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May 28, 2015

Federal government orders pipeline company to clean California oil spill

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The federal government on Wednesday ordered a company at the center of a Southern California oil spill to continue its efforts to clean up the pipeline breach that dumped crude onto a pristine stretch of shoreline and into the Pacific Ocean.

The order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Coast Guard also requires Texas-based Plains All American Pipeline to submit a written plan by June 6 that will outline measures for analyzing the spill’s effects on the environment.

May 27, 2015

Two men charged on DNA evidence in 1978 rape and murder in California

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two men have been charged with murder in California in the 1978 cold case murder of a young mother who was abducted from a gas station where she worked, after DNA advances connected the men to the crime, authorities said on Wednesday.

Neal Matthews, 58, was arrested last week at his home in Lancaster, California, and Terry Moses, 59, was serving time in prison on an unrelated case when he was charged in this case, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

May 27, 2015

Western U.S. drought seen raising food prices: Reuters/Ipsos poll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An overwhelming majority of U.S. residents think the drought that has hit agriculture in the West will lead to increased food prices, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday.

The poll, conducted May 18 to 22, also found strong support for certain water conservation efforts that might be aimed at the general public in drought-stricken states.

May 27, 2015

California Assembly votes to make pregnancy centers tell women of abortion option

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The California State Assembly approved a bill on Tuesday that would require licensed pregnancy centers, which sometimes steer women away from abortion, to inform clients about state programs offering such services, officials said.

The Democratic-led Assembly voted 49-26 to approve the bill, which has the support of California’s Democratic attorney general, Kamala Harris, and will next go to the state Senate, said Allison Ruff, aide to Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, a Democrat and co-author of the bill.

May 24, 2015

Sea lion rescued from Santa Barbara oil spill dies at SeaWorld

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California’s Santa Barbara coastline this week has died after being taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be cleaned and treated, officials said on Saturday.

Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons) of crude petroleum gushed onto San Refugio State Beach and into the Pacific Ocean about 20 miles (32 km) west of Santa Barbara on Tuesday when an underground pipeline that runs along the coastal highway burst.

May 22, 2015

Two California men charged with seeking to help Islamic State

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two Southern California men were charged on Friday with conspiring to travel to the Middle East to join the militant group Islamic State, U.S. prosecutors said, a day after one of the men was arrested at the Los Angeles airport.

The arrests on Thursday of Anaheim residents Muhanad Badawi and Nader Elhuzayel, both 24, represent the latest case of U.S. authorities cracking down on individuals they believe are seeking to join the group, which is fighting in Syria and Iraq.

May 22, 2015

Federal judge rules again that gay couples have right to wed in Alabama

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday reaffirmed her
earlier ruling that same-sex couples in Alabama have a right to
wed under the Constitution, but she put the ruling on hold until
the U.S. Supreme Court issues a landmark decision on gay

U.S. District Judge Callie Granade in January overturned the
state’s ban on same-sex marriage, in a ruling that went into
effect the following month and led probate judges throughout
much of the state to begin issuing licenses to the couples.

May 22, 2015

Raw tuna suspected in U.S. salmonella outbreak that has sickened 53

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An outbreak of salmonella believed
to be linked to raw tuna in sushi has sickened at least 53
people in the United States, mostly in California, officials
said on Thursday.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement an
investigation has not identified which supplier of raw tuna
might have been responsible for the outbreak, which so far has
led 10 people to be hospitalized but has not caused any deaths.

May 21, 2015

Transgender California inmate seeking surgery wins parole recommendation

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A California board recommended parole on
Thursday for a transgender inmate convicted of second-degree
murder, the same day an appeals court put on hold a ruling
requiring the state to pay for the prisoner’s sex-reassignment
surgery, officials said.

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51, who was born male but
identifies as a woman and is held with male inmates at Mule
Creek State Prison, is seeking to become the first inmate in
state history to undergo the surgery.

May 20, 2015

Trial begins for Los Angeles officer accused of kicking woman who died after arrest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A white Los Angeles police officer went on trial for assault on Wednesday over accusations she kicked a handcuffed black woman in a patrol car and ignored her pleas for medical attention during an arrest that ended with the woman’s death.

Officer Mary O’Callaghan is charged with assault under color of authority but not in the subsequent death of 35-year-old Alesia Thomas, who was being arrested for child abandonment.