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Oct 16, 2014

Court orders American Indian casino in California to stay closed after standoff

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal court on Wednesday ordered an American Indian casino in California to remain closed over public safety concerns tied to an armed standoff that occurred last week between two tribal factions at the establishment, officials said.

The order by U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill of the Eastern District of California is expected to keep the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold closed at least until a court hearing on Oct. 29, said Madera County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Erica Stuart.

Oct 16, 2014

California atheist jailed over objections to faith-based recovery gets $2 million settlement

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California atheist convicted of drug possession who was found in violation of his parole and sent back to prison after he objected to a treatment program centered on belief in a higher power has won a nearly $2 million legal settlement, his attorney said on Wednesday.

Barry Hazle Jr., 46, had sued parole officials accusing them of breaching the constitutional separation of church and state, and won the payout after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found last year he was entitled to compensation for time he was unjustly held in prison.

Oct 15, 2014

California air tanker that crashed went down after striking tree

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California firefighting plane that crashed while battling a wildlands blaze near Yosemite National park this month is believed to have gone down after its wing struck a tree and broke off, the results of an investigation showed on Wednesday.

The air tanker slammed into the wall of a cliff on Oct. 7 while fighting the so-called Dog Rock Fire near a western entrance to Yosemite, killing veteran firefighting pilot Geoffrey “Craig” Hunt.

Oct 15, 2014

Los Angeles mayor vows to cut water use by 20 percent over drought

LOS ANGELES, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The mayor of Los Angeles
aims to reduce local water use by 20 percent over the next three
years to address a record drought through a mix of voluntary
measures for residents and mandatory restrictions for city
departments, the city said on Tuesday.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, in an executive order, asked residents
in the city of 3.9 million people to limit watering their lawn
to twice a week and ordered city departments to reduce watering
of municipal lawns.

Oct 14, 2014

U.S. company offers to sell domain name for $150,000

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Las Vegas company, seeking to capitalize on the world’s worst Ebola outbreak on record, is looking to sell the domain name for $150,000, a partner with the firm said on Tuesday.

Chris Hood, a junior partner with Blue String Ventures Inc, the firm selling the rights to, said it owns other domain names for deadly diseases, such as and

Oct 10, 2014

Fan beaten at 49ers stadium partially paralyzed, prosecutor says

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A San Francisco 49ers fan beaten at the team’s stadium is partially paralyzed, prosecutors said on Thursday, days after an attack that recalls a 2011 beating outside Dodger Stadium that left the victim permanently disabled.

Two brothers with gang tattoos were arrested and charged with felony assault in connection with the Sunday attack on the man and his cousin in a restroom at the 49ers stadium in Santa Clara, prosecutors said.

Oct 8, 2014

California state air tankers grounded after deadly crash

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s 22 firefighting airplanes were kept out of the skies for evaluation on Wednesday, a day after an air tanker crashed in flames while helping quell a wildfire in Yosemite National Park, killing the pilot, officials said.

The plane slammed into the wall of a cliff above Highway 140 near a western entrance to Yosemite while deployed to fight the so-called Dog Rock Fire. Officials were trying to determine the cause of the accident.

Oct 8, 2014

California cancer patient, 29, moves to Oregon for assisted suicide

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 29-year-old California woman with terminal brain cancer has moved to Oregon because it allows assisted suicide for the terminally ill and she is spending the last few weeks of her life campaigning for others facing death to have the same right.

A six-minute video featuring Brittany Maynard explaining her choice was posted to YouTube on Monday and has since been viewed more than 2.6 million times.

Oct 8, 2014

High rate of coral bleaching seen around Hawaiian island of Oahu

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A survey of coral reefs off the Hawaiian island of Oahu has shown warm ocean waters recently contributed to a higher rate of coral bleaching than the state has seen in decades, sparking concerns about the ecosystem, a state official said on Tuesday.

The findings from dives last week by researchers with the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources follows federal warnings of a possible large decline in coral cover in the archipelago this century due to climate change and warming oceans.

Oct 6, 2014

Hot air balloon drifts into ocean in California, surfers come to rescue

LOS ANGELES, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A hot air balloon carrying a
man who had just proposed to his girlfriend drifted into the
ocean off the Southern California coast, where daring surfers
grabbed a rope to pull the aircraft to shore, an official said
on Monday.

The newly engaged couple and a pilot were on board the
balloon on Sunday evening when the wind switched direction and
began pushing it toward the shore of Encinitas, just north of
San Diego, said Encinitas Marine Safety Captain Larry Giles.