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Sep 23, 2014

Smoldering fire at Los Angeles port stops container traffic

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Thick smoke from a smoldering fire started by a welder’s torch at the Port of Los Angeles was preventing the movement of containers at the facility on Tuesday, because the foul air was too harmful for dock workers, officials said.

The fire broke out on Monday evening at a wharf at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation’s busiest seaport, and at one point it had engulfed the entire 800-foot (244-metre) length of the wharf, Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas told a news conference.

Sep 23, 2014

Los Angeles Register newspaper ends publication, five months after launch

LOS ANGELES, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Register,
launched just five months ago in an attempt to challenge larger
competitors in the city including the Los Angeles Times, ended
publication of its print edition on Tuesday due to a lack of
readers, the publisher said.

Freedom Communications, publisher of the Orange County
Register and the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, was widely seen
as taking a bold risk in starting the Los Angeles Register in
April by seeking to overcome declining readership for

Sep 20, 2014

Destructive California wildfire burning in two national forests

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A wildfire in California’s rugged Sierra Nevada mountains has damaged and destroyed some homes in a small community, as thousands of residents remain evacuated and gusty winds on Saturday are expected to fan the flames, officials said.

Officials did not yet have a complete damage assessment from the charred community of White Meadows. On Friday, they reported the week-old King Fire had for the first time torched homes.

Sep 19, 2014

Los Angeles iPad rollout for schools slowed by technical challenges: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An ambitious $1.3 billion program to provide an iPad or other device to every Los Angeles public school student has been slowed by technical challenges, with curriculum that was supposed to be built into the technology often incomplete, an independent report has found.

The report marked a potential setback for a program that Superintendent John Deasy last year heralded as a civil rights initiative to help his district’s largely disadvantaged students, but which has since emerged as a political controversy.

Sep 17, 2014

Family of unarmed man shot by L.A. police files civil rights suit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The family of an unarmed black man shot dead by Los Angeles police accused the officers of violating his civil rights in a federal lawsuit filed on Wednesday and was seeking $75 million in damages from the city.

Police have said two officers shot and killed 25-year-old Ezell Ford, described by a family lawyer as mentally challenged, in mostly poor South Los Angeles on Aug. 11 after he struggled with an officer and tried to grab his gun.

Sep 17, 2014

Wildfire in California’s Sierra Nevada menaces 1,600 homes

LOS ANGELES, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Fire crews in California’s
rugged Sierra Nevada battled to gain the upper hand on Wednesday
against a blaze that threatened 1,600 homes and has displaced
2,100 residents as flames roared for a fifth day through dry
timber and brush west of Lake Tahoe.

The so-called King Fire, the most menacing of 11 major
wildfires across the drought-parched state, has scorched at
least 18,500 acres (7,490 hectares) of the El Dorado National
Forest since it erupted Saturday, fire officials said.

Sep 17, 2014

California wildfire in national forest threatens at least 1,600 homes

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A California wildfire racing through the El Dorado National Forest on Wednesday had grown to threaten more than 1,600 homes, forcing more than 2,000 people to evacuate ahead of the flames, officials said.

The increasing danger from the so-called King Fire came after firefighters battling nearly a dozen major blazes across the drought-parched state managed to halt the advance of another destructive blaze on Tuesday that charred 150 homes in a town near the Oregon border.

Sep 16, 2014

Wildfire rips through 150 homes in Northern California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fire crews in California battled on Tuesday to halt the advance of a day-old wildfire that has already destroyed about 150 homes, lapped at rural schools and caused power outages that left an evacuation shelter without electricity, authorities said.

The blaze, one of about a dozen major fires raging across the drought-parched state, prompted authorities to order the evacuation of about 1,000 households in and around the Northern California town of Weed, which has a population of about 3,000.

Sep 16, 2014

Fatal police shooting in Utah fuels racial controversy

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A private autopsy has found a 22-year-old black man shot dead by police in Utah was fired at from behind six times, said a lawyer for the man’s family. Authorities say the man was shot dead when he lunged at officers with a sword.

The fatal shooting of Darrien Hunt in Saratoga Springs last Wednesday has raised tensions in the mostly white, fast-growing community 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Sep 16, 2014

California state Senator Wright to resign following fraud conviction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California state Senator Roderick Wright plans to resign from office later this month following a perjury and voter fraud conviction that saw him sentenced to 90 days in jail, he said in a letter sent on Monday.

Wright, who was convicted in January of lying about whether he lived in the district he sought to represent, was the first of three California Senate Democrats to face criminal proceedings this year. This effectively cost the party a cherished two-thirds majority in the California Senate.