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Oct 6, 2014

Hot air balloon drifts into ocean in California, surfers come to rescue

LOS ANGELES, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A hot air balloon carrying a
man who had just proposed to his girlfriend drifted into the
ocean off the Southern California coast, where daring surfers
grabbed a rope to pull the aircraft to shore, an official said
on Monday.

The newly engaged couple and a pilot were on board the
balloon on Sunday evening when the wind switched direction and
began pushing it toward the shore of Encinitas, just north of
San Diego, said Encinitas Marine Safety Captain Larry Giles.

Oct 4, 2014

Bandleader Nati Cano, leading figure in mariachi music, dies at 81

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Grammy-winning mariachi bandleader Nati Cano, who stirred American audiences with the folk sounds of his native Mexico and played a key role in helping to teach young people how to play the music, has died at age 81, a bandmate said on Saturday.

Cano died on Friday at a hospital in Fillmore, California, after a long battle with cancer, said the bandmate, Sergio Alonso.

Oct 4, 2014

Hot, dry weather in California stokes wildfire fears

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The fall season has brought a wave of hot, dry weather to California, with parts of the state baking this weekend in triple-digit temperatures and officials expressing concern the summer-like heat could spark a massive wildfire.

The scorching temperatures came from a high pressure system in the U.S. West and the arrival in Southern California of autumn’s first Santa Ana winds, which carry hot air through mountain passes toward the coast, meteorologists said.

Oct 4, 2014

Parents of American held by Islamic State appeal for his release

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The parents of an American humanitarian worker held hostage by Islamic State militants appealed for his release on Saturday, speaking in a statement and a video message that highlighted his aid work and mentioned his conversion to Islam.

Ed and Paula Kassig, of Indianapolis, Indiana, urged the release of their son, Peter Kassig, 26. Kassig was threatened in a video issued on Friday by Islamic State militants that purported to show the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning, 47.

Oct 4, 2014

Los Angeles County jail system edges closer to court oversight

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is edging closer to court oversight of its jail system after the U.S. Department of Justice found mentally ill inmates were mishandled in vermin-infested facilities where suicides are too common.

Justice Department attorneys warned county officials in a letter last week that they would seek a court-enforced consent decree to resolve problems with the jail system, according to a copy of the letter obtained by Reuters.

Oct 3, 2014

California man whose pit bulls killed woman gets 15 years to life

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Southern California drug dealer whose four pit bulls fatally mauled a woman was sentenced on Friday to 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder, a court clerk said.

Alex Donald Jackson, 31, who used his pit bulls as guard dogs, was sentenced during a hearing at a court in Lancaster, north of Los Angeles. The sentencing came just over a month after his conviction at a trial where jurors heard evidence of past attacks by the dogs that prosecutors said demonstrated Jackson knew they were a menace.

Oct 1, 2014

No charges yet in shooting death of suburban Los Angeles mayor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – No charges have been filed so far in the shooting death of the mayor of the small Los Angeles suburb of Bell Gardens, a day after his wife opened fire on him during a heated argument at their condominium, authorities said on Wednesday.

Daniel Crespo, 45, and his wife, Levette, 43, were arguing on Tuesday at their home in the city when their 19-year-old son, Daniel Crespo Jr., intervened, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

Sep 30, 2014

University of California to create gender-neutral restrooms

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The University of California will designate gender-neutral restrooms at its 10 campuses to accommodate transgender students, in a move that may be the first of its kind for a system of colleges in the United States.

University of California President Janet Napolitano’s office said in a statement on Monday that the action stems from an effort to make the system more welcoming to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

Sep 28, 2014

California sets up fund for legal representation of immigrant children

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California will spend $3 million to provide legal representation for unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America who have arrived in the state, under a bill signed into law on Saturday by Governor Jerry Brown.

With the measure, California becomes the only U.S. state along the Mexican border to provide special funds for the legal representation in federal immigration court of children from an influx of unaccompanied, Central American minors who began crossing the border last year.

Sep 27, 2014

Man, 14-year-old boy die in New York state plane collision: police

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – The pilot of a small plane and his 14-year-old passenger died on Saturday when their aircraft struck another plane and crashed during an event in upstate New York to introduce young people to aviation, officials said.

A Cessna 172, single-engine plane, and a Searey amateur-built aircraft collided about 6 miles (10 kms) southeast of Buffalo-Lancaster Regional Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. The Cessna then crashed in a wooded area in Lancaster, police said.