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Jun 20, 2013

Doctors spent 40 minutes trying to revive ‘Sopranos’ star Gandolfini

LOS ANGELES/ROME, June 20 (Reuters) – Doctors at a Rome
hospital battled for 40 minutes to try to save the life of James
Gandolfini, best known for his Emmy-winning role as a mob boss
in the TV series “The Sopranos,” before pronouncing him dead,
the emergency room chief said on Thursday.

Gandolfini, 51, whose performance as Tony Soprano made him a
household name and help usher in a new era of American
television drama, was vacationing in Rome and had been scheduled
to attend the closing of the Taormina Film Festival in Sicily on
Saturday.

Jun 19, 2013

Arizona wildfire threatens hundreds of homes, California blaze wanes

PHOENIX/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An Arizona wildfire whipped up by strong winds threatened hundreds of homes on Wednesday, even as firefighters were gaining an edge on a California blaze raging near a pristine wilderness, authorities said.

More than 500 firefighters were battling the Doce Fire, which has burned through 7,000 acres of chaparral, pine and juniper since Tuesday morning near Prescott, about 100 miles north of Phoenix, the Prescott National Forest said in a statement.

Jun 19, 2013

Vince Flynn, author of Mitch Rapp thriller series, dead from cancer

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (Reuters) – Vince Flynn, the
best-selling author of the Mitch Rapp series of political
thrillers that includes “American Assassin” and “The Last Man,”
died on Wednesday at age 47 after a battle with prostate cancer,
his representatives said.

Flynn, who turned to writing as a way of fighting his
dyslexia, died at a hospital in his hometown of St. Paul,
Minnesota, said David Brown, spokesman for Atria Books, an
imprint of Simon & Schuster that publishes the author’s novels.

Jun 19, 2013

Colorado wildfire destroys more than 500 homes, new blazes menace West

DENVER/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The number of homes destroyed by a Colorado wildfire rose above 500 on Tuesday as rain dampened the flames and allowed damage assessment teams to enter charred neighborhoods, and other threatening blazes grew in Alaska and elsewhere in the West.

Authorities said the so-called Black Forest Fire, which has burned in the rolling hills outside Colorado Springs for the past week and killed at least two people, was 85 percent contained by Tuesday.

Jun 18, 2013

Colorado wildfire snuffs over 500 homes, new blazes menace West

DENVER/LOS ANGELES, June 18 (Reuters) – The number of homes
destroyed by a Colorado wildfire rose above 500 on Tuesday as
rain dampened the flames and allowed damage assessment teams to
enter charred neighborhoods, as other threatening blazes grew in
Alaska and elsewhere in the West.

Authorities said the so-called Black Forest Fire, which has
killed at least two people and has burned in the rolling hills
outside Colorado Springs for the past week, was 85 percent
contained by Tuesday.

Jun 18, 2013

Los Angeles says yes to re-usable grocery bags, no to plastic

LOS ANGELES, June 18 (Reuters) – Step away from the plastic
bags, Angelenos.

The Los Angeles City Council took the first step on Tuesday
towars making the city the largest U.S. municipality to ban
plastic bags at the grocery store, with the goal of keeping them
out of streets, beaches and the Pacific Ocean.

Jun 18, 2013

Colorado wildfire snuffs over 500 homes; California fire a threat

DENVER/LOS ANGELES, June 18 (Reuters) – The number of homes
destroyed by a Colorado wildfire rose above 500 on Tuesday as
rain dampened the flames and allowed damage assessment teams to
enter charred neighborhoods, as another threatening blaze grew
in California.

Authorities said the so-called Black Forest Fire, which has
killed at least two people and has burned in the rolling hills
outside Colorado Springs for the past week, was 85 percent
contained by Tuesday.

Jun 9, 2013

Suspected ricin-laced letter to CIA located in Washington state

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Postal workers in Spokane, Washington, on Saturday retrieved a wayward letter suspected of containing the deadly poison ricin that vanished for several weeks after it was sent from Washington state to a CIA address that does not receive mail, the FBI said.

The envelope resembled four ricin-laced letters postmarked May 13 from Spokane that had addresses penned in red ink, FBI agent Frank Harrill, an agency spokesman, said in a statement.

Jun 7, 2013

California’s ‘Night Stalker’ serial killer dead at 53

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Serial killer Richard Ramirez, who earned the nickname “Night Stalker” for his mid-1980s reign of terror in the Los Angeles region, died on Friday at a hospital near the prison where he was held, a corrections official said.

Ramirez, 53, died of natural causes at Marin General Hospital near San Quentin State Prison in Northern California where he had been held, state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Jeffrey Callison said.

Jun 7, 2013

California’s ‘Night Stalker’ serial killer dies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Richard Ramirez, a death row inmate convicted of 13 murders in a gruesome mid-1980s string of attacks that gained him the nickname “Night Stalker” and set the Los Angeles region on edge, died on Friday at a hospital near the prison where he was held, a corrections official said.

Ramirez, 53, died of natural causes at Marin General Hospital near San Quentin State Prison in Northern California where he had been held, state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Jeffrey Callison said.