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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.

Jul 5, 2013

California fireworks accident hurts dozens, probe under way

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A major accident at an Independence Day fireworks show in Simi Valley, California, left dozens of spectators injured, police said on Friday, as suspicion fell on a collapsed launching platform as the cause.

“What we understand is potentially one of the launching stations fell over, resulting in ignited fireworks going into the crowd,” Simi Valley police spokesman Sergeant Tom Meyer said.

Jun 30, 2013

Supreme Court petitioned to reimpose California gay marriage ban

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Opponents of gay marriage filed a long-shot petition on Saturday with the Supreme Court asking the justices to immediately halt same-sex weddings taking place in California since Friday, when an appeals court lifted a 5-year-old ban on gay matrimony.

Marriage ceremonies of gay and lesbian couples went ahead after a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco removed its stay of a trial judge’s order striking the gay marriage ban, known as Proposition 8, as unconstitutional.

Jun 27, 2013

U.S. military court overturns Marine’s conviction in Iraqi’s death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The highest U.S. military appeals court on Wednesday overturned the murder conviction of a Marine sergeant found guilty in 2007 of leading a squad in Iraq that was accused of killing a civilian they had captured, bound and gagged.

Three judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces found Sergeant Lawrence Hutchins gave a statement to a U.S. Navy investigator while in custody that should have been ruled inadmissible and tainted his court-martial.

Jun 26, 2013

Suit up! I’m here to win says new Clippers coach Rivers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Newly-appointed Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers arrived at his team’s practice facility on Wednesday in casual attire that showed just how surprised he was to be there.

Rivers, one of the most successful active coaches in the National Basketball Association, was wearing low-top sneakers and a short-sleeved shirt at his introductory news conference a day after he was acquired from the Boston Celtics.