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Jan 6, 2013

South Carolina woman ranked as oldest American dies at age 114

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 114-year-old South Carolina woman who was born when William McKinley was president of the United States and had ranked as the oldest known living American for just over two weeks, has died, her daughter said on Saturday.

Mamie Rearden died on Wednesday at a hospital in Augusta, Georgia, about 20 miles south of her South Carolina home, her youngest daughter, Sara Rearden, told Reuters.

Jan 5, 2013

Former Rep Patrick Kennedy leads campaign against legal pot

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Retired Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy is taking aim at what he sees as knee-jerk support for marijuana legalization among his fellow liberals, in a project that carries special meaning for the self-confessed former Oxycontin addict.

Kennedy, 45, a Democrat and younger son of the late “Lion of the Senate” Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, is leading a group called Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) that opposes legalization and seeks to rise above America’s culture war over pot with its images of long-haired hippies battling law-and-order conservatives.

Dec 30, 2012

Pro-marijuana campaign looks ahead after 2012 victories

LOS ANGELES, Dec 30 (Reuters) – After a decades-long
campaign to legalize marijuana hit a high mark in 2012 with
victories in Washington state and Colorado, its energized and
deep-pocketed backers are mapping out a strategy for the next
round of ballot-box battles.

They have their sights set on ballot measures in 2014 or
2016 in states such as California and Oregon, which were among
the first in the country to allow marijuana for medical use.
Although those states more recently rejected broader
legalization, drug-law reform groups remain undeterred.

Dec 30, 2012

Pro-marijuana campaign looks to widen scope after 2012 victories

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After a decades-long campaign to legalize marijuana hit a high mark in 2012 with victories in Washington state and Colorado, its energized and deep-pocketed backers are mapping out a strategy for the next round of ballot-box battles.

They have their sights set on possible ballot measures in 2014 or 2016 in states such as California and Oregon, which were among the first in the country to allow marijuana for medical use. Although those states more recently rejected broader legalization, drug-law reform groups remain undeterred.

Dec 29, 2012

Western movie character actor Harry Carey Jr. dies at 91

LOS ANGELES, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Veteran character actor
Harry Carey Jr., who appeared in scores of television shows and
films including nine of famed movie director John Ford’s classic
Hollywood Westerns, has died at age 91, his family said on
Friday.

Carey, a frequent supporting player in films starring John
Wayne, died peacefully of natural causes on Thursday morning in
the seaside town of Santa Barbara, California, surrounded by
family members, said his daughter, Melinda Carey.

Dec 28, 2012

New routes for ships off California may help endangered whales

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Several endangered whale species may get a new lease on life when some cargo shipping lanes off the California coast are shifted next year.

Routes due to be changed by June 2013 are used by ocean-going cargo vessels, tugboats and automobile carriers near San Francisco Bay, the Channel Islands in central California and the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, environmental officials said on Friday.

Dec 21, 2012

Obama administration to expand marine sanctuary off northern California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The administration of President Barack Obama plans to more than double the size of two marine sanctuaries off the northern California coast to guard the near pristine waters from oil drilling in a move that sidesteps potential hurdles in Congress, federal officials said on Thursday.

The proposed expansion would protect nutrient-rich Pacific Ocean waters off the coast north of San Francisco that are home to humpback whales, great white sharks and abundant fish stocks key to commercial fishing and tourism, officials said.

Dec 12, 2012

Legendary sitarist, composer Ravi Shankar dead at 92

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar, who helped introduce the sitar to the Western world through his collaborations with The Beatles, died in Southern California on Tuesday, his family said. He was 92.

Shankar, a three-time Grammy winner with legendary appearances at the 1967 Monterey Festival and at Woodstock, had been in fragile health for several years and last Thursday underwent surgery, his family said in a statement.

Dec 12, 2012

Legendary Indian sitarist, composer Ravi Shankar dead at 92

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar, who helped introduce the sitar to the Western world through his collaborations with The Beatles, died in Southern California on Tuesday, his family said. He was 92.

Shankar, a three-time Grammy winner with legendary appearances at the 1967 Monterey Festival and at Woodstock, had been in fragile health for several years and last Thursday underwent surgery, his family said in a statement.

Nov 24, 2012

Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ video becomes YouTube’s most viewed

LOS ANGELES, Nov 24 (Reuters) – South Korean rap star Psy’s
music video “Gangnam Style” on Saturday became the most watched
item on YouTube with over 800 million views, edging past
Canadian teen star Justin Bieber’s two-year-old video for his
song “Baby.”

The milestone was the latest pop culture victory for Psy,
34, a portly rap singer known for his slicked-back hair and
comic dance style who has become one of the most unlikely global
stars of 2012.