in recent weeks over grand jury decisions not to charge white police officers in the killings of unarmed black men in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City.

Dec 19, 2014

Influential Rabbi Harold Schulweis dies at 89 in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rabbi Harold Schulweis, a tireless innovator who implored followers to fight against genocide and see Judaism as a religion with universal significance, has died at age 89 at his Los Angeles home, his synagogue said in a statement.

Schulweis, who was regarded as one of the most influential rabbis of his generation, died on Thursday after a struggle with heart disease, his congregation Valley Beth Shalom said in a statement.

Dec 10, 2014

Civilian oversight approved for Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A plan to create a civilian oversight panel for the troubled Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was approved on Tuesday, as county leaders moved to avert problems of the kind that triggered unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

The measure is a bid to tackle thorny issues faced by the sheriff’s department, such as allegations of excessive force and poor management of its jail system, the nation’s largest.

Dec 5, 2014

California man whose wrongful conviction inspired Asian-American movement dies

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Korean-American man who was wrongfully convicted of a 1973 gang murder in San Francisco and whose case inspired Asian-Americans of all backgrounds to mobilize for his freedom has died at age 62, friends said on Thursday.

Chol Soo Lee died on Tuesday at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco due to complications from a problem with his digestive system, said family friend Doris Yamasaki.

Dec 5, 2014

L.A. police chief finds fault with shooting of unarmed man after chase

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three Los Angeles police officers who killed an unarmed man after a car chase last year, in a shooting caught on live television, acted in violation of the department’s use of force policy, the police chief said in a report released on Thursday.

The three officers have said they thought 51-year-old Brian Beaird was reaching for a gun or shooting at them when they fired on him 21 times last December in an incident in downtown Los Angeles that raised questions about police use of force.

Dec 3, 2014

California surgeon disciplined for removing wrong kidney from inmate

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California surgeon who accidentally removed the wrong kidney from a prison inmate and left the patient’s tumorous kidney in place has been put on probation for three years by a state medical board, records from the agency show.

The board also prohibited Dr. Charles Coonan Streit, who performed the 2012 surgery at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, southeast of Los Angeles, from supervising physician assistants during his probation.

Dec 3, 2014

U.S. couple leaves Qatar after convictions overturned in child death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A U.S. couple whose convictions were overturned in the death of their adopted daughter in Qatar left the Gulf Arab state on Wednesday after a travel ban that had kept them in the country was lifted, their supporters and the U.S. ambassador to Qatar said.

Matthew and Grace Huang boarded a flight at the airport in Doha and are bound for their home in Los Angeles, said a statement on the website of the California Innocence Project, an organization that works to win the release of wrongfully convicted inmates.

Dec 3, 2014

FBI seizes data from Los Angeles school district over iPad program

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – FBI agents investigating the purchasing process for the Los Angeles school district’s $1.3 billion effort to supply students with iPads have seized 20 boxes of documents, the district’s superintendent said on Tuesday.

The surprise involvement of the FBI in the controversial project follows the October resignation of Superintendent John Deasy, who drew criticism over the process used to select Apple Inc to provide iPads and Pearson Plc to provide built-in curriculum. He was replaced by Roman Cortines.

Dec 2, 2014

U.S. couple stuck in Qatar in child death case can leave: ambassador

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Qatar will soon lift a travel ban that has kept a U.S. couple from leaving the Gulf Arab state even after their convictions were overturned in the death of their African-born adopted daughter, the U.S. ambassador to Qatar said on Tuesday.

Ambassador Dana Shell Smith said on Twitter that Matthew and Grace Huang should be able to leave the country on Wednesday once the travel ban was lifted, and added she expected no further prosecution appeals in the case.