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Jan 17, 2014

Wildfire destroys homes near Los Angeles, three arrested

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fast-moving California wildfire, started accidentally by three campers, roared out of control in foothills above Los Angeles on Thursday, destroying at least two homes and forcing more than 1,000 residents to flee, fire and law enforcement officials said.

The wind-whipped blaze erupted before dawn in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Jan 16, 2014

Boy, 12, faces battery charge in New Mexico school shooting

By Alex Dobuzinskis and Karen Brooks

(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy accused of opening fire with a shotgun at a New Mexico middle school, seriously wounding two students, has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, authorities said on Thursday.

The boy, Mason Campbell, will be tried as a juvenile in connection with what authorities have described as a planned attack at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, said New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Emmanuel Gutierrez.

Jan 16, 2014

Wildfire rages in forest outside Los Angeles, residents evacuated

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A fast-moving wildfire that broke out on Thursday in a national forest east of Los Angeles, whipped up by winds and fueled by bone-dry brush, had damaged homes and forced the evacuation of dozens of residents, officials said.

The so-called Colby Fire broke out before dawn in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, about 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, and by mid-morning had blackened more than 1,700 acres, U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said.

Jan 16, 2014

Boy in New Mexico school shooting took gun from home, police say

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy who wounded two students when he opened fire with a shotgun at a New Mexico middle school took the firearm from his home, modified it and planned the attack in advance, police said on Wednesday.

Investigators were also continuing to look into the possibility that the boy, who has not been publicly identified by authorities, warned some friends before carrying out the attack on Tuesday at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell, police said.

Jan 15, 2014

Boy, 12, opens fire at New Mexico school, wounds two students

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 12-year-old boy armed with a shotgun opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding two students before a staff member persuaded him to put down the firearm, authorities said.

The shooting at Berrendo Middle School in Roswell took place in a gym where students had gathered to stay warm from the frigid weather outside before the start of class, Governor Susana Martinez told reporters.

Jan 14, 2014

Two students hurt in New Mexico school shooting, suspect in custody

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A shooter opened fire at a middle school in New Mexico on Tuesday, seriously wounding at least two teenage students before being taken into custody, police and hospital officials said.

“The shooter has been apprehended,” police in Roswell, New Mexico, said in a statement, without giving any further details on the incident or the suspected gunman.

Jan 11, 2014

Former spokesman for President Ronald Reagan dies

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A former spokesman for President Ronald Reagan who took over from James Brady in 1981 after the then-press-secretary was wounded in an assassination attempt against the president, died on Friday in Mississippi, a funeral home owner said.

Larry Speakes, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died in his sleep at his home in Cleveland, Mississippi, said Kenny Williams, owner of the Cleveland Funeral Home. He was 74.

Jan 7, 2014

Embattled Los Angeles County Sheriff says to retire

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The embattled Los Angeles County sheriff, whose department has been plagued by allegations of civil rights violations and corruption, said on Tuesday he will retire at the end of the month rather than seek re-election.

Sheriff Lee Baca’s announcement came about a month after federal prosecutors accused 18 current or former sheriff’s deputies of beating or wrongly detaining inmates as well as visitors at two downtown Los Angeles lockups and trying to cover up the abuse.

Dec 18, 2013

Obamacare enrollment by Latinos hurt by immigration law concerns

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Concerns among
Hispanics that signing up for medical insurance under President
Barack Obama’s healthcare law may draw the scrutiny of
immigration authorities has hurt enrollment, according to
advocates of the policy.

Convincing Latinos to enroll could be crucial to the law’s
success, and supporters of Obama’s signature domestic policy are
aiming their campaign at the 10.2 million Latinos eligible for
the new insurance plans or the expansion of the Medicaid program
for the poor.

Dec 18, 2013

Gunman kills one, then himself at Nevada medical building

Dec 17 (Reuters) – A man opened fire on Tuesday in a Reno,
Nevada, medical building, killing one person and injuring two
others before he died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot
wound, police said.

The shooting, the latest in a rash of deadly U.S. gun
violence at public venues in the United States this year,
occurred shortly after 2 p.m. at the building adjacent to the
Renown Regional Medical Center, Reno Deputy Police Chief Tom
Robinson said.