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Feb 20, 2013

Married couple in LAPD describes fear of ex-cop during manhunt

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Los Angeles Police Sergeant Emada Tingirides first got a call from her husband telling her something was wrong, what struck her most was the fear she heard over the phone.

She soon learned her husband, Captain Phillip Tingirides of the Los Angeles Police Department, and their family were named as enemy targets in a manifesto that former policeman Christopher Dorner, 33, posted to Facebook.

Feb 17, 2013

Highest-ranked female judo master dies at age 99 in San Francisco

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Keiko Fukuda, the Japanese-born granddaughter of a samurai who learned judo from its founder and became the highest-ranked woman in the martial art, has died at age 99 in San Francisco, her friend and caregiver said on Saturday.

Fukuda passed away of natural causes at her home on February 9, said Shelley Fernandez, 82, who lived with Fukuda, helped her run the Soko Joshi Judo Club for women in San Francisco and referred to the woman as her adopted older sister.

Feb 10, 2013

Californian manhunt for ex-cop widens to Mexican border

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. Border Patrol agents on Saturday helped police widen the mountaintop manhunt for an ex-policeman wanted as a suspect in three California slayings, seeking to block his potential escape to neighboring Mexico.

Former Los Angeles officer Christopher Dorner, 33, has declared war on law enforcement officers and their families in a manifesto posted on the Internet that complains of his 2008 firing from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).

Feb 9, 2013

Manhunt for ex-cop set to resume in California mountain range

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A mountaintop search was to resume on Saturday for an ex-policeman wanted in three California slayings, after authorities interrupted the manhunt during the night as snowfall kept their helicopters grounded.

Former Los Angeles officer Christopher Dorner, 33, has declared war on law enforcement officers and their families in a manifesto posted to the Internet that complains of his 2008 firing from the LAPD.

Feb 6, 2013

Insight: Shrinking U.S. labor unions see relief in marijuana industry

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The medical marijuana shop next to a tattoo parlor on a busy street in Los Angeles looks much like hundreds of other pot dispensaries that dot the city.

Except for one thing: On the glass door – under a green cross signaling that cannabis can be bought there for medical purposes – is a sticker for the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW), the nation’s largest retail union.

Feb 6, 2013

Shrinking U.S. labor unions see relief in marijuana industry

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, Feb 6 (Reuters) – The medical
marijuana shop next to a tattoo parlor on a busy street in Los
Angeles looks much like hundreds of other pot dispensaries that
dot the city.

Except for one thing: On the glass door – under a green
cross signaling that cannabis can be bought there for medical
purposes – is a sticker for the United Food and Commercial
Workers union (UFCW), the nation’s largest retail union.

Feb 3, 2013

Singer Frank Ocean wants peace, says no charges against Chris Brown

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rising R&B star Frank Ocean said on Saturday he will not press charges against singer Chris Brown, who he said had “jumped” him last week in a parking lot fracas.

The encounter between Ocean and Brown still could derail Brown’s efforts to remain in compliance with his probation stemming from his 2009 assault against singer Rihanna, his on-again, off-again girlfriend, a legal expert said.

Feb 1, 2013

Los Angeles Catholic archdiocese releases priest abuse files

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, after years of legal battles, released files on Thursday of priests accused of molesting children and removed a top clergyman who had been linked to efforts to conceal the abuse.

Archbishop Jose Gomez said he had stripped his predecessor, retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, of all public and administrative duties. Mahony’s former top aide, Thomas Curry, stepped down as bishop of Santa Barbara.

Feb 1, 2013

California’s Hispanic population projected to outnumber white in 2014

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s Hispanic population will equal that of whites this year before becoming the state’s largest demographic group in 2014 for the first time since statehood in 1850, a government report showed on Thursday.

That change in the most populous U.S. state will make it the third where whites do not comprise a plurality of the population, after New Mexico and Hawaii.

Jan 25, 2013

International adoptions by U.S. parents fall again in 2012

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The number of children adopted internationally by American parents fell 7 percent last year, continuing a multi-year decline brought on in part by tightened adoption rules, a U.S. State Department report showed on Thursday.

Some 8,668 children were adopted into U.S. families from abroad in the 2012 fiscal year, down from 9,320 the previous year, with more children coming from China than from any other country, the report said.