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Jul 16, 2015

Tom Selleck agrees to pay investigator costs in California water dispute

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Magnum, P.I.” star Tom Selleck has agreed to pay the nearly $22,000 bill of a private investigator hired by a California agency in a probe that revealed truckloads of water were being illegally diverted to the actor’s ranch during an ongoing drought, officials said.

Officials from the Calleguas Municipal Water District filed a legal complaint against Selleck on July 6 which said a hydrant in their district was tapped to supply his ranch, which is located in a nearby jurisdiction.

Jul 15, 2015

U.S. officials call for bus safety changes after fiery California crash

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A fiery crash between a FedEx truck and a bus
carrying high school students that killed 10 people in
California has led U.S. officials to call for safety measures to
make it easier for passengers to escape a burning motor coach.

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a report
that it still cannot determine why the driver of the FedEx Corp
truck crossed a 58-foot-wide highway median and slammed
into the bus in the April 2014 collision.

Jul 15, 2015

Iran nuclear deal could revive trade in Persian rugs to U.S.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Alex Helmi, surrounded by Persian carpets stacked waist-high at his store in the so-called Persian Square section of Los Angeles, has been blocked from importing rugs from Iran since the United States imposed sanctions in 2010.

Helmi has about 3,000 of the carpets at his store Damoka, an inventory he has maintained to some extent by buying rugs second-hand from people in the United States.

Jul 9, 2015

Video shows armed man in California clash with Suge Knight: attorney

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Marion “Suge” Knight, who is charged with murder for running over a man at a California hamburger stand, plans to produce a video showing an attacker brandished a gun just before the fatal incident, his attorney said in court papers.

Attorney Tom Mesereau gave few details on the video in a motion submitted on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, including how it was shot and how Knight obtained it.

Jul 8, 2015

Crime on the rise in Los Angeles in first half of 2015

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The City of Los Angeles has seen a spike in crime in nearly every major category for the first half of 2015, reversing the declining trend of the last dozen years, after California recently reduced penalties for low-level and non-violent offenses, officials said on Wednesday.

But the homicide rate in the nation’s second-largest city continued to fall, declining to 126 so far this year compared to 135 for the first six months of 2014, according to figures from the Los Angeles Police Department.

Jul 3, 2015

Vendors in Los Angeles parks may be forced to move along

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lourdes Segura and Teresa De Leon, sitting on folding chairs by a playground at a Los Angeles park, have neatly set out anything a child might want, from tiny firework snappers that crackle on pavement to Doritos chips.

The unlicensed vendors keep a sharp eye out for customers, but seem barely concerned about police. That could soon change.

Jul 2, 2015

Comic-Con International to stay in San Diego for now, spurning L.A.

July 2 (Reuters) – Comic-Con International will remain in
San Diego through 2018, despite an effort by the city of Los
Angeles to attract one of the world’s top conventions for comic
books and pop culture, officials said on Thursday.

Its roots date back to a 1970 event in San Diego that drew
300 attendees. It is the longest continuously running convention
of its kind in the United States, contributing an estimated $136
million to the regional economy.

Jul 2, 2015

Family sues over southern California college hazing death

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The family of a southern California university student who died on a grueling hike during an initiation rite for a fraternity sued officials from the college and the fraternity on Wednesday, accusing them of negligence.

The lawsuit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on the one-year anniversary of the death of 19-year-old Armando Villa, a student at California State University, Northridge.

Jul 2, 2015

Californians cut water use in May, ahead of mandatory reductions

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California residents, in a boost for efforts to deal with a devastating four-year drought, cut water use by nearly 29 percent in May to score the biggest reduction since the state governor in early 2014 called for voluntary cutbacks, officials said on Wednesday.

The reduction came just ahead of mandatory cutbacks on water consumption that took effect on June 1 under Governor Jerry Brown’s order to cities and towns to curtail water use by 25 percent on average statewide. Water consumption figures for June are still being tallied.

Jun 30, 2015

Arctic oil rig departs Seattle-area port despite protest

By Eric M. Johnson and Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way
through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle-area port on Tuesday
so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal
Dutch Shell.

The Noble Discover is the second drilling ship Shell has
sent to the area in recent days.