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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.

Jan 23, 2013

U.S. foes of legal pot focus on risks to the brain

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – With U.S. backers of legalized marijuana emboldened by victories in two states during the November elections, foes are ramping up efforts and honing their message to focus on risks they say the drug poses to mental health and intellectual development, especially for the young.

A newly formed group, Project SAM, launched this month in Denver and headed by former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, has emerged as one of the main adversaries of legalizing pot.

Jan 23, 2013
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Sexual abuse victims urge renewed probe of Los Angeles Catholic leaders


(Ken Smolka, who was abused by a priest as a child, speaks during a news conference with other victims and supporters of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Bret Hartman)

Victims of pedophile priests have called  for renewing a criminal investigation into the role of Catholic Church leaders in Los Angeles, including Cardinal Roger Mahony, in covering up child sexual abuse as revealed in newly released Church records.

Jan 23, 2013

Pedophile victims urge renewed probe of Los Angeles Catholic leaders

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Victims of pedophile priests called on Tuesday for renewing a criminal investigation into the role of Catholic Church leaders in Los Angeles, including Cardinal Roger Mahony, in covering up child sexual abuse as revealed in newly released Church records.

Documents made public on Monday showed that Mahony, then archbishop of the nation’s largest Catholic archdiocese, worked with a top adviser to shield known molesters in the clergy from law enforcement scrutiny in the 1980s.

Jan 20, 2013

Los Angeles teachers agree to student test scores in evaluations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Teachers in Los Angeles have agreed to have test scores factored into performance evaluations in the nation’s second-largest school district, their union said on Saturday in a concession to a growing national movement to revamp teacher appraisals.

United Teachers Los Angeles said in a statement that 66 percent of the nearly 17,000 members who cast ballots had voted in favor of the new agreement on evaluations. The union has more than 30,000 members in a district second in size only to New York.

Jan 16, 2013

California teacher fired for porn films loses appeal to keep job

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A California middle school teacher fired for appearing in pornographic scenes under the alias “Tiffany” has lost an appeal to get back into the classroom after a panel found she acted immorally.

The Oxnard school board in April voted unanimously to fire Stacie Halas, 32, over allegations that she was unfit to continue in her job as a teacher at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School because of her role as a porn actress.

Jan 12, 2013

Internet activist, programmer Aaron Swartz dead at 26

By Alex Dobuzinskis and P.J. Huffstutter

(Reuters) – Internet activist and computer prodigy Aaron Swartz, who helped create an early version of the Web feed system RSS and later played a key role in stopping an online piracy bill in Congress, has committed suicide at age 26, authorities said on Saturday.

Police found Swartz’s body hanging in his Brooklyn apartment on Friday, according to the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner, which ruled the death a suicide.