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Feb 20, 2015

Youth fighting ‘superbug’ infection from Los Angeles outbreak

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An 18-year-old man who was one of seven patients infected with a drug-resistant bacterial “superbug” during a medical procedure in Los Angeles was under 24-hour monitoring at a hospital as he fought a severe infection, his attorney said on Friday.

Infection by the carbapenem-resistant enterobacteria, or CRE, during endoscopies at a large teaching hospital in the University of California at Los Angeles system has contributed to two deaths among the seven patients.

Feb 19, 2015

Revenge porn operator agrees to plea to criminal charges in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A man who posted explicit photos of women on his so-called revenge porn website, some taken from hacked email accounts, has agreed to plead guilty in Los Angeles to hacking and identity theft charges, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The plea agreement between Hunter Moore, 28, and federal prosecutors comes nearly three years after BBC News called him “The net’s most hated man” and reported that he was known to post the full name and location of people whose naked photos he featured on his site.

Feb 19, 2015

California confirms 119 cases of measles in state

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Public health officials said on Wednesday that six more cases of measles had been confirmed in California, bringing to 119 the total number of people infected by a strain of the virus that has also been linked to a large outbreak in the Philippines.

More than 150 people across the United States have been diagnosed with measles, many of them linked to the wave of illness that authorities believe began when an infected person from out of the country visited Disneyland in late December.

Feb 18, 2015

Hawaii tropical fish collector spared jail after scuba scuffle

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A Hawaii diver who was catching tropical fish when he faced off underwater with a conservationist and ripped the breathing apparatus from her mouth pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a charge stemming from the scuba diving scuffle, a prosecutor said.

Jay Lovell was diving when he was caught on camera on May 8, 2014, off the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, pulling the regulator off Rene Umberger, director of the coral reef conservation group For the Fishes.

Feb 14, 2015

Labor secretary to help reach West Coast port deal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Labor Secretary Tom Perez will travel to California to help broker an agreement between shipping companies and dockworkers in a dispute that has led to a partial shutdown of ports along the U.S. West Coast, the White House said on Saturday.

The move by the Obama administration came after shippers vowed to prevent the loading and unloading of freight through Monday from container ships at the 29 ports, barring a settlement in talks with the dockworkers’ union.

Feb 14, 2015

U.S. labor secretary to help reach West Coast port deal

LOS ANGELES, Feb 14 (Reuters) – U.S. Labor Secretary Tom
Perez will travel to California to help broker an agreement
between shipping companies and dockworkers in a dispute that has
led to a partial shutdown of ports along the U.S. West Coast,
the White House said on Saturday.

The move by the Obama administration came after shippers
vowed to prevent the loading and unloading of freight through
Monday from container ships at the 29 ports, barring a
settlement in talks with the dockworkers’ union.

Feb 13, 2015

Two more women accuse Bill Cosby of drugging them

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two women accused Bill Cosby on Thursday of drugging them decades ago when they met him as young models, and one said he sexually assaulted her, as more of his performances were shelved amid an outcry from activists over similar allegations.

More than a dozen women have publicly accused Cosby of sexual misconduct in recent months, in a controversy that has tarnished the image of the actor and comedian best known as the lovable father figure on the 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show.”

Feb 11, 2015

California boy who beat leukemia urges near-universal measles jabs

By Alex Dobuzinskis

(Reuters) – A 7-year-old cancer survivor has made a public plea in Northern California for near-universal measles vaccinations, following a rare outbreak of the contagious disease that began in December at the Disneyland resort.

Elementary school student Rhett Krawitt spoke before the board of the Reed Union School District north of San Francisco on Tuesday night, before the panel voted 4-1 to support any statewide effort to eliminate personal belief exemptions for vaccines.

Feb 8, 2015

Ex-Olympian Bruce Jenner in car crash that killed one, police say

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner was involved in a four-car crash on a Southern California highway on Saturday that left one person dead, police said.

Jenner was an occupant in one of the vehicles that crashed in the beachside celebrity haven of Malibu on the Pacific Coast Highway, killing one person, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

Feb 7, 2015

Bob Dylan chronicles roots of his music at gala in his honor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bob Dylan, known for playing concerts with barely a word spoken to his audience, gave a lengthy speech on Friday at a gala in his honor where he chronicled the roots of his music while also praising and ribbing famous figures.

The 73-year-old Dylan, considered by many musicians and critics to be the best singer-songwriter of his time, spoke for 40 minutes at the Los Angeles event tied to this weekend’s Grammy Awards, as he was named “person of the year” by the MusiCares charity.