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Mar 2, 2013

Candidates for mayor of Los Angeles take aim at business taxes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Leading candidates for mayor of Los Angeles are trumpeting the need to reduce business taxes to grow the city’s economy, even as the nation’s second-largest metropolis scrounges for new revenue to plug a budget hole set to top $1 billion over the next four years.

A non-partisan primary will be held on Tuesday, and if no candidate secures a majority, the top two will advance to a May runoff to decide who will replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. One of the nation’s most high-profile Latino politicians, Villaraigosa has held the office for eight years and cannot run for re-election due to term limits.

Feb 27, 2013

Lawsuit accuses Anheuser-Busch of watering down beers

LOS ANGELES, Feb 26 (Reuters) – Beer consumers have filed a
proposed class-action lawsuit accusing Anheuser-Busch InBev
of watering down so-called “King of Beers” Budweiser
and other alcoholic beverages to boost profits, attorneys for
the plaintiffs said on Tuesday.

The lead lawsuit, which the company dismissed as groundless,
says the alcohol content is mislabeled on the brands Budweiser,
Michelob, Michelob Ultra, Hurricane High Gravity Lager, King
Cobra, Busch Ice, Natural Ice, Bud Ice, Bud Light Platinum and
Bud Light Lime.

Feb 20, 2013

Palestinian filmmaker briefly detained in Los Angeles on way to Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Palestinian filmmaker on his way to the Academy Awards said on Wednesday he was held at Los Angeles International Airport and threatened with deportation before being allowed into the United States.

Emad Burnat, whose “5 Broken Cameras” is competing for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category, said U.S. immigration officials took him, his wife and 8-year-old son aside when they arrived in Los Angeles from Turkey on Tuesday evening.

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.