LOS ANGELES, April 24 (Reuters) – The number of breeding
males in the greater sage-grouse population of the United States
and part of Canada has declined by 56 percent in recent years,
in a sign of trouble for the ground-dwelling bird, a study
released on Friday showed.
The study from the Pew Charitable Trusts comes as the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service prepares to make a decision before the
end of September on whether the bird should be protected under
the Endangered Species Act.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mattel Inc said on Friday it has ended production of its SeaWorld Trainer Barbie doll, a move cheered by an animal rights group that has been a leading critic of SeaWorld for its treatment of killer whales.
Mattel spokesman Alex Clark said production of the doll ended when a license agreement with SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment expired last year. He did not say why the deal was not renewed.
(Reuters) – The U.S. government denied protection on Tuesday
to a type of prairie bird found in Nevada and California in a
victory for mining and ranching groups who feared sage-grouse
protections could restrict their livelihoods.
Federal officials said the move to exempt the so-called
bi-state population of greater sage grouse from Endangered
Species Act protection comes as the federal government considers
whether to impose measures to protect a broader species of the
bird that lives in nearly a dozen U.S. states.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A Los Angeles police officer was charged on Monday with assault for his part in the videotaped arrest of a black man who contends he was kicked so hard he lost a tooth filling.
The charge the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office brought against Officer Richard Garcia, 34, stems from an Oct. 16 arrest that has already resulted in a federal lawsuit against the city.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A court-appointed panel will oversee a plan to prevent excessive use of force by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies at two large downtown jails, under a settlement of a federal lawsuit given final approval on Monday.
The agreement approved by U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson resolved a lawsuit brought in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California against the Sheriff’s Department.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California water regulators on Saturday revised a still-tentative drought plan by easing cuts for Los Angeles and San Diego and bumping up reduction targets in the areas that consume the most water.
The changes are an apparent response to criticism from cities, which would have taken the brunt of the cuts under the original plan presented earlier this month. But regulators are standing pat on what critics say is the initial plan’s leniency toward the state’s huge agricultural industry.
(Reuters) – Torrential rain triggered flooding on the streets of Houston and sent spectators fleeing from a circus south of the Texas city, officials said on Saturday, as the storm system headed east toward Louisiana and neighboring states.
The heavy rainfall followed a front that built up along the Gulf Coast, causing moisture to accumulate along it, said Mark Paquette, a meteorologist with AccuWeather.com.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A measles outbreak in California that began in December at the Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks and highlighted the risk of unvaccinated people becoming infected and spreading the disease has ended with 131 cases, officials said on Friday.
Nineteen percent of the people in California who became ill from measles had to be hospitalized, said Dr. Gil Chavez, state epidemiologist and deputy director of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge in Los Angeles on Thursday ordered rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight to stand trial for murder in the hit-and-run death of a man outside a hamburger stand in January.
Knight, 49, has pleaded not guilty to charges including murder and attempted murder over the incident, which followed an argument on the set of a commercial for the film “Straight Outta Compton.”
(Reuters) – Teachers in the United States were more likely to feel troubled when a black student misbehaved for a second time than when a white student did, highlighting a bias that shows why African-American children are more often disciplined than schoolmates, Stanford University researchers said on Wednesday.
The federal government has found black students are three times more likely than whites to be suspended or expelled, a disparity experts say contributes to lower academic achievement among African-American students caught in the discipline system.