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Jan 23, 2015

Los Angeles should fix firefighter recruitment: report

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Fire Department should overhaul its hiring and recruitment to bring in more women and minorities, according to a report commissioned after the city’s mayor found flaws in recruitment last year and for a time put hiring on hold.

The RAND Corporation report, released on Thursday, highlights the challenges facing the department in winnowing down a huge pool of applicants in ways that are fair and cost-effective, a problem other urban U.S. fire departments also encounter.

Jan 22, 2015

California lawmakers introduce Oregon-style assisted suicide bill

Jan 21 (Reuters) – California lawmakers introduced a bill on
Wednesday to legalize assisted suicide in the most populous U.S.
state, an effort tearfully welcomed by a woman whose daughter
moved to Oregon last year to avail herself of a
death-with-dignity law there.

The bill proposed by two Democratic state senators is
similar to the physician-assisted suicide statute approved by
Oregon voters in 1994. As in Oregon, it would require a
determination from two doctors that a patient has six months or
less to live before a drug to hasten death could be prescribed.

Jan 17, 2015

Los Angeles officer who shot to death man had arrested him 6 years before

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles police officer involved in a high-profile shooting death of an unarmed black man in August had arrested him six years earlier for marijuana possession, but the officer did not recognize him, a police spokesman said on Friday.

The Aug. 11 shooting death of Ezell Ford, 25, who according to a family lawyer had mental issues, in mostly poor South Los Angeles has raised tensions between police and some people in the city’s African-American community.

Jan 16, 2015

Prominent Mormon activist in Utah says faces possible excommunication

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A prominent Mormon activist who has gone against the church by supporting same-sex marriage and questioning church doctrine said on Thursday he had been summoned to appear before a council where he could face excommunication.

John Dehlin, founder of the Mormon Stories website and podcast, said in a statement he was asked to appear before a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints disciplinary council on Jan. 25 in North Logan, Utah, on a charge of apostasy.

Jan 15, 2015

Actor’s Kim Jong Un role turns more bizarre in TV news coverage

By Alex Dobuzinskis

PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) – In the midst of the international imbroglio over his role as North Korea’s leader in the screwball comedy “The Interview,” nothing was quite so jarring for Randall Park as seeing his face on television as newscasters talked about Kim Jong Un.

“It was crazy to turn on the news and to see my face, yeah on CNN,” said Park in his first public remarks since the film’s release at the Television Critics Association gathering on Wednesday.

Jan 15, 2015

Yosemite climbers reach top of El Capitan in historic ascent

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two climbers completed a historic 19-day ascent to the summit of Yosemite National Park’s El Capitan in California on Wednesday after scaling the rock formation’s 3,000-foot (900-metre) sheer granite face without climbing tools, a spokeswoman said.

Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made it to the top of El Capitan at 3:30 p.m. (2330 GMT), spokeswoman Jess Clayton said in an email. They were the first to climb El Capitan’s so-called Dawn Wall without bolts or climbing tools, she said.

Jan 11, 2015

Former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa shows interest in Senate seat

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a Democrat known for championing public transportation projects, indicated on Saturday he is considering a run to succeed U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, who has ruled out seeking re-election in 2016.

Villaraigosa had been seen as a possible candidate, and he is the most high profile politician to express interest in running since Boxer, a leading liberal voice in the Senate, announced on Thursday she would not campaign for another term.

Jan 9, 2015

L.A. police chief meets with activists over fatal shooting of unarmed man

LOS ANGELES – (Reuters) – The Los Angeles police chief met on Friday with African-American activists as he sought to defuse growing tensions over the fatal August police shooting of an unarmed black man, but declined their request to fire the two officers involved as a probe continues.

Four activists with the Black Lives Matter movement, which began as a response to the 2012 shooting of a teenager by a Florida neighborhood watchman, won a meeting with Chief Charlie Beck after dozens of participants in the group stood out front of the Los Angeles police headquarters for more than a week.

Jan 8, 2015

Rainbow boa causes panic by slithering out of toilet at San Diego office

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A boa constrictor caused panic at a downtown San Diego office when it crawled out of a toilet after apparently slithering down a pipe from an upstairs apartment, an official said on Thursday.

Stephanie Lasca, co-founder of the firm Vertical PR + Marketing, went to use the facilities at her second-floor office on Tuesday and noticed the water level in the toilet was high, so she took a plunger to it, said her co-worker Holly Wells.

Jan 7, 2015

Arizona signals plan to appeal decision on human smuggling law

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The Arizona attorney general’s office plans to
appeal a federal judge’s ruling that struck down a 2005 law
against human smuggling, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, a
Republican elected to the position in November, filed the notice
of intent to appeal on Tuesday, which was the deadline, said his
spokeswoman Kristen Keogh.