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Jul 31, 2013

Ride-sharing companies may lose ‘bandit cab’ stigma in California

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (Reuters) – Commercial ride-sharing
services offered by moonlighting motorists but frowned on by
licensed taxi drivers and some cities as “bandit” cab operations
would gain new legitimacy in California under a plan proposed on
Tuesday by state regulators.

The draft rules to govern companies that already operate
under such names as Lyft, SideCar and Uber, allowing passengers
to electronically hail rides through smartphone applications,
were unveiled by the state Public Utilities Commission (PUC) as
taxi drivers continued to lobby against them.

Jul 23, 2013

California university under investigation over handling of rapes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The U.S. government is investigating the University of Southern California’s handling of reported cases of rape on its campus near downtown Los Angeles, school officials said on Monday.

The sex discrimination probe by the U.S. Department of Education came in response to a complaint by the school’s Student Coalition Against Rape.

Jul 21, 2013

Firefighters have California blaze nearly half contained

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cooler weather helped firefighters make significant gains on Saturday against a massive wildfire in Southern California, as crews cut containment lines around nearly 50 percent of the blaze.

The so-called Mountain Fire has burned across more than 27,000 acres of dry brush and timber and destroyed seven residences since it broke out on Monday. At least 5,600 residents remain under evacuation orders.

Jul 20, 2013

Firefighters gain more control over Southern California blaze

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (Reuters) – Crews working to contain a
massive wildfire in Southern California on Saturday were hoping
cooler weather and possible rain showers would help them gain
the upper hand against a blaze that has forced the evacuation of
5,600 residents.

The so-called Mountain Fire was 25 percent contained on
Saturday, up from 15 percent the day before, according to the
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal

Jul 19, 2013

Pressure grows on San Diego mayor over harassment accusations

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has resisted calls to resign over allegations he groped and made suggestive comments toward women, came under increasing pressure this week as fellow Democrats urged him to quit and as talk emerged of a recall campaign.

Filner drew fire as leader of California’s second-largest city last week after a former city councilwoman and two lawyers held a news conference to say at least one woman has accused the mayor of improper behavior.

Jul 18, 2013

Private firm bets on marijuana, Wall Street wary

SEATTLE/LOS ANGELES, July 18 (Reuters) – In the sparse
Seattle offices of Privateer Holdings, Brendan Kennedy grabs an
iPad to show how his bet on legal marijuana is already paying
dividends in the form of a Google results page for “blue

When Web users search that term, high on the list is a link
to reviews of the pot strain “blue cheese” on, the
medical cannabis website Privateer bought a year and a half ago
and which it calls the Yelp of weed.

Jul 15, 2013

“Glee” star Cory Monteith dead in Vancouver hotel room at 31

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – Canadian actor Cory Monteith, 31-year-old heartthrob of Fox’s musical comedy television series “Glee”, was found dead on Saturday in his Vancouver hotel room, police said.

Police and paramedics found no signs of foul play and the cause of death was not clear, British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said at a news conference.

Jul 14, 2013

“Glee” star Cory Monteith found dead in Vancouver hotel room

July 14 (Reuters) – Canadian actor Cory Monteith, heart
throb of Fox’s musical-comedy television series “Glee”, was
found dead on Saturday at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in
downtown Vancouver, police said.

There were no signs of foul play, and the cause of death was
not immediately apparent, British Columbia Chief Coroner Lisa
Lapointe told reporters at a news conference.

Jul 13, 2013

Participation falls in California prison hunger strike, officials say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The number of California prison inmates on hunger strike to protest against conditions in some high security units fell off sharply on Friday, prison officials said a day after they warned prisoners that strikers could face disciplinary action.

The striking inmates, some of whom are also refusing work assignments, are protesting what prisoner advocates describe as inhumane confinement practices, which can include locking inmates in isolated cells for up to 23 hours a day.

Jul 11, 2013

Saudi princess accused of holding Kenyan servant captive in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Prosecutors in Southern California charged a Saudi Arabian princess on Wednesday with human trafficking and accused her of bringing a Kenyan woman to the United States and holding her against her will as a servant.

The accused woman, Meshael Alayban, 42, brought the Kenyan to the United States in May and paid her $220 a month while holding her passport and keeping her confined to an apartment complex in Irvine, California, where Alayban lived, Orange County prosecutors said in a statement.